[Homeroast] espresso roast profiles

Mike Koenig koenig.mike at gmail.com
Sat Jan 2 08:23:29 CST 2010

Depends heavily on the bean,  most of my roasts for espresso lately are in
the FC / FC+ range, often stopping just before 2nd crack, but I usually rely
on Tom's roast notes.  I typically try for about 4-5 mintues between 1st
crack and end of roast (regardless of how dark) if I'm roasting something
specifically for espresso (usuallly it's Tom's blends).   This was some
advice from miKe, and my shots have improved considerably since I've started
doing that.

Dont worry about crema - it's overrated and tastes like dreck anyway.


On Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 5:51 PM, michael brown <disracer at msn.com> wrote:

> Okay, so i know that espresso is a beverage and not a coffee or color.
>  I've had some great S.O. espressos around City+.  Looking at Tom's Espresso
> Tip's pages i see that too light of a roast can produce a pale crema which i
> sometimes also get.  So my question for discussion is, to what degree of
> roast do you take your for-espresso beans?  I refuse to burn my beans and
> take them into the black, oily region.  Tried that, not doing it again.  As
> i said, i've had some decent SO's from City+ all the way to the first couple
> of pops of the 2nd crack.  But a lot of my espressos DO end up with a pale
> crema and not that dark brown/amber color i'm seeking.  Thanks!
> Michael B
> b'ham, AL
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