[Homeroast] improving flavor from stove top espresso pot at sea level

steve wirth ace8942003 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 21 10:06:42 CDT 2011


"Besides everything tastes better with Brandy in it"  I'll second that! Also why do you drink brandy jim?  I thought being a ex moonshiner 

you would drink whiskey!



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From: Barry Luterman <lutermanb at gmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] improving flavor from stove top espresso pot at sea level

Besides everything tastes better with Brandy in it

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 6:44 AM, pecanjim <pecanjim at bellsouth.net> wrote:

> Actually I think I had the idea because I grew up brewing moonshine.  I
> have
> spent many and many hours aiming at keeping the still in that narrow five
> degree
> temperature range between where alcohol and water boils.  I would shut each
> batch down when a match would not light the liquid coming out the
> condensing
> coil. I think when you are dealing with something as chemically complex as
> coffee, a few degrees can make a big difference.  Also, the coffee you
> drink
> will not have alcohol in it because it will evaporate creating the pressure
> to
> push the water through the coffee unless you put too much in the pot. And,
> anyway I am retired.
>  pecan jim
>
>
>
>
>
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> Sent: Wed, September 21, 2011 7:13:31 AM
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] improving flavor from stove top espresso pot at
> sea
> level
>
> That is ingenious.
> And funny.
> And not necessarily repeatable when not on holiday... ;)
>
> I live at sea level (GPS may actually show under sea level). I wondered why
> my mocha pot always tests better when I go camping inland, I thought it was
> the surroundings.
>
> -Kevin
> /*“ I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know
> what can't be done. ” -- Henry Ford  */
>
>
>
> On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 6:59 AM, pecanjim <pecanjim at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>
> > I am away from home and staying at a place on the beach, our floor is
> less
> > than
> > ten feet above the ocean at low tide.  When we travel I use the stove top
> > espresso pot to make our coffee.  When our vacation place is about a mile
> > above
> > sea level I think it tastes quite good but at sea level I find the flavor
> > way
> > off.  My theory is that it is because the brewing water is just too hot
> for
> > a
> > decent brew.  Anyway, yesterday I had the idea that adding a little
> alcohol
> > to
> > the brew water should lower the brewing temperature.  So this morning I
> > added
> > about half a bottle cap of my wife's brandy, St-Remy VSOP, to the brewing
> > water
> > in the espresso pot and while I could taste a slight hint of the brandy
> > flavor,
> > the general coffee flavor was much more like I get with my Andreja
> Espresso
> > Machine that I have at home, elevation is about 315 feet,  and that I
> > bought
> > from Sweet Maria's a while back.  Another indicator of a better taste is
> > that I
> > drank my morning cup more than twice as fast as I had these last few days
> > on the
> > beach.
> >
> > Anyway, I will brew my wife's cup the same way in about an hour and see
> if
> > she
> > likes it better also.
> >
> >    pecan jim
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