Allears Senior Member Joined: 6 Dec 2012 Posts: 1 Location: italy Expertise: Just starting
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012, 5:51am Subject: HELP! Top quality green beans, home roasted, no aroma, no bloom!!!
Hi coffee world! I have a question. I live in Rome, yes, a coffee lover's dream! However, I got interested in doing things at home when I bought a french press because I like a longer coffee at home in the morning. The first thing I did was buy a professional grinder one that they use in bars (used of course) then set about searching for the perfect bean. Castroni's in Rome has a really nice bean but with all the aroma oozing from that place, I never got bloom!! So I thought, maybe it's not fresh. So then I set out to find green beans. I found them at St. Eustachio's HOWEVER this mitico place seems to have no idea about coffee. Like, he said, ground will last weeks and roasted will last months....ugh! This is a famous joint. supposedly high quality arabica but beans just sitting around in light and air, in burlap bags, already roasted. No oil and little aroma. So I bought some of their high quality green beans (you can read all about them on their website) but I had the same result. No aroma, dull and no bloom. like zero!!! a barista (coffee bartender) did tell me that robusta makes more schiuma or foam so it's best to mix them however the robusta at Castroni's was all robusta and no bloom however oily in texture. So now I'm wondering. Is it the beans? is it the popcorn roasting method? Could it be the expensive grinder? I've followed all the rules (purified water,right temperature, covering the grains with little water then adding more) but haven't gotten anything close to what American passionates call a perfect cup of coffee. I even tried grinding them and making a cup right after roasting but nothing! some genius out there have the solution to a seemingly dead coffee problem here? thanks! Grazie!
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