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I've recently been impressed with coffee's from Peru.
post #3602 of 4104
Nice; Peruvian beans can be excellent.

I picked up some Bolivian beans at the beginning of the month that didn't taste too special with my default routine on aeropress. I would have kept the impression that they were mediocre, but I tried using a lower brew temperature and they were fantastic. Using unfamiliar beans can be a good opportunity to experiment and tune in one's technique.

As long as the growers care about what they're doing, I think any region is capable of producing quality coffee. I look forward to giving the next one a shot.
post #3603 of 4104
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Originally Posted by the shah View Post

that's ridiculous. french press, or bialetti moka when i'm up for something different.

i just got a bag of la colombe's corsica beans and must say it's been far better than intelligentsia's black cat that's been my choice for past several years.

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I don't care for their corsica. It is heavy on the Brazilian coffee, which has never impressed me.

Love the Corsica ! - better than Phocea or Nizza IMO, although I haven't tried the reserve blends. Now they've got all these 'workshop' beans rolleyes.gif less is more sometimes....

* have been drinking A&V's french roast for the last week or so - not complaining
post #3604 of 4104
Been really enjoying the columbia from intelligentsia thats out now but my gf has been working from home since Friday because of the snow which means my stash is depleting faster than normal.
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any recommendations in Toronto?

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any recommendations in Toronto?
I was there this summer and I thought Tandem Coffee on King E and Trinity knew what they were doing and had seriously good coffee. I'm sure there are plenty more, but that was the only memorable one I found near the Pan-Am athletes' village.
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Love the Corsica ! - better than Phocea or Nizza IMO, although I haven't tried the reserve blends. Now they've got all these 'workshop' beans rolleyes.gif less is more sometimes....

* have been drinking A&V's french roast for the last week or so - not complaining

Workshop beans = under-roasted
post #3608 of 4104

Got a Mazzer Mini today, spent about 2hrs playing with it while watching the RNC foolishness.

 

Very impressed, build quality (its like a little tank) Precision of the grind that's obtainable, etc.

 

Don't remember who it was that steered me to Mazzer ? But thanks good call.

 

Enjoy

post #3609 of 4104
Nice. I've been using the Mini-E for almost five years now and I love it. My previous grinder was a full-on industrial-capacity Fiorenzato and I don't find that the quieter Mazzer gives up anything in grind quality.

Enjoy; that's the type of purchase that only has to be done once, as it'll likely outlast you.
post #3610 of 4104
God damn, I'm already missing caffè from Napoli. Great coffee culture. Had a few dozen over the past 4-5 days.

I really need to get my grinder working again.
post #3611 of 4104
What's coffee culture like in Napoli? Just espressos?
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What's coffee culture like in Napoli? Just espressos?
Yeah, ristrettos (and very rarely cappuccinos or macchiatos). Coffee costs 0.8-1 € at the counter. You come in, order a caffè at the register (every café has one), get an orange ticket, then proceed to the counter, leave your ticket and some tip (0.1-0.2 €..in most cases the difference to the rounded-up price, can be difficult at times when the espresso costs 1 € and you don't have any change.. but that's rarely the case, only in more touristy areas) on the counter and tell the baristas your order. You get a glass of water and the coffee, drink it, then leave. There's such a high turnover at times. People are always drinking coffee. In the morning, before noon, at noon, in the afternoon, in the evening. And there's cafés everywhere and pretty much all tastes good. All ristrettos, all dark roasts though, fwiw.

Since the turnover is so high, they can't warm the cups on top of the machine. They place it in dedicated "heaters" filled with boiling water. The cups are really hot. Gotta be careful or you burn your lip the first time you have one. (You can see a pic of it here--it's a large pic. usually, those thingies are much fuller and the water is bubbling, sometimes slowly, sometimes like crazy.)

They often serve the espresso with sugar without asking. I preferred it without. Gotta order it amaro then.

Espresso to go is also a thing, in plastic cups covered with tin foil (Italians/Neapolitans love their plastic cups.. in most trattorias/pizzerias/tripperias you only get plastic cups for your beer, wine etc.). There are dedicated "runners" who deliver said espressos to go on tablets to local shop owners who can't leave to get their fix of coffee. We also ordered some espressos to go and spiked them with some Villa Zarri Nocino.. great stuff.

Cups are great. Really thick-walled. Machines are great (only lever machines). Grinder are good to great (I think I've seen Mazzers, some Caffe Mexicos--a "chain" that serves great coffee--use Ditting etc). They usually grind in batches of like 100-200g and when it's used up, they grind again. Only local roasteries, often large ones like Kimbo, Passalacqua etc. Tamping pressure varies.
post #3613 of 4104
lever machines like manual machines? so they dont grind for each shot? interesting.

also really dark roasts? so no sour just sweet and bitter?
post #3614 of 4104
Yep, manual. Like these. Really dark, classic Neapolitan roasts and yeah they have no time to grind per shot when it's getting busy but they don't grind a whole kg at once either. No clue how fresh the coffee is, probably not very fresh.
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There was some discussion in various places (e.g., here) that Italian roasts don't need to be super fresh to taste good. Most of what you described sounded pretty in line with my experiences/expectations, but wow! all manual levers! That is something else - don't think I've seen that anywhere. 

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