February 12, 2007
Brewed coffee or an Americano?
A good cup of brewed coffee always trumps an espresso coffee, like the Americano (in spite of its beautiful crema). Unfortunately, the closest cafe to my "day job" only serves espresso coffee. I have contemplated bringing a hot water heater and French press or a coffee maker to my office, but part of the coffee ritual is taking a break from the office. So during the week, I drink Americanos, unless I go further afield for a brewed coffee. But on the weekends, closer to home, I have more access to brewed coffee.
For example, these photographs were taken at Royal Grounds on Shattuck Avenue (Berkeley). There is also a new cafe, Mokka, at Telegraph and Ashby (Berkeley) that serves espresso, brewed, and filter drip coffee. I have had two prior experiences with drip coffee - one at Plumes in Monterey (smooth, delicious) and the other at the Berkeley Farmers' Market (a very strong brew by Bluebottle Coffee Company). You might be puzzled about the difference between filter drip and brewed coffee ... isn't brewed coffee made with a filter? Read a description of the filter drip process on the Bluebottle Coffee website.