Date: Sunday, 11/17
Drink: Zeke’s Gunpowder Espresso Roast: For years, Zeke’s has been my ‘go-to’ for local beans and was the first company that produced espresso I liked enough that I didn’t feel I had to roast my own. The first 2 shots I pulled gushed out so fast that I knew they’d be garbage. By #3 I had the grind and tamp dialed in well enough that I’d have a good drink. In comparison to the Espresso roast from CoffeeCoffee, this was a lighter roast with less oily beans that required a finer grind. Much less crema but still a smooth, drinkable shot with a hint of a nutty or caramel taste in the finish and just a touch of bitterness. You never know with purchased beans how fresh they are but these tasted ok. I put a little sweetened creamer in shot 3 for something different.
Distance: 3.8 mi.
The Ride: I was up REALLY late last night and being awake was a miracle in itself. There is one more place I want to try in Bel Air but all I wanted for today was to sit around, brew some espresso and listen to some music. The air was as thick with moisture as I’ve ever seen it this morning and I had to stash my glasses not 1/4 mile into the ride. Beads of water were dripping off my helmet within mile 1. It’s good to have some bright lights for days like this.