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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
I really miss roasting as well! Looked up some pics of the Royal #5, beautiful machine. This was my old setup: https://imgur.com/a/M2eaiXS It's a Probat P25, incredible heat control and it was a beast. 44lb batches, could do some crazy things with temps and slow RoR to an almost standstill. We'...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Great question! Short answer: absolutely yes. Long answer: Espresso is an "expression" of coffee. When not properly dialed in, it can taste sour, astringent, salty, and downright terrible. Dialing in consists of adjusting your variables (pre/post infusion and grind size). You want to keep dosage ...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Even outside of espresso setups, I think it's fascinating how broad the spectrum can be when it comes to equipment and price point. A ton of coffee pros don't own a "coffee maker"—myself included. Joe Rogan had a specialty coffee expert on back in 2014, and he explains some of this as well. Well...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Hope you're enjoying the Onyx advent calendar as much as I am! And I'm so glad you found some of the info in this thread useful. I broke into bags #18 and #13 so far, made an aeropress and chemex of both. #18 is one of my new favorite coffees, and I think they nailed the "bubble gum" tasting note. ...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Sounds like a great gift idea. I'm not familiar with too many kits, but you may find some here: https://prima-coffee.com/brew/bundles As for a good "wish list" of items: The best grinder for the $$$: https://www.amazon.com/Baratza-Encore-Conical-Coffee-Grinder/dp/B007F183LK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=HSQ1T...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Wanted to send an update on the Onyx coffee advent calendar. Arrived today, can't wait to start breaking into these. Here's the box https://imgur.com/a/x84BJmw Here's the list of coffees: https://imgur.com/a/a054sw7 I think I'm most excited to try #18, but all should be crazy good. Will report b...
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re: I’m giving up coffee (boring rant) - BRPHXCoffee
I've been in a similar position, and actually did give up coffee for a few months. Here are some tips that may help: L-theanine is your friend! I keep a bottle of this stuff with me always: https://www.amazon.com/NOW-L-Theanine-200-120-Capsules/dp/B00GQV9YX6/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2T813ARLAKGMJ&keywords...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
I can't wait for the advent calendar box to show up. Looks like they're shipping in three weeks—can't wait! It's super rare to find sample packs this large from a specialty roaster. Production will be a nightmare on their end no doubt. But the opportunity to find a 24 pack of legit coffee (especiall...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Wanted to mention this as well: Investors and big name brands are paying close attention to the third wave/specialty scene. Nestle bought a 68% stake in Blue Bottle, and it's fairly common to hear insider news of which brands are being purchased for insane amounts of $$$. You might see Starbucks a...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
The Aeropress is definitely made for a bachelor, 8oz will be your limit always without brewing something crazy concentrated and trying to dilute among other cups with water (not recommended). You're going to need to either get several more or break something else out. When I have company I pull ou...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
I've seen several "what do you think about ______ brand/shop" in this thread. I'm going to lay out some terms and history that might help put some of this thread into perspective and help guide you in the search for a better cup of coffee. There have been three "waves" of coffee. This terminology ...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Glad to see spro brought back up! I wrote a good bit earlier in the thread (page 4 near the top) and mentioned some of my qualms with espresso in a home setting. It basically boils down to this: you can brew world class coffee at home with very minimal equipment and practice. You need a decent gri...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Going to throw a few thoughts out there: Several years ago one of our investors wanted us to bring in and roast Kopi Luwak. It was a short conversation, ended with this picture (https://imgur.com/a/HPpOrLx) and a refusal to put this crap anywhere near our roasters. If you want to spend $100 - $40...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
You can't really extend the shelf life of roasted coffee aside from limiting oxygen exchange and keeping it sealed. As soon as the roast is complete it starts giving off CO2 (called "off-gassing", the bulk of which is complete by day 3), and will be perfect to use for 3-30 days after roasting. This ...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Great question! If we wanted to brew a Chemex, we would want 32 grams of coffee and 575 grams of water. To make it iced, we would only use 375 grams of water, and finish with 200 grams of ice to chill it. So it's super important to adjust your brew and end up at the "golden ratio" of coffee to wate...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
I used to have a few of these. Convenient and easy for sure! But it's not quite espresso, and not quite percolator coffee either. I always found it produced a silty and sooty cup. I did like to make a latte type drink by adding frothed/heated milk after brewing. It's a cool older technology with...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
I'll also add: we get green samples daily from all over the world to sample roast, cup, and decide if we want to buy. I have had Hawaiian Kona farmers hand deliver samples of their best lots, and we have never found any to be on par with other specialty grade options. It's funny that NONE of the "pr...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
The Baratza Encore is the cheapest good grinder you'll find (https://www.amazon.com/Baratza-Encore-Conical-Coffee-Grinder/dp/B007F183LK). You have to have consistent grind sizes to brew good coffee. Without this, one day it might get overextracted, the next underextracted. Toss the blade grinder, ...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
Top of the line coffees are super similar to high end wines. I published a few articles about the similarities a few weeks ago, and one of the owners of the company I work for actually owns one of the best wineries in Napa. You have to look at the farm, elevation, soil type, varietal of coffee pla...
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re: Noticed a lot of coffee questions lately, specialty coffee industry pro AMA - BRPHXCoffee
If it works for you then I wouldn't change a thing. However, if you've never experienced a really great cup of coffee, you may be interested in trying a few things out. My first really good cup of coffee was like a tuning fork on my tongue, almost the same sensation as hitting a golf ball really...
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