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Carlitovich
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 7:46pm
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Finishing up second 5# bag of redbird.  This time, per my request, it came as a 'northern italian roast.'  Just a bit darker.  Flavor much more complex and very enjoyable.  Too enjoyable.  I've never tried crack, but i think this is kinda like that.

The regular redbird had beautiful crema, but nothing really happened in my mouth the way it does with the slightly darker roast.  I also noticed more flavor the 2nd a 3rd weeks...  Maybe its my imagination?

  • Jeff clarified for me that 'Northern Italian roast' is the standard redbird roast.  He took that recipe and just cooked it a wee bit longer/hotter to add a bit more edge.
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Posted Sat Oct 19, 2013, 12:50pm
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Coffee changes as it ages and everyone has different tastes.  You must prefer the taste of aged, dark coffees.  I like lighter, fresher roasts.  To each his own.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 31, 2013, 10:01am
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Carlitovich Said:

OMG.  Its already almost gone.  Sheesh.

I liked it but wouldn't mind something a bit more robust.  Any recommendations???

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Carlitovich, Have you tried the Klatch House Espresso?  I enjoy Redbird, but I prefer Klatch over anything I've tasted so far. It's quite a bit more expensive at about $75 for 5lbs shipped.  I think it has a slightly darker roast, with a very rich, syrupy milk chocolate taste, especially in milk.  I swap back and forth between Redbird and Klatch.  Redbird when I want a good value, Klatch when I want to splurge and treat myself.  I also order in 5lb quantities and freeze it. Definitely not ideal, but I want the efficient shipping costs and want to avoid constantly ordering coffee. I have a lot of guests, and 5 lbs only lasts me a month at best anyway.  

Thanks for your post and enjoy your coffee!!

Brad

 
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Posted Thu Oct 31, 2013, 10:29am
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Webbles Said:

Carlitovich, Have you tried the Klatch House Espresso?  I enjoy Redbird, but I prefer Klatch over anything I've tasted so far. It's quite a bit more expensive at about $75 for 5lbs shipped.  I think it has a slightly darker roast, with a very rich, syrupy milk chocolate taste, especially in milk.  I swap back and forth between Redbird and Klatch.  Redbird when I want a good value, Klatch when I want to splurge and treat myself.  I also order in 5lb quantities and freeze it. Definitely not ideal, but I want the efficient shipping costs and want to avoid constantly ordering coffee. I have a lot of guests, and 5 lbs only lasts me a month at best anyway.  

Thanks for your post and enjoy your coffee!!

Brad

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Yeh Klatch is pricey, but their good. Def have to order in 5lb and break down and store though, otherwise if you just order a bag here and there, that gets pricey for a 12oz bag + shipping. When I do that I stick with the places that have good shipping cost and offer 1lb+ for less/similar prices.
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Posted Sat Nov 2, 2013, 12:27am
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Just got my 5# bag of Red Bird today. Mine was the Northern Italian roast. I didn't specify, so it seems that is the standard roast.

I also got 5 chocolates packed in mine and 2 were duplicates. Gave 4 to my daughter, tried half of a 70% cacao myself, half to SWMBO. BITTER like straight espresso - I liken it like this: high cacao:espresso shot::milk chocolate:espresso con leche. And that's just the chocolate! I haven't yet been able to grind and pull shots. Soon.

Was packed in a dark green "resealable" bag with an outgas valve. I got it on 1 November, it was marked as roasted on 30 October, so they shipped it USPS Priority on the SAME DAY it was roasted. How's that for fresh? As tomorrow is Saturday, I'll vac seal 4# into individual 1# bags and freeze. The last pound will be left out to be ground after the locally-roasted 3/4 pound (WTF doesn't anyone locally sell full pounds anymore?) runs out. I try to buy local, but when the fargin' ice holes gouge me to the tune of $17.25 for a 12 oz bag, you hipsters can stuff your beans - I'll buy online. And yeah, some coffee is better, but right now I'm not seeing this local stuff as all that good. Bright, fruity, but when I bought for chocolate, the expense was not worth it.

If I ever find espresso that tastes like hot cocoa with a Paula Deen-like full stick of butter melted in, I'll be happy. I've tasted close so I know it's possible. :)
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