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Carlitovich
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Posted Wed Oct 16, 2013, 6:46pm
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

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, 11:50am
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

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, 9:01am
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

Carlitovich Said:

OMG.  Its already almost gone.  Sheesh.

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

Posted September 24, 2013 link


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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CMIN
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Posted Thu Oct 31, 2013, 9:29am
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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

Posted October 31, 2013 link

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 Fri Nov 1, 2013, 11:27pm
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

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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Carlitovich
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2014, 10:45am
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

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

Posted October 31, 2013 link

LOL Just ordered another 5# redbird.  I have ordered quite a bit from Jeff.

Never tried Klatch.  Maybe next time.  That is a splurge @ 75.

I am not very uptight about pulling shots.  Sometimes they are mind blowingly awesome.  Sometimes just 'meh.'  Same coffee each time. Crema always very nice.  Maybe I should be more uptight?
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brewthis
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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 3:27am
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I'm not up on that 4 days or 8 days past roast - especially when 5# lasts me well over a month, but I received my 5# from Jeff yesterday and so far pulled four awesome shots with my Cellini PP.  I haven't tried too many other roasters, but when I do I always go back to Redbird and ask myself why I looked elsewhere...
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CMIN
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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 7:09am
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Carlitovich Said:

LOL Just ordered another 5# redbird.  I have ordered quite a bit from Jeff.

Never tried Klatch.  Maybe next time.  That is a splurge @ 75.

I am not very uptight about pulling shots.  Sometimes they are mind blowingly awesome.  Sometimes just 'meh.'  Same coffee each time. Crema always very nice.  Maybe I should be more uptight?

Posted April 26, 2014 link

Your grinder is holding you back, Rocky is out of date and wide steps, may possibly get it dialed one day and then that setting s out the door the following days as the beans age forcing you to go nutz playing with dose to compensate lol. A better grinder will give you consistent "mind blowingly awesome" shots ;) . Had a friend with a modded one (stepless etc), thought it was ok, but when he bought a Vario the shots were much much better and consistent.
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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 10:48am
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Gotta agree with the crowd...Redbird delivers. I always like to try new beans, but keep coming back to redbird. The last few times I've only been ordering the Blue Jaguar. By far my favorite espresso lately...pure umami shot!
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OliveOil
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Posted Fri May 9, 2014, 3:25pm
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

Just tried Redbird Decaf using a Breville Smart Grinder and  Baratza Vario-W for a side by side test.

OMG the Vario wins by a mile!  I can't believe the deeper, more chocolate flavors that come through.

I used to think people were just blowing smoke when saying the grinder is most important.
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