Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM
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The irrepressible and irascible Travelling GourmetTM goes to Roosevelt to taste…
MARVELLOUS Coffee! The Barista of Roosevelt, friendly and enthusiastic Rudel from the Philippines prepared four types of Coffee for me to taste. They were selected Coffee beans from Ethiopia in Africa (the home of Coffee), and from South America..Guatemala, Colombia and Brazil. They had been produced by the “Wash”method.
First we smelled the selected beans…Ethiopia had nice fruity notes of sour cherries while Guatemala had pleasing nuances of dark chocolate. Colombia and Brazil were more subdued with woody and earthy notes.
Then we smelled the ground Coffee beans by putting our noses as close as possible to the Coffee…but not in the Coffee, Ha! Ha!
Next Rudel poured boiling hot water into the cups and we let the bubbly Crust form…
The next step was to use a spoon to ‘break the crust’ and then…to smell the back of the spoon to try and discover as many different aromas as possible.
Finally, we tasted the black Coffee, with no sugar added, by slurping the liquid into our mouths thus getting it all over our taste buds so as to try to identify all the different flavours. Very different from the Kopi Tiam coffees made with Indonesian Robusta Coffee beans with their smoky burnt flavour. These gourmet Coffees have a typical sour acidity from the Arabica Coffee beans and a lovely body with flavours of chocolate, dark berry fruit and earthy nuances. The process of tasting Coffee is called “Cupping” and is used by Coffee buyers and producers to determine the quality of the Coffee.
There is nothing quite like a nice hot cup of “Java”…except perhaps dipping a warm all butter Croissant into the Coffee before eating it!
I like my coffee hot with a Croissant…and my women smart…with brains and beauty.
At this link is one of my favourite songs…it is called “Brazil!” They have very good coffee there…
Roosevelt’s Diner & Bar
331 New Bridge Road, #01-02
Tel: 6538 3518