Coffee of the Week, Edition 2

Sci is a huge coffee fan. If that comes as a surprise, you clearly don’t know her well.

And a few weeks ago she thought maybe she’d start reviewing some coffee.

Last time, I sipped through Philz Ambrosia, Coffee of God from Philz coffee in San Fransisco.

This week’s is another from their brand, the Philz Philharmonic. Sci had to order hers without cardamom in it due to lack of funds. I think this made the coffee suffer a little. Without the distinctive notes of the cardamom, it’s a nice lighter coffee, a good bit sweeter than the Ambrosia. But I think without the cardamom there’s not a lot that’s distinctive about it. Still, it’s a nice medium bodied coffee and certainly better than many.

4 Responses

  1. If you haven’t already, take a look at the Portland, Oregon coffee scene. The most famous of which (but not necessarily the best!) is Stumptown – they’re quite trendy, and are opening outlets in New York, Seattle, and Amsterdam; how upscale can a cup of coffee get?

    Of course, my personal fave is Kobos coffee – a little larger of a set-up, but they still do the small-batch roasting, and have a much more consistent product then Stumptown seems to. I’m a big fan of French Roast, and Kobos has been the absolute best I’ve found.

  2. We just got back from the Alzheimer’s conference…

    In Hawaii.

    It is, in stone-cold fact, coffee heaven. The coffee in the *diner* was better than essentially any coffee available in NY. Kona is not, I think, *quite* up to Blue Mountain, but it’s really really close and I’ve not yet done the definitive test (broken into the stash we brought back, so that I can compare under the same conditions and also made to my preference).

    This is scary, because even on-site, Kona was going for up to $50/pound for the top-grade stuff. I don’t need a habit that expensive :-).

  3. I will totally second Kobos. Stumptown isn’t bad, but they are totally teh evile*. And not as good as Kobos – or Peets, for that matter.

    As for cardamon, I would recommend looking on Amazon for whole cardamon and using that in your coffee. I got a pound of it for under ten bucks and believe me, that is enough to last. Though you may want to get a secondary grinder for grinding coffee and cardamon together – and grinding them together is important, as that really spreads the oils nicely.

    *All I wanted was a pound of green bean coffee for home roasting – for the same price as roasted. It was in one of the shops that actually roasted. Jerks.

    Ewan –

    There are cheaper alternatives that are just as good. Volcano grown coffees are pretty much volcano grown coffees – the difference between Blue Mountain and Kona is pretty negligible, for example. That isn’t to say there aren’t subtle undertones caused by different alkaloid content, but that is a lot like the difference between one top shelf single malt and another.

  4. Forget Amazon. Go to a local Indian grocery or spice shop. Only place I buy decorticated cardamom seeds or saffron threads. Several times cheaper than through a Western source.

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