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Posted Sat Apr 12, 2003, 2:27pm Subject: What kind of roast can I/should I use?
I am a real fan of mocha java blends in my drip machine. Now that I have an espresso machine and can pull off a decent shot of espresso, I am interested in experimenting with different blends. The problem is, most mocha java blends that I have seen are not dark espresso roasts. I realize that I still can make a good shot of espresso even with some of the lighter roasts, but how light can I go to get a good espresso? I'd assume that medium roasts will still be ok for espresso, and I'm guessing that light morning roasts are probably too much. Anyone experimented with lighter roasts in espresso?
Posted Sat Apr 12, 2003, 10:50pm Subject: Re: What kind of roast can I/should I use?
The common wisdom is that lighter roasts won't work for espresso because the acidity is too pronounced in an espresso extraction. I tried a mokha-java roast to full city and it was okay as espresso but I wouldn't give it rave reviews. Admittedly, I was still learning to roast at the time and I still haven't made a serious attempt to learn how to blend.
Ultimately the best blend and roast level is whatever you like (unless you buy from *$$, then God help you).
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