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iwantcoffee
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Posted Sun Jun 24, 2012, 4:48pm
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Any suggestions as to what blends I should try from local coffee shops around seattle thanks ahead of time!
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 5:24pm
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iwantcoffee Said:

Any suggestions as to what blends I should try from local coffee shops around seattle thanks ahead of time!

Posted June 24, 2012 link

On trips to SEA, I've had vivace and veltons (Everett, but easily found in seattle).  Enjoyed both.  Off the top of my head, other well respected roasters include Herkimer, Victrola, and Zoka.
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 7:04pm
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jwsnyder919 Said:

On trips to SEA, I've had vivace and veltons (Everett, but easily found in seattle).  Enjoyed both.  Off the top of my head, other well respected roasters include Herkimer, Victrola, and Zoka.

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The only espresso I've brewed other than my own roasts is Veltons Three Raven Decaf and Bonsai Blend. I thought they were both very good.
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Posted Wed Jun 27, 2012, 8:11am
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jwsnyder919 Said:

Off the top of my head, other well respected roasters include Herkimer, Victrola, and Zoka.

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+1 to Herkimer and Victrola.  By far my favorites in seattle!  Not a huge fan of Zoka; it's an indonesian based espresso which isn't my favorite, but YMMV
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Posted Wed Jul 18, 2012, 8:49am
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I have been trying different locale blends and cafes in Seattle and so far my favorite is Vivace Dolce I did like Vita as well. Dolce was a bit of a learning curve but once I got some advice from a CG member to relax and updose and grind finer, low and behold I had amazing shots almost every time:) I agree Zoka is not my favorite I wanted to like it as I can pick up fresh beans at SCG and in Walligford both of which are close to my home but it wasn't great for me. I am going to make a day trip in the next couple of weeks to try out some more places. I will update if I find some others not mentioned.
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Posted Wed Jul 18, 2012, 11:53pm
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Joel_B Said:

Not a huge fan of Zoka; it's an indonesian based espresso which isn't my favorite, but YMMV

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As of late May/early June my source says it's a Brazil/Guatemala/Ethiopia blend. That said, it's still not my favorite.
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 6:36am
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Go to the "(in)famous" List of Our Favorite Roasters, and scroll through . . . it's alphabetical, just look for the ones in Seattle . . . .

 
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Posted Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:58am
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I just found a new blend well new to me:) I love it its called Ladro espresso blend its has a nice sweetness to it and seems to operate similar to vivace updose grind fine etc. I just had the most surprisingly informative discussion with the head of training at Caffe Ladro I asked for guidelines for home brewing and not only did she provide those she sent over their training material so I could "geek out" love it. She was super friendly and very helpful. Added bonus the coffee is reasonably priced organic and fair-trade. I highly recommend there Ladro blend.
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