I like my coffee black, as black as a moonless night so to speak, and strong, very strong! I also want to taste the beans where it's made from as pure as possible. That's why I don't like coffees other than Espresso's. I've been in places where I had to pay a couple of pounds and had no idea if they served me Tea or Coffee, now that's a shame. And much like whisky tasting, there is a whole world behind a good coffee: "Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. It is a professional practice but can be done informally by anyone or by professionals known as "Master Tasters". A standard coffee cupping procedure involves deeply sniffing the coffee, then loudly slurping the coffee so it spreads to the back of the tongue. The coffee taster attempts to measure aspects of the coffee's taste, specifically the body, sweetness, acidity, flavour, and aftertaste. Since coffee beans embody telltale flavours from the region where they were grown, cuppers may attempt to identify the coffee's origin."
Now I'm not into coffee tasting professionaly, or in whisky for that matter, but I think I'm quite capable of identifying a good espresso and in the last few days I've been served two fabulous espresso's. The first time during an informal tasting at the Celtic House in Bowmore and the second time today, again at the Celtic House, who opened The Celtic Coffee House Coffee Shop last Monday on the first floor. They are open from 9.30am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and serve besides great espressos also Cafe Latte, Americano and other varieties. The words that came to mind when I had their espresso was "This is â€” excuse me â€” a damn fine cup of coffee!" These were the legendary words spoken by Dale Cooper, the FBI agent in Twin Peaks, and seemed appropriate for the excellent quality coffee they serve!