Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Yin and Yang of Coffee in Chicago

So, there is Yin and Yang, Bird and Magic, Elvis and The Beatles. They are dichotomies, and not necessarily along the tired good vs. evil lines. They are the more friendly ones of the briefs/boxers ilk. There are no epic struggles there, no rocks or hard places. Such is the the Intellgentsia/Metropolis dichotomy.

Intelligentsia's Black Cat espresso is thick, rich, and well-rounded. It's the coffee equivalent of a California Cab. It is undeniably smoooove. Metropolis' Redline can be described in similar terms, except it has more zest than body, more lemon than fruit. There is not even a good wine analogy out there to describe it. Redline is more akin to cognac, and it packs more of a punch.

The Intelligentsia espresso is more pleasant to drink. The Metropolis shot is a little too ristretto, for my taste, but the extra punch really comes to shine in a latte or a macchiato, while the Intelligentsia latte could use a little more character. I suspect most of my customers will be ordering lattes and cappuccinos, but I do feel an obligation to serve a fabulous espresso.

Dichotomies bring dilemmas, boys and girls, and they can leave one paralyzed, like Buridan's ass. I don't like that, and in the spirit of keeping my ass in constant motion, I am ordering samples from some illustrious out-of-town (I know, gasp) roasters. Stay tuned.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will your brew be fair trade?

Pavel Yusim said...

Hmmm... That deserves a whole post of its very own.

Anonymous said...

How about Alterra (milwaukee)

Anonymous said...

If you charge enough people won't suspect it's Folgers Crystals.

Lee

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