I ran across an odd article in the newspaper recently. The headline is New ‘Sopranos’ cigar line is on fire — What cought my eye though was that the owner is serving coffee and its become somewhat of a sensation (at least, the article makes me think that). Brazillian coffee to be exact. What’s fascinating is that a lot of coffee’s come from Brazil, and when you think about it there’s really nothing too exotic about that. Even so, the owner has managed to create a story out of that and kudo’s to him. I’m not a cigar guy — so I’ll pass on this one. Here are a few quotes from the article: Balcer spared no cost in designing his Brazilian-themed lounge. The floor and counters are built around hand-cut Brazilian stone. With Sinatra or Cuban jazz playing in the background, customers sit around a central kitchen where they can sip a Brazilian espresso while puffing on one of 40,000 cigars Balcer has in stock. Balcer’s coffee is a story in itself. His hand-made Brazilian coffeemaker, which costs about the same as a small Mercedes, has a computer that allows pinpoint control of brewing to reduce acidity and increase flavor. “Starbucks is (nothing) compared to this,” Balcer said. Brazilian coffee is served because it has a rich, dark-chocolate taste that brings the palate to life just before smoking a cigar, he said. Balcer also offers ports and brandy. Balcer has been surprised by the across-the-board demographics of his customers. He expected to attract older men who have moved from the East Coast. He did not anticipate the number of 20-somethings and women who enjoy a cigar and espresso.