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Posted Thu Feb 23, 2012, 6:50pm
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I am glad that before I got a real espresso machine, my superauto had already weaned me from French roast style beans (they plugged up the built-in grinder) that I used to foolishly think were the only beans for espresso use.
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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 7:00am
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emradguy Said:

I just ordered more Red Bird and a second look at Espresso Vivace (David Schomer's) Vita Blend.  Hoping one will arrive today...If both the Vita and the Red Bird arrive today, I'm going to have a big problem - - deciding which one to drink first...ha!

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...to follow up, they both arrived the same day, and it was a very difficult decision. So I said to myself, I'll use the one that was roasted first, first and luckily they were roasted a day apart...going through the Vita now, Red Bird to follow.

 
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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 7:22am
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I haven't tried the Vita ... but I really enjoy Red Bird.  I find it gets even better after a few more days post roast - great on the the third day and better still by sixth - seventh day.

It'll be interesting to hear your experience with the two - and please notice how they each change over the next week or two.
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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 7:26am
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Posted in the FWIW Mode (and probably worth very little) . . .

I always preferred the Dolce from Vivace to the Vita.  Indeed, the Dolce used to be my "go to" blend.  That said, I prefer Red Bird (both in the cup and in the wallet) over either one.  

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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 2:47pm
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Posted in the FWIW Mode (and probably worth very little) . . .

I always preferred the Dolce from Vivace to the Vita.  Indeed, the Dolce used to be my "go to" blend.  That said, I prefer Red Bird (both in the cup and in the wallet) over either one.  

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Thanks Jason,

I tried the Dolce several years ago, with my Silvia (not sure if I was still using my Rocky or had my Macap by then).  I recalled not liking it nearly as much as the Klatch WBC.  When I visited Vivace's website last week I saw David recommends the Vita for milk based drinks, which is what I almost always make (though I play all the way from macchiato to cappuccino).  Do you use the Dolce for milk based drinks, or just straight spro?

 
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Posted Fri Feb 24, 2012, 6:38pm
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Both, though the operative word is "did," not "do."  Haven't ordered it in a while . . .

 
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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012, 12:13pm
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I wish along with cupping notes roasters would add suggested uses on beans labels, types like this bean/blend is good for pour over and espresso as well as espresso brew recommendations like Counter culture does.   I don't have the wisdom to know if it will be good for espresso unless someone, somewhere says so.  And I like the espresso starting point info on the bag.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012, 3:47pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

I wish along with cupping notes roasters would add suggested uses on beans labels, types like this bean/blend is good for pour over and espresso as well as espresso brew recommendations like Counter culture does.   I don't have the wisdom to know if it will be good for espresso unless someone, somewhere says so.  And I like the espresso starting point info on the bag.

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Some of them do, although sometimes it's on their website and not the bag.  For examples, check out the Red Bird website.  On Klatch Roasting's website they actually have their coffees sorted by "type".  Espresso Vivace has it in the description of each coffee on their site.  There are many other examples.

 
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Posted Mon Mar 5, 2012, 5:09pm
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I know some do and some don't, and sometimes it is on the bag and sometimes on the web, I was expressing a wish that all did consistently.

 
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