My wife and I share many tastes, and we both have a well-developed sense of humor and the ridiculous. One of the comic strips we both like is Jennie Breeden’s “The Devil’s Panties“. Yesterday’s cartoon made us guffaw out loud, because we know exactly the reaction she portrays – even though we wouldn’t trust that particular brand of coffee to be strong or flavorful enough to deliver it. Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic strip’s Web site.
We don’t like Starbucks coffee. We find their products over-hyped, often too hurriedly prepared (at the expense of flavor), and not nearly as tasty as other, less mass-market coffee houses. Nevertheless, we know the “over-caffeinated syndrome” well. Our friend Old NFO achieves it through brewing “Navy coffee“; those of you with a service background will know exactly what that means! (Think depth charges.) We rely on a light- to medium-roast blend of really flavorful coffee (we keep several in stock), made fresh every time using a pour-over cone or (for larger quantities) in a Chemex.
I have to give a shout-out to one particular coffee house chain. Those of you in Alaska and a few other fortunate places will know Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Miss D. introduced me to it when we were courting. They even have a special “Barista Academy”, through which all their trainees have to pass before being turned loose on their customers. Kaladi’s is still the most flavorful coffee-house brew I know. You’d better believe that when we get to a place that has one of their outlets, it’ll be on our list of must-visit places. (No, they’re not compensating me in any way for recommending them – we just loooooove their coffee!)