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  1. Who among us makes a cup of coffee or pulls a shot, it tastes great, but instead of enjoying it you say hmm how can I make this taste better? I’m not talking about in a Mr. Coffee I’m talking about fresh ground beans, a pour over/immersion or a nice espresso machine. Who out there is a total coffee geek like me? I can’t get enough! My cigar addiction is far greater, but I always find myself buying new accessories for my espresso machine. Today I got a Saint Anthony Industries New Levy Tamp and Wedge Distributor. If your stateside, who is your go-to roaster? My go-to lately has been Topeca Coffee Roasters, they won the 2018 US Roaster Cup and their prices are insane for their accolades. Topeca Coffee Roasters Signature Espresso and Ethiopia Beriti SO Lucca A53 Mini by La Spaziale, Eureka Atom and a Baratza Vario W Saint Anthony Industries New Levy Tamp and Wedge Distributor Post some pictures of your setup!
  2. Hello Everyone, We are lucky to have so many good places in Hong Kong to smoke cigars and enjoy the company of fellow cigar aficionados. This is an effort to gather the most updated information on spots for those in Hong Kong now and those coming to visit after Covid. If you are looking for a place that sells sticks and want to sit down and enjoy a cigar, or if you want bring your own cigar (BYOC) to smoke somewhere, keep on reading. General information about Hong Kong for those who have not been here yet: It is second to none in terms of places where to smoke – there are literally options everywhere. The selection of cigars is world class but demand and ability to pay drive up prices, making cigar prices some of the highest in the world. During Covid, most lounges have been a safe haven for aficionados and fully open, subject to regulations. This guide is mainly supposed to give you a feel and provide updated information of what is available should you be looking for a good place to smoke now – indoor, outdoor, day or night and by location. The list below will mainly guide you to where you can go and just buy a stick to enjoy for a few hours without forking out for a box or pay up to USD 10K for a locker. You can find private / members only / public places and those where you need to buy a box to sit down and smoke. To help to get an idea for in particular the lounges, they are categorized by both price $$$-$ and feel ***-* which is highly subjective but serves as a general reference point. For some places you can put on your best suit (***), others are more relaxed (**) and some you can visit with shorts and different shoes on (*). But do not worry, this guide will help to introduce options for every taste and wallet. Disclaimer: all the places on the list below have been visited many times by yours truly and other fellow cigar buddies, any recommendations are therefore always based on our personal experiences and feel for the spots. It may sound odd, but not all of the places can be found on Google or Maps so if you are particularly interested in any of these, send a pm or post below for more details and wherever possible everyone will help with more detailed info. For example, if you are looking for a lounge that has both cigars and offers drinks, we are happy to guide you. Creds where creds due @Billybats @[email protected]@Meklown Cigar Lounges – opening hours vary but usually from 11:am until late Bertie Cigars – Central - $$$ - *** Cigar Divan / Simon’s – Mandarin Hotel - $$$ - ***/** Cigar Ben – Central - $$ - **/* La Casa Del Habano – Sheraton TST - $$$ - *** HS Cigar Club HK – Causeway Bay - $$ - * C & P Lounge – Central - $ - * Cigar Home / Aladdin Mess – Causeway Bay - $$ - * The Harbour Cigar Divan - $$$ - ***/** Davidoff Peninsula – Peninsula Hotel - $$$ - ***/** Cigar Ted – Kwun Tong - $$ - * Restaurants / Bars / Hotels – BYOC – opening hours vary but usually from 11:am until late The Picture House – Sai Kung - $$/$ - * Mr Wolf – Central – $$$ - **/* Misty's – Wan Chai - $ - * Staunton's – Central – $$/* Frites – Wan Chai - $$$ - ***/* Fashion Food Street (5+ places) – Causeway Bay - $$$/$$ - ***/* Trafalgar – Wan Chai - $ - * Cadillac – Causeway Bay - $ - * Aladdin Mess / Cigar Home – Causeway Bay - $$ - * The Pawn – Wan Chai - $$$ - *** Mr & Mrs Fox – Quarry Bay - $$$ - ** Premier Cru – Sai Ying Pun - $$ - * The Envoy – Central - $$$ - *** King Ludwig Beerhall – Causeway Bay - $$ - * The Beer Bay – Central Ferry Pier - $ - * Churchill's – Wan Chai - $ - * Ruam Thai – Wan Chai - $$ - * The Garage – Mong Kok - $$ - ** Emmer Pizzeria & Café – Pacific Place - $$ - ** The Continental – Pacific Place - $$$ - ** Divino – Wan Chai - $$ - * Etna – Tin Hau - $$ - ** Coffee Shops – BYOC – opening hours vary but usually from morning until evening Starbucks – Queen’s Road Central - $ - * Starbucks – Pacific Place (Wan Chai side) - $ - * Coffee Academics – Wan Chai Road - $ - * Coffee Academics – Happy Valley - $ - * Coffee Academics – Wan Chai Harbour Road - $ - * Coffee Academics – Central - $ - * Coco Espresso – Sheung Wan - $ - * Cafe Revol - Jordan - $$ - * Apt. Coffee - Wan Chai - $ - * Café Corridor - Causeway Bay - $ - * % Arabica – Central (PMQ) – $ - * Other Places – BYOC - opening hours vary but usually from morning until evening IFC Rooftop Garden – Central - $ - * Hope to see you at one of these places soon and welcome you to Hong Kong after Covid. Feel welcome to submit your favorite spot and it will be added to the list. More BYOC coffee shops spots are always welcome!
  3. Great way to start the weekend! Very old school cigar, Great morning cigar - Medium body, smooth draw , very creamy taste, perfect structure with very nice ash. have a great weekend!
  4. I smoked a Connie A last night, and I liked it. (Just like Katy Perry) I got the sense my nose was in a cappuccino overlooking the beach in Positano. Tons of cream. Tons of caramel. It was a beautiful experience guys. Is this flavor profile prevalent to other Upmann vitolas? I'm interested... What cigars do y'all recommend with that coffee, cream, caramel, or toffee flavor profile? I've read here that PLPC's are a caramel dream and they're on my radar as a next buy. Thoughts are appreciated. Cuba libre. Happy smoking! Javiel
  5. I was reading through some old threads about what folks like to pair with their cigars (coffee, tea, water, Dr. Pepper (?), etc.) and thought I'd be helpful to get some thoughts on coffee versus tea pairings. I usually have a dry latte, unsweetened, when I smoke. I have a burr grinder and a decent - but not great - espresso machine. I use a dark roast Nicaraguan bean from a local roaster that has a nice chocolate aroma and isn't too acidic. I've used Cubita in the past when I can find it, but I haven't seen any at my usual sources for the past year and a half. I've heard of some testers who use lukewarm tea as a sort of palate cleanser when they smoke, and I think that's an interesting idea. I'm considering trying something different because "coffee" or some variant of that is so common in tasting notes and reviews. I never really get that out of my cigars, and I'm assuming that's because the coffee note is completely masked by the actual coffee I'm drinking. Any thoughts on a pairing that would really let the full range of flavors and aromas of a cigar shine through? And for tea drinkers, any recommendations? I'm thinking something in the oolong family, but that might be too mild ... Looking forward to enjoying trying some new pairings!
  6. Coffee roasting is a growing passion of mine and since it appears there are many coffee lovers here I was hoping to pick your brains. This is a pretty general topic but would love some thoughts on any part of it. I've been home roasting for a few years now and thinking I'm ready to upgrade to a bigger roaster. I come from a large family so if nothing else I can share more with them. Looking at least a 6lb batch roaster but debating if I should wait until I'm ready for more like a 15lb. And of course I'd like the hobby to produce some sales. Does anyone even buy bulk coffee anymore? Has the K-cup taken over and around to stay? Do you appreciate good coffee enough to demand fresh every day and if so how do you get it? Do you find many prepackaged single serve coffees to be boring?

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