El Filo, Honduras

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Rare Bird had El Filo coffee from Honduras last week. I hadn’t had it before, but I had a cup at the café and had to buy a bag. It’s a lovely lightly roasted nutty coffee. It definitely tastes fruity in a non-citrus way. The bag describes this as an apple flavor, but I’m not sure I could be that specific. There is a subtle chocolatey note at the finish. All in all, it’s a delicious coffee, perfect for drinking black.

Kiangoi Coffee

Falls Church has a wonderful coffee shop called Rare Bird. They do small batch roasting mostly in light and medium roasts. I couldn’t be happier that they are within walking distance of my house. The staff is welcoming, the atmosphere is great, and the coffee is amazing. The espresso drinks are also well done and they have a decent selection of teas for a coffee shop. If you’re in the area you should definitely check it out and then walk down to Little City Creamery for some ice cream to make a perfect day.

The Kiangoi coffee shown below is a perfect example of what Rare Bird can do. The coffee is sweet and complex and delicious black.

Kiangoi Coffee

Kiangoi Coffee

Tide: Focus App

How did I ever get anything accomplished before this app? If you have trouble with procrastination or focus, you should try this. The app fits with the Pomodoro Technique, but you can adjust the time and the sounds to suit you. You can choose water sounds, rain sounds, forest sounds, piano music without lyrics, or café sounds. My preference is for the piano music, which in the app is called “Muse.” Water sounds of any kind are never good for me staying focused. I’m also not one of those people who can work in a café. If I have other people around me, I’m paying attention to them. The forest sounds are okay, except I’m more of a city/suburb person, so my mind has a tendency to wander when there are too many nature sounds. There’s a timer that automatically is set for 25 minutes, but you can adjust it to be longer or shorter. It’s a really useful tool and it’s also available for other phone platforms. Try it if you’re like me and are a product of low attention span theater.