The [coffee snobs'] espresso thread

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I usually have at least 30 pounds of beans of all types and roasts in the house at any one time
Like a coffee house! How long do they keep 'super fresh'? The few bags we brought from the boutique specialist are labeled recommending we finish them within a matter of a few weeks. The bag that came from Jura is labeled good for a year (though admittedly, the Extract coffee was far superior to us).
 

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Like a coffee house! How long do they keep 'super fresh'? The few bags we brought from the boutique specialist are labeled recommending we finish them within a matter of a few weeks. The bag that came from Jura is labeled good for a year (though admittedly, the Extract coffee was far superior to us).
I buy 2 lb bags and have 2 coffee grinders in my machine both of which hold almost a pound. The tops to the coffee holders are very heavy and well insulated to keep the coffee fresh as well as preserving that coffee bean aroma. I have been buying many different brands and types and the beauty of my machine is that with 2 grinders I can program how much from each grinder goes into the cup of coffee. The "creme" produced by certain beans can be a whole trip in and of itself.

I rarely make sweetened coffee drinks or coffee with milk as I prefer espresso every morning. Lately however in the hot days I have gotten very good at making Iced caramel macchiatos as well as flat whites and corridas in the afternoon
 
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I buy 2 lb bags and have 2 coffee grinders in my machine both of which hold almost a pound. The tops to the coffee holders are very heavy and well insulated to keep the coffee fresh as well as preserving that coffee bean aroma. I have been buying many different brands and types and the beauty of my machine is that with 2 grinders I can program how much from each grinder goes into the cup of coffee. The "creme" produced by certain beans can be a whole trip in and of itself.

I rarely make sweetened coffee drinks or coffee with milk as I prefer espresso every morning. Lately however in the hot days I have gotten very good at making Iced caramel macchiatos as well as flat whites and corridas in the afternoon
Fantastic. Yes, Jura does have a rubber gasket around the bean container which apparently helps seal it in. Fortunately we have been drinking it so fast, that it has not had time to stay in there long! 250grams in the container...and probably gone in less than 2 days on average!
 

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Fantastic. Yes, Jura does have a rubber gasket around the bean container which apparently helps seal it in. Fortunately we have been drinking it so fast, that it has not had time to stay in there long! 250grams in the container...and probably gone in less than 2 days on average!
You’ve got to broaden your scope then Lloyd and order at least one pound bags. The skies the limit with beans they are grown all over the world and taste differently from every region
ive found Amazon can often have done great beans
 

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You’ve got to broaden your scope then Lloyd and order at least one on bags. The skies the limit with beans they are grown all over the world and taste differently from every region
Thank you. Yes, so far with our 1kg of coffee beans, it has represented 4 different kinds coffee...and we have ordered 6 more 250g bags representing another 6. What we will start to do is keep buying the ones we like...while alternating one 'steady-state' 250g bag with a new one, refining the ones we buy regularly as we go.
 
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There are countless devices that you can subscriber to that will send you a different 12 oz bag of beans each month from all over the world

local riasterues can often be treasures

finally I’ve seen on occasion as much as $60 for a half pound of coffee beans. Sometimes these are remarkable finds.
Wow...i did not realize they came in such small sized bags! Definitely worth looking into!
 

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Steve - we have had Blue Mountain in Vietnam...from the plantation group that grows it there. Mindblowingly good. And we did not realize how much of the world's coffee is produced in Vietnam...22%!!!
Like beluga caviar, there are different producers...and given the cost not all are worth the money. Any recommendations? We are going back to our photos to find the picture of the label from our trip.
 

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Steve - we have had Blue Mountain in Vietnam...from the plantation group that grows it there. Mindblowingly good. And we did not realize how much of the world's coffee is produced in Vietnam...22%!!!
Like beluga caviar, there are different producers...and given the cost not all are worth the money. Any recommendations? We are going back to our photos to find the picture of the label from our trip.
Blue Mountain is one of the Premium ones that I enjoy.
 

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The other thing you need to experiment with on the Jura is “the grind” as each coffee tastes best when ground in the way thst majesvitvtadte best. Too fine and becomes too strong, bitter and oily for me
 

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You guys are certified beaners. I'm a little possessed as well. Tomorrow the lots from Yemeni are going up for auction. Some of the best cuppers in the world rated them tip top. Of course, we're talking about un-roasted decent sized lots...starting somewhere north of 100lbs with one lot going up to almost 2k lbs. Here's a video that serves as an introduction.
 
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Blue Mountain is one of the Premium ones that I enjoy.
I get the Jamaican blue mountain from Harrods. It is 30 GBP for 100 grams. I tried cheaper from online as well but for blue mountain preferred this one. However now we have settled at Brazilian, Mexican, and Rwanda and some special editions that keep changing at one of the roasteries in the UK which we order by post
 

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Thank you. Yes, so far with our 1kg of coffee beans, it has represented 4 different kinds coffee...and we have ordered 6 more 250g bags representing another 6. What we will start to do is keep buying the ones we like...while alternating one 'steady-state' 250g bag with a new one, refining the ones we buy regularly as we go.
Same here. Did you like any from extract?
 

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Strangelove we prefer the decaf, not the caffeinated. Great taste on decaf. In caffeinated They have a Brazilian (Red ruby), Rwanda (Rushashi PB), Ethiopia (Konga), Mexican (Terruno Nayarita), all are good and slightly different. Try the smaller packs and find your taste.

Their limited edition at the start of the list, which is from Columbia is I think the best.

In parentheses I have put the name of the coffee, next to the origin.
We have ordered Red Ruby, Konga and Terruno...will let you know. So far of this company and the other one from Bristol, we have gone back to Extract.
 
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We have ordered Red Ruby, Konga and Terruno...will let you know. So far of this company and the other one from Bristol, we have gone back to Extract.
The special Columbia (Unkle Funka)... Is very good. I don't like their other Columbians. Red ruby is nice, they had a better Brazilian that is now out of stock. I don't like the Konga but see how you like it. Terruno is a good change for me. Their Strangelove decaf is excellent.

I also found one called Amoret in Notting hill that's very good. Trying their Columbian and Brazilian at the moment, their Ethiopian is also excellent.
 

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The special Columbia (Unkle Funka)... Is very good. I don't like their other Columbians. Red ruby is nice, they had a better Brazilian that is now out of stock. I don't like the Konga but see how you like it. Terruno is a good change for me. Their Strangelove decaf is excellent.

I also found one called Amoret in Notting hill that's very good. Trying their Columbian and Brazilian at the moment, their Ethiopian is also excellent.
Great stuff...very interesting. We really like the Dr. STrangeglove regular best so far. We HATED the Pineapple Funka one...is that the same as what you meant? My wife, mother-in-law and I each independently had some...none of us liked it. Kind of an odd combination for us...pineapple and coffee. Much preferred the chocolates, biscuits flavors with coffee, even nuts. Dr. Strangeglove as you know is "Dark Chocolate, Kirsch Cherry Liqueur, Toasted Almonds & Maple Syrup"
 

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Great stuff...very interesting. We really like the Dr. STrangeglove regular best so far. We HATED the Pineapple Funka one...is that the same as what you meant? My wife, mother-in-law and I each independently had some...none of us liked it. Kind of an odd combination for us...pineapple and coffee. Much preferred the chocolates, biscuits flavors with coffee, even nuts. Dr. Strangeglove as you know is "Dark Chocolate, Kirsch Cherry Liqueur, Toasted Almonds & Maple Syrup"
Haha ok.

The other Brazilian I was referring to is Pantano. It seems to be back in stock. Very different from red ruby
 
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