so we tasted a couple coffees again today.
first - the changed Hairbender (again)... wow, it continues to impress. i played around with pulling it in various ways and in various drinks and it's not only a great espresso - it's a flexible one as well. lovely notes of fruit and chocolate, and the most incredible mouthfeel. love it!
second - the COE Nicaragua Cantagallo... i've posted some tasting notes about this in the past. suffice it to say that this is one of my favorite single-origin espressos of all time. it's incredibly balanced and complete, with a rich and creamy mouthfeel, wonderful aromatics and the most gorgeous caramel-apple sweetness! there are hints of chocolate in the body and just enough brighness to make it all work. mmm.... so lovely!
finally - i've been cupping some Hawaiian coffees from Jay's Shave Ice in Maryland. Jay's amazing, and his coffees are incredible.