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Date: 31 Oct 2006 04:18:51
From: solwisesteve
Subject: 'Best' Espresso beans
Okay... I know this is a hard one and everyone's got their own opinions
:-)

I've just splashed out on a Gaggia MDF grinder - everyone was saying
you just can't get decent espresso without grinding the beans yourself
so I've bitten the bullet :-)

Up to now I've been getting the Illy Dark Espresso pre-ground. I've
been very happy with the Illy pre-ground stuff but it takes me two
weeks to go through a complete tin and, after a couple of days, I've
noticed the flavour dropping off.

So what I'd really like is some beans to give the same (or better)
taste as the dark Illy. Any suggestions please? BTW I need them to be
sourceable in the UK and preferably online (miles from decent shops
etc... and I'm lazy).

Thanks very much :-)

Steve





 
Date: 01 Nov 2006 00:20:18
From: solwisesteve
Subject: Re: 'Best' Espresso beans
Cheers.... As you say, best to work through the range :-)

So I've gone to hasbean and started with a couple of their most popular
blends....

Need to get a decent tamp now - HOW MUCH!!? Wow!

Steve

Ken Wilson wrote:
> Higgins creole =A320/kilo :-(
>
> More realistically - open your mind a bit - coffee is a bit of an acquir=
ed
> taste (gosh - its only recently that i have had trouble drinking nescafe
> Gold Blend) and go to one of the oft recommended UK suppliers
> (Hillandvalley, hasbean etc) and work your way through a range of espresso
> blends. I guess you will will start to appreciate a wide range of blends
> within a week.



 
Date: 31 Oct 2006 12:50:03
From: Ken Wilson
Subject: Re: 'Best' Espresso beans
Higgins creole 20/kilo :-(

More realistically - open your mind a bit - coffee is a bit of an acquired
taste (gosh - its only recently that i have had trouble drinking nescafe
Gold Blend) and go to one of the oft recommended UK suppliers
(Hillandvalley, hasbean etc) and work your way through a range of espresso
blends. I guess you will will start to appreciate a wide range of blends
within a week.

For example - I like Illy - but my favourite is a Monmouth blend which is
lightly roasted - the antithesis really.

Incidentally I had a hypothesis a few years ago that illy staled more
quickly when it was out of the tin than fresh roasted I don't think that
anymore - i just know its a bit stale to start with.

Now - home roasting...

;-)

ken
> Okay... I know this is a hard one and everyone's got their own opinions
> :-)
>
> I've just splashed out on a Gaggia MDF grinder - e
>
> Up to now I've been getting the Illy Dark Espresso pre-ground. I've
> been very happy with the Illy pre-ground stuff but it takes me two
> weeks to go through a complete tin and, after a couple of days, I've
> noticed the flavour dropping off.
>
> So what I'd really like is some beans to give the same (or better)
> taste as the dark Illy. Any suggestions please? BTW I need them to be
> sourceable in the UK and preferably online (miles from decent shops
> etc... and I'm lazy).
>
> Thanks very much :-)
>
> Steve
>