This post is a repeat of one I put up over at our Company blog, because it’s as much about food (wine is food!) as it is about coffee. Here’s the text of what I put up:
One of my favorite parlor tricks to play with customers is to have them tell me their favorite wine, and I tell them a coffee they will like. I usually nail it.
The folks at Edible Piedmont are preparing a story about our roasting company, and in the course of our interview my “special skill” came up. They asked me if I could codify it somehow in a way that could be published. So as I was bouncing around the mountains of Nicaragua last week, I sketched it out in my notebook; 3-6 hours per day gives you time to think about stuff like this.
Now, a few caveats – this is an art, not a science. I laid things in the way that they are *generally* true – this is not to say there are never exceptions! I also did not exhaustively list wines, or coffees, I stuck to the ones that most non-professionals know, stuff that is easily available in a supermarket wine selection. If your favorite is a Verdhelo, or a Vouvray, or an Amontillado, you probably don’t need my help selecting a coffee you like. Finally, I find that while my trick works pretty well going from wine to coffee, it works less well in the other direction.
Anyway, I thought this was a fun world-view, I hope you enjoy it and/or find it useful.
When we moved to North Carolina in 1999, you couldn’t buy wine by mail. That changed about 5 years ago, in response to a supreme court ruling. Fast forward to 2010, and we’re threatened with Back to the Future by our freedom-hating government.
H.R. 5034 was brought to my attention first by my friend who makes BBQ sauce (which is awesome), then in a Facebook post by Noble Pig Vineyards. They provided lots of good links, including this one to more detail in Wine Spectator, and this one, which allows you to easily convey your protests to your elected representatives.
Even if you don’t buy wine by mail, or drink wine at all, I hope you’ll take a minute to register your dissatisfaction with your congresspeople and senators.