Today we return to my own neighborhood, the Upper West Side, for a visit to Irving Farms Coffee Roasters. There are four or five different places to drink coffee in the blocks right around here and I thought I'd tried all of them. But I'd missed Irving Farms and stopped by yesterday for a taste test.
In the winter of 1971 I had my first glass of good wine. Actually I split a bottle of a dry white wine -- Pouilly Fuisse -- with a college friend. I'd never had dry white wine, just an assortment of inexpensive fruity wines and Gallo Vin Rose was probably the best of the lot. Despite the massive hangover the next morning I came upon a tremendous realization. There was a whole world of much better wines than I was used to drinking. I didn't immediately, or ever, become a wine connoisseur, but I drank a lot less bad wine, and have been happier for it.
My experience at City of Saints may have done the same for me with coffee. Irving Farms is a New York City/New York State chain of coffee bars that locally roasts their beans. The iced coffee I had was a solid B, but it didn't stand out. I asked the barrista what kind of beans were used in the iced coffee and was told "medium roast," not a specific place of origin. I wouldn't generally comment on this, but this is a coffee roaster. Has City of Saints ruined me, or are my coffee taste buds just getting sharper?
This is the setting for pour over for hot coffee, which looks great. My sense is this is the strength of Irving Farm's coffee. I was impressed by the menu for pour over, which is in the photograph below. Though I don't have the sophisticated apparatus in the picture, this is how I make my coffee at home. I am planning a return visit to sample the hot coffee, made in this manner.
It's been a quiet day so far. Laundry is sorted and hand wash is drying. My blog post is (just about) done and I'm off to my next coffee adventure. Blogging from A to Z friends, "J" is on the way.
So much coffee and so little time! As ever, thanks for visiting.