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Posted Fri Sep 7, 2012, 9:12am
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

gbastiani1952 Said:

Has anyone tried his Brazil Sweet Blue coffee?

Posted September 4, 2012 link

I just finished a 5lb bag of Brazil Sweet Blue, after loving my first 5lbs of Red Bird Blend. I mainly brewed it in the Krups Moka Brew, plus some vac pot and Aeropress. It was chocolatey, but a dry bittersweet cocoa kind of chocolate that I enjoyed, but found a little one-dimensional. I missed the nutty flavors that I loved in the Red Bird blend.

I'd like to try some of the other SOs, but for my new order this week I went back to Red Bird Blend.

 
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Posted Sat Sep 8, 2012, 5:06am
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I like to pull double shots (2 ounces) using a 18G VST basket, ~18g of redbird, and time it 25 sec from the first drip

does anyone dose or time differently for their double shots?  if so, why?

 
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Posted Sat Sep 8, 2012, 6:33pm
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Is the Red Bird available widly in the US or you have to order and ship it ? Will go to Florida by the end of september, could be great to buy some good beans...

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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2012, 10:56am
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

ShooterMcGavin Said:

...does anyone dose or time differently for their double shots?

Posted September 8, 2012 link

Sure.

ShooterMcGavin Said:

if so, why?

Posted September 8, 2012 link

Because it tastes good.

 
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2012, 5:26pm
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Sure.

Because it tastes good.

Posted September 9, 2012 link

care to elaborate?  :3

 
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2012, 5:52pm
Subject: Re: Redbird Espresso
 

No one size fits all, and there's more than one way to pull a shot.

I don't own an 18g VST basket, so that's one difference right there.  I have nine "double" baskets; two are 15g VSTs, the other seven are ridgeless (Gaggia?) baskets.  My doses weigh between 15.5-16.0g.  I don't generally time my shots, as I stop on blonding, but they take approximately 22-35 seconds from the time I switch on the pump.

 
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2012, 5:55pm
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dzitt Said:

Is the Red Bird available widly in the US or you have to order and ship it ? Will go to Florida by the end of september, could be great to buy some good beans...

Posted September 8, 2012 link

Red Bird Coffee Co.

 
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Posted Sun Sep 9, 2012, 10:20pm
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ah that's right.  there sure are a lot of variables in pulling a shot.  I remember reading that espresso should essentially taste like it smells and these are some of the best smelling beans i've ever smelled.

 
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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 5:25pm
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

Red Bird Coffee Co.

Posted September 9, 2012 link


Thanks.

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Posted Mon Sep 10, 2012, 5:25pm
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Well I just ordered my usual pound of Red Bird but also getting a pound of their Brazil Sweet Blue. So I should get it by Friday, that's about the time it takes to get here in NC from Montana. I've got the VST 18g basket and use it in my QM Andreja and get a good double at about 25 sec. Looking forward to the Sweet Blue though

 
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