Friday, June 4, 2010

"Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee"

Okay, on to Part 2 of this past Saturday's culinary adventure! I know everyone's been hanging breathlessly since yesterday, waiting for this final installment about Saturday's hot dog and coffee extravaganza ... :) Can't have my faithful followers keeling over from oxygen deprivation, now, can I???

After eating hot dogs in the sunshine, Jeremy and I meandered over to Comet Coffee (located in the Nickels Arcade, for any Ann Arborites who should be hanging their heads in shame for not knowing that). I'd written about my love of -- a.k.a.: desperate need for! -- coffee for recently, and two different readers had urged me to go to Comet:

"Mary - you ought to go Comet, and try their La Esmeralda coffee prepared via the pour-over method, it is exquisite!!!!"

"Have you tried the Cocoa Latte from Comet Coffee? They use Calder Dairy Chocolate milk, super yummy!!"

Well, when God tries to point you in a certain direction, you oughta listen. (Yeah, I'm not too good at that ... I'm a tad stubborn, and a bit of a control freak since I have no control in any area of my life and therefore try to wrest it wherever I can.) But when God repeats the message, well ... Thou shalt get thy tuckus over there!

Comet Coffee has long been on my "to do" list; however, said "to do" list is exceedingly long, and money can sometimes be less than plentiful, and so some items get pushed further and further down.

But Saturday was the day! We meandered into the bright, open shop and found 3 people behind the counter -- one working the register, one prepping, the other artfully handling barista duties and 4 pour-overs at once. We were greeted immediately and with exceptional friendliness as we reviewed the short menu: coffee, tea, vac, French press, the afore-mentioned pour-over ... truly, the most essential basics.

Having come in with 2 recommendations, my poor little frazzled brain was spared having to pick beans and method and iced vs. hot. We ordered 2 cool drinks -- La Esmeralda and the chocolate latte -- and sat to wait as they were prepared just for us rather than merely being poured out of a carafe that had been sitting around for awhile. Admittedly, I'm not enough of a snob to turn down that other stuff (though I refuse to drink instant or freeze-dried!), but I do appreciate the beauty of coffees that would bear Jeremy's and my names exclusively.

The latte was ready first, and was so rich that it looked like chocolate milk. It was creamy ... it was decadent ... it was really, really, really good!!! Jeremy and I split it, though I got perhaps 2/3 to his 1/3. But that was remedied by his drinking most of the iced La Esmeralda, which was probably the most perfect coffee we've ever had ... and we've plowed through a lot of it, brewed in many different fashions.

Jeremy likened the coffee to Guinness (we won't discuss the fact that he's ... ahem ... 19). The depth of flavor, the depth of color -- I had to move the glass closer to the window so that at least a few rays of light could shine through it for this photo. It was extraordinarily smooth without even a hint of bitterness -- and I can detect bitterness quite readily, even in sweet things like Newman-Os (which can have all the organic ingredients they want, but if they taste bad they're worthless. I do really like the ginger ones, though ...).

But I'm meandering through the flow chart that is my brain again ....

I added a bit of Turbinado sugar and some half-and-half to my share of the La Esmeralda (don't judge me!!!), and enjoyed it very much just that way -- the qualities of the coffee were only enhanced, I'd say, rather than sullied by the sweetness and creaminess. Jeremy, however, drank his straight; and he declared it to be the very best coffee he'd ever had, period. Ah, make that an exclamation point!

We looked at the shelves to see if we could buy La Esmeralda beans to take home; but, alas, they are so precious that they are reserved only for the store. The very chatty gentleman who'd taken our order explained that they are auctioned each year, such that the shop owner stakes a claim to what he'll offer to customers but there isn't anything else available. But we were at least offered a chance to smell the beans as a consolation prize! Smiles and nods all around, and an olfactory buzz was enjoyed immensely ... :)

(With thanks to Irving Berlin for sharing all of his gifts, but -- at the moment, anyway -- especially for the song I purloined for the title of this post ...)


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Your timing is just cruel! Sure, come follow thru my misery as I live w/ a half ripped out kitchen and then you have a FOOD BLOG!!!!!
Cruel I tell you!
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Set Apart Living Mama said...

That looks good! I'm following back!

Kassandra said...

Had to look because you had Food in your title and I love collecting recipes and ideas.

Can't say I like coffee at all though :p

Now a good cup of tea or hot cocoa and I'm in!

Hope you get a chance to stop by my blogs. The links are in my profile.

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Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

I could go for nice, cold and chocolatey latte right about now.

Stopping by from Tickled Pink. Your blog name caught my eye,lol.

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JIm said...

Again and again, thanks for the kind words. To clarify: we use Guernsey dairy for all our milk needs. Like Calder it is a local dairy, but we think it gives our drinks a great creamy texture without concealing the flavor of the coffee. The chocolate sauce we use is house-made and features single origin Venezuelan cocoa. It's more true to the taste of the cocoa and less sweet than most "treat coffees" out there. If you'd like to splurge on an 8oz bag of the Hacienda la Esmeralda, we'd recommend buying it direct from the roaster we get it from:

They can offer you a much better price. Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for the press!

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Robin @ Blommi said...

Now I have to go grab myself an ice coffee!

Happy Friendly Friday :)

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Steph said...

I love Starbucks, so I'm always up for trying new coffee drinks whenever I see a new coffee shop around. Those drinks look delicious, I wish we had that shop in our area! :P

New follower from New Friend Friday :)

Happy Friday!

Xenia said...

I'm not usually a big coffee person, but now I'm thinking a nice icy glass would be pretty darn tasty right about now!

Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday, have a great weekend! :)

Yenta Mary said...

Hi, Jim --

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write and for clarifying which fabulous local dairy products you use. Your shop was wonderful, your employees both remarkably warm and astoundingly knowledgeable ... and, well, I've already raved about the product and will continue to do so ... :)

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Beth Zimmerman said...

This was an interesting read even though I don't {horrors} like coffee! LOL! Nice to meet you by the way! Found my way here from FF40+ and now following.


Heather S-G said...

Yup. Totally want to try this place...totally! Period. Exclamation point. And ya know, I'm thinking that likening coffee to Guinesse is a good thing ;)

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Hi sounds like you had a great time! I love coffee.

Thanks for flying with us on Friday-Follow today.


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Have a great weekend!

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