Some upstate A-frame art
No matter how many times I visit New York City, I always feel like that country singer from Iowa stepping off the bus for the first time. I am forever in awe of its majesty and was truly looking forward to exploring Brooklyn (for the first time in years) and Soho, as my trip included visiting the three NYC Gimme! Coffee locations.
The region of North Sumatra is known for the classic Mandheling and Lintong coffee profiles: earthy, spicy, and a low level acidity that can still ring sweet and balanced in a well sorted sample. However, deliveries of grade 1 and Specialty coffees are becoming less frequent as lack of information about good agricultural practices (GAP) is leading to more defective coffee lots.
Gimme! Coffee has a good use for that extra hour of sunlight. Starting this Wednesday we will begin our "Lab Series," which replaces our Saturday cuppings. The new format will take a more casual tasting setting and will be more conducive to just "popping in" ... and we hope you do.
A few days prior to getting hired at Gimme! Coffee, I was invited to a cupping event. Not knowing what to expect or what to wear, I showed up dressed in my usual black over black and soon discovered that was the dress code. Only wished I had remembered my scarf. Gimme! Coffee holds weekly cuppings at their labs in Ithaca and Brooklyn and the public is invited to attend.
Back in August, I was an observer at the first ever Burundi Cup of Excellence. One day, after a battery of intensive cupping sessions, we boarded a bus and headed from the city center to the highlands.
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