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mojenthe southern california contingent of legit have strong feelings about a lot of things, from politics to the proper way to merge on the 405. however, the most important thing to have feelings about is coffee. here’s some of the things we love right now.

nathan and i have been basking in  true pour over love, and our technique is steadily improving. today we picked up some of intelligentsia’s agua preta and with the help of the handy hario, made some truly delicious caffeinated goodness.

matt, however, has his aeropress and some beans ordered from thomas hammer, and swears by his super smooth substance.

my love of paper or plastik continues to grow. as i recall, they’re serving intelligentsia, which i could find other places (like, say, intelligentsia) but every cup i’ve had there has had truly excellent soy steaming– not an easy task, and one i have ranted on at length.

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i figure i should start off by mentioning that i don’t really do dairy. i understand that many  people like it, and that for many people it doesn’t do digestionally icky things, but i am not a member of either of these groups. that being said, there are many people out in the world who are also not ordering things with actual lactose in their lattes, as odd as it may seem. thus, i shall discuss the alternatives.

first, you have to figure out what you want with your espresso/french press/perc/whatever if not milk/half&half/cream. do you want any creamy product at all? have you been craving an americano and not known it? did you just want and espresso and some soda water after all? because these are all very valid options, and perhaps even more delicious.

but if you’re the sort of person who really wants a latte in the morning, you’re basically going to go for soy. sure, there’s rice, almond, and hemp milk, but in my experience they’re both uncommon, and hard to find well done. iced, it can be okay, but unless you’re at a hemp or vegan cafe, stick with soy if you want it hot.

so now that we’ve agreed on soy, here’s what you should know.

first, the bad news: soy is hard to steam. it’s hard to get properly foamy, and it’s sometimes is overly watery, or not feels like it’s congealed. many soy milk brands aren’t made to get up to latte temperatures. and even when there is good foam, it’s not all that dry. kiss your dry cappuccinos goodbye.

but baristas know all this. and they’ve set up ways to compensate. really, the most important thing is the brand of soy your coffee shop uses. i personally like pacific foods ‘barista series’ the most as it is delicious, and steams rather well. soy dream is also pretty good, as is the silk ‘coffee house blend’ (although the latter is rather pricy to get a latte made of, so keep an eye on your wallet). soy also generally doesn’t get steamed quite as hot as actual milk, so drink if fast if you like your coffee scalding.

the truth of the matter is that the main event in your coffee beverage of choice is actually the coffee. it’s important to find a drink that helps the coffee flavor without bringing out any overly bitter or acidic flavors.

seattle area coffee shops that do soy excellently: vivace (either location), all city (in georgetown). basically, go where there are vegans, and there will be good good soy.

thoughts?

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