Ok, call me frivolous, perhaps impetuous, even adventurous, but more appropriately - reckless, since I somehow convinced myself it might be a good idea to throw down $9 to try a single cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee at the Aoyama Cafe at Aberdeen Centre in RIchmond, notable of its use of the vacuum/siphon method of coffee brewing, which is still standard in parts of Asia but has all but disappeared from North America since the invention of the drip coffee maker. Ok, I didn't have my hopes up since I've tried Jamaican Blue Mountain on a number of occasions and agree with the general consensus that it overpriced and over-rated. Still, I was hoping that this carefully prepared cup might be a little bit of coffee nirvana, albeit about $1.25 per sip. The waitress was careful to note that the bone china cup it was served in was so expensive that i "wouldn't want to know how much it cost". Wish i had kept the cup because the brew was unremarkable, murky, disconcertingly acidic and without body. Closer to tea than coffee. Undeterred, and wanting to chase my loses, added a cup of their $2.95 UCC blend, which was more to my liking but still without gusto. The perils of coffee tourism...
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