Skip to main content

Toms Roasting Co. Honduran coffee

Who knew Toms (the shoe brand that donates a pair for every pair you buy) made coffee too? Who
knew? I didn't when I picked up this bag of coffee. The only reason I bought it was because I wanted Guatemalan coffee and the grocery store didn't have that so, vaguely remembering that Honduras and Guatemala are close to each other,* I bought the next best thing.

When you drink as much coffee as I do, you start to notice things like how it tastes, where it comes from, how it's roasted, yada yada yada, all sorts of stuff I once thought was the realm of "coffee snobs" or "hipsters" but I now realize I JUST WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION. GAHD it is nice when you finally discover your archetypal, idealized version of coffee and say to yourself: "Where did this come from? I want to know everything about this."

Sadly, Toms Honduran (Las Capucas) coffee is not exactly that good, but it's good. Its flavor profile of "clean, silky, almonds" is partly right. It is pretty clean-tasting. And if I really try I can force myself into believing I taste almonds in there. The smooth tartness and un-ripe berry flavors are nice, but it's a little bit weak for me to be drinking as my first cup of the day. Major points, however, for the "dry" non-oily taste. Its so clean it barely even leaves a trace in my Bialetti.

*(As it turns out, I was right)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

New Yorker Fiction Review: "The Apologizer" by Milan Kundera

Issue: May 4, 2015

Rating: $$

Review: It took me five years and three separate attempts to finish Milan Kundera's famous novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but in spite of that, quotes and insights from that book still rattle round my head on a weekly basis. What I mean to say is: my feelings on Kundera are very similar to my feelings on Haruki Murakami. I enjoy reading his work, but in small doses, like this short story.

Like Murakami, Kundera uses elements of magical realism, but where in a Murakami story you might encounter a flying dolphin or a disappearing hotel or a person who has lived his whole life in the same room, refusing to leave, Kundera's magical realism offers more direct insights and perspective on real life.

In Kundera's worlds, time and space are malleable and everything that ever happened in history is happening at the same time, and the narrator is a completely omniscient, caring, witty, and hands-on god-like being.

And so it is with "The Apo…

New Yorker Fiction Reviews: "Meet the President!" by Zadie Smith

Each week I review the short fiction from a recent issue of The New Yorker. If you told me when I was 12 that I'd be doing this I'd have been like, "Dork. There's no such thing as blogs," and I'd have been right...

Issue: Aug. 12 & 19, 2013

Story: "Meet the President!"

Author:Zadie Smith

(Please note: I've developed a highly sophisticated grading system, which I'll be using from now on.  Each story will now receive a Final Grade of either READ IT or DON'T READ it. See the bottom of the review for this story's grade...after you've read the review, natch.)

Plot: Set in England, far into the future (lets say 2113) a privileged youth of 15, named Bill Peek, encounters a few poor villagers from a small, abandoned coastal town on the southeast shore. He meets a little girl named Aggie, who is going to her sister's funeral. Peek is cut-off from real life by a sophisticated video game system that is implanted in his head, therefore th…

A Piece of Advice I Learned From My Grandfather

My grandfather was one of the most learned men I know. He read widely and voraciously, and not just in the sciences (he was a doctor); he loved politics, philosophy, and great literature as well. Whenever he finished a book he would write his thoughts about the book in the front cover and then sign and date it. To this day every once in a while I will open a book from my bookshelf or my mother's bookshelf, or at one of my family members' homes, and there will be my grandfather's handwriting. He was also a great giver of his books; if you remarked that you liked a particular one or wanted to read it, you were almost sure to take it home with you.

Reading is a very solitary pursuit but my grandfather was not a solitary person. He relished having family and friends around him which is convenient because he was blessed with a lot of both. And he carried out his intellectual life in a very "public" way as well. He was, in some ways, an intellectual evangelist. If he r…