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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 7:54am
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I just ordered the Taller del Taller from Sweet Marias.  Supposed to be fruity and very sweet.  Most of my favorite blends lean toward caramel and chocolate so I'm looking forward to something similar but with hopefully more complexity.
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 9:53am
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I'm looking for  alocal espresso roasts in Texas. I'll like to try some fresh roast from "Cultivar Coffee". Has anyone try it?.
I have a Nuova Era Cuadra & a Vario grinder.
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 10:34am
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On the now (in-)Famous List, there are several from Texas . . .

 
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Posted Sat Jul 6, 2013, 10:36am
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My main espresso is Red Bird which is in Montana, but I just tried some of PT's Southpaw which is pretty good has a little citrus after taste to it and they are in Kansas.

 
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Posted Wed Jul 24, 2013, 10:17pm
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rdcrich Said:

A lot of good suggestions here, but they all seem to say to order your beans.

I'm not sure what your choices for locally roasted are , but I would look into it. I live in Denver, CO and use locally roasted beans almost exclusively. I like that I can talk with the buyers and roasters about technique and temperature for the different roasts and my local choices can be be damned good. My staples are Novo and Corvus, both of which you can order online if you want to try them, but that's not the point of this post ;-)

We also have another roaster who only roasts 4-lb batches, so Denver is a pretty good coffee town.

If you have a Whole Foods that roasts in the store, try the fresh-roasted Allegro Espresso Bel Canto. It's not a world-class choice, but it pulls good shots, especially when it is fresh.

Rich

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Rich, I am also in Denver and agree with your recommendations.  Love the Novo roasts and I am told its served in high falouten NYC bars.   I was surprised how good whole foods is, plus it's so close.   new roaster opening: brown water coffee, small batches, great beans and supports clean water projects in Nicaragua.
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 5:34am
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Only problem with Whole Foods with the certain stores that roast. Some do an ok job and some horrible, I went in to mine and checked the fresh Allegro roast bunch of times and burnt so bad each time made Charbucks look like light roasts lol. Gave up, maybe I'll check again next time.
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Posted Sun Aug 11, 2013, 8:35pm
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This is a really great post.  I like a lot of variety so all these suggestions have been helpful.  I'm curious to know who out there likes "bright" coffee roasts.  I ordered some Kenyan from Terroir Coffee recently that was so lightly roasted it was ridiculous - there was still chaff on the beans.  It was undrinkable to me - I had to manually roast the beans in order to drink it.  To me, "bright" tastes like lemon juice, and I don't like lemon juice in my coffee.
Redbird is hard to beat, but I still want to change it up.  I'm willing to splurge on beans every now and again for something truly unique and delicious in espresso - has anyone tried anything from Ceremony Coffee Roasters?
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Posted Wed Aug 14, 2013, 8:53pm
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deadkenny64 Said:

I just ordered the Taller del Taller from Sweet Marias.  Supposed to be fruity and very sweet.  Most of my favorite blends lean toward caramel and chocolate so I'm looking forward to something similar but with hopefully more complexity.

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I ordered workshop #27 and #28 and decided to try #28 first because it sounded so good.. and it was. #27 is also a lot of fun, but #28, as Tom suggests, is a crowd pleaser and it turned out to be exactly that. It was gone pretty quick at my house (thankfully I ordered 2# of it and only 1# of #27). I think you'll find the complexity you're looking for--I found a good range of tastes anywhere between 202-204F with a Full City roast literally on the verge of second crack.
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 11:36am
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clm Said:

This is a really great post.  I like a lot of variety so all these suggestions have been helpful.  I'm curious to know who out there likes "bright" coffee roasts.  I ordered some Kenyan from Terroir Coffee recently that was so lightly roasted it was ridiculous - there was still chaff on the beans.  It was undrinkable to me - I had to manually roast the beans in order to drink it.  To me, "bright" tastes like lemon juice, and I don't like lemon juice in my coffee.
Redbird is hard to beat, but I still want to change it up.  I'm willing to splurge on beans every now and again for something truly unique and delicious in espresso - has anyone tried anything from Ceremony Coffee Roasters?

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Ceremony is pretty good, but it was a while ago over a year. I would stick to their blends.

With Terrior did you order their espresso roast of the coffee or the normal drip roast? There is a difference especially from there.

If Red Bird is your bread and butter, I would go with a stab at Vivace you should enjoy it. You'd probably like Hayes Valley Blend from Blue Bottle as well.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 6:32pm
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Intrepid510 Said:

Ceremony is pretty good, but it was a while ago over a year. I would stick to their blends.

With Terrior did you order their espresso roast of the coffee or the normal drip roast? There is a difference especially from there.

If Red Bird is your bread and butter, I would go with a stab at Vivace you should enjoy it. You'd probably like Hayes Valley Blend from Blue Bottle as well.

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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.
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