[Homeroast] Espresso

Frank Parth fparth at me.com
Mon Oct 20 15:52:57 CDT 2014


Terry,
I can’t help you much there. I’m not a huge espresso fan, maybe because I’ve had too many bitter espressos. I want a nice hot cup of coffee that I can sip while smoking my pipe and working on the computer trying to get my book finished. 

Frank


> On Oct 20, 2014, at 11:55 AM, Terry <mrhomn at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> Thank you Frank and Brian for the roasting advice.  I can see where that will be helpful.  Any thoughts on why some beans are not on the recommended for espresso list?
> 
> 
> -Terry
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From: Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com>
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> Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:18 AM
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Espresso
> 
> 
> I would like to add one thing to Frank's excellent suggestions, and that is
> to record times at beginning of 1st Crack, end of 1st C, and end of roast.
> Tom has an excellent post on the importance of these data:
> 
> http://www.sweetmarias.com/library/node/2945
> 
> Brian
> 
> On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM, Frank Parth <fparth at me.com> wrote:
> 
>> Terry,
>> The best thing I can tell you is to keep detailed logs on each roast. As
>> you experiment with different roast levels, grind size, and brewing
>> temp/time you’ll find different flavors in the coffee. When you find
>> something you really like, try and repeat that roast.
>> 
>> During the roasting process note the ambient temperature, the quantity of
>> the beans, the length of the roast, when first crack occurs and when second
>> crack occurs (if you go that far), the temperature you dropped the roast
>> at, and how long you cooled it. This will give you a fair amount of data to
>> compare between roasts.
>> 
>> If you are technically inclined,  you can buy the Artisan software and a
>> thermocouple to graph the ramp up of the roast on your computer.
>> 
>> Roasting coffee is a continuous quest to find the perfect roast for each
>> bean.
>> 
>> Good luck with your experiments.
>> 
>> Frank Parth
>> 
>> 
>> On Oct 15, 2014, at 8:53 PM, Terry <mrhomn at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Hello fellow home roasters,
>>> 
>>> I recently came across a bargain I could not pass up and now I am the
>> happy owner of a quality espresso machine for home brewing.  I cannot
>> believe I ever thought I did not need one of these.   This of course lead
>> to several other required purchases including a burr grinder.  I cannot
>> believe I ever thought I did not need a burr grinder.  I am having fun
>> experimenting and pulling shots and tasting coffee with a new
>> appreciation.  I was running low on beans so I went to Sweet Marias website
>> to make my order.  As I was making my selections I saw beans recommended
>> for espresso and those that are not.  I purchased both recommended and not
>> recommended varieties and I plan to sample all of them as espresso, but I
>> am wondering why some beans are not recommended.  Any advice or thoughts on
>> what I should I expect with my experiments?
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -Terry
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