Visiting my parents means weak, burnt coffee. I have to have 2 of their cups to every 1 of mine, & I have to add milk & sugar. There is a decent coffee shop where they live, so I'm hoping I can get at least 1 good cup while I'm here.
A local café owner just came back from France, & he brought some different coffees with him. It seems the French don't like fruity coffee, instead preferring a more chocolaty aftertaste.
My first (and last!) time trying Starbucks Reserve. It was their lightest roast, & it was still too burnt. Brewed in a Chemex. And that is a 480ml cup. Needless to say, I didn't finish it.
In case you're wondering, the popcorn was sweet but tasteless. The binding clip is a nice gift, though.
My extremely limited experience leads me to believe that Oatly works better with darker-roasted espresso blends than it does with brighter, lighter-roasted ones.
It has taken me years--YEARS!--to get my wife interested in black coffee. She would drink sweet, flavored lattes whenever she needed an afternoon pick-me-up, & just endure the stomach issues the milk caused. Finally, she tried a few pourovers & Americanos from decent shops & has come to the belated conclusion that black coffee isn't that bad. 😐
Further to my usual coffee shop raising prices, there are only 2 customers in here right now, & we're both long-term customers. I've only ordered a double espresso today, & the other guy a cappuccino (2 of his 3 cheapest drinks). The owner is giving both of us free (& very weak) oolong tea to keep our glasses full. He's also making a great effort to engage us in conversation, but he's always been pretty good that way.
I usually don't like to have anything with my black coffee (an exception is made for iced coffee, though). If I'm having a cappuccino, I like cake with it. But, if I'm having tiramisu, I like espresso.
A Canadian expat ESL teacher in Taiwan, interested in books, coffee, movies, straight razors, fountain pens, the Middle Ages, rum...and rain. (Photos by HTC 10)
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