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

michael brown disracer at msn.com
Wed Sep 21 13:23:19 CDT 2011

This is fascinating. To think, you can taste the difference of a mile. That just has a cool sound to it.Really cool, thanks for sharing!
Michael BB'ham, AL

> Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:06:41 -0700
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> From: sweetmarias at sweetmarias.com
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] improving flavor from stove top espresso pot at sea level
> Yet another aspect of coffee making that I had never, ever 
> considered, and learned from this list. Do you think we should add it 
> to the Brewing Fundamentals tip sheet?
> Tom
> >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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> -Tom
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