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Espresso bean suggestions.

Postby Ian » Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:38 pm

I need to order some more greens shortly (probably from Hasbean). Been using the Cuban Serrano mainly the past couple of times and looking for a bit of a change.

What are you roasting at the moment?


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RE: Espresso bean suggestions.

Postby bruceb » Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:04 pm

Drinking SOs as espresso, rather than a blend, is somewhat controversial, but I do it much of the time. In the last year I have concentrated on Brazilian beans and have been delighted with the results. Hasbean's Fazenda Cachoeira would certainly be a good choice. There are also many fine Colombian beans that work well as espresso.

For a blend I always begin with 40-50% of the Brazilian or Colombian, add about 20-30% Costa Rican, Guatemalan or other Central American for spice and make up the rest with a somewhat darkly roasted Sumatran for roast flavour and earthiness.

Good luck and let us know about your experiences! :D
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I decided I needed a bit of a change so I roasted some Monsooned Malabar. That was a change!
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RE: Espresso bean suggestions.

Postby CakeBoy » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:50 pm

Machacamarca is always lovely Ian :)
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Postby Ian » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:23 am

Thanks for the suggestions chaps.

Bruce, I've been brewing SO since I started with my espresso machine in 1999/2000 mainly because I was clueless about what all the different varieties tasted like and just seemed to carry on. However, if I do come across something that is a bit bland then it'll get blended with something else that is overly lively. Glad to hear it's still controversial though :)

Cakey, never tried it so I'll give it a go.

I'm also looking for a nice PNG so if you know of a good one then please shoot me a line.

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Postby bruceb » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:04 pm

Someone gave me a kilo of Ben Colbran's PNG Baroida Estate awhile back. I think it came from Sweet Marias and it was a knockout. The first roast I did was rather dark (just into second crack) and it tasted a bit smoky, but still very delicious. After that I dumped it just before second crack and it was very clean, with a wonderful mouth feel. I made a note in my log to make sure to get some more of it, but then forgot. I just checked and Tom is still selling it. It is really an outstanding coffee!
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Postby Ian » Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:32 pm

I've never actually ordered anything from SM, the postage costs sort of put me off but it's certainly worth looking into for a bulk order.

Just ordered some Papua New Guinea - Sigri Estate grade A from greencoffeeltd.com I'll let you know how it goes.

(Cakey - got some Bolivia Finca Machacamarca de Berengula 2012 and Bolivia Finca David Vilca Organic UK6 Certified on the way from HB too).

Also now looking for some Sulewesi Kalossi :wink:
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Postby CakeBoy » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:12 pm

Hopefully you'll like it Ian. The Macha is definately my favourite coffee this years so far, and last too! :)
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