haziz Senior Member Joined: 13 Dec 2013 Posts: 10 Location: Massachusetts, USA Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 3:11pm Subject: Am I the Only Boor who Prefers Peet's to Blue Bottle?
I like my coffee with some sugar and a little regular milk. Sorry! I usually prepare it with a French Press after a fresh grind and my usual ratio is 22 grams of coffee for 350 ml of water. And again this may be now unpopular but I do prefer darker roasts. In a fit of experimentation I am now experimenting with the "Third Wave" guru blessed Blue Bottle coffee (admittedly I am using only their Bella Donovan which I ordered a pound of).
So, am I the only boor who prefers his Peet's Major Dickason (or heaven forbid, Charbucks French Roast), or Barrington Coffee Roaster's excellent Vienna Roast Panama Casa Ruiz (which in my book is a medium roast), to the much ballyhooed fruity/floral light roasts that appear to be all the rage? I will continue to explore other lighter roasts so that I am not judging based on a sample of 1 lb (plus other assorted samplers) but count me as a skeptic for now.
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,549 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Fri Dec 13, 2013, 4:40pm Subject: Re: Am I the Only Boor who Prefers Peet's to Blue Bottle?
Plenty of roasters do dark roast blends, and do them correctly, I don't consider Charbucks, Peets etc dark, their beyond charred to where you only taste the ashy roast lol. I don't know Blue Bottle offerings off hand, but plenty of roasters do awesome true dark roast. Try that and you'll see a big difference between father dark roast and Charbucks /Peets. But some like that ashy burnt flavor so everyones palate is different.
MWJB Senior Member Joined: 1 Jun 2013 Posts: 219 Location: UK Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Sat Dec 14, 2013, 1:29pm Subject: Re: Am I the Only Boor who Prefers Peet's to Blue Bottle?
I think it's worth considering you may prefer the level of extraction you get with the darker roasts (typically more soluble than lighter roasts), so try steeping longer, maybe grinding finer with the Blue bottle? Time is the great leveller. ;-)
I'm not familiar with the coffees in question, but your appraisal seems a little at odds with the coffee's description?
Posted Sat Dec 14, 2013, 2:22pm Subject: Re: Am I the Only Boor who Prefers Peet's to Blue Bottle?
You prefer dark roasts. Who is going to argue?
Depends what you want. I used to drink Starbucks French Roast as well. I wouldn't even consider it now. It just tastes burnt. You can re-educate your palette if that's what you want to do.
It's similar to stopping taking sugar. You think you'll never get used to it but after a while you would never add sugar again.
It boils down to whether you want to appreciate other coffee's. Dark roasts all tend to taste pretty much the same because you are charring the bean and their is nothing left of the flavour of the original coffee. If that's what you like then why bother with Blue Bottle?
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 8,108 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Sat Dec 14, 2013, 7:50pm Subject: Re: Am I the Only Boor who Prefers Peet's to Blue Bottle?
Drink what you like, who is anyone to tell you what you should drink? Years ago, I used to drink a little coffee with my milk and sugar YMMV!
I learned to like black coffee, in all places, the Army! No it was not great by any means but I need to cut back on what I consumed so I started choking back the black swill from the communal coffee urn. After a few weeks, I actually started to enjoy it then I have been hooked ever since. I have now learned that good coffee properly roasted is fantastic and there are not a lot of places I ENJOY drinking other than what I make for myself.
Perhaps it is a darker flavored coffee that you might enjoy, perhaps a nice Kenya would fill the bill. They have a darker, fuller taste and not the citris and flowers of some coffees.
In real life, my name is Wayne P. Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!
Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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