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drbgonzal
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Posted Sat May 3, 2014, 11:01am
Subject: Espresso green beans
 

I have a delonghi ec-155 which I've modded by depressurizing the stock portafilter and am waiting on the #607706 basket which is currently in transit. I also have a bodum bistro grinder which gives me a consistent grind at a great value. I understand that this setup is not ideal but I figure by eliminating any confounding variables I can isolate technical areas that may be lacking i.e. tamping. This brings me to green beans, which have a shelf life of 15 months. I want to know where to buy green beans that have the best value and are geared towards espresso. I really enjoy the lavazza crema gusto but coffee grounds go stale in 15 minutes, which I don't think is completely true but feel that the risk of it being even remotely true compels me to believe that DYI roasting is the only way. If there are blends similar to the 70% robusta 30% arabica lavazza I'd appreciate a link. I prefer an extremely potent cup of espresso instantiated by robusta while masked by the sweetness of arabica.
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Posted Sun May 4, 2014, 9:16am
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http://www.deansbeans.com/coffee/GrnESPULT.html

any thoughts?
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Posted Sun Jun 8, 2014, 11:49am
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Posted Sun Jun 8, 2014, 12:13pm
Subject: Re: Espresso green beans
 

drbgonzal Said:

I have a delonghi ec-155 which I've modded by depressurizing the stock portafilter and am waiting on the #607706 basket which is currently in transit. I also have a bodum bistro grinder which gives me a consistent grind at a great value. I understand that this setup is not ideal but I figure by eliminating any confounding variables I can isolate technical areas that may be lacking i.e. tamping.

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Sadly, no.  Your setup is way too weak, the grinder even more so than the machine.  The most you can hope to learn from it is how to work around some of its particular deficiencies.  

This brings me to green beans, which have a shelf life of 15 months.

Kinda sorta.  Babbie's Rules of 15s aren't exact.

I want to know where to buy green beans that have the best value and are geared towards espresso.

The four greens retailers I used most often are Bodhi Leaf, Green Coffee Buying Club, Klatch, and Sweet Maria's.  But there are lots of great dealers out there.

Sweet Maria's always has several choices of pre-blended greens for espresso.  I think SM is probably your best shot.  

I really enjoy the lavazza crema gusto but coffee grounds go stale in 15 minutes, which I don't think is completely true but feel that the risk of it being even remotely true compels me to believe that DYI roasting is the only way.

There's a difference between grinding and roasting.  

Espresso grinds start noticeably staling about three minutes post grind.  They stale so much faster than beans ground for pour-over or immersion because they're ground so much finer, which means proportionally more surface area; and more surface area means that the volatile oils evaporate faster.

Whole beans which will be brewed for espresso take about 20 days to stale.  Beans used for espresso have a longer shelf life than beans used for other kinds of brewing because espresso extracts whatever's in them so efficiently.    

If there are blends similar to the 70% robusta 30% arabica lavazza I'd appreciate a link. I prefer an extremely potent cup of espresso instantiated by robusta while masked by the sweetness of arabica.

You won't find any greens pre-blended like that in the US.  We tend to shy away from Robusta for a lot of good reasons.    

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Posted Wed Jun 25, 2014, 7:07pm
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http://globalorganiccoffee.com/product-category/blends/

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