Dodge1 Senior Member Joined: 21 Dec 2002 Posts: 205 Location: Omaha Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: GS/3 Grinder: K30 Vario WBC & K10 WBC
Posted Mon Oct 17, 2011, 9:51am Subject: Favorite espresso beans?
That seems to be one of the favorite topics on this board, so I thought I'd share with you how to find easy to brew beans and what parameters you should use when brewing them.
When I first got into espresso I was wondering why the majority of the roasters didn't provide brewing information. So I got into the habit of searching the net for that information but it was at best a hit or miss proposition. Frankly I was getting more than a little bummed out about going through a fair amount of beans in order to get a cuppa that pleased my palate. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a guide that addressed most all of my questions and I've been using it for close to two years now.
It's on another website but I think it would be a great idea if CG could do something along the same lines. Without further ado here are the links to the guides:
Keith, while I applaud your enthusiasm, I would respectfully point out that a) many -- if not most -- of the people who regularly post here also post and/or lurk on HB; and b) there are a number of active threads discussing beans on CG -- albeit not, specifically, broken down by year. Also, I would point you to the other resource on HB: List of Our Favorite Roasters.
The problem with lists like the "Favorite Blends of 2011" -- or any such evaluation -- is that it all boils down to personal opinion. As with wine, you may love "X" while I don't like it at all and significantly prefer "Y," thinking it is the superior wine/coffee/steak house -- and we would both be absolutely correct! After all, you have your taste buds inside your mouth, and I have mine. In issues of taste, there is no absolute right or wrong, only personal preferences. I may personally frown upon the person who loves a White Zinfandel or thinks Starbucks is the greatest coffee ever, preferring other wines/coffees for my own table, but who I am to say that they are wrong for loving what they are served at *$??? I can suggest options that they (from my point-of-view, hopefully) may prefer, but they are not wrong for enjoying/liking what they do.
Jason, How right you are. I have always said that "There's no explaining taste" I mentioned earlier on the forum that I personally taste things less sweet than most others. If it's correct in taste to me it probably is too sweet for most. I once had a friend who was really color blind. Couldn't see reds at all. Any shade from pink all the way to bright red. I told him "This is red". He said, "Not to me" Food for thought.
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