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Now Brewing: Metropolis

OK, I posted the Ictus Fair Trade coffee near the end of my supply of their beans, and I’ve already got a new coffee brewing — and it is one good brew. Metropolis. We are brewing some Samba … roasty, toasty, tasty, aromatic, great smooth drink. I’ve given my ratings on the top five before, but there’s some tinkering going on now….
Here’s my top five coffees. Am I missing someone or somebody’s coffee?
1A. Intelligentsia
2B. Metropolis
3. Chestnut Hill Coffee Company
4. Ugly Mug Cafe
5. Doubleshot
By the time I’m done with this pound of Metropolis, I might have an internal war going on between Intelligentsia and Metropolis. I’ve got now a 1A and 1B, and the reason might be only that I’ve had much more Intelligentsia than Metropolis.
It makes me wonder why there are so many of you know what kind of coffee shops around. I mean, anyone who has had any of the above has no need for St-rb-cks!

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posted April 30, 2008 at 6:36 am


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Kathy Khang

posted April 30, 2008 at 8:59 am

There are so many of “those” coffee shops because we as a coffee-drinking community have sold ourselves short.
It’s a bit like my dating choices as a teenager: I settled, was easily distracted and swayed, was terribly insecure about my preferences and was just plain stupid.
But that’s just me.

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Scot McKnight

posted April 30, 2008 at 9:09 am

That’s a good one. It means drinking Starbuck’s is adolescent.

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Scot McKnight

posted April 30, 2008 at 9:09 am

Peets is good; I’ll admit that.

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posted April 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I had a cup of Starbucks the other day for the first time in a long time. When I tasted it – for the first time the scales fell from my eyes. I thought, “boy, this coffee tastes a little burnt.” At that moment I realized that the charge that Starbucks over-roasts their beans may actually be true. But, I’ll take a cup of Starbucks any day over a.) watered down Caribou, b.) Dunkin’ Donuts dishwater, or c.) McDonalds own burnt coffee.

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Zach Tanksley

posted April 30, 2008 at 9:37 pm

I am going to throw my vote in with “The Man” St. Arbucks, because I have yet to have a coffee as deep and earthy, spicy and aromatic, as their Komodo Dragon done in a French Press… Their Sumatra is a close second. I am so tired of bright light bodied coffees. Give me something that sits on the palate.

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Billy Kangas

posted May 1, 2008 at 8:01 am

I have always liked metropolis better then intelli.
Red Line is one of my favorite blends of all time.
That being said I think the best shot I ever had was made with an itelligensia blend.
Either way they are both great.
Ugly Mug of Ypsilanti is still my Favorite…
but they will be know as “Black Label” pretty soon if I’m not mistaken!

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posted May 9, 2008 at 8:05 am

I’ve just returned from a holiday on the west coast – where they love their coffee. In Seattle I saw the original Starbucks, but didn’t go in!
By far the best coffee I’ve had was at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, OR. As their name suggests, they import their beans from selected growers all over the world and roast them in Portland. I attended a coffee tasting event (called cupping) where they really geeked out about it. Fun.

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