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Miscellany: I just like the sound of the word. Don’t you? “Mis cel lan e ous.” I could say it a thousand times a day. The miscellany is where anything in life worth having usually spends most of its time: would you like to hunt for something worthwhile among my miscellany?

Tafel :: miscellany :: coffee

Friday, July 08, 2005

Guatemala Antigua, La Flor del Cafe

A light flavour for a dark roast, but “La Flor del Café,” grown by private farmers (not corporate sycophants) in Guatemala’s “valle de Antigua” still has a prominent character of its own. With only a dash of skimmed milk, the brew is remarkably creamy, having an inherent sweetness not unlike raw chocolate.

The cup I have before me is somewhat watery, but like as not that’s due more to the venue than to the bean itself. Panera Bread Company, while a nice place, is still stuck in the unenviable and untenable position of catering to the mindless masses, who can’t have their coffee too strong or their conversation too subtle, lest they be driven off on the one side and bored on the other by the invitation to think. Still, “La Flor del Café is a beautiful coffee for everyday consumption for those who feel, as I do, an innate shrinking from anything with the term “breakfast blend” in the name.

“La Flor del Café” is especially suited to drinking black with a swirl of honey. (Make it in a French press and it’d probably move up several notches to “good coffee to sit and savour” or something like that.)

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