Half and Half Cafe is one of two Portland coffee shops serving Courier Coffee. It is around the corner from Powell’s Books on Burnside, Rocco’s Pizza, Jackpot Records, and Veloshop. It is also neighbor to Reading Frenzy and the Independent Publishing Resource Center. We love the Half and Half and their bright yellow cups, wonderful people, deviled eggs. I’ve been coming here since they opened in 1999 and was delighted when they decided on our coffee.
I’ve always gotten a double espresso at the Half and Half. When I worked another job downtown, the espresso at the H&H kept me going. Later, coming back from school on holiday we visited the H&H. Now I enjoy going there when it is a little slower, enough time for me to get a quick espresso and chat with the kids working. In the afternoon bikes pile up outside, people gather. Check out their new yellow chairs for sitting out front!
And they do a pretty sweet job at espresso. The past few months, espresso has been great. On our end, we’ve been keeping the mix the same 50/50 Sulawesi Toraja washed process and natural process Ethiopia Sidamo, organically grown. We like to communicate about the espresso a lot. Often this comes out as a bunch of writing on the paper bags the coffee is delivered in.
The H&H is serving espresso at 199.5 degrees Farenheit. Temperature is set using a Scace Device, which we think measures 2 degrees higher than if one were to use real coffee grounds and a bead probe to calibrate (or so we hear, but haven’t gotten around to testing ourselves). The pressure on the Scace is 96 psi. Each group uses a 0.6mm brass flow restrictor (three generations back in Synesso technology; later stainless steel discs; now synthetic ruby). The temperature on the Half and Half’s machine is super stable.
What you should have learned from this lesson: CCR loves H&H.