Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 1:43pm Subject: The Java Sojourner - Sampling Greenway Coffee in Houston
Greenway Coffee is my favorite shop in Houston - I've said it several times before and recent visits elsewhere have done nothing to change this. Just as often I've heard it said that going to Greenway Plaza and parking are just not worth the trouble. This is not true, parking is free with a voucher and the quality is worth the trouble. If you are tempted to try Greenway coffee at home or at Revival Market, you will get good beans but you will not get the benefit of the six highly trained Baristas behind the Greenway counter (unless you are pretty experienced with a good home set-up). This week they have pulled their varietal 'The Veldt' for me and I have tasted it three times this week, appreciating the changes that come with different days, with different Baristas. All have been good. Take today, for instance: Michelle pulled a super-creamy cup that smelled toasty, slightly spicy, and tasted nutty, then toasty, with a taste of vanilla, then a high note that Patrick described as grape-like, but I could only make out a vague malic or tartaric note. The body was very rich and smooth, much more mellow than yesterday. Since they had none of their Daterra Reserve for retail, three hours later I was at Revival Market, buying bags. Since Revival was also pulling The Veldt, I did what I had been putting off for the past six months: I asked them to pull me a shot. In comparison, they served me a cup that was weak and thin, with the nutty, toasty flavors still there, but almost in the background. Second and third sips were dominated by that vomit-acid taste that has kept me away from ordering espresso for years. This was only one cup, of course, and it was pulled by someone I had never seen at Revival before and maybe they were still on the learning curve with their Faema E61. But, as I have said before, I am tired of paying good money for bad coffee and so I will continue to drive under Greenway Plaza, park in the building 3 or building 5 (slightly closer) visitor parking 'pen', walk to the food court (1 minute from parking 5 and two from parking 3), and enjoy expert pulls of great coffee.
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