Lets talk about COFFEE

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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Reading about it all sounds very daunting. I am not sure I want to fill my place with smoke. I thought the machines were easier to use, but it seems like unless you are getting something commercial you need to fiddle quite a bit with them.
     
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    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    I like RBC but when I am down in that area, I tend to end up at Kaffe 1668. Part of that may be the vibe is more my speed, both do good coffee.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I haven't been there, but I hear the space is awesome.
     
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    I own this book and would also recommend it.

    I can't seem to find a cafe in Vancouver that I really love so I've been spending a lot more time practicing on my machine at home. I must say, I'm starting to feel pretty confident about my cappuccinos. Its been a lot of fun just messing around with my set up.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I figured I would give them a second chance so I bought a bag of blue bottle coffee beans today. I stand firm, this stuff is shit.
     
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    A Y Senior member

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    Oh well. At least no one can say you didn't try.

    In case, anyone's interested, Verve's got a very limited release of some Geisha beans:

    http://www.vervecoffeeroasters.com/collections/coffee/geisha

    I ordered the Finca Los Lajones. Anyone want to try the Elida Green Tip?

    Geisha is a transplanted varietal from Ethiopia, made famous from a particular farm in Panama. Besides freaky stuff like Kopi Luwak (the civet-poop coffee), it is the most expensive and prized bean in the world. It's also very distinctive in its taste, but of course, I have no idea how good the Verve ones are. The one time I had an Esmeralda Geisha roasted for espresso, it was pretty damned transcendent.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I made two cups of the blue bottle coffee yesterday and then bought a bag of Gimme Coffee. See experience here:


    In any event, the Honduras El Sauce is pretty amazing.
     
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    A Y - I've been trying the Peet's Arabian Mocha Sanani this week and while smooth I can see what you mean about trying to get the flavors to stand out more. Right now I still prefer Blue Bottle's 17ft Ceiling or Hayes Valley for espresso. Next I think I will order from Verve since they are closer so shipping won't take so long. Any recommendation between their Street Level and The Sermon espressos?
     
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    A Y Senior member

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    Given your preference of non-citrusy coffees, I'm not sure either one would be great for you, but start with the Streetlevel. It tends to vary more and the Sermon is more of a house blend, but recently it's been a bit darker and more chocolatey than the Sermon. They recommend pulling at pretty high dosing (19-21 g), so I'm not sure how it will respond to a classic single dose.
     
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    Just think, if this exact same image was superimposed over a toilet bowl you would have a totally different opinion of its deliciousness.
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    I default to Sumatran beans, though Latin American will frequently surprise me. This is going to fly in everyone's face, but years back I would frequent (and love) the Cafe' Juan Valdez in Times Square.
     
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    A Y Senior member

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    I hope you weren't served that in an actual shop. That's really terrible even if it tastes good.
     
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    Google images, bro.
     
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    Wait, you don't take pictures of every espresso you've ever had?

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