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Topic: TV vs Americano > RE: +Harar horse green stripe (3 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Do you find this to be true with most coffees? That's been my personal
conclusion for a couple years and pretty much all brewing for all cup types
is with the Bricoletta, previously with Silvia. Bric' is the only coffee
brewer on the counter. You really can pull a shot for an Americano first
thing in the morning while still asleep! And takes less time than waiting
for any other brewing method to boot. (Either keeping on 24/7 or timer to
wake-up and warm-up espresso machine well before I wake up required of
course:-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

2) From: Mike Chester
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Yes, I have been meaning to write a more detailed review of my Vetrano, now 
that I have had it for awhile, but have not had the opportunity.  You have 
been saying how good Americanos can be, but when I had the Sylvia, I could 
only get them to taste OK.  With the Vet, I have been getting wonderful 
flavors that I never experienced before.  You have talked about Konas 
"dancing across the roof of your mouth" and I did not understand what you 
were tasting.  I like Kona drip brewed, but I never experienced the flavor 
dance until I made it with the Vet.  I now understand what you have been 
saying all along.  Along these lines I made an Americano using the recent 
Yellow Bourbon and it was the smoothest, cleanest cup of coffee that I have 
ever tasted.  It had no distinct flavors like fruits or chocolate.  It just 
had a very pure coffee flavor.
I now realize that I never fully mastered the Sylvia when I had it as my 
average shot from the Vet is better than the best I got from Sylvia.  There 
is a strange irony here also.  The main reason I wanted to upgrade to the HX 
machine is that I made a lot of milk drinks, and it was a lot more trouble 
with the single boiler.  Now that I have the Vet, I rarely make milk drinks 
because the coffee tastes so good straight.  I am still learning to hit the 
proper temperature for each SO or blend, but it is getting easier. 
Upgrading my grinder to the Mazzer did not hurt either, though I was getting 
good shots with the MDF grinder.
BTW - I tried making an espresso blend and I think it came out pretty good. 
I mixed 50% Brazil Yellow Bourbon, 25% Green Stripe Harrar, and 25% Classic 
Sumatra.  I mixed them pre-roast and roasted to a FC+ in the Hottop.  I got 
a nice smooth flavor, similar to the Monkey, but not as complex.
Mike Chester

3) From: Leo Zick
Im the same.. I really don't get the flavor explosion with FP or drip as
with espressos, and its becoming more and more rare, except while at work,
to have anything else..


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