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Topic: SM Espresso Blends (3 msgs / 99 lines)
1) From: James
Roasted 224g of Puro Scuro to mark 12 in my Bravia. Results in a FC+ to Vie=
nna roast with some deep caramel brown beans very evident. After three days=
 rest I made my espresso and was very pleased with the results. This is by =
far the most distinctive blend I have tried so far. The Moka Kadir was OK, =
but I think it is in the neither fish nor fowl type category. In other word=
s it has a nice but weak moka finish but no particular complexity and yet n=
ot as strong or full of gusto as a full Yemen Moka SO. The Monkey Blend was=
 also OK. My thoughts are that it was striving to preserve the lighter note=
s but had a relatively weak finish and aftertaste.
  
Now the Puro Scur=
o was definitely a horse of a different color. The most striking component =
is the squeeky clean finish with a strong aftertaste. Sort of a Dark Tang t=
ype of effect that was brisk, darkly delicious yet still having a strong af=
tertaste. Although I have never had a Charbucks (espresso in a paper cup, b=
leh), it sure seems to me this is what they strive for and miss. Y'all have=
 to try this blend for espresso - it is SPECIAL!
  
  
James in South=
ern CA=
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2) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
I just got 2# of the PS blend in for my "I want more body" crowd I am
hoping that this will serve me well... I can't wait to give it a run.
Dennis
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Roasted 224g of Puro Scuro to mark 12 in my Bravia. Results in a FC+ to
Vienna roast with some deep caramel brown beans very evident. After
three days rest I made my espresso and was very pleased with the
results. This is by far the most distinctive blend I have tried so far.
The Moka Kadir was OK, but I think it is in the neither fish nor fowl
type category. In other words it has a nice but weak moka finish but no
particular complexity and yet not as strong or full of gusto as a full
Yemen Moka SO. The Monkey Blend was also OK. My thoughts are that it was
striving to preserve the lighter notes but had a relatively weak finish
and aftertaste.
  
Now the Puro Scuro was definitely a horse of a different color. The most
striking component is the squeeky clean finish with a strong aftertaste.
Sort of a Dark Tang type of effect that was brisk, darkly delicious yet
still having a strong aftertaste. Although I have never had a Charbucks
(espresso in a paper cup, bleh), it sure seems to me this is what they
strive for and miss. Y'all have to try this blend for espresso - it is
SPECIAL!
  
  
James in Southern CA
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3) From: MichaelB
James.
It's wonderful how Tom's assortment of blends and varietals
provides something for every taste. And for changing tastes over time.
I started my coffee explorations with darker roasts and have
slowly gravitated to lighter roasts with more varietal taste and less roast
taste. (Hard not to go that way with Tom's evocative descriptions and roast
recommendations.) That IMO is where blends like Monkey and Moka Kadir are at
their peak. They strive for a balance of flavors throughout the taste
spectrum. Roast them too dark and you upset that balance. So if you prefer
darker roasts no question the Puro Scuro is for you. My wife is a diehard
dark roast fan (she also prefers old fashioned macrofoam piled on top of her
cappas) and I enjoy a darker roast about every other month. Just check back
to those other blends and lighter roasting every now and then to see if they
don't start to provide a complexity and taste treat of a different kind.
On 12/21/06, James  wrote:
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