Weather: Currently HAILING, 53°
Currently Listening to: Another Sad Love Song | Khalid
The weather has been truly strange this weekend down here in Southern California. Not only was yesterday cold and incredibly gloomy, today it hailed. This isn't my ideal weather. I love it when the temperature drops but the gloominess and rain makes me feel so so lazy. But enough about the weather...despite the weather, I had a really good time visiting Common Room Roasters with some friends on Saturday afternoon.
We drove 45 minutes to Newport Beach and found Common Room Roasters on a street of what looked like a bunch of offices/warehouses. It turns out that it used to be a warehouse but they turned it into a coffee shop about a year ago and recently renovated it for more space and to include a small roasting room.
I got a bottle of Cold Brew and it was a little stronger than I'm used to but it was really good even without milk; I also thought it was pretty cool that they bottle their own cold brew. The quality of coffee is important but I tend to look for other things when I decide if I like a coffee spot or not. I really like open spaces with a lot of windows, minimal decorations, good music, and a friendly staff. At Common Room Roasters, there was a lot of space to work, a nice little coffee tasting area, a live DJ, and we had a good time talking to the owner, Edward.
Edward, who is originally from Australia, had us taste three different kinds of coffee that were "raised in Melbourne, (but) roasted in California." Each kind of coffee went through a different process that made the taste different. If the coffee was "washed," the seed or bean was removed from the fruit before being dried; it had a really light flavor, almost like tea whereas the coffee that wasn't washed and had been dried longer had a very strong and dense flavor. Edward explained that washed coffee is one of the hardest to roast; he said if you mess up a little bit, you'll get something like Starbucks coffee (haha).
As I mentioned before, I drink Starbucks almost everyday so I am clearly not an expert on coffee BUT I can say that I am trying. In just the past few weeks, I have ventured from my "usual," iced coffee with soy milk, to cold brew (without sugar or milk, omg), lattes, and even plain, hot, sour coffee. For all you fellow Starbucks lovers, live shamelessly! Who cares! But if you want to "try" or want to fake it till you make it, here's what I have learned so far:
- The more sour the coffee, the more likely that it is considered to be "good" coffee by real coffee people.
- Don't ever ask a barista for their least sour coffee. You will offend them.
- Enjoy cold brew in it's purest form. Don't ruin it by adding milk and/or sugar. You will get a "Why did you order cold brew then?"
- No one actually knows what what makes "Nitro Cold Brew" a "Nitro Cold Brew." But a quick Google search has solved the mystery. "Cold-brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas is released through a pressurized valve with tiny holes. As high pressure forces the cold brew past a disc, it creates a creamy, stout-like effect."
- Some coffee is meant to be enjoyed without a straw. (s/o to Beavis Hari)
So that's all the wisdom I can offer. Let me know how it goes :)