Williams Sonoma was having a sale this weekend. I bought a canvas knife bag and a French Press. This morning I had my first cup of french pressed decaf verona. Oh man, I don't think I can go back to paper filtered coffee ever. When I drink this french press coffee, I can understand why people like coffee. It's so smooth and flavorful: it doesn't have that horrible bitter burned taste that is so characteristic of your normal drip coffee offering. I put some heavy cream and cinnamon in there and it is a warm, spicy, smooth, flavor carnival! The coffee is so good prepared this way that I think I could actually do with LESS cream for essentially the first time ever.
I'm not sure I'll be sticking with verona though. I attempted to attain decaf gazebo, which is probably my all time favorite coffee, but supposedly starbucks retail stores don't sell that any more (or at least not the one I visited.) The verona smell brought back my 'Bucks days tout suite man, I tell you. I don't really have the coffee palette lingo to describe why I think I will range away from verona next, but I think I might go for sumatra or starbucks house blend next to get a brew with a little stronger bite to it. Or maybe the smell just brings back too many memories!