CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,584 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: CC1 Grinder: Baratza
Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 7:53pm Subject: Re: Looking for a few excellent espresso roasts to try.
I just placed an order for one of their limited roasts - I'd tried the Huehue, and it was grand, but I couldn't drink the Kenyan - to their credit they generously offered a replacement. I know light roasts have been all the rage for years now, but I don't get it. Even spices taste more robust when roasted; I'm just surprised the extremely light roast 'movement' has a following.
Is Vivace from Seattle's EspressoVivace? That site appears to be down. CMIN's 3/24/13 post recommended "fairmountaincoffee" - I ordered the sampler and got 4 varieties. The Ethiopian was my favorite, but they were all good & freshly roasted - pulling shots with lots of crema, or nice blooms on pour-over. Thanks for the new suggestions.
Yeh I don't get the light/bright movement, all it taste like to me is insanely tarty/sourness, like a Flower soaking in lemon juice for a week lol. Give me smooth, deep/chocolate/nutty, comfort espresso anyday.
Glad Fairmountain was good too you, great roaster. Haven't had their Ethiopian. Everything else was really good, have to order the Ethiopian and try. Actually their Bali Blue Krishna is the only bright type coffee I've liked as it's well balanced.
Posted Sun Aug 25, 2013, 8:31am Subject: Re: Looking for a few excellent espresso roasts to try.
CMIN - thanks for posting fairmountaincoffee - very reasonably priced, great coffee. I'm with you on the lemon notes in bright roasts. I get the theory - a light roast might bring out more subtle flavors of the bean, and I do like a lemon twist in my espresso on occasion, but a strong lemon brew isn't subtle, or flavorful, to me. I too prefer the chocolate, less acidic roasts. I wonder if Sweet Maria's espresso blends would be too light for me. As much as I love richer roasts, I also hate over-roasted, burned coffees - SM's warns that theirs is relatively light.
coldbrewer818 Senior Member Joined: 22 Oct 2013 Posts: 2 Location: Sacramento, CA Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Oct 22, 2013, 1:08pm Subject: Re: Looking for a few excellent espresso roasts to try.
First off, I don't get these "fruity" coffee blends. I like bourbon coffee, somewhat chocolaty, somewhat caramely. Here are the coffees I've tried so far. By the way, I've only tried them as a cold brew.
Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz: Streetlevel, Santa Clara, the Sermon, Kenya Tegu. I liked Streetlevel the best. About $15-17 for 12oz
Barefoot Coffee in San Jose: Brazil Redcab - only one I tried so far. It sells for about $16 for 12oz.
Four Barrel in San Francisco: Friendo Blendo - only one I tried so far. It sells for about $15 for 12oz.
Philz in Berkeley: Tesora. It sells for about $17 for 1 pound.
Peet's Coffee (throughout northern California): Ethiopian Fancy & Brazilian Peaberry. About $16-18 for 1 pound.
Trader Joe's: I liked the blends from Ethiopia & Nicaragua. About $10 for about 13oz.
Blue Bottle in Oakland: 3 Africas. About $15 for 8oz. Temple in Sacramento: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. About $18 for 12 oz. Insight in Sacramento: Blue Batak. About $15 for 12oz.
I cycle Verve, Barefoot, or Four Barrel one week, then go to either Philz or Peet's another week, then go to Trader Joe's.
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