This evening I went for cocktails at the Beaker and Flask in south east Portland. The place is pretty busy and they have a seating policy which doesn't allow for a standing room situation. I started out with a bourbon based absinthe drink.
They source the bar ware from estate sales and antique shops, so our glasses were vintage and fantastic.
Our Bartender, Elizabeth, was really sharp. While she was crafting my cocktails she told me about her sourcing trip to Kentucky. She and I had a great conversation about bourbon, she selected a barrel and brought it back for the bar. I followed up with an old fashion with monster ice cubes and a giant slice of orange peel.
Dinner was at Lovely Hula Hands, another great experience. Roasted beat and potato salad with fennel, calabrian chiles and creamy horseradish. Followed by a caramelized cauliflower risotto. Desert tied it together; house made brown sugar ice cream with a cakey ginger bread. Not to sweet, good texture.
Hot draft of a Thai coffee we brewed with @beanspirecoffee. Thailand is a producing country with a lot of potential but also several problems to overcome in the near term. Storage of green, processing, and varietals to name a few. The biggest problem will be one of brand. As Thai coffee improves, it will face a perception bias. Many roasters will simply write it off because they will lump it in with other asian coffees. That means lower price offers and often a basic unwillingness to sample them. We are betting that over the next few years companies like beanspire will overcome many of the hurdles to get better. Expect more info on that this winter.
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