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Bean There - Pt 4: Roasting & Blending Espresso by Terry Montague
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terrym
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Posted Sun May 26, 2002, 12:00am
Subject: Bean There - Pt 4: Roasting & Blending Espresso by Terry Montague
 

Bean There - Pt 4: Roasting & Blending Espresso
by Terry Montague

The elusive perfect espresso exists in the imagination but seems so real that it is more a memory than a fantasy.
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MarkPrince
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Joined: 19 Dec 2001
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Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: KvdW Speedster
Grinder: Versalab M3 Grinder
Vac Pot: A bit too many
Drip: Bonavita
Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Mon May 27, 2002, 4:05pm
Subject: Truly excellent
 

This is an excellent article, Terry, absolutely brim-full with useful notes and advice.

My own weakness is in custom blending in the home, even though I am getting to know flavours more; I still rely on the words of others to help with my blend decisions. This article seems to answer a lot of questions I had floating around in my head but didn't quite know how to ask.
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EddieGee
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
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Vac Pot: Bodum Santos, Yama
Drip: Melitta Cone
Roaster: Proctor Silex Popcorn Pumper
Posted Mon May 27, 2002, 5:18pm
Subject: Just in time
 

Bingo! Terry, this is just what I was looking for at just the right time. The paragraphs on roasting and bean selection were just the information that I needed.
Fantastic article. Keep them coming.
thanks,
Ed
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Posted Tue May 28, 2002, 4:51am
Subject: Perfect Timing
 

This was a great article and well timed.  I was looking for this kind of info, in one place, easy to use. I've done some but this answered some questions I had and inspired me to go out and do more !
Thanks !
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Posted Tue May 28, 2002, 7:49pm
Subject: Bravisimo!
 

Just when I was ready to give up home roasting for espresso, you give me some ideas of things to try.  Thank you for this wise and encouraging advice.  Rai
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Posted Tue Jul 15, 2003, 6:18pm
Subject: one blend for all purpose
 

True Italian Espresso blends contain a small percentage, usually 12-15% of Robusto beans which add character and texture to the shot of espresso, but would be enough to make it unsuitable for Drip coffee.  The bean blends and their roast levels for the espresso may be ideal for 30 second shots, but may  not combine for a truly ideal full extraction by means of a Drip or French Press application.  That has been our experience, and we would never use Robusto beans in anything but our fresh roasted espresso blend that we use and love!  We attempt in every fashion to use True Italian methodology in our shop.
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Posted Thu Aug 14, 2003, 2:12am
Subject: Thanks
 

*Thanks for Part1-4 of your articles. I work for small independent Roaster in the UK and can associate with many points raised (especially the back breaking bean delivery's- and the coffee sat on the sacks). I find the roasting world very insular and secretive. Your articles have opened the box a little. More please*
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cdh
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Posted Tue May 18, 2004, 5:16am
Subject: Re: Bean There - Pt 4: Roasting & Blending Espresso by Terry Montague
 

Terry,

Thank you for this excellent article.
I was thinking of going to Trieste to hear more about espresso
blending  but now I think I will experiment more, make lots of notes
and save the money.  I half expect a sit down lecture would not tell
me much more than this.
Are you going to write some more?

Best regards

Clive Harris.
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2013, 11:09am
Subject: Re: Bean There - Pt 4: Roasting & Blending Espresso by Terry Montague
 

Have you ever tried coffee from the Southern Indian state of Karnataka. In a town called Chickmanglur they grow shade grown Arabica at high altitude . Your review if you get your hands on them will be interesting as you seem to have tasted coffee from all over the world
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