My uncle gave me great advice about coffee when I was in my teens. “Learn to drink it black,” he said. “You’ll never be disappointed if there’s no cream or sugar.” I took that advice and I’ve never regretted it.
This morning I’m sucking down mass units of something called “Late Night Log-in.” It’s a dark roast from boca java. It satisfies. Iâ€™m a dark roast fan, and this is better than anything available here in Madison, better than the local roasters provide, better even than the corporate Seattle beans available wherever the bourgeois congregate.
I was among the first 500 bloggers who registered and yesterday I received my review kit. The kit contained six eight ounce bags of whole coffee beans, six different roasts and flavors. It contained a cool black ball cap and a mug, both with the legend â€œAlways blog on a full tank.â€ Thatâ€™s what they gave me, and I promised them some reviews. If you click through to them from this site and make a purchase, theyâ€™ll give me some credit toward my next coffee purchase. This is a good deal for me and for the â€˜hood, since Iâ€™ll be spending less time breaking into parked cars and boosting stereos to feed my addiction.
Right now, Iâ€™m wearing my boca java hat and Iâ€™m drinking from my complimentary bloggersfuel mug and I have nothing but good things to say about the brew. You can look for another four or five comments from me over the next month or two. When I bust open a new bag, Iâ€™ll share my impressions. My tastes are simple, informed by my uncleâ€™s advice and my early days in San Francisco where there two kinds of coffeeâ€¦ Graffeoâ€™s dark roast (my favorite) and Graffeoâ€™s light roast (not as much my favorite). Of course across the bay in Piedmont Mr. Peet was putting the business model together for the bourgeois coffee stores that dominate the market today, and I got to know him a little because my girlfriend was a Piedmont High graduate. But basically, for me there are still only two kinds of coffee: light and dark roastsâ€¦ well, three kinds of coffee if you count Jamaican Blue Mountain, but Iâ€™ve only had a few opportunities in this long life to enjoy it. I am NOT a fan of flavored coffees, and those two bags will probably be donated to somebody who likes that kind of thing.