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Topic: A Monkey for a newbie (3 msgs / 50 lines)
1) From: alfred
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Just a suggestion from a student of the game who is still riding that =
learning curve.
If your goal is to learn to make espressos or cappuccinos then start =
your quest with the right roast.
Given, that you have done your best on your budget to acquire the right =
equipment and have read all the helpful hints on this list.
Don't start off behind the eight ball by selecting a green bean that, in =
the hands of the experts, can produce a great shot.
Begin with Tom's Monkey Blend
Then, if the results are not to your liking, go back to the drawing =
board, because the bean is not your problem
Don't go down "Devil's Slide" until you have mastered the bunny hill.

2) From: Jeff Oien
I would even say for somebody's first roast and first espresso bean, go 
more basic and use Brazil. I'm always amazed how easy this is to roast. 
Definite first crack, with a lot of them, good ending, easy to tell when 
second comes in, stop the roast soon after rolling 2nd before it gets 
carbony and you've got a good base single origin to get your taste 
oriented. Always comes out perfectly even too.
JeffO
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3) From: Jared Andersson
Alfred, I totally agree with your suggestion and I have some Monkey
blend on the way to my house.  I started my trip down espresso lane
with the single origins I had laying around and found it to be just
one more factor I needed to account for when I was already in the
weeds technique wise.  A roasting convert of mine gave me a dedicated
espresso blend he had put together and I was amazed at how much
simpler it was to make a quality shot.  But then I thought to myself. 
"self, would this espresso specific blend be this good if I hadn't
tried to make a good shot out of a more challenging single origin?"  I
couldn't figure out the answer and wondered why I was talking to
myself so I got a beer and went to watch Adult Swim on the cartoon
network.  Jared
On Mon, 8 Nov 2004 16:06:59 -0800, alfred <2391> wrote:
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