Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Making Soft Serve

Just now finished from last week. Lossa photos so look out...

Since San Francisco has turned into the Oklahoma Land Grab of the coffee industry in the last couple of months, (It's like you have a good idea and then everybody else just jumps on board. Really!) we here at the BBCC dedicated to do some reconnaissance on our competitions. See where we stand and stuff.

Just to keep appearances on the up and up, we enlisted the tasting powers of Ritual Tea House's Customer Relations liaison Shorty G and his sweet ladyfriend Maeday. We promised to take their picture so they really had no choice.

First stop, the BBCC secret headquarters in the Oakland district of Temescal.

Fancy Bagel

So we catch James midway though yet another delicious bagel from up the street. He makes immediate connections with our visitors over New York and all that sensitive art crap that they're into over there. Meanwhile there's coffee to be made.

Lining up
Shorty G meets our SM machine (hehe) while Maeday and T-bone look on.

Shorty G was taken by our limited space after frolicking in the massive space he now inhabits over in the city. He made a beautiful drink in one try, darn showoff.

shorty G makes us proud

After Boyman cleared his chariot of various unmentionables, he loaded the rest of crew and set off for the big big city in search of the legendary, or at least soon to be, Cafe Organica, owned and operated by bigtime CG personality Eton Tsuno.

Eton's shop is fairly sparse have only recently acquired it from the previous tenant who apparently ran some sort of liquor or beverage store as evidenced by the large, walk-in refrigerator unit in the back.

His set up is pretty dreamy. He's got several Mazzer Grinders lined up to the left of his three group Linnea. The machine is outfitted with both standard and naked portafilters, and opposed to Ritual's Munchkin playground, the bar is at a reasonable height.

So we walk in and order up a round of shots.

The first was from Taylor Maid Farms, an espresso blend they call Organic Panic.
Taylor Maid Organic Panic
The shot was dark in flavor, and touted as having twice as much caffeine. You know what that means... (Thanks to gauperaa for the stolen image, hopefully it will sell shirts)

Then we had a shot of an espresso blend that the kids down at Barefoot Coffee Roasters call Sweetness. This was a first for the BBCC. We had had a Barefoot cappa a while back but no shots.
Barefoot Sweetness
Maybe he should get a placemat that has ads for all his roasters and then he could just roll out the appropriate one so that when you're sorting photos later you don't get confused and accidentally call a shot by the incorrect name...Eton!

Next up was the Paladino from Zoka. We've talked about this espresso here before, but Eton's shot was totally different. Still a little peppery, but not like what we pulled or what we had in their shop.
Zoka Paladino

He had been shooting the Hayes Valley espresso a week or so before, but was all out. Too bad. We would have liked to have tried it on someone else's machine. And speaking of machines, someone want to donate Eton a Synesso? If anyone needed separate boiler control it's this guy. Then he could dial all three in and man it would be awesome.

Eton knew that three shots weren't enough so he whipped together a signature drink that he has spent hours and hours developing. The guys got the chops too. The drinks, served in adorable little liqueur glasses, are iced and an be downed in a single gulp.

But the BBCC is sneaky and we figured out his dirty little secret!

Dirty Eton's secret ingredient
No, dirty cups are not his dirty secret! Look look!

And of course after a couple of those, Eton and Shorty G were dancing like Khaldi's Goats.
Woohoo.  Party time.  Let us go crazy.

We said goodbye to Eton and ran down to Hayes for a quick shot and a macchiato from Oldman. Shorty G stayed in there and dropped that macc quickstyle.

And just to push the envelope, we decided to make another stopover at Ritual to abuse the staff and wait for a shot. Even though we finally ate in order to stem the espresso battle that was going on in our stomachs, we were a little worried about Shorty G... He didn't look so good.

Don't feel so good coach
"I don't feel so good coach."

Until next time!


Blogger gabriel said...

whatever. I look HAWT.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous eton said...

shorty-G always looks HaWt...

dayum sexie

9:35 PM  
Blogger gabriel said...

hahaha. you ain't too bad yourself Eton, keep downing that extra rich milk dude!

1:46 AM  
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