This article intrigued me for a lot of reasons. The "techie" aspect in their novel approach to roasting appeals to my inner nerd, it's a local business and I love to support them, and as a coffee nerd they seem to have a passion for what they do, which usually translates into an excellent product. Unfortunately, I believe only the first two were correct.
I happened to be on the north side of town so I stopped into AJ's to pick up a bag. I was a little shocked at the price. At $18 for 10oz, it cost almost twice what fresh local roasters like Savaya and Raging Sage charge but what's cost when it comes to good coffee? Upon opening the bag at home however, I was faced with several obvious concerns before I even started heating the water. First, it was vacuum sealed. Fresh coffee gives off CO2 and therefore needs packaging that will allow it to breathe. Second, it was already ground. If you like your coffee fresh, you should grind it immediately before you brew it. Third, both the website and the package encourage using a French press, my favorite method. But the grind was much to fine and I ended up with A LOT of grounds in the cup. Fourth, in my opinion, it was over roasted. When you roast beans to long, you drive off the oils that carry the majority of the flavor.
One sip was enough. I dumped my cup and went to Cartel.
Admittedly, I am a coffee snob so my opinion may be a little over analytic. But as this was priced well above some of the best fresh roast in town, I believe it is fair to hold it to at least the same standard. I wish Tyler's Coffee well. Especially in this economy, we need all the successful local businesses we can get. I hope they can improve their product, but I would not purchase this coffee again.
Just returned from a road trip where native foods carts and trucks perambulate on rural roads; they are mainstays of their small communities. Corn stew, local breads- just delicious. Thanks for this resource listing on our Tucson trucks.
This Year's winners:
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Marinaterra - People's Choice
Casino del Sol - Best Food Pairing
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@MaggieM: Indeed. Somehow the prefix didn't make it online. Thanks.
Do you mean eat UNhealthy food or go hungry?
Shana, actually, you can have Eegee's shipped to you, if you truly want it badly enough. My daughter was dating someone from Arizona while she was a student at Utah State University. He sent her a big bucket of Eegee's on Valentine's Day! She kept it in our freezer for months, but we weren't allowed to touch it...it was HERS :)
Foreverdreamer- you are an asshole. Im positive there are people that would be glad if you werent around.
I agree I would love to know how to make these wonderful refreshing drinks!!I grew up in Tucson and now live in Oregon and I would love to be able to make these myself since there is no way to get them here!!! Does anyone have any ideas??
So you think of yourself as a great pastry chef?
If you read the article, it tells you what the drink is made of. Sugar, water, and natural fruit juices. That's a pretty small list of ingredients.
Does the egees drink contain aspartame of any kind ? Does anyone have the answer.
Responding to Featherkittie, Eegee's IS GLUTEN FREE!!!!! My wife, who has Chrone's disease and is gluten AND lactose intolerant, CAN and DOES have Eegee's all the time.
All of Eegee's slushies are free of gluten. Thought you would want to know.
Mixing strawberry and lemon is the best!!!!!!
I have to agree with the other person posting about the ingrediants of these drinks. Yesterday I wanted to purchase one at the Sonoita horse races when all around me were raving over them, however the people selling had no idea, although they were wonderful about trying to offer an answer. I have been searching on here since I returned home yesterday, even wrote an email on the Eegee's website, and cannot find out if they are gluten free.
I'm so happy to hear that somebody is finally going to bring Khortytsa to the United States. I still have a bottle of Khortytsa Platinum I'm milking that I brought with me from the Republic of Georgia. I truly cherrish it and only take a shot of it on very special occasions. If I was able to go to the liquor store and pick up bottles of Khortytsa it would be like walking into heaven. I hope that it takes off and and knocks smirnoff and the other "popular" vodkas down a peg or two. Hands down best vodka I have ever tasted and THE best for straight shots.
Awesome read mate. I am a fellow buffetist myself and agree vegas would be the buffet capital of the world. Anyways i am linking back to your site from buffetme.com
Why pay less when you can pay more.
I noticed that many things here are way overpriced. $2.50 for one avocado. And the oddest employees and patrons on the planet. Weird!
Looks awesome i need to try it
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