Preparation: Aero Press
Scores: Scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being excellent
Dislikes: Lots of acidity
Summary: We were visiting Danny in Toronto last month when Danny suggested we walk on over to Manic Coffee in the Kensington Market neighborhood to get a cup of coffee and for me to buy some great beans. Manic is not a coffee roaster, but they pride themselves on brewing and serving a perfectly delicious cup of coffee. The cafe itself was small and crowded with youngish people coming in from the cold. I ordered the coffee of the day and also purchased whole beans called Ethiopia Yirgacheffe from Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters. It was a bit spendy, but I decided to go for it.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is a very vibrant and flavorful coffee. It will appeal to those of you who like a lighter roast with citrus notes and a little acidic punch. I made my cup strong with the Aero Press and am glad I did. The flavors were wild and interesting. The ending flavors of jasmine and lemon on the palate fooled me in to thinking I was drinking some kind of exotic tea. It definitely tasted more like a tea than a traditional coffee. I liked it, but didn't love it.
Overall score: 8
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