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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 11:30am
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Howdy,
I found these folks on the H-B.com web site a few weeks ago. They are located in Emelle, Alabama.
David Warkenton, owner and roaster seemed like a nice guy from his posting, so I ordered some espresso blend, called "Main Squeeze,."  For grins, I also ordered a # of Ethiopian Konga. BTW, he IS a nice guy, young, and determined. He roasts with a USRC.
The coffee arrived very quickly, and the smell when I popped the bag was absolutely room filling.

Giving it another couple pif days rest, I poured some Main Squeeze into my Forte grinder, kept my settings untouched. I ground 18 grams, pulled a shot at about 199 or so on my Strega. The shot pulled a wee bit fast, so I slightly tightened the grind. The next shot looked great, and tasted even better.
Balanced, sweet, but not unduly so, a nice streak of fruity acidity, a sort of marzipan low mid range, and a bittersweet cocoa edge to the bottom.
It got even better from day 6 to day 13. In addition, it is extremely forgiving of temperature, though personally I prefer it around that 200f (approx) area. When the water dance ceases on the Strega, I wait 5 seconds, insert the PF, and pull the shot.

His prices are outstanding, and at least for now, there's free shipping with orders over $50.
BTW, the Konga was exceptional, nuanced, not over-roasted, yet not in any way grassy. Perfect.
The website shows at least 8-9 selections at present time, including a decaf or 2. Thoughtful.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
http://www.bodkacoffee.com

 
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 11:51am
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I liked their espresso blend
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 3:40pm
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Bodka has been good for me here too.  (I won a sample bag of Main Squeeze Espresso in a drawing, and that was my first taste.)  Lots of chocolate notes in Main Squeeze, nutty.  If I pull it hotter I get more bitter chocolate and in a cappuccino it's like a cafe mocha flavor.  Pulled medium I get semi-sweet chocolate, and pulled cooler I get a more acidic, fruit infused, chocolate note.  Really awesome in milk drinks and good as a ristretto shot too.

I've ordered several pounds from Bodka since my initial drawing win.
Dave even did a custom blend for me of his Ethiopian & Sumatran beans and it too has been great in espresso.  Quite a bit more nuanced beans here with more acidic notes, but still easy to pull for espresso shot or milk drinks.
I haven't had his SO beans, but I've read several others that have and their rave reviews.  My wife has a slight preference for Bodka beans for her morning latte, so Bodka is on my order rotation per her request.
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 4:00pm
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DanoM Said:

I've ordered several pounds from Bodka since my initial drawing win.
Dave even did a custom blend for me of his Ethiopian & Sumatran beans and it too has been great in espresso.  Quite a bit more nuanced beans here with more acidic notes, but still easy to pull for espresso shot or milk drinks.
I haven't had his SO beans, but I've read several others that have and their rave reviews.  My wife has a slight preference for Bodka beans for her morning latte, so Bodka is on my order rotation per her request.

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Not sure how he does it, his Sumatra is just cleaner, still with the same nice bottom end. I think it's because he doesn't roast it too dark?
My daughter Hannah LOVES the GRANDE lattes (LOL) I make for her twice daily (With Main Squeeze). I'm trying to wean her off 9oz of milk. It's a slow process.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 4:03pm
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DanoM Said:

Dave even did a custom blend for me of his Ethiopian & Sumatran beans and it too has been great in espresso.

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mmm that sounds good
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Posted Thu Jan 30, 2014, 6:15pm
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Thanks for the nice thoughts on my coffees!
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