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Sorry I have no experience with Delonghi, but I don't see why it won't suffer from the same kinds of problems that other 1-touch machines have.
Nespresso with a separate milk foamer thing will be cheaper and much better than any of the one-touch machines, but you have to do some extra work.
It's kind of a trendy thing to process the same bean three different ways. Honey is a hybrid of wet and dry, said to give the best of both worlds. I've had good and bad examples of each of the processes, and which one you use depends on many other factors, many of which have nothing to do with taste. For example, wet-process is very water-intensive, and can't be used in places with little water. Same with drying processes --- some work better in areas with lots of rainfall...
Strawberries (and blueberries) are usually a sign of dry (or natural) process milling. In the dry process, the coffee bean (the seed of the coffee cherry) is dried with the fruit still on it, and this causes fermentation. Wet process milling strips the fruit away from the seed before drying. The degree of fermentation could be how long they leave the fruit on?
Glad you enjoyed the coffee!This weekend I was in Seattle for a day, and got to try a pourover from Victrola, and an espresso from Espresso Vivace. The pourover was meh --- watered down, generic tasting. The espresso however was excellent. High acidity, but balanced with a lot of chocolate notes. If I lived in Seattle, they could easily convert me back to liking espresso. The espresso was pulled really ristretto: I would be surprised if there was more than an ounce of...
Excellent choice! Probably the most unique coffee of your stash, not that the others are bad. I had more of the Yemen today.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Dry processing is probably the oldest and most primitive way of milling coffee, and I think all the Yemeni coffees I've heard of is dry processed.
Were your ears burning? We ended up nerding out about wine and local produce more than coffee. Also, this sentence must occur in every StyFo meetup message exchange: “I thought you're white!” I've been drinking this recently: http://www.gocoffeego.com/products/Bird-Rock-Coffee/Yemen-Haraaz-Red-Maraqaha-3704.html It's sold out, but it's really excellent, with lots of berry sweetness that you can even smell without brewing it.
That sounds great. I'll send you a PM for details. If we go to Handlebar tomorrow morning, you can see Aaron roasting.I was not a fan of coffees from the Americas until Handlebar convinced me to try one of theirs, and now I am. They roast for a more chocolate balance than acid. The acid is still there, but it's not searing like the 3rd-wavers like to do.Another place to try out is The Lark. I think it's actually better than Julienne.
Hey, you're in my town! Handlebar is my favorite roaster in town and possibly in the country, and Kim and Aaron are really great people too. Get their new Colombian as well as their Guatemala Bella Carmona for drip brew. Their affogato is pretty fantastic too. Around the corner is C'Est Cheese, with not only an amazing cheese selection, but also great pastries (but I might be biased since the pastry chef is a good friend). If you want dinner, check out Julienne right on...
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