Yes, I know.
More than a month without a post. I could blame school, or work, or a combination of both. But really, I've just had a hard time sitting down and writing. So here goes...
The Elysian Room is now the proud owner of a brand new Synesso Cyncra 2 group. And it's niiiice. I've really enjoyed working on it these past few weeks, and have totally noticed an improvement in the shot quality. The mouthfeel is ridiculous!! So rich and creamy.
That's right. We also have the brand new Clover 1s, making us the only place in the world with the Synesso/Clover 1s combo of amazing brewing devices. The 1s is also really nice, and addressed a bunch of issues with the prototype. The filter no longer has the screw in the middle, meaning that less grinds stick around from cup to cup. As well, the water stream is now a single stream, which is actually better for grind incorporation with less stirring. The single stream also results in better temperature stability. Good work, Zander et al. The 1s is great!
A bunch of nice coffees have been through the Clover in the past month. We have the El Salvador Las Mandarinas which has been consistently sweet and smooth, and also the Tanzanian Peaberry which has some really nice milk chocolate/blackberry notes. We also had a Rwanda Musasa which was stellar a few weeks back. One really exciting coffee that is coming up is the Panama Esmeralda Special which fetched $50 a pound green at the Best of Panama Auction. We are offering only 12 cups of this coffee at $10 a cup, available only by pre order. It promises to be pretty special. The Esmeralda I had last year was stellar, and probably the best coffee I've ever had, so I am really excited about this!
Stephen Morrissey (aka the flying thud
) is a barista from Ireland here for the summer to work at Wicked. He's been into Elysian several times, and has even been included in a late night supper/drinking/latte art fest at Elysian. Go check out his work at Wicked, or his blog
, or his flickr site
I promise to actually post from now on.