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Posted Mon May 3, 2010, 12:09pm
Subject: Redbird Espresso
 

I just recieved a package of Redbird Espresso this morning compliments of my friend Bob;) Thanks!

The packaging on the coffee itself is really top notch.  Plastic, resealable valve bag that is one of the nicer ones I've seen.  I like how there is a window on the bag to see the actual coffee.

Taste-wise, it's just like a Snickers bar(serious).  Caramel, Nutty, and milk chocolate in that order with a great sweetness to it.  It also stands up quite well in milk.  The caramel and nuts stand out much more in a cappuccino and the chocolate fades away.  Dare I say it, but this stuff might make a darn fine mocha, although I'll probably never find out.  I pulled it right around 200* with a 19 gram dose ~ 1.5oz shot(synesso 14g basket).  I couldn't say much about shot timing since I'm still very new to using p/i.

It's been a while since I've tasted a blend I enjoyed this much.  I look forward to enjoying the rest of this coffee throughout the rest of the week.  

Cheers,

Jackson

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Posted Mon May 3, 2010, 12:37pm
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

Jackson......I want my GS3P back!  :)

I think sometimes we lose sight that the big name roasters are the only roasting artisans and only they can roast to the level that we espresso snobs can accept.  Jeff Pentel, owner of Redbird Coffee in Bozeman, MT blows this theory all to hell.  My reaction was exactly the same as Jackson's from the very first drink of Redbird espresso.  Jeff is a Coffeegeek member and I contacted him with questions about his Speedster.  Not only was he extremely generous with his time and knowledge but he wanted me to try Redbird and I am glad that I did.  When you compare the quality of the blend, the roast and the price with almost any blend I have tried, including my highly revered Dolce, Redbird wins hands down.  

I purchased 5 pounds from Jeff and it is going down fast!

P.S.  Note regarding John Borella.  John was also extremely generous with his time and knowledge about his Speedster.  Thank you.

Links:
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jammin Said:

I just recieved a package of Redbird Espresso this morning compliments of my friend Bob;) Thanks!

The packaging on the coffee itself is really top notch.  Plastic, resealable valve bag that is one of the nicer ones I've seen.  I like how there is a window on the bag to see the actual coffee.

Taste-wise, it's just like a Snickers bar(serious).  Caramel, Nutty, and milk chocolate in that order with a great sweetness to it.  It also stands up quite well in milk.  The caramel and nuts stand out much more in a cappuccino and the chocolate fades away.  Dare I say it, but this stuff might make a darn fine mocha, although I'll probably never find out.  I pulled it right around 200* with a 19 gram dose ~ 1.5oz shot(synesso 14g basket).  I couldn't say much about shot timing since I'm still very new to using p/i.

It's been a while since I've tasted a blend I enjoyed this much.  I look forward to enjoying the rest of this coffee throughout the rest of the week.  

Cheers,

Jackson

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Posted Mon May 3, 2010, 4:42pm
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

I am a huge supporter of small indie businesses. This company gets extra points for sustainablity and giving back through Coffee Kids.
Their site is thoughtfully designed as well.

My next order will be 2 lbs of Redbird. Looking forward to it!!

PS. Redbird's website is linked to PayPal, another bonus for PayPal users.
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Posted Tue May 4, 2010, 3:42am
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Robert....I think you are going to be surprised at the flavors that you get.

Something to think about in the future if you enjoy Redbird.   When ordering a 5 pound bag the cost per pound is $7 plus $10.20 for shipping.  $45 for 5 pounds is an incredible deal for this quality coffee.





roastbear Said:

I am a huge supporter of small indie businesses. This company gets extra points for sustainablity and giving back through Coffee Kids.
Their site is thoughtfully designed as well.

My next order will be 2 lbs of Redbird. Looking forward to it!!

PS. Redbird's website is linked to PayPal, another bonus for PayPal users.

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Posted Tue May 4, 2010, 6:55am
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canon Said:

Not only was he extremely generous with his time and knowledge but he wanted me to try Redbird and I am glad that I did.  When you compare the quality of the blend, the roast and the price with almost any blend I have tried, including my highly revered Dolce, Redbird wins hands down.

I purchased 5 pounds from Jeff and it is going down fast!

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What kind(s) have you tried?  Confession; I just ordered a lb. of Cardinal Blend since it's their house blend (seemed a good place to start) and a lb. of Amaro Gayo (since I was interested in it from the reviews but missed out on Klatch's supply), so I have no idea what any of them taste like, but the reviews piqued my interest and I like supporting the smaller companies so that kind of moved them to the head of the line.

Anyway, thanks for this thread.  Now I'm just eager to get my order and curious to see how it tastes once I get it.

Edit: I just realized they only have one dedicated espresso roast, the one called Redbird Espresso on their website.  It helps if I were to learn to read, I suppose.  Apparently the Cardinal Blend should work well too.  I ordered some from them and emailed Jeff to ask a  few questions, and he seems a super cool guy who answered my questions in quick form, so kudos to him.  Jeff, if you read this, I appreciate you taking the time to reply!

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Posted Tue May 4, 2010, 10:46am
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Dave...I have tried two of Jeff's blends.  The one I have flipped over is Red Bird.  The other was one that he was working on which Amaro Gayo was added.  I haven't tried Cardinal but I suspect if it has Jeff's signature on it you will be pleased.

Bob



Dave_I Said:

What kind(s) have you tried?  Confession; I just ordered a lb. of Cardinal Blend since it's their house blend (seemed a good place to start) and a lb. of Amaro Gayo (since I was interested in it from the reviews but missed out on Klatch's supply), so I have no idea what any of them taste like, but the reviews piqued my interest and I like supporting the smaller companies so that kind of moved them to the head of the line.

Anyway, thanks for this thread.  Now I'm just eager to get my order and curious to see how it tastes once I get it.

Edit: I just realized they only have one dedicated espresso roast, the one called Redbird Espresso on their website.  It helps if I were to learn to read, I suppose.  Apparently the Cardinal Blend should work well too.  I ordered some from them and emailed Jeff to ask a  few questions, and he seems a super cool guy who answered my questions in quick form, so kudos to him.  Jeff, if you read this, I appreciate you taking the time to reply!

-Cheers

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Posted Tue May 4, 2010, 10:54am
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canon Said:

Dave...I have tried two of Jeff's blends.  The one I have flipped over is Red Bird.  The other was one that he was working on which Amaro Gayo was added.  I haven't tried Cardinal but I suspect if it has Jeff's signature on it you will be pleased.

Bob

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Thanks Bob.  I actually kinda ordered the Cardinal blend by mistake since I meant it for espresso.  I think it'll be a happy accident because I got a siphon/vacuum pot not long ago I've been meaning to try out.  Anyway, I emailed and asked if I could add some Redbird Espresso to it, he said yeah, so now I've got three lbs. coming (Redbird, Cardinal, and Amaro Gayo which I've been keen to try for a while) and I'll get to putz around with straight espresso, cappuccino, and the siphon or pour-over.  Jeff said/implied the Cardinal Blend would probably work for espresso, and offered a sample of the Redbird as well, but I know I'll go through more coffee if I'm trying out pots of siphon-brewed coffee, I'd end up trying a pound of the Redbird anyway, and the combo of combined shipping & my curiosity got the better of me.

Basically, for having never tried Jeff's coffee, he's won me over pretty hard by being an overall decent bloke.

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Posted Tue May 4, 2010, 1:03pm
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Dave,  I would suggest that you give Jeff a call about your order mistake.  If not already roasted/shipped I am sure he would change it to Redbird for you.  That's the kind of guy he is.

Bob


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Thanks Bob.  I actually kinda ordered the Cardinal blend by mistake since I meant it for espresso.  I think it'll be a happy accident because I got a siphon/vacuum pot not long ago I've been meaning to try out.  Anyway, I emailed and asked if I could add some Redbird Espresso to it, he said yeah, so now I've got three lbs. coming (Redbird, Cardinal, and Amaro Gayo which I've been keen to try for a while) and I'll get to putz around with straight espresso, cappuccino, and the siphon or pour-over.  Jeff said/implied the Cardinal Blend would probably work for espresso, and offered a sample of the Redbird as well, but I know I'll go through more coffee if I'm trying out pots of siphon-brewed coffee, I'd end up trying a pound of the Redbird anyway, and the combo of combined shipping & my curiosity got the better of me.

Basically, for having never tried Jeff's coffee, he's won me over pretty hard by being an overall decent bloke.

-Cheers

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Posted Tue May 4, 2010, 1:09pm
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canon Said:

Dave,  I would suggest that you give Jeff a call about your order mistake.  If not already roasted/shipped I am sure he would change it to Redbird for you.  That's the kind of guy he is.

Bob

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I thought about that, but I'm actually interested in all three so I'm just keeping the order for the three varieties.  I think he'd change it too.  However, I would honestly like to try all three anyway, and I'll burn through quite a bit more with pots of siphoned coffee (especially between my wife and I, she'll drink normal volume pots more than cappuccinos and she doesn't do espresso) than espresso so it'd get used regardless.  I could also freeze some (I haven't done so in part due to the controversy, and I just prefer as fresh as possible all things being equal), but I do not think that will be really necessary.  I'm not worried about it to be honest.

I DO appreciate the suggestion though.

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Posted Fri May 7, 2010, 9:02pm
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redbird extraction, just after going from line pressure to pump.

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