Jewel is another new espresso joint. The place is owned by a former banker Adrian Khong...
No roaster, but pride of place is occupied by the La Marzocco Strada.
Adrian pulling shots
What's interesting about Jewel is that Adrian insists on serving only single origins...including the espressos...a bit unusual for a cafe...though I have done SO at home for a while...when I was first learning to pull espressos and roasting about 10 years ago.
Single origin tend to be more one dimensional, lacking the mix and blend of beans of different flavours and tastes to allow the layering to tickle the tastebuds.
I had the Brasilian SO espresso...only doubles are served.
A little thin on the body, and a light crema. No mottling or bold colours here...as is expected in a SO pull. On the palate it was rather refreshing...allowing the brasil to show its flavour and intensity, and as intended...no multi-dimensional sensation...just one level of beans. SO allows one to appreciate the single beans. And for this Jewel ought to be commended.
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