Earlier this week, I visited Houndstooth for a cup of their carefully prepared coffee. A barista walked me through various beans and their flavor profiles, and then I watched as he made my coffee, using a scale and an espresso machine that cost as much as some cars. The resulting latte was as good as any coffee drink I've ordered in Dallas. It's always good at Houndstooth.
Scott Reitz Creme Oolong from The Cultured Cup
Later, I wanted something to further warm my insides, but not the intensely caffeinated experience of an espresso shot, so I ordered some tea -- Jade Goddess, a type of oolong. I watched as the tealeaves were measured out with a teaspoon, instead of a scale like the beans, potentially miscalculating the amount of tea to be steeped. I watched as hot water was poured into a cool vessel, bringing the water down to some unknown temperature before the tea was added.More »