JR Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2003 Posts: 1,833 Location: Germantown, TN (right next to Elvistown) Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: New but inop Quickmill... Grinder: Baratza Forté, Cunill... Drip: Bona Vita (Thermal) Roaster: GG/UFO
Posted Wed Aug 19, 2009, 7:10pm Subject: Good Coffee in Orlando?
I'll be in Orlando at the end of this month, and I was wondering where to find the good coffee. Seems this question has been often asked, but seldom answered. The most recent recommendation I cold find was from 2006.
If you are still in Orlando and might possibly be heading north, now is a good time to visit Volta. We're taking a two week break from Intelligentsia to feature Ecco Caffe coffees. At the moment, we have the standard Ecco Northern Italian espresso on the main grinder, and the amazing Serra do Bone auction lot reserve on the 2nd grinder. We also have the Yirgacheffe Konga Co-op reserve, the Brazil Santa Terezinha Auction Lot coffee, and the Guat La Maravilla and El Sal Santa Adelaida on either the Clover or Chemex. We also have a small amount of Counter Culture's microlot Honduras El Lechero.
I'm not there yet, but I'll probably be around 30,000 feet when I pass Gainesville. It sounds like the place to stop next time I drive down. It's great to hear from someone who has some passion about their shop.
tallyjd Senior Member Joined: 7 Mar 2009 Posts: 105 Location: SE Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Vivaldi SI ii Grinder: Baratza Vario, M4 Roaster: HG/BM
Posted Sat Jan 16, 2010, 7:06pm Subject: Re: Good Coffee in Orlando?
My update to this thread. Was in Orlando and can report that there is still a dearth of decent coffee. I did stop by Volta in Gainesville on the way out. For Florida, they are pretty good. Compared to the NY or West Coast shops they are not on the same level. They have invested heavily in equipment, but the beans were pretty old to be considered fresh (12 days off roast according to the barista), the girl seemed somewhat knowledgable but not a real pro. They were pulling an Ecco blend. I bought a pound from their "big bag" and took it home, pulled it on the S1 and was it much better than the pull I got there. They hare real potential and obviously are aiming to make top notch espresso. I am guessing that it will be difficult for them to hire qualified people in Gainsville however.
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