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Topic: No "versus" in brewing methods (3 msgs / 87 lines)
1) From: DEchelbarg
Coffee just amazes me.  There are so many ways to roast it, so many beans, s=
o 
many ways to brew it.  I usually read those Chemex vs pour-over threads or 
this method versus that method threads, and find them interesting, but I am =
a 
both/and person.  For instance is my experience with Tom's Sumatra Mandhelin=
g.  
I first had this as Melitta pour over and it was wonderful, everything you 
look for, the earthiness, the herbal character especially was there in abund=
ance 
and some sweetness (to my taste) as the cup cooled.  Then I had it in a Chem=
ex 
and it was like it brought out the brute (don't mean it negatively) in the 
coffee.  It just stepped forward even more, herbal intensity, muscular.   So=
 I 
was wondering what I would get in a vac pot.  Answer: it became very tame, m=
ore 
rounded, sweeter – all of the elements there, but a much more laid b=
ack cup, 
pastel by comparison.  I liked them all!  But they were all so very differen=
t.
The point of all this is to say that there is no versus in brewing methods. 
You can match the method to the coffee.   Everything is so complex =
 isn't it 
grand!
Dave E

2) From: DJ Garcia
You're totally right, Dave. As in so many things in life, THIS is
basically DIFFERENT from THAT, not necessarily better, not necessarily
worse, just not the same thing. If we could only view everything in
these terms ... sigh.
DJ

3) From: Charles Cowdrick
It's hard to keep that seemingly "objective" pov with many things 
besides coffee: war, for example. Or music. Painting, food, you name 
it. Some things ARE better than others, of course, as ethics--if 
nothing else--teaches us. But in matters of taste, how wonderful to 
have many tastes, such as your Sumatra Mandheling!
Charles
On Feb 24, 2005, at 6:30 PM, DJ Garcia wrote:
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