Sci has recently taken to talking about her coffee experiences. She usually buys by the pound, and goes through one pound of coffee solid before she blogs about it. This allows me to get the initial surprise of the new coffee flavor, but also to feel how the coffee feels on a daily basis, what you get to know about it. In my mind, the best coffees are the ones you expect in the morning, the ones you wake up and go "mmm, I really want that nutty flavor of that nice savory blend...".
For today's coffee, we are going to one of Sci's favorite brands, Counter Culture out of Durham. I got my first exposure to them at SciOnline 2009, when we did a tasting, and I've been an addict ever since.
I don't know why, but I'll say that Counter Culture brand tends to leave me a lot more "wired" than other coffees. I'm not sure if the caffeine content is higher, or if there's something else, but one cup of Counter Culture is enough to get me up and going, and two or more leave me UNCOMFORTABLY ENERGETIC.
But today's blend is delicious despite the energy. I picked up their Mocha Java. It's a lovely blend, and astonishingly fruity. I really notice the taste of raisins in it, as well as a nice fresh aftertaste. It's a coffee I generally prefer to drink in the later morning or afternoon rather than the earlier morning, so I can focus more on the taste rather than the "need to get to work...grump grump I hate mornings...". I would definitely drink this again (well, duh, I have and probably will!)
Sci takes any coffee recommendations and would love to hear insights on various brands and flavors!