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Posted Wed Jul 24, 2013, 8:22am
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I was a longggggg time Black Cat fan, but my taste has moved on to darker roasts.  I've also moved out of Illinois and have not yet found a local roaster to my new taste preference.  I'm going to go back to mail order, but need some recommendations from some of you familiar with the good characteristics of BC who might help me find a "similar" but darker roast.  I always pulled good shots with BC and its crema seemed to be unsurpassed.  It's just too light and sometimes with "sour" overtones to suit my taste.  I've tried Pete's, which is close but not quite the quality of BC.  Any ideas?

I use Silvia to brew (she's almost 10 years old and still going strong).
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Posted Thu Jul 25, 2013, 10:41am
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I too was a long time Black Cat fan and have moved on to Red Bird's espresso. It's not a darker roast, but very consistent and the best value online if you buy a 5 pound bag. Including shipping it's just over $51.00.

I wanted to suggest Vivace Dolce and Vita, blended and roasted in Seattle. Seems like more roast flavor and produces a great crema.
http://www.espressovivace.com/blends.html
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 1:48pm
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There are several times a year that the weather does not permit roasting in my garage.  When I order from commercial roasters I prefer Stumptown's Hair Bender.  I also like Red Bird.  Vivace Dolce used to be a favorite but I like Hair Bender better.
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Posted Fri Jul 26, 2013, 5:23pm
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I also find Black Cat at times kinda bright and, frankly, kinda boring.

I love Brazil daterra sweet blue as single origin from redbird or CQ roasters. Dodd coffee has a tad darker and very happening couple of roasts that I also love. I've been using the Costa Rica Finca Genesis for SO espresso, even thought they don't recommend it for espresso. Really great syrupy thick texture. As for stumptown I find the Holler Mountain to be way better for espresso than the hair bender espresso blend. I prefer a slightly darker flavor and less acidity and brightness.
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Posted Sun Jul 28, 2013, 10:34am
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Black cat is way to bright for me.  I did not pull a shot on it without lemon. I also like Hollar Mt. Nicer than hair bender. I like blue Jag from red bird.   I want to try sermon for the blueberry he is getting in his coffee.

 
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Posted Sun Jul 28, 2013, 12:00pm
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Yeh I agree, Black Cat is the only coffee I just could never pull even a decent shot with, no matter what temp or dose, it was always tangy/sour in a bad way, not like a normal bright coffee, just odd tasting lol. Even at shops that pull it, and Intel itself just was never good tasting to myself or fiance.
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