dotCross Coffee Project

Appreciation of coffee and everything around it, updates daily around 9pm CT.
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Today, we feature Belleville Brûlerie, a one and a half year roaster based in the northeastern Parisian neighborhood of Belleville that has been doing pretty great stuff.

I just had my first cupping session in Paris there, and I must say it was quite an experience for several reasons:

  1. The entire thing was conduct in French (though the cupping leader was kind enough to provide some translations). And more than that, the terms used aren’t exactly directly translated from the English words used. Instead of acidity, we have attaque (literally, attack); instead of aftertaste, we have longue en bouche (literally, that which is long in the month {which really, is the lingering taste in the mouth}).
  2. We did a pretty interesting cupping of vastly different roast levels here, ranging from the ultra-light-just-past-first-crack to a more developed city+ roast. Basically, there were coffees reminiscent of Tim Wendelboe’s amazing Hunkete and those of Counter Culture’s lovely Baroida. Needless to say, this was both impressive and pretty awesome.
  3. A point about Kenyan coffee production soon turned into a discussion about Kenyan politics, which eventually turned into the declaration that the concept of washing stations was trop communiste.
  4. Some minor differences - we didn’t get to break the crust of the coffees, and we did the cupping in glass cups (small differences).
  5. Back to the language thing - it was really difficult to keep up (at my language level), and I could basically only catch words like fruits rouges, cuir, citron, etc whilst the more subtle points were completely lost of me.
  6. Interesting information tidbit gleaned from the parts of the conversations I got, the Paris office of Firefox has a La Marzocco espresso machine in their engineering department.

In general though, the entire experience was pretty awesome. Belleville Brûlerie is open once a week for public cupping at 1130h on Saturdays (book in advance).

This particular Nekisse Shakisso from the Sidamo region in Ethiopia, as sourced and roasted by Coutume Paris, must be one of the best coffees I’ve had in a while.
It’s a pretty interesting natural processed coffee, but without the off-notes of over-ripe fruit. Instead, you get a nice hint of blueberries and white flowers, with a mild but present acidity. Awesome stuff.
Check the place out if you’re in town!

This particular Nekisse Shakisso from the Sidamo region in Ethiopia, as sourced and roasted by Coutume Paris, must be one of the best coffees I’ve had in a while.

It’s a pretty interesting natural processed coffee, but without the off-notes of over-ripe fruit. Instead, you get a nice hint of blueberries and white flowers, with a mild but present acidity. Awesome stuff.

Check the place out if you’re in town!

birdoftheday:

Con Sentido (with meaning), another excellent production from The Perennial Plate. @dotcross

Love the idea of paying attention to what we consume.

Also, caffeine’s found in so many fun places!

urbanbeancoffee:

The results of a great coffee date. Photo by @imhannahnicole. (at Urban Bean Coffee)

urbanbeancoffee:

The results of a great coffee date. Photo by @imhannahnicole. (at Urban Bean Coffee)

gratefulmundane:

Grateful for the best coffee I ever had in South Korea. ~horsie #grateful #gratefulmundane #mundane #southkorea #korea #aadesignmuseum #museum #cafe #hongik #brunch #hongdae #boutiquecafe #coffee #affogato #latte #latergram


That’s a pretty weird mug in the background there

gratefulmundane:

Grateful for the best coffee I ever had in South Korea. ~horsie #grateful #gratefulmundane #mundane #southkorea #korea #aadesignmuseum #museum #cafe #hongik #brunch #hongdae #boutiquecafe #coffee #affogato #latte #latergram

That’s a pretty weird mug in the background there

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