Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hmmm...I like it!

Yes, that's the way I like it. Some may think it's sacrilegious. Huh? What am I talking about? The enjoyment of a cuppa, specifically how I occasionally like my coffee.

As I was enjoying it, it got me into thinking and hence this post.  What is this 'it'?  Well, I'm talking about a cup of El Salvador Single Origin brewed using the Aeropress coffee maker. Using 5 seconds off boiled water, poured into the 2 cup marking on the Aeropress and pressed/plunged right into a "Give Up Bad Design For Good" Bodum travel mug (Note: I'm sad that Bodum no longer makes this particular travel mug though there are other different models available) with 15ml of Hazelnut flavored syrup in it.

What? Noooooooo.....Flavored syrup? How could you? What are you doing?  Hmmm....could be some of the reactions I get.  Well, though it may sound like a cliche, taste is subjective.

One of my first exposure and experience in gourmet coffee was drinking flavored coffee and my favorite was Hazelnut flavored coffee back in the early 90s! So, it kinda brings back memory. Of course, I also know that the quality of beans used for flavored coffee is no where close to the El Salvador Single Origin I used. What is important to me is that I'm really enjoying my cup of coffee. I can't tell you the if the coffee has a hint of chocolate or an aftertaste of chicory but one thing I can tell you for sure - Hazelnut overwhelmed the cup and that's what I was craving for.

So, yes. Taste is subjective and I'd add that most times, it's influenced by past experience. To be fair, taste does evolve and gets refined as time passes. But once in awhile, a trip back memory lane is very satisfying.

This is what I used:
1. Aeropress Coffee Maker
2. rubra El Salvador Single Origin coffee (for selections of coffee, click here)
3. Bodum travel mug
4. Da Vinci Hazelnut flavored syrup

What do you think? Do you think we should kick back and just brew what we like and enjoy it even if it means using a flavor?

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