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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:54pm
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What type of blends are recommended for milk based drinks (cappuccinos, lattes, etc.)?

 
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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 2:01pm
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I would read the bean reviews on http://www.home-barista.com.  They often talk about taste "standing up to milk" or getting "lost in Milk". Generally the stronger tastes (ashy, char, leathery)  stand up to milk better.  The amount of milk matters, if you want it stand up to 20oz of milk you will need something that is pretty gross tasted alone.  If you use small amounts of milk, 4 oz like the Italians do, then I would think most espressos could be tasted in milk.   My understanding is that very delicate nuanced flavors will be covered up with the milk.

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Posted Wed Feb 29, 2012, 10:13am
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my caps 8oz. and latte's 12-16 oz. do well with any roast past a FC. on most sites it's considered a medium roast and dark roast fc to french stay away from light roast for milk based drinks and you'll be fine.Ashy and char are not good qualities in any bean and taste bad in milk based drinks. leathery is more a mouth feel not a taste (just to clarify). Also some SO espressos are outstanding, dont limit your self to just blends.
this site will give you recommendations based on a score http://www.coffeereview.com/allreviews.cfm?find=espresso
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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2012, 3:24am
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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2012, 12:22am
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Thank you all for your excellent tips.  


What I've tried so far:

- Starbucks (blonde roast) decaf
- Keane Decaf Espresso (light roast) http://www.keancoffee.com./CoffeeDetail.aspx?CoffeeId=14
- A friend's dark roast Sumatra.

I'm finding that with a darker roast, the coffee flavor tends to be bolder once mixed with milk.  To me, that's a good thing.   I just ordered Red Bird Espresso yesterday and we'll see how this stacks up when it arrives.

 
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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2012, 7:20am
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when you get up to a full city+ roast, roast flavors (caramels,chocolates,) will start to be more pronounced. at Full city the fruit flavors are balanced with roast flavors. anything lighter than full city fruit flavors dominate.
You should like Red Bird,moast people do. When I first tried it,it taste along the lines of a snickers bar. That was almost 2 years ago though so it may have changed since then. Have Fun
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