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  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:13 pm on June 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cryptozoology, , , Latte, , Loch Ness, Loch Ness Monster, Monster, , Pseudoscience, , Scottish folklore, Sea monster, , The Loch   

    Latte Art Nessie 

    Slowly, but steadily I continue getting better at latter art. Still, about half of my pours come out as abstract blobs of crema and milk foam. Sometimes they are unintentionally less abstract, as in this case:

    There’s only one explanation for this:

    News Item:

    EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Loch Ness monster is back — and there’s video. A man has captured what Nessie watchers say is possible footage of the supposed mythical creature beneath Scotland’s most mysterious lake.

    Nessie is one of the famous sea monsters, but it looks like if you dig a bit, almost every body of water has its own monster. For instance, recently I learned that Black Sea upon which shores I grew up, is supposed to have its own Nessie – the so-called Karadag monster, sightings of which are reported since pre-WWII period. Karadag is a nature reserve of amazing beauty.

    Even Lake Bill, an artificial pond upon which shores Microsofties like to drink beer, has its own monster sightings. I’ve heard rumors that Steve Ballmer took a swim in it after losing a bet.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 6:24 pm on October 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brian Welch, , , , , Latte,   

    Latte Art 

    Slowly, but steadily I am getting a little better at latte art. Once I’ll figure it out completely, I’ll make a couple of videos and write a how-to article. Meanwhile, head over to youtube and look at some of the videos that they have of rosetta pours. Neat, eh?

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:31 pm on August 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cafe Grumpy, , , , , having Cafe Grumpy, Jodie Foster, Latte, , The Brave One   

    Cafe Grumpy 

    Recently I jumped into my minivan and took a road trip on the BQE to visit Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It used to be impossible to find a decent espresso in all of Manhattan, but now even Brooklyn boasts several world class cafes, of which Cafe Grumpy is one.

    Located in a handsome three story circa 1890s Renaissance Revival (correct me if I am wrong) building, Cafe Grumpy takes up the whole first floor. Notice a movie prop truck – apparently “The Brave One” starring Jodie Foster is being shot in the surrounding streets.

    Cafe Grumpy building

    Greenpoint is a formerly bad/industrial neighborhood that is being gentrified like crazy. Notice a fresh crop of condos in the background. I bet having Cafe Grumpy across the street is a strong selling point – it’s probably enough for a bloodsuckerRealtorTM to take the clients for a cup of coffee to seal the deal.

    Cafe Grumpy Logo

    Inside you find a typical Victorian interior of a high end cafe: pressed plaster ceilings, exposed brick and plastered walls, hardwood floors, schoolhouse lights, and mac-toting hipsters.

    Cafe Grumpy Interior

    The big selling point is not food.
    Cafe Grumpy organic eggs

    It’s the combination of the best espresso machine money can buy (Synesso Cyncra),

    Cafe Grumpy Synecco Syncra

    freshly delivered coffee roasted by some of the best roasters (Counter Culture in this case) and highly trained staff.
    Cafe Grumpy Counter Culture beans

    As I was enjoying an impeccable espresso and a latte with a perfect textured milk rosetta (made from two different types of beans), fresh beans arrived. I bought 3 half pound bags of Counter Culture-roasted goodness.

    There’s also an art gallery in the back, but I am not particularly into the local arts scene.

    Cafe Grumpy Gallery

    Cafe Grumpy is holding a “Coffee Nerd Fest” on Wednesday, September 6th, at 7:30 pm. There will be a cupping (sounds dirty, but it’s actually a technical term for coffee tasting) and beer. And maybe they’ll let me pull a shot or two on that Cyncra.

    They are located at 193 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY. They have a website and a blog.

     
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