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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 5:18am
Subject: Lighter side of medium roast espresso, rich in caramel flavor
 

I am looking for suggestions on an espresso blend that can give me a rich caramel flavor, while being a bit forgiving temp-wise in my Elektra MCAL. Lighter side of a medium roast is probably a way to go. I want to stay away from the high-price outfits, and would prefer 16oz bags.

Have tried Red Bird Blue Jag. Fairmountain espresso blend is too dark for my purposes. I know some folks have suggested that I can ask Fairmountain for a lighter roast on their espresso blend, and I may try that, if I can find no better options.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 5:49am
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Metropolis Redline is more medium and the recent orders I've had of it were awesome. Complete deep chocolate bomb and rich whether a shot or in milk.

Edit - forgot to add it's very forgiving of temp and dose
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Posted Fri Mar 21, 2014, 1:03pm
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verve coffee in santa cruz has about 5 or 6 espresso coffee's, all lightly roasted
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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 6:42am
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Well, I went ahead and ordered four pounds of coffee from Metropolis: 2 lbs of Redline, one of ...Schweik's... and one of La Cordillera.
All roasted on the 24-th (today is the 28-th).
Tried them all today; looking for that perfect dial for my Electra MCAL.
No joy: no matter what I do all come out very sour.
Went back to Redbird's Blue Jag (as a control), and that one still pulls as usual.
Metropolis roast does seem a lot lighter, but apart from that I am not sure what causes the sour taste.
I tried to vary fineness and weight (13 gm - 16 gm), and even temp.
Even when I let the MCAL overheat, the shot is sour (as opposed to the usual bitter).
Totally stumped.
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Posted Fri Mar 28, 2014, 6:52am
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Opps just saw your other post, but I'll copy my reply here:

Not sure, I had La Cordillera and liked it, and Redline was pry the best coffee I've had in a long time, friends ordered it too after being at the house and having it and loved it. Neither was close to sour, generally that would point to temps being low but if you let the Mcal run at higher temps and still had that issue no idea there. I was dosing 16-17G. Yeh Redline was pry the lightest "espresso" blend I've had, yet oddly especially in milk was so chocolately/caramel like, didn't have the brightness I thought it would be like just looking at the beans.
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 5:12am
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Well, it was the coffee not the machine. Both Metropolis (Redline, La Cordillera, Schweik) and Redbird (Blue Jag) beans were producing nasty shots. I ordered again from Fair Mountain, and their House Blend works just great. Excellent shots no problems, right from the start, in both the Cremina and the MCAL. Cremina gives more volume, but MCAL was also good in either single or double pull.
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Posted Sun Apr 20, 2014, 9:34am
Subject: Re: Lighter side of medium roast espresso, rich in caramel flavor
 

Pendel Said:

Well, it was the coffee not the machine. Both Metropolis (Redline, La Cordillera, Schweik) and Redbird (Blue Jag) beans were producing nasty shots. I ordered again from Fair Mountain, and their House Blend works just great. Excellent shots no problems, right from the start, in both the Cremina and the MCAL. Cremina gives more volume, but MCAL was also good in either single or double pull.
Live and learn.

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Pendel, in fairness, the coffees above all need 7-8 days of post roast de-gassing before they are ready for Prime Time.
This is especially true with lighter roasts, and especially more true with Red Bird and Red Line.
My best shots with both happen at day 10!!

 
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Posted Thu May 22, 2014, 1:31am
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Hi, have you never tried Caffè Latella Pregiata?

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Posted Mon May 26, 2014, 8:11pm
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latella Said:

Hi, have you never tried Caffè Latella Pregiata?

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Rather difficult to get fresh, don't you think?

 
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Posted Mon May 26, 2014, 11:20pm
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why not?
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