There's no snow, but it's currently -1 degree Farhenheit outside (up from -9 degrees earlier this morning) with a wind chill (feels like) factor of less than -30 degrees. They've put out a "wind chill warning" which means that you can get frostbite, hypothermia or die (!) within 10 minutes of being outside. That's worse than the "wind chill advisory" we had yesterday (which lets you stay out there for up to 30 minutes with out losing fingers and toes). So as you can imagine, we're staying inside as much as possible. And unfortunately, last night's SuperBowl results aren't warming up anybody around these parts either.
On the building front, our permit "Intake Meeting" is this morning, which means that if we don't hit any major snags, we could theoretically get our construction permit very soon (cross yo' fingers!). However, the owner's guys haven't yet finished their part of the work before turning over the space to us. The lack of heat over there and the frigid temps are keeping the plumber (and others) away it seems. So we'll just have to see how this all affects our timing. For our part, we'll be getting bids on the project and finalizing al the construction plans so that as soon as they turn over the space to us, we can get crackin'.
On Friday afternoon we had an espresso tasting session with our friends over at Intelligentsia (Fulton St/Roasting Works). It was awesome. We had a chance to taste variations in shots due to changing variables (grind and tamp pressure) and blends. Sarah and Jay also dissected some shots of Black Cat into five parts for us (which I've always wanted to do but have never gotten around to) so we could really taste the differences between the extraction flavors at the beginning, middle and ends of the shot. I'm hoping this will help us troubleshoot our shots better to create better balance. We also tasted some single origin shots, including a really pleasantly surprising Yirgacheffe. We also snagged their new Direct Trade calendar which is dope (and available here)!