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bio website softwarepolish.com
location Atlanta, GA
age 61
visits member for 4 years, 4 months
seen Jul 24 at 13:36

I love coffee, wine and food. I roast my own coffee beans in a Behmor, and I have added a PID to my Gaggia Classic espresso machine.


Sep
23
comment What is the shelf life of unground coffee beans?
If stored in ideal conditions, the beans should remain in peak condition for two or three WEEKS. coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/questions/543604
Sep
23
comment What is the shelf life of unground coffee beans?
If stored in ideal conditions, the beans should remain in peak condition for two or three WEEKS. coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/questions/543604
Sep
8
comment How to identify a good espresso?
Evaluating espresso is highly subjective. After purchasing an espresso machine and a high quality grinder, it took me more than a year to consistently produce good espresso shots (slow learner). To me, that means something that tastes REALLY GOOD. In order to learn what is good, I drank a lot of unpalatable espresso shots (my own and at coffee shops). After another year of practice, I can recognize good espresso when I taste it.
Aug
28
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
For espresso, I measure out 16g of beans and put them in 1 inch plastic bags BEFORE freezing. So I only place that small amount of frozen coffee into the grinder - it thaws VERY rapidly.
Aug
27
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
I am not a barista, but I have been into good coffee for several years. Some of the statements above are contrary to conventional wisdom - as summarized in Babbie's rule of fifteens. Most home roasters agree that packaged beans with a degassing valve are fresh for about fifteen days in the bag. I have verified this based on personal experience. If you want to keep them longer than that, you MUST freeze them. Once the beans are ground, they start losing flavor in fifteen minutes.
Aug
27
revised What are the pros and cons of coarse and fine coffee ground?
date ROASTED is correct
Aug
27
comment How long will whole coffee beans last in the freezer?
In the past, I thought you should thaw the coffee before grinding it. Most people on coffeegeek and home-barista disagree. Based on a few experiments, I changed my mind. Now I take the coffee beans from the freezer and grind them immediately.
Aug
4
answered Why does room temperature coffee taste so bad, even to asnomics?
Mar
16
answered How often should I clean my coffeepot, and what is the preferred method?
Mar
7
comment What's the Ideal Coffee to Water Ratio for a French Press?
@JoeFish there really is no standard for what a 'cup' means with respect to coffee makers. For example, the Technivorm uses 4oz for a 'cup'.
Dec
25
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Dec
24
answered Is there a method to pour espresso shots without damaging the crema?
Dec
18
comment What is the difference between coffee grinds/beans labeled as “espresso coffee” and ordinary coffee?
@Charlotte Farley: I roast my own beans for both drip and espresso. For some espresso blends, adding 5% to 10% of </oxymoron> good quality robusta or monsooned malabar <oxymoron/> adds complexity. I do NOT roast those beans to make drip coffee!
Nov
2
comment How to get the correct expresso extraction amount, grind vs tamper
I never have a problem with that. I give it a good thump to dislodge the puck (into the trash), then rinse thoroughly in the sink.
Oct
31
answered How to get the correct expresso extraction amount, grind vs tamper
Jul
15
comment Is a “cup” on a coffee maker always 6 oz? Is this a standard in the US?
The meaning of "cup of coffee" varies by country. I have a Technivorm coffee maker that is manufactured in the Netherlands. The markings to fill the water correspond to 4 oz per "cup of coffee".
Jun
11
comment Is there a discernible difference in taste between aeropress and chemex / pour-over?
@eterps - Sorry, I was on vacation ... There is definitely a difference. The Hario dripper gives the best results, but the Technivorm is close behind. There is a huge cost difference between these two. The Technivorm is preferred when you need to make a full pot.
Jun
4
comment Which brewing method extracts more flavors from the coffee bean?
As a coffee geek, I'll state that I have rarely had good Turkish coffee (about 10% of the time). Of the methods you mentioned, it is the only one I dislike.
Jun
3
comment Why are dark roast beans usually used for espresso?
It is a common misconception that you MUST use dark roast coffee for espresso - simply NOT true.
Jun
3
comment Why are dark roast beans usually used for espresso?
I roast my own beans, and rarely do any dark roasts. I can use the beans for either drip coffee, or to make espresso (with NO bitter taste).