Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Today I am a man...

...a coffee man.

Our espresso machine, drip airpot brewer, and grinders were installed today. It was one of the most exciting days of my life (with conversion, marriage, baby birth, and a few other things taking justifiable precedence), one that said we were finally there, the day had finally come. Part of our vision of the good life was filled out today, coincidentally right before Thanksgiving.

As I'm sure T.J., Big Al, and Jason can tell you, pulling your first shot of espresso is a rush and a half. I guessed on the tamping pressure (based on seeing other folks do it) using a cheapo plastic tamper (our good ones are in the mail) and pulled a decent first shot. Wow. Never thought that much flavory goodness could actually come out of beans. Truly incredible.

It wasn't the best shot I've ever tasted, but it wasn't the worst. That bodes well, as far as I'm concerned. Here's to the future of coffee in the Beaver Valley!

"Great City. Great People. Great Coffee."--one possible tagline for BiFC&T


Janet said...

Exciting. I'm anxiously waiting for the opening.

I keep wondering about things though... like decaf... and more inportantly... milk substitutes such as soy. Being lactose intolerant, I guess I really worry about this.

Qere Ketiv said...


We'll have decaf, mostly the Swiss Water Process variety (and hopefully soon all SWP), in both drip and espresso. Also, if I remember correctly, we will have Soy as an option, but don't quote me--I'll get back to you on it. I know of many people, even one of my employees that won't stand for lactose, so you are in good company.

We always want to be responsive to our neighbors/customers desires and demands, so I will bring it up at the next "meeting" to clarify. See you at the opening!