Congrats and enjoy the journey to the dark side! When learning espresso technique it's best to stick to one blend/bean, preferably a forgiving blend. Monkey fits the bill. Roast anywhere from City+ to FC+. If possible a profile in the 13 to 15 minute total time range with 4 to 5 min' start of 1st to end of roast. Advise minimum 3 days rest, 4 or 5 better for espresso shots. Also, do you know approx' how many pounds have been ground with the used Rocky. Advise replacing Rocky's burrs every 75 to 100#s ground to maintain high quality grind. 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. Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ <Snip>
Carole, I guess it depends upon what you are willing to sacrifice while you are learning, but I'd go with the espresso blends right now. They will likely already have beans that work well together in espresso and can produce nice crema. Some of the SO beans (while excellent) can come up a bit thin when using them for espresso. You will find which SO's do well in espresso because you will try them all just to see how they hold up. Sulawesi does hold up very well as an SO as do many other SO beans. I've used most of the Sweet Maria's espresso blends and they have been excellent. Prepare yourself (if that's even possible) to peel your head off the kitchen ceiling after going through very many shots. I was buzzin' pretty good while learning, but it's all fun and oh so much pleasure when you get that first good pull. Rick
Ray I disagree 1000% percent, terrible advise. Buying pre-ground to learn espresso portafilter build technique is asking for nothing but headaches and badly timed shots (not to mention bad tasting espresso). There is NO ONE correct espresso grind and hence buying pre-ground for espresso even worse than pre-ground for other brewing methods. Kona Kurmudgeon 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. Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ From: homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of raymanowen Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 2:52 PM Carole, search the web to find a source of espresso parts and coffee supplies. There is some coffee preground for espresso brewing. Before you start roasting , grinding and brewing your own coffee, start with coffee that is already roasted and properly ground for espresso brewing, and learn to pull good shots from the brewing end.