Obviously, it has been too long since a blog has appeared here. My colleague Jim was good enough to fill in with a post about our special prep Sumatra last month. Now, it’s back to all those touchy-feely posts from your usual correspondent. No Earth-shattering news today, just a portrait of a Saturday in town.
Day began at the Kootenai County Farmers Market. Even before I picked up my morels and fern fiddleheads, I stopped by the DOMA stand for a cup of coffee. Sarah brewed the perfect cup of our new Ethiopia Idido Yirgacheffe. It’s funny because both she and I had admitted to one another that we had never really gravitated to Yirgacheffes, but this coffee has changed our perspectives. It’s got that wonderful citrus element that you’d expect but also has a lot more going on – the tasting notes are not hyperbole. Here you see Scott explaining its merits to some visitors while Sarah prepares for the next Kalita and Jenica takes in the information.
Later in the day, I took myself for a walk along the shore of the lake. The sky was dramatic and the air was sweet with the scent of spring rain. About midway through my walk the sweet scent got washed out by a spring thunderstorm and I was totally soaked.
The Patanos hosted some staff in the evening to make some pizzas in their wood-fired oven. Occasionally, I have a potential wholesale account who foolishly elects to go with some big corporate company citing their desire for some “Italian-style” espresso. After my initial disappointment, I smile to myself and think about how I work for a family named Patano who have been roasting coffee for a decade and-a-half, who also happen to own a wood-fired pizza oven. Seriously, the science and pleasure of food come together seamlessly in the owners’ backyard just as much as they do at the roastery. Jim, the Head Roaster and I talked about homemade tonic, Shawn and I talked about the science of fermented grains, and Sarah demonstrated some dough tossing skills from her days at a pizzeria.
If you are in the neighborhood, definitely stop by the farmers’ market on Saturday or the Coffee Lab on a weekday. Ms. Rombauer had the vision to title her cookbook “The Joy of Cooking” but there is certainly joy to be had in brewing, too.