Filtered coffee at Coutume Instituutti. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

Filtered coffee at Coutume Instituutti. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

You know you’re tasting great coffee, when after your first sip, you stop what you are doing, and take another sip to check if what you’ve just tasted, is R-E-A-L.

I seldom had something that balanced. Sometimes the aromas can be very deceiving, and the coffee smells richer and more complex than what it actually tastes like. Some other times, a discreet perfume might reveal a bolder and more interesting character.

This time, I had it all:  scent, taste, body, delicacy, extraction, right temperature, from the first sip to the last one. Thank you Michelle, I can still feel the caramel and the fruity flavours.

As a technical detail, my filtered coffee was served in one big glass instead of the usual fancy Hario kit + tray. Somehow, I liked it better, as it kept the coffee hot for a longer period of time and I could taste a larger spectrum of flavours while coffee was cooling gradually, instead of being transferred from one container to another.

We don’t say it enough, but we should always trust our barista to come up with something new and that blows our mind.

Coffee: Costa Rica Tarrazu, Santa Maria de Dota
Coffee Roaster: Screaming Beans
Barista: Michelle
Extraction: Hario V60
Coffee shop: Coutume Instituutti