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

pecanjim pecanjim at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 22 07:05:13 CDT 2011


It is the morning after and I am now drinking my second cup and I am more sure 
that the coffee is smoother and more pleasing to drink, quite close to what I 
get with my espresso machine at home.  Feel free to do what you want with the 
idea.  But note that at this point I am still just a statistical N of 1 and I am 
one of those who can taste things that most people can't. If I had two pots I 
would run a double blind taste test to just make sure but others need to try it 
to make sure.  It just occurred to me that it should work with a vacuum pot as 
well, but I don't think it could improve the flavor produced by a regular 

    pecan jim 

From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee <sweetmarias at sweetmarias.com>
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Sent: Wed, September 21, 2011 1:06:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] improving flavor from stove top espresso pot at sea 

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?


>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
>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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