papajim2jordan wrote: Fri Oct 08, 2021 10:08 am
Thinking straight again now that I’ve had a few.
Missed this. In our house, EVER Y day is National Coffee Day!
M.E. Swings Coffee, out of Alexandria, VA. Been roasting their own coffee since 1919. Catered to hotels, embassies and caterers.
We go for any coffee from Guatemala, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda, or Zimbabwe. The Guatemala and Ethiopian coffees are the best. I have never tasted any coffee that compares to Swings's roast from these 5 countries. Never. I'm 66, been drinking Swings since I was 30.
Their own blend MESCO, is milder. Good, but not as good as the others. The Costa Rican coffee is also excellent, almost as good as the others. But I'm not crazy about their Columbian. Used to always drink their French Breakfast, now called G Street which is a little less smooth ("bold") than the others.
We are drinking Sumatra coffee right now, and it's very good, but not nearly as good as the coffees from the Americas or Africa.
Pro hint 1): if you like their coffee, the 5# bags are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than the 12oz bags! 2) Brown filters make the coffee taste FAR better than white ones. 3) the water where you live makes a difference.
Going out to roast some today.
Fresh roasted coffee smells like a little slice of heaven,
roasting coffee however...
Best done outside.
I used to walk into their building (The Mesco Building) in DC, where they did the roasting and it smelled WONDERFUL! Old galvanized bins of coffee beans. The building is still there but Swings sold it...
"The upper class: keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class: pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there...just to scare the shit out of the middle class."--George Carlin