Tuesday, July 26, 2005

It has been a while since we've talked about coffees from other roasters. Some might attribute this fact to Aaron De Lazzer's spanking via the comments section, but we like to say that we just haven't had the time.

But our friend-in-coffee Larry, recently traveled to Amsterdam for a conference and brought us back some booty. And not the kind that you're embarrassed to talk about.

BBCC Hayes Valley Espresso vs. Brandmeester's Koffie Espresso
Hayes on the left, Brandmeester on the right.

Brandmeester's Koffie, (which apparently means "chief roaster") appears to have several roaster/cafés in the area, although we'll need someone fluent to correct for mistakes.

The discovery of the coffee on the shelves led to a little tussle among the male memebers of the BBCC kiosk as both Oldman and Manboy tried to "out-Euro" each other for dibs on the less than half-pound.

Manboy took the initiative and pulled a couple of sample shots. As you can see, the roast level was dramatically lighter and it showed in the flavor. Bright, pleasantly sweet and dropped off the palate almost immediately. Totally different experience to the west coast style of syrup-y bodied shots. Delightful and unfortunately gone. Didn't even get a chance to take a picture before the last of the dregs were licked from the bottom of the demitasse. How Euro is that.

First Cup July 24, 2005

And the kicker is that Larry didn't even like it. So hey, Dutch readers of the Clown College, what's the deal?

Oh and be sure to check the comments section as Guy from meathenge will surely find something in this post to swear about. Yeah!


Blogger gabriel said...

damn! you got SERVED!

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Expat_in_The_Netherlands said...

Brandmeesters basically means "roast master" although "brand" typically means burn or fire. Pronounced braand-mays-ters.

"vers gebrande koffie" on the bag literally translates to "freshly burned coffee". I don't know why the Dutch uses this term as there actually is a word for roasted *shrug*.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coffee? At a Coffee Shop in Amerstdam?? Who knew??!

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Generally, you get (pseudo) coffee at a coffee "house". You want something else from the coffee "shop" which typically has a decal of a green leafy plant on the door/window... accompanied by a pungent odour easily distinguishable from coffee (and just about everything else).

5:13 PM  
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9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russian Models!

9:19 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

Maybe burned is closer to what they do? Hmm... Roasting generally is a meat term anyway. Toasting? :O)


6:09 AM  
Blogger fo-cus said...

The Dutch word "branden" has several meanings, among which:
- to burn (i.e. be consumed by fire)
- working by radiating light or warmth (a burning light)
- be processed by heat (!)

Then why not use roast ("roosteren")? It's true roasting is what is done. Burning just sounds better ;)

1:30 PM  
Blogger edina monsoon said...

You have lovely pictures. I'm positively green with envy.Am sipping tepid coffee even as I type. A whole throng of work to wade through this morning.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

beautiful photos...what kind of camera do you use?

3:57 PM  

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