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microb
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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2012, 8:13am
Subject: Re: favorite espresso roasts.
 

Our favourite is 50/50 of (using Behmor)

- Brazilian Cerrado (P4 post C1)
- Cuba Turquino (P4 just into C2)

We get the sweetness/fruity taste of the brazilian and the aggressiveness of the cuban. Together they make quite a contrast!

I've read that "real" espresso is usually a blen of 4-5 different roasts; but we tend to prefer single origin, or duet... Have to admit - we're still experimenting and I suppose we will be doing so all our life.

Cheers!

Michel
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Posted Tue Jun 5, 2012, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: favorite espresso roasts.
 

I went back and place an order with Red Bird, but for the past few months I was ordering from CCC but when I was going to place an other order I noticed that their prices have gone up another dollar. They are up to 13.95 for 12 oz of Tuscano, don't know how Red Bird has been able to keep their prices lower then anyone else. Even Deep Cello have gone up on their coffees. Sad thing also is that I don't have any roaster close enough to me that I know of CCC is the closest and they are 3 hrs away. They just opened up a Whole Food store in Wilmington, NC but haven't been in to check out what they carry

 
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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2012, 1:20pm
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I've only recently read comments from Caffe d'Arte's founder Mauro Cipolla that he recommends a preparation temperature for their coffee from 192 to 197 degrees. I'm thinking this will have a significant impact on any conclusions I have drawn regarding their coffee.

I already like their coffee. Let's see how this affects the nuances in the cup.

Mark
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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2012, 2:57pm
Subject: Re: favorite espresso roasts.
 

I prefer Jeff Pentel's Redbird Espresso.  The blend is very forgiving of temperature changes (198-204F), and Jeff is very attentive to the roasting process.  The quality is consistent, and Jeff's products are RFA.  I am currently brewing 14.3 grams for about a 22 second pour (from time of first drip) at 199-201F.  I also like Redbird's Jaguar Espresso blend for a change of taste...again, very consistent in quality.  As secondary choices, I prefer the Metropolis Redline and Intelligentsia Black Cat blends.  The Klatch Worlds Best Espresso is also pretty tasty, but not a blend I can drink all the time.  Redbird Espresso, on the other hand, is suitable for every morning.  Redbird ships the same day as roasting.  I generally do not drink espresso more than 15 days from roasting...the nuanced flavors are gone by then.
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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2012, 5:00pm
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Lately, I've been brewing beans from Panther Coffee (that I just found out is only about 2 minutes from where I work), and I've been amazed at the quality of coffee that they produce, which translates into a lot of fun once I get it home to brew with the Strega.  

Joel Pollock, the owner, is incredibly helpful and for me it's been great to meet him and spend a bit of time taking.

If you haven't tried their coffees I really like what they have (their espresso blend, S.O. Brazil Peaberry, S.O. Brazil, and S.0. Colombian are exceptional)!  Here's a pic of the 1920's era roaster he has inside his shop (vented to the outside, but very cool!) Most of the time I've been there, Joel is busy roasting, but has always made time to talk!  I'd have to say, that these are my current favorites, following behind are Black Cat, Dark Matter (Chicago), and Red Bird.

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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 2:19pm
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USPS was really on the ball, ordered two pounds of Red Bird on Monday, was roasted and shipped on Tuesday and got it today. Ground enough for two doubles, 15 grams each at 200 degrees getting plenty of crema chocolate, caramel after taste. Waiting to see what it will taste like in a few more days.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 19, 2012, 7:42am
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Gary, how did you like your redbird?  I am getting mine today.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 19, 2012, 6:12pm
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I like Red Bird alot, just wish they were closer. It usually takes 3 to 4 days to reach me here in NC. A few weeks ago I got a VST 18g basket and some Dolce Tazza coffee from Chris Coffee. It's a dark roast and oily, it's got some good after tastes but I'm waiting to get my next order of Red Bird which I ordered on Monday to try in my new basket

 
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Posted Sat Jul 21, 2012, 5:44pm
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Nice lists. Red Bird definitely at the top imo. Refreshing to see some Fav lists void of Vivace and Intelligentsia. Cant help but roll my eyes when I hear people claim these two. What is this Amateur hour?
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Posted Sat Jul 21, 2012, 6:28pm
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Hey Shore805, some others you may what to try, is Tuscano or Rustico from CCC, Black Tie from Deep Cello, Blue Jaguar from Red Bird.

 
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