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Topic: espresso origin (5 msgs / 133 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
Long long ago in a cafe far far away two renaissance men sat discussing
life's mysteries over a cup of coffee. Eventually their ponderings centered
on their cups of brew. Both agreed it's flavor seemed weak and lacking, not
offering forth the flavor so prevalent in the smell of fresh roasted coffee.
Was it the beans? Was it the roast? Was it the brewing method? (The brewing
norm of the day was Cowboy Coffee style made popular by Spaghetti Westerns.
Those being popular following the discovery of the cave drawings of the
first Italian Cowboy, Flint Eastrock. Back to the tale...;-) They decided to
embark on a journey of discovery together to find Coffee Nirvana, the
perfect brew.
First they needed a reliable source of coffee greens of the highest quality.
They searched the known (and unknown) World and much to their surprise the
New World held their hope. Soon the widest variety of the choicest coffee
greens arrived at their coffee laboratory door from Sweet Maria's. Off to
the roaster they flew! One carefully watched in awe and reverence as the
greens changed in color and texture, waifed the progressing changes in
smell, and listened for the differing crackling sounds of the roast
development. The other just as carefully & reverently monitored the heat of
the coals, the revolutions per minute of the roasting drum, the bean
temperature rise rate and the billows air velocity. After many days and many
batches and much lamenting and laboring they finally both agreed they had
the most perfect roast of the most perfect beans.
They brewed a pot. Though better by far than the sludge offered up at most
cafes, the taste still didn't match the essence of the fresh roast smell.
Long into the night while deep in thought it began to rain. Suddenly the
idea of the water coming from above and down through the coffee grounds
sprang forth. Drip coffee brewing was born. Different flavor, more refined
than cowboy coffee, less sediment too. But it wasn't IT. The rain
stopped and the clouds cleared. They stared into the starry skies letting
their minds clear. Their thoughts traveled the vacuum of space when another
idea burst forth on their conscience minds. Yes, vacuum brewing was
invented. Still not IT. Their tempers began to flare, they even got steamed
with each other. Yup, Mokha pot brewing came to their minds. But still not
IT. Days, nay weeks and months came and went. Their experiments came to
naught. Arguments ensued yet again and one told the other to put a sock in
it. The coffee sock brewing method came to pass. Interesting flavor but
once again not IT. More weeks flew by and the cold of Winter was upon them.
Cold
brewing the next obvious evolution in their coffee quest. Nope, when oh when
would IT happen?
As the grind of the experiments continued creating more and more pressure on
their psyche thoughts became uneven. There was much stamping and tamping of
feet. Concentrating their efforts became so intense they had to extract
themselves from the laboratory for a brief twenty-five seconds time. Then a
sudden flash of insight, do to the coffee what the coffee was doing to them!
Grind it fine, tamp it even, extract under extreme pressure, concentrate the
flavor. Espresso and Coffee
Nirvana poured forth!
Who were those two dudes? None other than Michelangelo Buonarroti & Leonardo
da Vinci. So the next time you wonder why the Art & Science of espresso may
be so hard to master consider the source! :-)
MM;-)
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA
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2) From: R.N.Kyle
MIKE wrote: 
Who were those two dudes? None other than Michelangelo Buonarroti & =
Leonardo
da Vinci. So the next time you wonder why the Art & Science of espresso =
may
be so hard to master consider the source! :-)
Is this a true story????
Ron
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3) From: John
I guess Mike is older than I thought :O)
On Wed, 2002-09-25 at 06:14, R.N.Kyle wrote:
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4) From: Mike McGinness
From: "R.N.Kyle" 
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Leonardo
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may
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No, just something I thought up. (I was hoping the Spaghetti Western
reference and cave drawings of Flint Eastrock bit would make it
obvious...:-)
MM;-)
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5) From: R.N.Kyle
I thought it was made up, and a good one at that, but when you got to =
the end. I thought just mabey the end part was true.  Good story Mike
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle


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