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road trip, day five: Laguna Coffee Co

moto | Jan 5, 200607:12 PM

Our landlady at the b&b didn't know how to make coffee and our apartment lacked a nice outdoor sitting place so when I saw a good coffee roaster(the apparatus, not person) through the front window as we walked along the South Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach (address, 1050 S.Coast Highway, 92651, website I had to try their stuff. The proprietor Sylvain was taking a break,with the cafe hospitably left open, and when he came back, clearly under the weather and barely able to talk, as a former small cafe proprietor I thanked him for being open on Boxing Day to keep the caffeine addicts going. The brew of the day was Sulawesi Toraja, a very positive sign, served in big ceramic mugs with reproductions of those stylish vintage French litho posters that have become popular.Sipping, I knew I was in elite company. I roast at home, so the only time I get to try artisan roasters "en situ" is when we travel, but within that limited sampling Sylvain's cafe and brew are in my coffee hall of fame. He only charges $1.25 incl. tax for those large coffees, opens at 7 a.m., has live jazz in his alley Sat. afternoons. He's doing this after a lifetime in hotel and restaurant service all over the world and thinks Laguna Beach is one of the best places in all the U.S., having seen all and worked in many of the 50 states, even further, thinks it's nicer than what most of his native France has become. Certainly, having his coffee and establishment puts an exclusive class. Back to his beans, the other varieties we had over the next few days confirmed my initial assessment. I saw a beautifully roasted Kona getting stirred in the cooling turntable, and the Sumatra I took home is representative of the best that varietal can be. It's a good time now for me to brew and sip,so....cheers

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