Archive for April, 2012

Rev Coffee

Image

I’m back! Sorry for the lack of activity. I have been super duper swamped with my full time gig. But today I am reviewing a GREAT coffee shop in Rev Coffee.

I first heard about Rev through the grapevine and was told that I must try it out. Needless to say that I was not disappointed. The owner Nick was extremely friendly as well as the head roaster Daniel and community coordinator Aajay. But lots of shops have friendly people, lets get down to the nitty gritty.

Equipment – A

Espresso Machine: They have a two group head Nouva Simonelli Aureli. It is a beautiful machine and it pulls great shots.

Grinders: They also have two Mazzer Luigi which is becoming the standard to coffee shops that I am reviewing. No doubt that Mazzer is the standard when it comes to professional grade grinders.

Coffee – B+

They roast their own coffee here at Rev and it’s pretty good. Not gonna lie. Unlike Land of A 1000 Hills, they don’t have a relationship with the farmers though and they get their beans from Cafe Imports. They do however have a excellent roaster in Daniel that really seems to know his stuff so it seems to all balance out.

Baristas – A+ 

No doubt that the baristas here are top notch! Daniel was actually a judge at the SERBC and is heading to Portland to be a judge at the USBC in Portland, OR. Not a bad barista to have on your team to say the least. Quality coffee and milk drinks with consistent art. All and all very good and knowledgable baristas.

Image

Location/Feel – A-

Once you get inside you feel like you have stepped into a converted garage….wait that is probably what happens. Rev has a perfect blend of sleek and cozy. They have done a fantastic job of making the place feel cozy and welcoming but at the same time not neglecting cleanliness. The only knock here is that the location of the shop is kinda next to nothing except for car places. I am hardly in that area of town but I do find myself making a trip out there if I am remotely close, so that has to be a testament to how great the shop is. They have ample parking, wifi, and lots of activities that go on. In fact tomorrow April 14 is their RevFest. If I didn’t have to work for my other job I would definitely be there. On Wednesdays they also have open mic night. Below are their hours:

M-F: 6am-10pm

S-S: 8am-8pm

Bar – n/a

Food/other – A+

They make a majority of their food in house. The pastries and whatnot they get from 3rd party sources. I tried their cuban sandwich and it was delicious. What I liked even more was that everything seemed to be reasonably priced unlike a lot of other coffee shops. They get their chai and tea from the Republic of Tea. They also have lots of brewing equipment on sale as well.

Image

Overall – A to A+

Rev coffee is a great coffee shop. It has charm, good food, great coffee, and knowledgable and skilled baristas. What more could you ask for in a coffee shop. No doubt if this shop was closer to me I would be there a lot more than I currently am. I highly recommend you taking the trip out to Smyrna to try it out.

Toddy Review

Well spring is officially here! With the warm weather I have decided to bring you a review on the Toddy!

Image

For those of you that don’t know a Toddy is a cold brew system mostly known for its ease in making iced coffee drinks. To be completely honest here, I almost didn’t buy one because I have had absolutely delicious coffee from a Toddy as well as bitter, foul, and sour cups of coffee from a Toddy. So to be honest I wasn’t too sure, but none the less with spring here and warm weather the drive for iced coffee lured me in and I took the plunge.

When you open up the Toddy you are greeted with a glass pitcher, lid, rubber stopper, two Toddy filters, a plastic container, a handle (why the two are separate stumps me), and a small instruction booklet.

If you follow the instructions it gives you a nice smooth, flavorful cup of coffee. What’s great and a lot of people don’t realize this is that it also makes hot coffee, instead of coring over ice pour it over hot water similar to an americano! Below are some pros and cons for the Toddy!

Pros

ease of use, it really isn’t too hard to make a good cup of coffee from the Toddy, just follow the instructions

You can refrigerate the coffee concentrate for up to two weeks and it will stay fresh.

Makes great iced coffee as well as hot.

Flavorful without the bitterness

Image

Cons

takes 12 hours to brew (not too bad if you remember to do it overnight, but it’s not something that you can be like “I want a Toddy” and go make it, it requires some planning and thought)

Uses a lot of coffee (I use a full 12 oz bag per batch)

If you forget to change the filter out after around 10 brews the coffee will become bitter and sour. Which is the thing that I think a lot of coffee shops forget to do!Image

So all and all I love my Toddy, it’s ease of use, and how great the coffee tastes as well as the variations you can do with the concentrate once you have it brewed. That’s all for today!

You can purchase a Toddy at your local coffee shop, William Sonoma, and this great invention called the World Wide Web! The going price is around $35

What are your thoughts on the Toddy? Or share your favorite Toddy recipe below!