WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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124 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 To Learn More… While coffee is one of the most widely sold and written about products in the world, the following resources are suggested as a useful way to better understand what by any measure is a matter of personal taste. n "HOW TO MAKE PERFECT COFFEE," by former Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez, was published in The Atlantic on August 22, 2013. It is a concise and highly informative introduction to the fine art of coffee making. Bookstores and libraries have entire shelves devoted to the topic, but this is a great place to start. n HOME COFFEE MAKING EQUIPMENT ranges from $15 countertop brewers to espresso machines running into the thousands of dollars. Among the most informative and straightforward websites devoted to merchandiz- ing coffee-making equipment is www.seattlecoffeegear.com. Espresso machines, grinders, and roasters — they're all there, along with candid pro and con reviews and "how to" videos. Also worth noting: the most novel device must pass muster according to the "KISS Rule." If it ain't easy to run and clean, don't buy it. n FOR IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION, visit the coffee aisle at Whole Foods on Washington Street in Wellesley. Shelves are stocked with a wide array of beans and pre-ground coffees, some at surprisingly affordable prices. Sample the wares at Whole Foods in-store coffee bar, too, where an array of espressos and specialty drinks invite cravers of caffeine to indulge. n SAMPLING ARTISANAL ROASTERS AND IMPORTERS is an easy way to experience unique strains, blends, and "profiles" sourced from coffee growers around the world, and all without leaving your kitchen table. David Conboy at Karma Coffee Roasters (www.stiryoursoul.com) works directly with African growers to bring Fair Trade coffee directly to you while Len Brault of Heirloom Coffee (www.heirloom-coffee.com) focuses his efforts on Southeast Asia and Central America. Both have an encyclopedic knowledge of coffee, are locally based (Sudbury and Medford, respectively) and vend coffees of incredible quality and unique flavor. Or surf the web for hundreds of other "micro roasters." You'll be setting out on an odyssey without end, but one well worth taking. n BAG IT! And pick up some beans at your local barista bar. More than a dozen stores and cafes serve espresso in Wellesley and Weston alone. So while you're grabbing a cup o' Joe at your favorite place, ask for a bag before you leave.

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