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About CoffeeGeek

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    Vancouver, BC
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    Espresso. Coffee. Espresso. Photography. Cooking. Growing what I eat. Occasionally hunting what I eat (never for sport). Espresso. Sketching. Sports: Soccer and CFL football (and maybe an F1 race here and there).

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  1. I gotta say, I was happy to see Mourinho hoisted on his petard tha way, by his former team no less. Mind you, I'm a Hotspurs fan, so neither of these teams matter much to me, win or lose. Well, I'll say one thing - normally I absolutely loathe and dislike a player like Diego Costa, but there's just something about him that fascinates me. He's like a Bond villain tough guy who always seems to win.
  2. Those look NICE... Haven't seen that RE before. At first I thought they were Punch, but is it Juan Lopez? Details!
  3. I think like most Canadians, the Tragically Hip have been heavy on my playlist all summer long. They are essentially "Canada's Band", and the lead singer, Gord Downie, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and the band rushed together one final concert series across Canada. I was fortunate to see them live one last time (and roughly the 20th time I've seen them in concert live) during this tour. And Gord sang my #1 favourite Hip song, one he usually never performs live, as it's about his nephew who died of congenital heart disease at around age of 5: Fiddler's Green. Here's a video of
  4. Another of my faves (and one of Ralfy's favourite blended scotches)... the Monkey Shoulder. It's made from a blend of 3 or 4 "top Scotches" (rumour has it Balvennie Double Barrel is one of them), and this is just pure... comfort to me. I suggest seeking out Ralfy's review or others on this scotch. It's my current fave. And I have a glass in front of me right now of it.
  5. Produce SOOOOO MUCH stuff at home, I'm a bit of a fanatic. Lessee: canning fruits of all sorts (long term preserving) freeze prep of fruits (strawberries, cherries, blueberries) for winter use canning tomatoes in whole, chopped and sauce format make all our own bread. I have two ongoing sourdough starters, plus make buns, loafs, you name it. make most of my stocks (chicken, vegetable, beef, pork); I do a lot of pressure cooking (Instapot for the win), and always have a lot of bones to use for stock make most of my soups. We have three active raised bed garde
  6. I'm not of a fan of heavily peated scotches. I don't actually like peat taste or smell much, so it's a challenge at times to find a nice complex Scotch Whisky that fits my taste profile desires. I tend to stick to Irish Whiskeys or Japanese or Canadian whiskeys. But I have found a few Scotches that hit all the marks for me. One is this one - the Bruitchladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt, Unpeated Whisky. Absolutely love the taste profile. Sweet honey citrus nose. Strong (50%, so knock it down), Super complex, I don't even want to try and describe the flavours; it just goes on and on. Thick, vi
  7. Another recent is the HdM Epi #2s, HQ grade that were offered up here a while ago. I plan on "cellaring" these for a year or so, but couldn't help but have one to give them ago. Fantastic creamy cream cream.
  8. My latest is the 2-fer 24 offering of a range of shorties, I picked both the RASC and the Boli Short Corona. Funny how the boxes are identical sized, as are the cigars. Arrived just today. Super happy with them. Fantastic deal.
  9. The RASS and, especially, it's little brother, the RASC, are two of my all time favourite smokes. I prefer the RASC as my "shorty go to", I've been through 4 boxes and lots of 5ers of this over the years, and it's an amazing bang for the buck. Thanks for the review!
  10. The cocoa was very minimal, and only really there at the end of the 2nd third, IIRC; debated even mentioning it. In the little notepad notes I was keeping informally I wrote: "is that cocoa? Is that nut?" and went with cocoa. Cheers on the Craigellachie! The booze expert at the local BCLDB branch told me it was rather limited, as they don't release it every year. I think I might go stock up on another bottle or two, if that's the case!
  11. I can't tell you, as I bought 10 sticks of it from a B&M, from a few boxes; and it was a couple of years ago now when I wasn't recording any dates or numbers - M
  12. My first review posted, so be gentle Also posted to /r/cigars (hope that's okay) Preamble So fellow FoH'er Photo_Rob knows why I smoked this, my last EpiEsp in my collection. Inside story. It'll be interesting to see how he reviews the one I just traded his way. Will I buy another box of EpiEsps down the road? Read on. Pairing Paired this cigar up with an absolutely fantastic, complex Scotch; if you love the browns but don't like peat, I highly recommend you pick up a bottle of Craigellachie 13 Year while it's available (it's a limited release). Super complex, nice underripe
  13. My advice: buy a shitload of Ghurkas seconds, rejects, whatever discounts you can get. Sell said Ghurkas to idiotic billionaires (what they used to look like) for an insane, 2000% markup. Tell them the seconds and rejects are "rare, unreleased Ghurkas!" Pass along some savings to FoH'ers in their purchases; call it the "Ghurka Discount" Everyone wins!
  14. I almost always agree with JV (grin) and I love the guy (and his Dad before him, RIP Gilles), but really appreciate you posting this interview segment. I totally agree with him on where F1 is these days too. Mind you, the upcoming Azerbaijan F1 looks to be very, very interesting.

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