Hi, I drink mainly decaf coffee, but am having a bunch of family travelling in to visit with our new daughter. Some family members only drink caffeinated coffee (I don't have the heart to give them my decaf homeroast & later spring on them its decaffeinated), so I'm looking for a sure crowd pleaser. I was initially leaning toward a COE or Kona, but realilzed I should defer to the collective expertise of the list... thanks, French ps. the majority of the people visiting consider Charbucks to be the apex of the coffee world. I want to dispell that fallacy during their visit. Do you Yahoo!? Everyone is raving about the all-new Yahoo! Mail beta.http://new.mail.yahoo.com
On 2/2/07, French Lewis wrote: <Snip> You could do what we do for our garden club where we have the same problem: make a half caf / half decaf blend. (That way you don't really please anyone – but it works.) And congratulations on the new daughter!
French Lewis wrote: <Snip> For the safest crowd pleasers I would choose Peru, Mexican, Brazil YB, Timor or Colombian. JeffO
I really like the Africa Highlands WP Decaf on the SM list, though I wouldn't go any higher than a C+. It's really bright and interesting at a ligher roast but started to lose that character the instant I hit second crack. It might be a bit too much for the uninitiated, though, as it can be quite acidic. Perhaps a better choice for the uninitiated would the the Mexico Organic Chiapas WP Decaf. It's just as "good" to my palate but the acidity is toned down. Both of those decaffes are just as full-bodied as any "regular" commercial coffee that I've ever had, especially the Africa.
Well, unfortunately the Kona is now sold out until next lot. This would have fit the bill. But, wow, there are so many other coffees on the list that could be considered "crowd pleasers"! Personally, I would go with any of the Brazils or Columbians, and either of the Yemens. Might I highly recommend the Yemens- They teeter on the brink of the exotic while still fitting the qualifications of "crowd pleasers"- they are really amazing, and just may leave your relatives hooked! Just plan on allowing a good 2 days rest before digging in to get full flavor explosion.
My wife brought home pie from Marie Callender's the other night so I roasted-cooled brewed some Mexico Organic Chiapas WP Decaf, city maybe city+ roast. WOW! If I didn't know better I'd have thought I was drinking hot chocolate. I wonder how it is now after a couple days rest... Highly recommended! -- Dave Some days... It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps On 2/2/07, French Lewis wrote: <Snip>
Here would be my suggestions for a "Crowd Pleaser" coffee. El Salvador Cup of Excellence #2 -Los Planes Colombia Cup of Excellence #3 - El Placer Colombia Cup of Excellence #12 - El Descanso Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Gesha For the money, the Idido is incredible. Ken Bozarth
I am a Peruvian snob today. Magnificent cup at two days rest.... This is very hard for a Colombian lover to diverge, but it's incredibly worth it... Brett On 2/2/07, Jeremy DeFranco wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
Hello French, Congratulations! Tom has used the term "crowd pleasing" in several of the write-ups of his coffees and the most recent that I recall was the Timor. A search of the web site will yield quite a few results, a lot of which are no longer available, but might give you the premise on why he called them such. The Timor also holds up quite well into the darker roasts; you can take this to a darker roast and stun them with all of the flavor that they are missing. Personally, I would also recommend the Mexico Organic Nayarit Terruno; it is a very good, mild, clean, crisp cup of coffee; I am having a cup right now and there is a bit of smooth chocolate with a bit of a nutty tone. Delicious! Another coffee that has generated unsolicited ravings is the Guatemala Fraijanes - Finca Agua Tibia. It starts to develop the chocolates notes early in the lighter roasts and along with the previous two has a wide sweet spot for level of roast. Both of the above coffees are only $4.80 per pound and the Timor is $4.90 per pound. I never have a problem roasting the expensive coffees for folks, unless they are just not going to appreciate it. If they are going to drown the coffee with cream and sugar and call just about any mixer of the cream and sugar good coffee, then there really just is no point to roasting a bunch of expensive coffee that will not be appreciated. I always encourage people to give it a sip before they add the cream and sugar on the basis that it is "different" than what they have had before, that way they can make sure they add just the right amount to make a perfect cup for themselves. The folks that truly appreciate the coffee will let you know and ask about it. I do NOT tell them its better; this will encourage the negativity of some and they will set out to prove that yours is no different than anything else and there is no sense to going through all of the trouble, yadda, yadda, yadda. Just my thoughts and I hope they are helpful. Respectfully, Eddie -- Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 2/2/07, French Lewis wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 2/2/07, French Lewis wrote: <Snip>
Jeremy DeFranco wrote: <Snip> I would consider that a love it or hate it bean. I love the description at Blue Bottle Coffee Co.: "One more thing: you might not like it. Lovers of clean, snappy Costa Ricans, or Colombians might consider drinking a cup of Yemen uncomfortably similar to being picked up by the lapels, shaken, then tossed into a grimy Manhattan snow bank. But for some of us, this is the most complex and desirable cup in town." JeffO
The Aqua Tibia is one of the most overlooked coffees on the list. I can't believe Tom isn't sold out. I have gone through 10 pounds and have two more in the stash. Les On 2/2/07, Eddie Dove wrote: <Snip>
Jeff, A friend of mine sent me two pounds of roasted Yemen from Bluebottle. It was on pare with the Yemen I roasted two weeks ago. It is nice to know there are commercial roasters that are doing it right. I just added another roaster to that list. I was amazed at the nice city-city plus roast. Les On 2/2/07, Jeff Oien wrote: <Snip>
I think Tom even mentioned them once. Boy are they expensive. Tom's roasted are so reasonable and you know you're getting great beans. JeffO Les wrote: <Snip>