03-24-2017, 06:01 PM
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The 1950 is interesting but I think too light for my tastes.  It is a bit bright, but not so bright as many of the current third wave offerings.  I cut it (and most of my espresso beans) with decaf -- in this case Vancouver from Verve.  So I might not be giving the perfect analysis of it.

It benefits from a finer grind and longer preinfusion to pull out some of the sweetness.  I find it similar to Counter Culture's Big Trouble and Forty Six.  Both lighter than a typical Italian espresso roast, but not so light that they are overly bright and difficult to pull.  Seems like a decent middle of the road option but not enough chocolate and berry for my taste.  My preference tends toward Redbird, Caffe Lusso, and some offerings from Klatch instead.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any questions.

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 03-25-2017, 06:47 AM
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Thanks for the overview, sounds like a great candidate for a Chemex/pourover considering my preferences in espresso.

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 03-29-2017, 04:14 AM
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how many people here roast their own coffee?  I have been curious about it, but don't have the time.  I already make my own beer, wine, have my day job, own my soap company, bought a house, and am expecting a child with my wife.  Kinda too busy to start roasting.

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 03-29-2017, 02:06 PM
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I don't roast, but there are some folks on TSN that do.  There was a recent thread on the subject.  Here's the link  http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...t=roasting

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 05-27-2017, 11:39 AM
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Flying Goat Coffee (Santa Rosa, CA) 
Mrs. Garland's Blend

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Cremina : Ceado E37S

A little lighter and brighter than I usually prefer, but still very good.

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 05-27-2017, 11:57 AM
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I have always enjoyed Len's Coffee Beans at heirloomcoffeellc
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 05-27-2017, 12:36 PM
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i bought a bag of redbird espresso and brewed it today.  It was HORRIBLE.  I didn't change any brewing techniques from my regular La Prima espresso.  Any tips?

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 05-27-2017, 02:58 PM
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It's been a while since I had the Redbird Espresso so take this with a grain of salt.  Looking at the La Prima bar blend espresso, I think the Redbird is probably a bit lighter in roast so will be a little less "roasty/chocolatey" given the same brew parameters.  I'd loosen the grind and pack more coffee in the basket, but pull the same volume, to try and accentuate the sweetness.  Also, from Redbird's site, it looks like it brews best at a lower brew temp -- 198 to 201 degrees.  Feel free to PM me and we can discuss offline as these are just preliminary guesses.

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 06-01-2017, 04:41 AM
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i use a stovetop brikka.  so I cannot really adjust much except the grind size.  I think maybe I over filled the funnel the first time and and it over extracted.  Sometimes the coffee expands and blocks the water from coming out of the machine.  Subsequent coffees were pretty good.

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 06-01-2017, 02:04 PM
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Good to hear!

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 05-05-2018, 06:59 AM
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Super nice people, Aldo the owner/roaster is a great guy! Haven’t tried it yet as I have one more pound of Malabar Gold to go through. Have read some great reviews on it and $40 for 5# shipped is a great deal. 

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 06-05-2018, 06:23 AM
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(05-05-2018, 06:59 AM)ColdRiverSoap Wrote: Super nice people, Aldo the owner/roaster is a great guy! Haven’t tried it yet as I have one more pound of Malabar Gold to go through. Have read some great reviews on it and $40 for 5# shipped is a great deal. 

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This stuff is seriously awesome.  AND it is roasted upon ordering so the 5 lbs bag will definitely last.
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 06-13-2018, 09:07 AM
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I love it.

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 06-13-2018, 10:55 AM
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Have some Red Bird on the way - looking forward to trying it out.

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 06-13-2018, 01:46 PM
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Red Bird is fantastic.  I got some, made it in a dirty brika, decided it was disgusting, cleaned my machine, and was blown away

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 12-20-2018, 11:28 PM
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Has anyone tried kicking horse “kick ass” dark roast, or koffee kult dark roast for espresso?

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 12-21-2018, 12:00 AM
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(12-20-2018, 11:28 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Has anyone tried kicking horse “kick ass” dark roast, or koffee kult dark roast for espresso?

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Hi Mike,

I haven't tried either but I did see that they are selling Kick Ass coffee beans at Target. I just saw them on the shelf. I actually just finished up a batch of Toddy home made cold brew from a batch of Colombian decaf coffee which makes a beautiful tasting concentrate. You do 12oz of coarse ground beans and use 7 cups water over 24 hours. Then throw it in the fridge when your done.

This week I was given some Starbucks gift cards and I decided instead of giving away the gift card to give buying their whole bean a try. I will be trying the medium roast Guatemala but the ratio come out different. Its 16oz, had them coarse ground, add 9 cups of water and was recommended to pull at 20 hours.

How are you making your coffee when you buy whole bean?

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 12-21-2018, 04:22 PM
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Hey Zac, I’ve only tried one Starbucks variety - their espresso... it was ok but a very oily bean and a bit finicky. I didn’t realize kicking horse was available locally, but checked my local target and there it was - thanks for letting me know! Picked up a bag for espresso, good - if a bit less full-bodied than I expected. So far blue-bottle “hays valley” is my favorite as it’s super smooth and provides a rich crema. Koffee Kult gets mentioned in a lot of top 10 lists, so that’s next up on my list. 

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 12-22-2018, 08:25 AM
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I’ve been brewing this in my french press lately. Roasted near Bethel, NY and they have two stores in NJ, both about 10 minutes from my house. Not cheap but I know it’s freshly roasted and delicious.

https://javaloveroasters.com/collections...d-ass-brew

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 12-22-2018, 11:19 AM
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I just bought yet another 5 lbs bag of Nicoletti.  $9.00/lbs is insanely low cost for the quality.

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