Welcome back to the first Bwog coffee showdown. After weeks of schedule coordinating and coffee fetching, the end is in sight. As the victors from Round 2 face off, the speculation abounds as to whether our underdog the breakfast cart will continue its surprise winning streak. With some of the most philosophical reactions yet, here’s how it went down. 

The Result: Although both cups impressed the battle-weary judges, Joe’s lost much of its flavor and smoothness upon cooling, leaving an overly sweet and sharp impression. The breakfast cart, however, remained strong to the end, and won the tasters’ favor with its hidden depths yet straightforward attitude.

Next Time: The final round: 118th breakfast cart vs. Oren’s. With so many unexpected revelations thus far, it’s impossible to say which way the wind will blow. A well-known old-timer vs. a renegade rebel—stay tuned for the final and definitive answer.

Cup #1: (Breakfast Cart)

“does have a nice dark, earthy, nutty undertone;”  “good cup of coffee;”  “smell is a little sharper”

“stronger, not as sweet, not as sophisticated;” “something appeals to me;” “bit of a rougher experience, but a little more to be gained;”  “I would be proud to drink this”

“there’s secrets in the cup;”  “strong vibrato on the palate;” “really hits you on all levels”

“barren… but in a nice way;” “like sitting in a lawn chair, on a bunch of rocks, but all you can see is more rocks”

“inviting smell…you know there’s more… like a strip tease;” “coarser”

Cup #2: (Joe’s)

“Nice and dark;” “very caramelly;” “reminds me of a sweet potato;”  “flavor isn’t terribly complex;”  “good, thick dark thing;” “wakes you up in the morning”

“tastes like caramel candy;”  “reminds me of the top part of a creme brulee”

“smells really good, like a truffle;” “i can see the caramel…” “this is really good;” “it has a specific flavor;”

“fulfills all the requirements for a good cup of coffee, so it can go on and do more”


1—Breakfast Cart