Friday, September 09, 2005

Mo' Monkey

Just a postscript to my Monkey Bean review. I still love the place, but they do sometimes have a problem with consistency. I'm speaking particularly of the espresso drinks - the food and drip coffee is always terific. I don't know why, but for some reason, anytime I get a drink from a GUY that works there, there's always some glitch in the quality. (No, it's not just my fetish for girl-flavored baristas)

On a recent visit, the kid making my iced americano stuffed unweildly mounds of too-finely ground espresso into the porta-filter, insuring a 10 minutes wait for the bean-juice to drip like molasses through an I.V from the machine. The result was what I would imagine ground charcoal brickettes spiced w/ Marlboro Light ashes in cold water would taste like.

The place is just this side of a "write-me-a-poem-and-I'll-give-you-a-cup-of-coffee-because-that's-the-way-we-subvert-the-man" coffee shop; it's part of it's charm. But it's important that they always remember to keep on top of the training for the cheap labor from Urban Peak.

Gotta love the scene there, though.


totalvo said...

great shot.. i have some photos of the cafe here in town..i am on my way to vermont and i will be sure to report back with cafe adventures..i willbring the camera so i can take as many photos as possible

Anonymous said...

i know your a coffee purist, as i once was, still writh in joy from my organic sumatra from wild oats. but then i found god. in a mug of yerba mate. ever tried?