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Date: 09 Mar 2007 12:30:29
From: Cordovero
Subject: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
Hey Guys,

I'm going to put in a SM order and I'm looking for something in addition to
the espresso blends, just for some much needed variety in my cappas. Last
time I succeeded with a Rwandan that made a really nice SO espresso base for
my cappas.

Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
from their present offerings?

Cordo






 
Date: 18 Mar 2007 04:44:02
From: Travesso
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
On 9, 4:30 pm, "Cordovero" <cordoveroremove...@yahooxxx.com >
wrote:
> Hey Guys,
>
> I'm going to put in a SM order and I'm looking for something in addition to
> the espresso blends, just for some much needed variety in my cappas. Last
> time I succeeded with a Rwandan that made a really nice SO espresso base for
> my cappas.
>
> Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
> from their present offerings?
>
> Cordo

I don't want to highjack your post, but I really don't care for sweet
ia's monkey blend. I love SM, but I have never made a shot of MB
that someone liked. What are the characteristics that people like
about the MB.



 
Date: 17 Mar 2007 02:22:02
From: stereoplegic
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
On 9, 6:56 pm, "LF" <fie...@gmail.com > wrote:
> > Take a look at the Ethiopia Dry Process Sidamo. Delicious!
>
> Cordo,
>
> I got some Ethiopian Sidamo from a different source, and like it a lot
> as SO espresso. I drink double shots, so don't know about it for
> cappas. I roast well into the second crack (somewhere between
> Northern Italian and Southern Italian style).
>
> BTW, I've stopped using the i-Roast in favor of a SC/CO. This new
> roaster works much better for me. I found the i-Roast results in
> brighter beans for me.The Sidamo at a Northern Italian roast on my i-
> Roast was too bright for me.
>
> I'm low on beans, ready to place a SM order, and am interested in
> where this thread will probably get some Monkey Blend (or possibly
> Liquid Amber) and then something for SO.
>
> IIRC, you like the Moka Kadir. I never could get that *blueberry*
> taste from it.
>
> All the best,
> Larry

Indian Monsooned Malabar makes an interesting SO. also, i like any dry
processed Yemeni (all of them, i believe) or Ethiopian (i like the
exotic stuff). by SO i'm assuming you mean for espresso (in which case
i'd recommend any of the afforementioned SO's at FC-maybe FC+). If for
drip or press, i'd recommend the same range for those beans, and the
Late Harvest Yirgacheffe from City-very light FC (just on the verge of
second crack. brighness shouldn't be much of an issue with the SC/CO.
Just roasted some DP Sidamo at FC yesterday, great cuppa w/ lotsa
chocolate, a little wine/rustic fruit, and just a hint of blueberry
right after roasting. i'll try pulling shots with it in a few days.



 
Date: 11 Mar 2007 06:51:46
From: LF
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
On 11, 1:11 am, "Cordovero" <cordoveroremove...@yahooxxx.com >
wrote:
> > BTW, I've stopped using the i-Roast in favor of a SC/CO. This new
> > roaster works much better for me. I found the i-Roast results in
> > brighter beans for me.The Sidamo at a Northern Italian roast on my i-
> > Roast was too bright for me.
>
> Yeah, I'm not high on the i-Roast. I've got an i-Roast II now, in addition
> to my old I-Roast 1, and I'm not thrilled.

Cordo,

I'll bet you a nickel, if you e-bay one of your iRoasts, and put
together a SC/CO, your remaining iRoast will be on the auction block
quicker than an iRoast's pause between first and second crack. The SC/
CO (with a digital thermometer) is far superior to any iRoast.

I'm a Liquid Amber fan myself; although it's difficult to roast
evenly. Lots of alties like Monkey Blend, so I think I'll try some of
that.

I'll get some SO too, but remain undecided as to what. I've enjoyed
Huehuetenango ("way-way") as a SO - chocolaty. In the mid 1970s, I
drove a red VW Beetle from Boston to Guatemala, returning with four
passengers. The memories of Huehe infuse my cup with Mayan deities.
YMMV (your memories may vary).

Best,
Larry



 
Date: 10 Mar 2007 03:09:03
From: Jeff
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
Cordovero wrote:
> Hey Guys,
>
> I'm going to put in a SM order and I'm looking for something in addition to
> the espresso blends, just for some much needed variety in my cappas. Last
> time I succeeded with a Rwandan that made a really nice SO espresso base for
> my cappas.
>
> Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
> from their present offerings?

This would be a good choice:
Brazil Cachoeira da Grama Yellow Bourbon
"...it balances its rustic components with sweetness, and that's why it
also makes a great S.O. espresso"


  
Date: 10 Mar 2007 21:13:42
From: Cordovero
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
Thanks for the tip. SM seems to say "great SO espresso" on A LOT OF their
beans, so it doesn't always help. Frankly, with no cupping expertise, I
can't really distinguish Tom's reviews from each other. Everything seems to
be great, and fruity, and delicious, and such.

But like I said, I did think they were right about a lot of Rwandan I got
from them recently.

C

"Jeff" <joe@acme.com > wrote in message
news:jjpIh.8734$re4.5500@newssvr12.news.prodigy.net...
> Cordovero wrote:
>> Hey Guys,
>>
>> I'm going to put in a SM order and I'm looking for something in addition
>> to the espresso blends, just for some much needed variety in my cappas.
>> Last time I succeeded with a Rwandan that made a really nice SO espresso
>> base for my cappas.
>>
>> Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
>> from their present offerings?
>
> This would be a good choice:
> Brazil Cachoeira da Grama Yellow Bourbon
> "...it balances its rustic components with sweetness, and that's why it
> also makes a great S.O. espresso"




 
Date: 09 Mar 2007 18:18:10
From: Flasherly
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
On 9, 3:30 pm, "Cordovero" <cordoveroremove...@yahooxxx.com >
wrote:
> Hey Guys,
>
> I'm going to put in a SM order and I'm looking for something in addition to
> the espresso blends, just for some much needed variety in my cappas. Last
> time I succeeded with a Rwandan that made a really nice SO espresso base for
> my cappas.
>
> Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
> from their present offerings?
>
> Cordo


Roasting 1.5lb SO Zambia today, and while sifting heat with my hands
away from newly added batches, mixing into the existing dumps, picked
up a rock. Not a a little pebble, but a regular rock. Flat rock,
third thin as a medium-sized bean, and a rock as big across as my
thumbnail. All of that without a $500 grinder (expensive enough,
though).

Think I'm having second thoughts about central Latin American coffees,
although what I'd like is SO that includes a rock magnet as an added
bonus and incentive to buy more of their coffee (wasn't from SM btw).



 
Date: 09 Mar 2007 16:56:49
From: LF
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
>
> Take a look at the Ethiopia Dry Process Sidamo. Delicious!

Cordo,

I got some Ethiopian Sidamo from a different source, and like it a lot
as SO espresso. I drink double shots, so don't know about it for
cappas. I roast well into the second crack (somewhere between
Northern Italian and Southern Italian style).

BTW, I've stopped using the i-Roast in favor of a SC/CO. This new
roaster works much better for me. I found the i-Roast results in
brighter beans for me.The Sidamo at a Northern Italian roast on my i-
Roast was too bright for me.

I'm low on beans, ready to place a SM order, and am interested in
where this thread will probably get some Monkey Blend (or possibly
Liquid Amber) and then something for SO.

IIRC, you like the Moka Kadir. I never could get that *blueberry*
taste from it.

All the best,
Larry






  
Date: 10 Mar 2007 21:11:54
From: Cordovero
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
> BTW, I've stopped using the i-Roast in favor of a SC/CO. This new
> roaster works much better for me. I found the i-Roast results in
> brighter beans for me.The Sidamo at a Northern Italian roast on my i-
> Roast was too bright for me.

Yeah, I'm not high on the i-Roast. I've got an i-Roast II now, in addition
to my old I-Roast 1, and I'm not thrilled.

> IIRC, you like the Moka Kadir. I never could get that *blueberry*
> taste from it.

You have an amazing memory, Larry. I'm at the end of a big bag of Moka
Kadir, and I'm giving up on it for the time being. It's always been the
hardest blend for me to roast evenly, and some of the flavors I used to get,
well they're gone. I'd like to suspect it's because the Harrar in it is not
the same, but there are so many faults to my technique, that it likely
relates to me. In any case, I'm done with it for the time being. Lately, I
was getting much better results from SM's Liquid Amber blend, though I had
not likely that a couple of years ago when I first tried it.

I'm taking another altie's advice and I put in an order to Baldmountain.
I'm trying their espresso blend, and I also plan to blend some of their
Mexico Pluma Altura with some PNG Kimel and Tanazania, as was recommended to
me. It'll be good to have a change.

Someday I'd like to get a Hottop, but I'm on a ton of student loans right
now and there's no roam for such lavishness. Thank god I already have the
equipment I do. I could never afford to BUY coffee!

C

>
> All the best,
> Larry
>
>
>
>




  
Date: 09 Mar 2007 19:11:16
From: Lloyd Parsons
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
In article <1173488209.107890.43370@t69g2000cwt.googlegroups.com >,
"LF" <fieman@gmail.com > wrote:

> >
> > Take a look at the Ethiopia Dry Process Sidamo. Delicious!
>
> Cordo,
>
> I got some Ethiopian Sidamo from a different source, and like it a lot
> as SO espresso. I drink double shots, so don't know about it for
> cappas. I roast well into the second crack (somewhere between
> Northern Italian and Southern Italian style).
>
> BTW, I've stopped using the i-Roast in favor of a SC/CO. This new
> roaster works much better for me. I found the i-Roast results in
> brighter beans for me.The Sidamo at a Northern Italian roast on my i-
> Roast was too bright for me.
>
> I'm low on beans, ready to place a SM order, and am interested in
> where this thread will probably get some Monkey Blend (or possibly
> Liquid Amber) and then something for SO.
>
> IIRC, you like the Moka Kadir. I never could get that *blueberry*
> taste from it.
>
> All the best,
> Larry

Larry,

I've got some of the Moka Kadir and I couldn't get any 'blueberry' taste
either. It was very bold and I didn't like it as well as many other
things.

For the Sidamo, I usually take it into 2nd crack but not through. It
seemed that I got more berries that way.


 
Date: 09 Mar 2007 16:45:39
From: DavidMLewis
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
On 9, 12:30 pm, "Cordovero" <cordoveroremove...@yahooxxx.com >
wrote:
> Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
> from their present offerings?
>
I don't drink so many milk-based drinks, but I just sipped a fantastic
espresso made with their Yemen Mokha Sana'ani, which you can find
here: <http://www.sweetias.com/coffee.arabia.yemen.html >. I took it
just to the beginning of rapid second crack, which my bean probe says
is 455, and I'm using the Jim Schulman-approved 13-14 gram dose.
Delicious!

Best,
David



 
Date: 09 Mar 2007 15:06:46
From: Lloyd Parsons
Subject: Re: Sweetmaria's SO espresso recommendations sought
In article <essg5d$8uc$1@news.Stanford.EDU >,
"Cordovero" <cordoveroremovexxx@yahooxxx.com > wrote:

> Hey Guys,
>
> I'm going to put in a SM order and I'm looking for something in addition to
> the espresso blends, just for some much needed variety in my cappas. Last
> time I succeeded with a Rwandan that made a really nice SO espresso base for
> my cappas.
>
> Any other suggestions for a couple of pounds of an SO to try in my cappas
> from their present offerings?
>
> Cordo

Take a look at the Ethiopia Dry Process Sidamo. Delicious!