Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

It’s October.  But due to the Fortnum & Mason beans, I haven’t tried Angel’s Cup from September which comes from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.

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It’s an Ethiopian coffee from what’s apparently the Gedeo zone.  I smell a faint nutty aroma.  I sometimes get whiffs of berries or apples.

Grinding the beans, the dominant smell of nuts and berries take over.  I also get whiffs of something else so possibly it’s the peach and kiwi?  I don’t know… it smells very fruity yet doesn’t smell exactly like berries.

Making the latte gives a smooth feeling to the tongue.  I still get the same fruity yet not really berry aroma.  The latte didn’t go down as quickly as the Fortnum & Mason beans.  However, these beans do give a refreshing after taste though.

A Note to Self podcast

I learned two new words as related to relationship… simmering and icing.  They come from this podcast Note to Self that I listen to.  In this podcast, the host interviews a relationship expert about online relationships and the recent occurrence of a new behavior of being in a relationship while at the same time not in a relationship.  It’s like Schrodinger’s cat. 

What fascinates me is the last half the episode where the expert talks about the changing definition of relationship. The expert reframes the relationship not as a growth of a couple together but a growth of two distinct separate but equal (for lack of a better phrase) individuals.  The expert simplifies this distinction with an analogy of cornerstone vs. capstone model of relationship. 

This episode is very enlightening.  Go listen. 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/esther-perel-online-dating

Fortnum & Mason Coffee

This is not from Angel’s Cup subscription.  I was gifted this bag as a souvenir.

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I’m not sure if Fortnum & Mason is considered a coffee roaster.  They sell a lot of what seems to be luxury food items and goods.  Regardless if they aren’t a true coffee roasting company, this bag of coffee was apparently grown in India.  India?  Ya it’s not one a popular country where you’d think coffee bean comes from but but it is within the “region” where coffee grows.

Anyways, the aroma wasn’t very spectacular as some of the previous bags I’ve tasted.  It had a subtle earth, nutmeg and chocolate aroma.   Grinding the beans however brought out a nutty aroma mixed with hints of berry.

After I made my latte, the first sip was amazing.  I almost immediately drank the rest of the latte and finished it with an intense feeling of wanting another cup.  The latte went down smoothly like I’m drinking water.  There is this subtle aftertaste of smooth dark chocolate that coats my mouth.  I think it’s this aftertaste that triggering feelings of wanting a 2nd cup.  Every time I’ve made this in the morning, I always get the same feeling of needing a 2nd cup.  These beans are deceptively delicious.

 

Morocco

There’s been an dearth of posts recently because I went to Morocco with some friends for a short vacation.  I saw the Medina of Fez (a UNESCO site),  Medina of Marrekesh (also a UNESCO site), the super large public square of Jemaa el-Fna also in Marrakesh, the Sahara Desert, the Dades and Todra/Todgha Gorges, the Ouzud Waterfalls and the Hassan II Mosque.  It should be noted that many of the mosques restrict non-Muslims from entering.

Overall despite getting food poisoning in the latter half of the trip, it was interesting.  Ten days is too much time for what we did.  Although we did go at a somewhat leisure place, we probably could have planned better and also gone up the coast to Tangiers/Rabat as well.  It’s amazing to see the change in scenery from lush green vegetation to barren dessert while driving with pockets of green along the rivers.  The towns that pop up depend on that water.  As one Airbnb host put it:  “no water, no life.”

This is my favorite picture from the trip…

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(Dis)Honesty

I’ve heard of Dan Ariely from Freakonomics.  Freakonomics talks about his Behavioral Economics research quite “freakwently” (see what i did there!?) on a number of different topics that range from lying, dating, paying taxes and even quitting.

Imagine my surprise that there’s this Netflix documentary called (Dis)honesty: The Truth about Lies.  This documentary is an in depth dive about lying.  It’s like an extended TedTalk (a TedDoc!).  Ariely will talk about some principle from his research followed by real occurrences of the principle in action taken from society.  The behavioral experiments in the lab leads to more discoveries about the social interactions and gives potential insight on why lying/cheating/dishonesty happens.

This is a pretty great documentary about lying and dishonesty and their effects on the person committing the act of dishonesty.

American Solar Eclipse of 2017

If you haven’t heard of this event in America, you are clearly not even paying attention to the news.

Yes… I understand your sentiment about all the useless Trump news and all the partisan bickering going on in the government.  We even miss out on important issues because they get overshadowed by Trump news.  But at the very least, you have to pay attention to non-political news like the American Solar Eclipse of 2017.

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Thanks to modern technology, there were quite a few YouTube Live feeds going on.  So even though I was not in the path of totality for this eclipse I still got to experience the awesomeness that is a total eclipse (of the heart.)

Thread Coffee

This month’s Angel Cup Coffee Bean delivery comes from Thread Coffee.

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By now, I’ve come to the conclusion that whole beans smell amazing regardless of where they are from.  These beans have the usual smell of nuts, cherry or berry, and chocolate. Strangely enough, I also smell something similar to that smell in a glass after drinking a bottle of coco cola that was poured into a cup.

After grinding, the smelling notes of nuts, cherry and chocolate were subdued.  There wasn’t anything particular striking from the ground coffee honestly.  The latte was buttery and smooth.  The latte also had a very subdued flavor chocolate and nut flavor.  Very subtle.  There was also very little after taste with each sip.

I think I’m going to enjoy drinking this month’s coffee.