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Date: 15 Nov 2006 15:12:25
From: jgriff
Subject: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Does anyone have experience with their coffee? If you don't know,
they're in Portland, OR. Just wondering how their espresso blend(s)
compare to others that are frequently mentioned such as Black Cat,
Malabar Gold, etc. I've used their Hair Bender blend and Holler
Mountain blend for espresso, as well as using Starbucks, Peets, Caffe
Umbria, etc. in the past. I want to know how their flavor compares to
other fine coffees. Thanks!

Justin





 
Date: 16 Nov 2006 16:53:34
From: Erik Groomer
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
With craptastic equipment nothing will taste any better. Stumptown's
espresso is great.

Some blends are more forgiving than others. Don't even try Vivace's
espresso. Very finicky.

Erik

jgriff wrote:
> I know they're considered a top roaster and all. I was just wondering
> how their coffee is supposed to taste in comparison with other
> favorites. I know what it tastes like for me at home, but I have a
> craptastic espresso machine, so I'm thinkin' that it's gotta get better
> than this. At least, I hope it gets substantially better.
> Again, any idea how it compares against Black Cat or something like
> that which I've read about? Thanks.
>
> Justin
>
> shall wrote:
> > On 15 Nov 2006 15:12:25 -0800, "jgriff" <justin.griffeth@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > >Does anyone have experience with their coffee? If you don't know,
> > >they're in Portland, OR. Just wondering how their espresso blend(s)
> > >compare to others that are frequently mentioned such as Black Cat,
> > >Malabar Gold, etc. I've used their Hair Bender blend and Holler
> > >Mountain blend for espresso, as well as using Starbucks, Peets, Caffe
> > >Umbria, etc. in the past. I want to know how their flavor compares to
> > >other fine coffees. Thanks!
> > >
> > >Justin
> >
> > They are one of the premier roasters in the country.
> >
> > shall



  
Date: 17 Nov 2006 16:27:19
From: Bill Satterthwaite
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
I've found just the opposite: While I haven't sampled all the regional
espresso sources, I've gotta say that Vivace beats those I've tried
(including Victrola (close second), Zoka, and Hines (have they ever
reopened in Seattle?). It is _very_ forgiving, esp. the Vita. My trusty
Silvia has yielded some of the best shots ever w/ their 11/11 Vita
roast.

Stumptown is definitely on my list, next time I'm in Portland...

Where is Viridian Coffee located?

Bill in Seattle

In article <1163724814.138579.243860@e3g2000cwe.googlegroups.com >,
Erik Groomer <ViridianCoffee@gmail.com > wrote:
>With craptastic equipment nothing will taste any better. Stumptown's
>espresso is great.
>
>Some blends are more forgiving than others. Don't even try Vivace's
>espresso. Very finicky.
>
>Erik
>



 
Date: 15 Nov 2006 21:04:01
From: jgriff
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
I've only been to the downtown location. Any idea if they are all
pretty consistent or how they compare to one another? My impetus for
this post was my own lackluster results with some of their Holler
Mountain blend. I've been using Hair Bender and getting okay shots, but
I can't seem to do the same with the Holler Mountain. I wanted to try
it since it is organic and free-trade and I'm all about that. Any other
thoughts?
Justin

Erik Groomer wrote:
> IMHO, they are pretty much at the pinnacle. When they are on, they are
> really on. There is a sort of citrus/caramel twist that is sometimes
> there and sometimes not which makes it really unusual. That is with
> their barristas pulling the shots at the Belmont location, not with my
> on/off barrista skills. I bought a pound of the Hair Bender last
> weekend and brought it home. A darker roast than I would have thought.
> Just a bit of blasting evident in the beans. Sweet and smoky aroma in
> the bag. REALLY nice. A blend of "at least five different origins".
>
> Erik
>
> jgriff wrote:
> > Does anyone have experience with their coffee? If you don't know,
> > they're in Portland, OR. Just wondering how their espresso blend(s)
> > compare to others that are frequently mentioned such as Black Cat,
> > Malabar Gold, etc. I've used their Hair Bender blend and Holler
> > Mountain blend for espresso, as well as using Starbucks, Peets, Caffe
> > Umbria, etc. in the past. I want to know how their flavor compares to
> > other fine coffees. Thanks!
> >
> > Justin



  
Date: 17 Nov 2006 00:42:19
From: Chris Holliday
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
"jgriff" <justin.griffeth@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:1163653441.610934.185630@b28g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> I've only been to the downtown location. Any idea if they are all
> pretty consistent or how they compare to one another? My impetus for
> this post was my own lackluster results with some of their Holler
> Mountain blend. I've been using Hair Bender and getting okay shots, but
> I can't seem to do the same with the Holler Mountain. I wanted to try
> it since it is organic and free-trade and I'm all about that. Any other
> thoughts?
> Justin
>
I know this will be of no benefit to you, but I got a bag of holler mountain
about a month ago that gave me the best shots I have ever tasted. All my
usual customers (friends who mooch espresso) agreed that there was something
truly special in those beans. It was very sweet with what I consider the
perfect amount of citrus notes. It was the finish that really sold it
though. It would last and last and last.

C.




 
Date: 15 Nov 2006 21:01:42
From: jgriff
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
I know they're considered a top roaster and all. I was just wondering
how their coffee is supposed to taste in comparison with other
favorites. I know what it tastes like for me at home, but I have a
craptastic espresso machine, so I'm thinkin' that it's gotta get better
than this. At least, I hope it gets substantially better.
Again, any idea how it compares against Black Cat or something like
that which I've read about? Thanks.

Justin

shall wrote:
> On 15 Nov 2006 15:12:25 -0800, "jgriff" <justin.griffeth@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >Does anyone have experience with their coffee? If you don't know,
> >they're in Portland, OR. Just wondering how their espresso blend(s)
> >compare to others that are frequently mentioned such as Black Cat,
> >Malabar Gold, etc. I've used their Hair Bender blend and Holler
> >Mountain blend for espresso, as well as using Starbucks, Peets, Caffe
> >Umbria, etc. in the past. I want to know how their flavor compares to
> >other fine coffees. Thanks!
> >
> >Justin
>
> They are one of the premier roasters in the country.
>
> shall



 
Date: 16 Nov 2006 02:26:32
From: Marshall
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
On 15 Nov 2006 15:12:25 -0800, "jgriff" <justin.griffeth@gmail.com >
wrote:

>Does anyone have experience with their coffee? If you don't know,
>they're in Portland, OR. Just wondering how their espresso blend(s)
>compare to others that are frequently mentioned such as Black Cat,
>Malabar Gold, etc. I've used their Hair Bender blend and Holler
>Mountain blend for espresso, as well as using Starbucks, Peets, Caffe
>Umbria, etc. in the past. I want to know how their flavor compares to
>other fine coffees. Thanks!
>
>Justin

They are one of the premier roasters in the country.

shall


 
Date: 15 Nov 2006 15:25:15
From: Erik Groomer
Subject: Re: Stumptown Coffee Roasters
IMHO, they are pretty much at the pinnacle. When they are on, they are
really on. There is a sort of citrus/caramel twist that is sometimes
there and sometimes not which makes it really unusual. That is with
their barristas pulling the shots at the Belmont location, not with my
on/off barrista skills. I bought a pound of the Hair Bender last
weekend and brought it home. A darker roast than I would have thought.
Just a bit of blasting evident in the beans. Sweet and smoky aroma in
the bag. REALLY nice. A blend of "at least five different origins".

Erik

jgriff wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with their coffee? If you don't know,
> they're in Portland, OR. Just wondering how their espresso blend(s)
> compare to others that are frequently mentioned such as Black Cat,
> Malabar Gold, etc. I've used their Hair Bender blend and Holler
> Mountain blend for espresso, as well as using Starbucks, Peets, Caffe
> Umbria, etc. in the past. I want to know how their flavor compares to
> other fine coffees. Thanks!
>
> Justin