This Saturday was again started with a venture to the local farmer’s market, to pick up eggs foremost, from a vendor who has become friends with my wife, Mary. Sissi an immigrant from Mexico, raises chickens, ducks, gardens and supplies fresh produce and eggs. Her fresh produce is organic, something we seek out. Perhaps for this reason, her lettuce is very flavorful (I never knew it could be) and her other items are tasty as well. As Mary had to go to her job, I was the official shopper. I rode my Heron, a beautiful touring bike designed by Grant Peterson and made by Waterford. I pulled a trailer to carry all the eggs and produce. From there I went for coffee. In an older industrial space, a new roaster has set up business, and besides roasting good quality beans serves the coffee as well. The roasters call themselves Hyperion. Coincidentally they supplied the beans to Cultivate for the coffee I had last week. It was so good, I chose to have a pour-over version of the Ethiopian: Aleta Wondo. This would give me a nice comparison. Indeed, it was more than satisfying, it was a delicious, complex version. The pour-over brought out the same flavors, pie crust, blueberry and now some lemon. A bit lighter than the long black, it still filled the palate with taste. I drained it slowly, not wanting the cup to reach empty. When I was done, I sat and savored its taste. Almost ready to leave, the barista (Dakota by name) offered to make the group of us in the shop a brewing of Cascara. Made from the husks of the coffee fruit, it is brewed like tea. After steeping for 5 minutes, several of us tried it, and were rewarded with the cleanness of a rose hips tea, sweet cherry-like flavor, and undertones of coffee. Perhaps because of some caffeine, or another nutrient substance, it was rejuvenating, and roused me to pursue the remainder of the days activity.
Above, you can see the exterior of the space Hyperion occupies. The Heron leans against the curb assisted by the BOB trailer. Not visible are 4 dozen eggs, lettuce, squash, broccoli, apples.
2 weeks, 2 different bikes, 4 different coffee drinks to date. Espresso, long black last week, a pour-over, and Cascara this week.
This interior shot at Hyperion shows only a few feet of the table, 4 foot by 24, of a single slab of wood. The remnants of my pour-over, and in the background, what will become many flavorful cups.