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Date: 02 Feb 2007 16:16:02
From: Jonathan
Subject: How could Peets let me down?
I have always regarded Peet's coffee as the premium "other" guy who
get its right. I have enjoyed their roasts for years for my drip
coffee. However, I must say they let me down with espresso.

I spent my first few weeks frantically troubleshooting all the
perceived problems with my new Silvia...grind, tamp, temperature,
water, air, pressure, the alignment of planets, etc. Up at night,
waiting for the morning to try my experiments all over again.

While I could get my shots to time and create crema to perfection they
still tasted too sour and acidic. I tried Peet's espresso forte, then
was told to switch to Garuda, but not before I tested Major Dickenson.
They all had high notes that me wince. So, I tried their shots in the
store and they too were sour, but for some reason I kept at it with
another bag of thiers.

After finally giving in I tried a few shots at Starbucks. Surprisingly
deep and and chocolatey. I crossed to the dark side and bought a bag.

My shots never tasted so good...





 
Date: 02 Feb 2007 20:49:21
From: mattw
Subject: Re: How could Peets let me down?
> After finally giving in I tried a few shots at Starbucks. Surprisingly
> deep and and chocolatey. I crossed to the dark side and bought a bag.
>
> My shots never tasted so good...

You should try some 'real' fresh coffee - I loved the Toscano from
Counter Culture and Black Cat from Intelligentsia.

Fresh coffee made a huge difference in my espresso making (I remember
thinking I could dial in the machine with cheap beans and then switch
over - all I ended up doing was starting from scratch with the fresh
beans, flavor and bean behavior was that different).

my .02
/mw



 
Date: 03 Feb 2007 03:07:00
From: bob prohaska's usenet account
Subject: Re: How could Peets let me down?
Jonathan <jschwartz0@gmail.com > wrote:
> I have always regarded Peet's coffee as the premium "other" guy who
> get its right. I have enjoyed their roasts for years for my drip
> coffee. However, I must say they let me down with espresso.
>
[big snip]

I've had very good coffee from Peet's, but I always use the
less-costly single-origin beans, whatever roast is standard.
Mostly from the Americas.

And, heathen that I am, I put a little half & half in the
coffe. Does that discredit my opinions?

bob prohaska