List of our Favorite Roasters - Page 5

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Postby pdx » Nov 03, 2009, 1:38 pm

If you're near Portland check out Heart Coffee Roasters http://heartroasters.com/

The coffees I've had there have been consistently really good, espresso & brewed. They roast in the cafe on a great old Probat.
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Postby Chert » Nov 03, 2009, 1:46 pm

I'm not sure what zin1953 intends with the ellipse.

Nik wrote:
Curious if anyone has tried Millars Coffee in Washington? They have a video on youtube that shows their wood firing roasting


I was quite pleased with the pound of Sunset Espresso I bought from Millars two years ago. Smooth, good crema, fairly sweet and not too bright. But I did not get the coffee at the peak of freshness. I did not recognize a difference in the taste that I would ascribe to wood roasting. How much of an effect does gas powered vs electrical vs wood-fired have on a drum roaster? I wonder how much flavor can be imparted from the fuel source in a drum roaster.
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Postby Nik » Nov 03, 2009, 2:38 pm

Good question if one could tell if it was gas or wood fired. They claim to store their coffees in bourbon barrels as well. They have a great story to tell.



Thanks for the insight

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Postby zin1953 » Nov 03, 2009, 6:09 pm

Chert wrote:I'm not sure what zin1953 intends with the ellipse.

Don't think to hard.
zin1953 wrote:Mr. Espresso in Oakland roasts their beans over an oak fire . . . well, you know what I mean.

No one is roasting commercially over an open fire. They are using a commercial coffee roaster. In some cases, the heat source is electricity, or a gas-powered fire, or a wood fire (oak for Mr. Espresso; alder and cherry for Millar's).

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Postby Worldman » Nov 10, 2009, 8:14 pm

zin1953 wrote:Barefoot Roasters, Santa Clara, CA
Bluebottle Coffee Co., Oakland, CA < NOT FAMILIAR
Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC
Ecco Caffè, Sonoma, CA
Espresso Vivace Roasteria, Seattle, WA
Flying Goat Coffee, Healdsburg, CA < NOT FAMILIAR
Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, CA < NOT FAMILIAR
Gimmie! Coffee, Ithaca, NY
Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL
Klatch Roasting, San Dimas, CA
Metropolis Coffee, Chicago, IL
Paradise Roasters, Ramsey, MN
PT's Coffee, Topeka, KS
Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, CA
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
George Howell's Terroir Coffee, Acton, MA
Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, CA
Victrola Coffee, Seattle, WA
West Coast Roasting, Los Angeles, CA < NOT FAMILIAR
Zoka Coffee, Seattle, WA
. . . among many others.


Jason,

A goodly list.

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Postby jfrescki » Dec 19, 2009, 8:58 am

If you're in the area, http://www.barbaricbean.com/index.html the Barbaric Bean in Ocean Grove, NJ.
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Postby iginfect » Dec 19, 2009, 9:33 am

I'm a home roaster and rarely buy roasted beans online. Earlier this year I was too ill to roast for 2 months and went through almost everything Counter Culture offered. The reasons I chose CC was 1- I've been there for cuppings when I visit family and this is payback and more importantly 2- I know that they roast on Mondays and therefore can gauge my usage and orders to get coffee at the time its degassed and ready to use w/o it going stale or waiting for an order to arrive w/o having any coffee. The web sites of the roasters don't generally state when beans are roasted and will be shipped, so I stayed with a known factor. I probably learned CC roasting on Mondays from being there, web sites not user friendly. Roasters take note.

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Postby zin1953 » Dec 25, 2009, 10:44 am

iginfect wrote:The web sites of the roasters don't generally state when beans are roasted and will be shipped . . .

Actually, Marvin, I've found that -- in my experience -- a majority of the roasters (and certainly the ones I buy from) do state when the beans are roasted and when they ship, AND they have a "Roasted On __________" date indicated on the bag/package.

Anyway, YMMV (and apparently does) . . . :wink:

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Postby farmroast » Dec 26, 2009, 11:15 am

I recently tried 2 of Nor'West blends. From Compass Coffee aka Mike McGinness a long time member.

Organic Delirium Espresso Blend wrote:Our signature blend is now organic, still crafted from the major coffee growing regions of Africa, Indonesia, Central & South America. Each of the blend elements is individually roasted then post roast blended to create a moderately deep yet pleasingly bright dynamic, smooth and creamy balanced chocolaty complex fruity cup with a touch of spice, citrus and floral highlights. This is lighter melange roast overall with a couple elements touching into 2nd crack. Delirium sings great as a straight shot with a moderate attack and good body giving way to a rich velvety mouth feel and delightful acidic dance. Excellent with micro-foamed milk for macchiato, cappuccino and lattes too. We currently suggest minimum 5 days rest pulling our shots nekkid doubles bit over dosed (~16.5gr) medium temp (~200f) 2oz including crema in 30 second target. Delirium is also great other brewing methods.

D'Spro Espresso Blend wrote:A deeper Pacific Northwest style blend of premium beans from the major coffee growing regions of Africa, Indonesia & South America. Pre-roast blended a bit into 2nd crack. A deeper chocolaty yet pleasingly lightly fruity bright, smooth and creamy fruity cup with a touch of Monsooned Malabar funk. Great as a straight shot with a bold attack giving way to a rich velvety mouth feel and light acidic dance. Excellent with micro-foamed milk for macchiato, cappuccino and lattes too. We currently suggest minimum 3 days rest pulling our shots nekkid doubles bit over dosed (~16.5gr) medium low temp (~198-199f) 1.5-1.75oz including crema in 30 second target.

I found both to be very good and the "Delirium" to be my favorite of the 2
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Postby duke-one » Jan 09, 2010, 12:10 am

Hey: The Berkeley Branch of HB!!