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JTucker
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Posted Wed Oct 14, 2009, 6:39pm
Subject: Mild Coffee suggestions ?
 

Can anyone recommend a "mild" Coffee ? I find most good Coffees to be rather strong. I also don't care for a smokey taste in my Coffee.  Any ideas ?  I have a drip coffee maker and an Aeropress that I just bought last week.  Maybe I'm just used to the stuff at work that we call Coffee !
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Posted Wed Oct 14, 2009, 8:38pm
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JTucker Said:

Can anyone recommend a "mild" Coffee ? I find most good Coffees to be rather strong. I also don't care for a smokey taste in my Coffee.  Any ideas ?  I have a drip coffee maker and an Aeropress that I just bought last week.  Maybe I'm just used to the stuff at work that we call Coffee !

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Welcome to the Coffee Geek Forum.

Here's what I would suggest:

  1.  Don't buy dark-roasted beans.  You can often tell 'dark-roast' as they are very dark brown and oily.

  2.  Usually the kind of beans don't matter as much as the level of roast.  Maybe ...try Columbian Supreme, which is often a plain, sort of pedestrian coffee.

  3.  If your coffee still tastes too strong, try using less coffee.  Or else, if you are grinding your own, grind coarser.  Or else, if you have control over your brewing time, brew for (say) 3 minutes instead of 4 minutes.

Keep in the back of your mind that, as you get deeper and deeper into coffee geekiness, your tastes will develop and change significantly.  You will begin to like stronger coffee.  You will discover new flavors, such as chocolate or burnt caramel which you never noticed before ...wich don't appear unless your brew reaches a certain strength.

Good luck ...!!

 
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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2009, 5:22am
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JKalpin Said:

try using less coffee

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funny paradox here.

A lot of the bitter yuck coffee (apart from being grocery store robusta) is made worse becuase people want to decrease the bitterness by using less coffee/more water--as if the coffee is the culprit

assuming the coffee is not the culprit becuase you're using fresh, quality coffee:

too little coffee/too much water is more likely the culprit! (this may be a mind-bender for some who think coffee=naturally awful, so use less)

you may find that a coffee that's mediocre at best when brewed with 8 oz with 2 tablespoons totally transforms with 4-6 oz of water and the same amount of coffee

(As baristas who've experimented tasting the stages of the pull know, you don't want to drink the stuff comin' through toward the end. You need to find the "cut-off" mark--or in the case of drip, how much coffee : water--the ratio.)

If you can isolate the last 2 or 3 ounces or so from your drip, taste it and decide if you want that gall mixed with your brew.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2009, 6:40am
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Visit Caracolillo Coffees of Tampa, Florida.  Their beans give a mild brew.
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Posted Sat Oct 17, 2009, 7:17pm
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When you say mild, you probably want something roasted on the lighter side.  What coffees are you using now?

 
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Posted Sun Oct 18, 2009, 6:05am
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First of all, don't buy your coffee from Starbucks if you don't want a 'smokey' flavor.  For a mild coffee, and I'm assuming you mean flavor rather than acidity, any light roasted Central or South American bean should be good.  Try to find a local roaster first.  If you have a Whole Foods Market, most of these fresh roast coffee as well, and have a good selection.
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Posted Sun Oct 18, 2009, 9:33am
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You can usually get a 'mild' flavor regardless of degree of roast. The best is to find a origin that has a green bean profile which lends itself well to what you are looking for. Central & South Americans are typical of this 'mild' flavor (though some don't qualify). Try a Costa Rican (Naranjo Cattelya Especial is nice) or a Guatemalan Antigua. If you have a small local roaster contact them and maybe you can have them change the roast profile to your liking... keep trying new roasts of the same bean till you get it right. If the 'mild' flavor you want is due to acidity switch gears and try out some Indonesian origins. Try a Papua New Guinea and it may suit you on both accounts. Good luck.

Remember... as said in a prior post. If it is prepared wrong then that is your culprit... for sure.
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Posted Sun Oct 18, 2009, 10:54am
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RoastinRyan Said:

You can usually get a 'mild' flavor regardless of degree of roast.

Posted October 18, 2009 link

I would simply add that once you get to Vienna roast (dark oily bean) then you start getting that burnt charcoal taste synonymous with Starbucks. I disagree with others who say that a light (city) roast is mild. IMO a Central or South American coffee roasted to FC+ (dark brown but not oily) is about as mild as you're going to get.
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Posted Sat Oct 24, 2009, 5:31am
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sweaner Said:

When you say mild, you probably want something roasted on the lighter side.  What coffees are you using now?

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I was drinking Coffee from Arco (roasted in Superior, WI) which had a mild flavor. I recently went to Costco and bought a bag of their house blend which was roasted by Starbucks for Costco.  I think this was what made me post this question.  I went to a local grocery co-op that sell's health food and they had locally roasted Costa-Rican coffee beans that were not so dark as most of their other beans. I picked up some of this and I really like that. It has none of that burnt, charcoal flavor ! Thanks for the advice everyone.
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Posted Sun Oct 25, 2009, 6:57pm
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Glad you found one you enjoy!
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