faaparasite Senior Member Joined: 19 Jun 2003 Posts: 290 Location: Dallas Metroplex Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Bezzera BZ99 Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly Drip: Technivorm
Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012, 4:11pm Subject: Anderson Coffee and Tea, Austin, TX
I've never been to their store, but a friend turned me on to them so I ordered a pound of their Kenya fancy and Red Sea Blend(Longberry Harrar, Natural Sidamo, and Arabian Mocha Sanani). The later went in the freezer. The former is all gone now with most of it going to espresso, but I did run a few batches through the aeropress.
The Kenya Fancy has been at least as good as any Kenyan I've tried and was typical of the character you get from a good Kenyan. The beans were fairly large and uniform in size. I'd put the roast at the full city to full city + point. The coffee arrived extremely fresh and was still in the degassing stage. The crema was thick with nice tiger striping. After a few days I started getting some really nice espresso shots that started to wane at about the two week point, but were still quite nice.
I just took the first batch of the Red Sea Blend out of the freezer and the shots I'm getting are quite nice considering it's been over 3 weeks since roasting. The roast on this is the same as the Kenyan at pretty close to the full city point. Compared to the Kenyan, the espresso is full bodied and more complex, and typical of an African coffee blend. I got this coffee with the idea of running most of it via drip or aeropress, but so far the espresso has been so good I'm going to keep doing that for as long as it lasts or the coffee runs out.
FWIW, my machine is set up for 198 degrees F at the grouphead (+- .6) and this seems to be just right for both coffees, at least for my machine and tastes.
I made my second order from them a couple of days ago just to make sure I'm stocked up for Thanksgiving. I'd definitely recommend this one.
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