After just watching far too much crap tv and enjoying every second of it (Speed), I’m about to go asleep on this my 25th Christmas. I had a great day spent with family and friends and hope you all did too. To relate this post to coffee I can only offer some measly feedback on the new Bodum Kona that I bought for my brother. I tried a coarse brew at 60g per litre and it was a little sharp so after a quick text to James in Norway, I coarsed that bad boy up and brewed again- (the body boy in this case being a sumatra that Ariosa are currently carrying). The result was really quite nice; rounder, nuanced enough for an indo and certainly seemed to strike favour with my sister, but thats only because years of living in robusta heavy Barcelona has led her down a path that favours that bit of ‘earth’ in the cup. If I find time, in the morning I’ll try brew it side by side with a chemex and see how it does, though I did notice today that it wasn’t as clean as my chemex brews of late.
Moving away from coffee, should you be interested, here is some of the music I will be now listening to over Christmas;
The new Bonnie Prince Billy – Ask Forgiveness (theres a great cover of the Thom Yorke and Bjork track from the Dancer in the Dark soundtrack)
Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert (which I already had on vinyl but never on cd and can tell you already its lovely)
Menomena – Friend and Foe ( I’ve no idea who these guys are other than my sister recommends them and the artwork on the cover is apparently re-created on stage)
Martin Simpson- Prodigal Son (lovely guitar playing and a nice cover of Louisiana by Randy Newman)
Caribou- Andorra (have had this for a while but its great and will no doubt get play time)
Other gifts included The Trial of Colonel Sweeto by Nicholas Gurewitch from my brother which is some of the funniest and prettiest sketches I’ve ever seen. See example below;
I can now also boast all three Seasons of Arrested Development, (thanks to Nick Brown of Manic for first getting me into it) as well as some nice clothing from my favourite company Angry. In addition to this I had numerous kind donations of dollars for my upcoming trip to NY. Does anyone know if the Christmas Intelligentsia cups can be bought in Manhattan? I need a few, as well as super fresh coffee to bring home, especially Counter Culture, Novo, Intelly and anything else those of you in the know might like. Any tips would be greatly welcomed.
Will try post results of any brew tests, even if all I ultimately say is ‘bodum kona good’ or ‘chemex reigns still’.
Happy Christmas all and enjoy my day tomorrow.