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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 8:01pm
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Hello,
I've got 5 1/2 lb varietal samples of roasted beans from Hines public market coffee (having offed a lb of their espresso in a few days, YUM). They're identified 'Ethiopian, Sumatra, Costa Rica, Guatemala (and decaf)'. Does anyone have some ideas for an espresso blend?

I've only pulled a tester shot with the Ethiopian, which ran slow at 40 seconds for 3/4 oz or so, and it was unusual (sweet or winey, oily in the cup, dark but acidy) compared to the medium dark chocolatey smooth shots I've been having lately, from the Hines espresso and Jim's blend at Colorado Legacy (thanks Jim:)). Dunno if it's Harrar.
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Posted Sun Aug 1, 2004, 9:51pm
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maybe try adjusting the grind to get a 25 second normal shot with the Ethipian?
i'd probably suggesting trying each one individually (tuning the grind for each one) before blending.
without knowing the actual types of beans, degree of roast, etc., it's hard to know what a good blend would be...
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2004, 12:47pm
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It was plenty fun trying out fresh single varieties, mixing and matching for espresso. I actually learned something about varieties, instead of just blends.

Hines Public Market makes some nice beans. I was in Seattle a while back, and couldn't find them in the phone book, in fact the only contact info I found on them was here at CG. All the beans, as well as the espresso blend are just fabuloso!
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Posted Sat Aug 7, 2004, 1:16pm
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I try single varieties for espresso. Some make good but unusual shots on their own, Ethiopians fall into that category. Many will either be blah like Indos, or way to sour, like centrals. With these, it's a question of imagining how their dominant characteristic will work in a blend.

 
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