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  1. Lovely bright sunny day up here in the North-East, and I'm starting off with an espresso from Hasbean's 2010 Premium Blend. I roasted these on Thursday, going a little bit darker than I normally would, and it seems to have suited the blend well. A subtle sweetness to the aftertaste. What's everyone else drinking?
  2. Needs no introduction to regulars on this site. Steve's approach sets a benchmark for customer service. Rapid response to E Mails (does he never sleep?) consistent quality of products and delivery as promised. Typical of Steve's approach was when my Behmor roaster broke down, he shipped out a new one before I had sent the broken one back to him.
  3. Hi All, Wondered if you might be able to help. I’ve recently started a coffee subscription with Hasbean the first of which I received through was ‘BRAZIL CARMO ESTATE PULPED NATURAL YELLOW BOURBON’… https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/america-brazil/products/brazil-carmo-estate-pn-yellow-bourbon I have been brewing this via V60 and to me it tastes like burnt chocolate rather than the ‘milk chocolate’ I was expecting. I’m fairly new to V60 brewing, done a good few brews with other beans using the Scott Rao method which I very much enjoyed. I’ve been trying to do a method as follows… 16:1 225g (water) / 13.5g (coffee) 0:00 45g 0:45 90g 1:30 135g 2:15 180g 3:00 225g Finishing in just under 4mins. Done this about four times and each time it has the burnt chocolate taste. Here’s some photos of my brew (see below). I also shot a video. Because I was holding the phone with one hand and doing the coffee my weights and timing slightly vary, but the taste is relatively similar to previous brews where this was more accurate. Link to video... Any thoughts, is it my method or the coffee? Anyone else tried this coffee? Thanks Gareth
  4. Got this in the post today. It's probably a small step up from the wok/whisk method that I've been using. Just tried using it with HasBean El Salvador Finka Alaska beans. Very even roast. Won't know how it tastes for a few days though. Can't wait Tried a search here with no hits. Has anyone else used one of these?
  5. Can anyone tell me please, are these actually official Clever or a 3rd party manufacturer? https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/brewers/products/clever-dripper
  6. Good evening everyone. With a new machine on order I'm looking at ordering some beans for espresso. I was all set for the Hasbean espresso quad pack, but when did delivery become so expensive! £5 seems a little too much for £20 of beans! Any recommendations for first batch?
  7. I ordered from Hasbean some delicious Costa Rican coffee beans https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/coffee/products/costa-rica-zarcero-finca-la-casa-yellow-honey-caturra £7 Just had this. Was pretty hard to grind for espresso in my porlex tall replica! But SO GOOD and I have that nice stimulant caffeine rush you only get opening a fresh bag of beans! Smells yum! Tastes a bit meh at first but leaves this wonderful aftertaste. One of those coffee's where you taste it and find yourself looking at Compak R120 comparisons.... dangerous coffee. https://www.hasbean.co.uk/collections/coffee/products/costa-rica-finca-la-pira-red-honey-caturra £12.50 Anyway on the order special instructions I left a "Thank You" as I feel the packers deserve some thanks too. And got a hand written "Thank You !" back! Manners are free so use them xD
  8. I'm going to order some new beans from hasbean tomorrow, any recommendations?
  9. Here's a summary of all the beans you can currently buy from Hasbean. If you go to the googlesheet link you can sort/filter them by price, country, process and SCAA flavors. Provided Hasbean don't change their website layout this will automatically update itself, should make picking your next bean a little easier. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ff5KT5sjNDx9g923Yl68glq666VVBLGMj7FDBaYmCsY/edit?usp=sharing Here's an example from today sorted by Process [TABLE=width: 1192] [TR] [TD]Bean[/TD] [TD]Price[/TD] [TD]Country[/TD] [TD]Process[/TD] [TD]Flavors[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Espresso Starter Pack[/TD] [TD=align: right]£22.50[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Filter Starter Pack[/TD] [TD=align: right]£22.50[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaraguan Favourites Pack[/TD] [TD=align: right]£28.00[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Costa Rica Arbar El Oasis Yellow Honey Caturra[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Costa Rica Monte Brisas Finca Salaca Black Honey Typica[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [TD]Cherry Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Costa Rica Sumava Monte Llano Bonito Yellow Honey Villa Sarchi[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.75[/TD] [TD]Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [TD]Grape Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Costa Rica Vista al Valle Finca La Casa Yellow Honey Villa Sarchi[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [TD]Lemon Fresh Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Honduras Finca Cerro Azul Red Honey Red Catuai[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.50[/TD] [TD]Honduras[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [TD]Chocolate Dark Chocolate Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Pulped Natural Yellow Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.00[/TD] [TD]Brazil[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Raisin Hazelnut Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Pulped Natural Yellow Bourbon CO2 Decaf[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Brazil[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Costa Rica Finca El Pilon Natural Catuai[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Raisin Fresh[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca Argentina Natural Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.00[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Chocolate Dark Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca La Fany Pulped Natural Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Ethiopia Ana Sora Guji Natural[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.50[/TD] [TD]Ethiopia[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chelelektu Natural[/TD] [TD=align: right]£8.00[/TD] [TD]Ethiopia[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Guatemala El Limon Natural Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.00[/TD] [TD]Guatemala[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Apple[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Breakfast Bomb Mk5 2016[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.00[/TD] [TD]Guatemala Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Blake Espresso Blend Mk7 2016[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.00[/TD] [TD]Indonesia Ethiopia Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Natural Laurina[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.50[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Strawberry Lemon[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Pulped Natural Laurina[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Cherry[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Elegant Natural Red Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£8.25[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Fresh[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Funky Natural Red Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£8.25[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Strawberry[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Natural Ethiosar[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.50[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Natural Longberry[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Rose[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Natural Yellow Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£10.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Grapefruit[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Ethiosar[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Prune Chocolate Dark Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Longberry[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Chocolate Dark Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Red Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.75[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca San Jose Pulped Natural Longberry[/TD] [TD=align: right]£9.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Peach[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Yemen Haraaz Red Cherry Natural[/TD] [TD=align: right]£12.00[/TD] [TD]Yemen[/TD] [TD]Natural[/TD] [TD]Cherry Cinnamon[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Sulawesi Tana Toraja Kalosi Washed Typica A[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Sulawesi Tana Toraja Kalosi Washed Peaberry[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Brazil[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Colombia Finca La Chorrera Washed Caturra[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Colombia[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Colombia La Serrania Washed Caturra[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Colombia[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Colombia La Serrania Washed Caturra SC Decaf[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Colombia[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Chocolate Dark Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Kicker Espresso Blend Mk4 2016[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.50[/TD] [TD]Costa RicaKenya El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca Alaska Washed Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£9.00[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca Argentina Estate Washed Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.00[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca La Ilusion Washed Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£10.00[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca Las Brumas Washed Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£8.00[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Lemon Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]El Salvador Finca Las Brumas Washed SL28[/TD] [TD=align: right]£12.00[/TD] [TD]El Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Cherry Orange Brown[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Guatemala El Limon Washed San Ramon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Guatemala[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Apple Brown[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Kenya Kieni AA Washed[/TD] [TD=align: right]£8.00[/TD] [TD]Kenya[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Kenya Kiriga AA Washed[/TD] [TD=align: right]£8.00[/TD] [TD]Kenya[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Kenya Kiriga AB Washed[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Kenya[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Peach[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed Laurina[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Orange[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed Red Catuai[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.25[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Orange Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Washed Caturra[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.25[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Apple[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Washed Ethiosar[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Washed Red Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£7.75[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Chocolate Dark Chocolate[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo Washed Yellow Pacamara[/TD] [TD=align: right]£10.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Pineapple Apple[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Nicaragua Finca Los Altos Washed Red Catuai[/TD] [TD=align: right]£12.00[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD]Lime[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Rwanda Maraba Washed Red Bourbon[/TD] [TD=align: right]£6.50[/TD] [TD]Rwanda[/TD] [TD]Washed[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Phil Ter Filter Blend Mk1 2017[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.00[/TD] [TD]Guatemala Nicaragua Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Washed Honey[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Jabberwocky Espresso Blend Mk3 2016[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.50[/TD] [TD]Honduras Nicaragua Kenya[/TD] [TD]Washed Honey[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]1973 Mk1 2017[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.20[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua Costa Rica[/TD] [TD]Washed Natural Honey[/TD] [TD]Natural Honey[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Jailbreak Espresso Blend Mk5 2016[/TD] [TD=align: right]£5.20[/TD] [TD]Nicaragua Costa RicaEl Salvador[/TD] [TD]Washed Natural Honey[/TD] [TD]Honey[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  10. So I appreciate that currently my setup sucks BUT... First beans I bought from HB were costa rican SO's and they tasted amazing. Based on reviews on HB's coffee I ordered... Breakfast Bomb, Philter (not opened yet) and 1973 Mk4. And no matter how I brew or espresso these beans they just taste...rancid. Like dishwater. They smell bad too. I'm guessing my equipment is not good enough ( I made a new thread on this but no one answered) so shall I just throw them away and go back to Single Origin?
  11. A shoutout to the guys at Hasbean, who opened their doors to 100 people yesterday to celebrate their fifth anniversary. The hospitality was amazing: everybody on hand to give tips on cupping, pulling shots, brewing with Chemex/Kalita Wave [and some weird thing called the Dragon], and latte art. We also had a tour of the roastery and the entire warehouse, as well as some fab tacos. This is a serious operation with some great guys behind it. Also really looking forward to pulling some shots of their "Anniversary Blend", which is now available on their website. It was a seriously nice espresso. Probably an indication of their quality is this line from founder Stephen: "I hope we don't get any busier: there's only so much great coffee out there." I guess we could all name some big coffee companies from whom those words would never be heard. Thanks Hasbean - good luck with the next five years!
  12. Is the Hasbean Espresso Starter Pack a good choice? I am quite interested but the high postage cost is putting me off, especially if I end up not like a few of the blends. I understand tastes are different but if most think it's good value & taste I might take a punt.
  13. Hi and welcome to the sale of my beloved coffee machine setup. Coffee machine is an expobar leva dual boiler with PID and has a naked portafilter with VST basket, this was originally purchased from Bella Baritsta. Grinder is the MAHLKONIG VARIO and comes with all original accessories, this was originally purchased from HasBean. The coffee machine is in great working order, anyone interested in the sale is welcome to come and view the machine and I am happy to demonstrate this machine in use. There are lots of accessories included in the sale including: 3 very good books. Lots of fresh coffee. Tamper and tamper mat. Grinder and espresso machine cleaner. Scales, knock box, jug and cleaning accessories. The pictures below show all items included in the sale. I am looking for a price of £850 all in, I am not currently looking to split the items. I think this show amaizing value for money as I have over £1600 invested here. Thanks for looking all. David
  14. I got 250g of the Ethiopia Kebel Aricha as my HasBean IMM this month, and I'm worried this one might be a bit too "James Brown" for me to handle... I'm still working my way through the Jolly Bean Rocko Mountain, which is probably funky enough for me. They're not available on the HasBean site anymore, but had some glowing reviews from the funk lovers: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:viyOTsEzpqYJ:www.hasbean.co.uk/products/ethiopia-yirgacheffe-kebel-aricha-natural+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk. Here is Steve's description: "In the cup this coffee is as funky as funky can be. One ticket for a ride on board the funky bus, please! It's loaded with blueberries and has an amazing sparkling acidity. It's a fantastically exciting and different coffee." Does anyone fancy swapping a 250g (preferably unopened, as these are) bag of beans for this one? They were roasted on the 19th Feb so they should be good for a while yet.
  15. Hi everyone, I just ordered from Hasbean the starter pack with different El Salvador single origin: Finca Escocia Washed Bourbon Finca La Ilusion Honey Bourbon Finca La Ilusion Washed Bourbon Finca San José Washed Elefante Finca Santa Petrona Washed Pacamara Any recommendations on brew parameters for espresso? I have a R58 with a mazzer SJ and two VST basket 18g and 20g This is my first order from Hasbean so no idea where to start from and what to expect. Thanks!
  16. nufc1

    Selection of Beans

    Does anybody know of any other roasters who provide a similar deal to Coffee Compass where you can buy many assorted 250g bags of coffee for a discount? I would like to get a xmas gift for someone like this. I know hasbean do starter packs but they will not be to the gift recievers taste as they like a darker roast, even using the aeropress. Thanks in advance.
  17. Aeropress with this patio dried caturra that I've decided I really like from Has Bean (The washed stuff is dull dull dull in comparison). It cupped amazingly, and I wondered why I couldn't just do something similar for the Aeropress so... 15g of coffee 220g of water Inverted 95C!! 6 on my old school EK dial Leave for 2:30, flip and leave for 30 to let things settle a bit, plunge over 20-25 and stop when you can see the sludge, don't go any further(!!). I'd be interested to see what my EY is with this but the fruits they are popping and it tastes like it cupped - I'm a happy chappy. I feel I could have gone a bit further with this - either by tightening the grind, flipping earlier (flipping is a form of agitation after all) or giving it a turbulent wiggle at some point.
  18. joffy

    Bean allergy?

    Is it possible to be intolerant to certain beans? A few years ago I suffered with stomach pains and turned out I was intolerant to nuts. Stopped eating nuts, been ok since. But a week ago, I got the same symptoms again when I started a fresh bag of beans in my Hasbean subscription and it's the only new thing I've consumed recently. Been buying beans for a few years now, never had a problem before.
  19. Where to start... Like everyone, I'm trying to improve my coffee. I've chosen my equipment, which is a Cremina and HG One, and I want to stick with this equipment because I love using it, amongst other reasons. My results have been a bit variable. It's probably taken me a year to work out how to consistently get good-looking pours. I'm there. If the visual indicators are right, I am getting my distribution right now, and the coffee should taste good. So the most important variable should be the bean... well I'm sure that's true anyway. I started with Hasbean. I've always loved their way of doing things. They obviously know what they're doing, obviously care about both customers and suppliers, and they're doing a superb job. As I got deeper into my hobby, I realised that the coffees I've enjoyed the most are generally low acidity, and in some ways I don't want ultra complex layers of fruit. I like chocolate flavours, and not so much boozy or fruity. I started to experiment with other roasters, and found various forms of great coffee, generally darker roasts, and generally less complex. I also found that generally the darker coffees seem to be easier to get a good pour.. perhaps the bean splinters more easily or something. When they've been lighter, it's usually been the El Salvador or Brazilian beans that have floated my boat. In the meantime, I kept up the SSSSS subscription with Hasbean, which keeps reminding me of what a wonderful job they do, and probably 2/3 of the coffee I've had on SSSSS goes straight into the yummy category. This gets me thinking that I've given up too easily, and maybe need help and advice. So... for the first time, I started to look at which beans have been washed, natural, or pulped natural. I discovered that I've never had a pulped natural I didn't like. As far as I can see, none of the SSSSS was a pulped natural, which surprised me... they're mostly washed. I was thinking perhaps a good approach would be to order some pulped natural beans from Hasbean, or am I barking up the wrong tree here? Do people choose their beans based on the processing? I notice that Hasbean have a 5-pack of Santa Petrona which is different processing for different packs. Quite tempted to give that a go and see whether my pulped natural theory stands up. I welcome any and all advice, but especially any help from @garydyke1 who must surely be the expert on the Hasbean range If I had to summarise what I'm looking for, it's low acidity, but perhaps a little more complex (but not too much) than what I might get from a darker roasted bean. I do recognise that this post is probably all over the place and doesn't make much sense!
  20. Nice coffee when brewed but........... Currently struggling a little with this coffee. Last espresso shot was 20g to 45g (2.25 ratio) in 35 secs at 96°C in a VST 20g basket on the brewtus and super jolly combo, using charcoal filtered tap water (Plymouth water being pretty soft). I just can't seem to shake off the sourness. beans were roasted on 23rd by the way. I've had some really tasty results with the aeropress doing 15g coffee to 200g water for 1 minute 30 secs off boil) and i'm really liking the coffee this way, but espresso just isn't doing it for me yet. Should I just try grinding a bit finer and extracting to the same ratio which will equal a longer extraction time or should i try a different tack? My mrs tasted one of the 20g-20g shots in 35 sec shots i was going to bin and even then she didnt think there was much bitterness so im struggling to figure out what i can do. anyone out there have any advice for parameters I should give a crack? cheers
  21. Just popped on to Hasbean for my usual order of some Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama pulped natural yellow bourbon and they're not there! What's happened??? I'm not sure I want to live in a world without this bean! What other bean, pulled as a ristretto, tastes of pure caramel?!?!
  22. Normally I buy "all purpose" beans that work well both as espresso and in the Aeropress for the occasional brewed coffee. I haven't tried anything from Hasbean yet and would like to. They have so many beans, I'm not sure what to choose. As a guide, I did really enjoy the Rocko Mountain from Foundry once I "mastered" it as an Aeropress. So something in that ballpark wouldn't be bad. Something sweet and fruity, maybe even floral.
  23. I'm still very new to this "making good espresso" malarkey and so far I've been pretty much assuming that dark beans are the ones for me. This is based on a number of things: 1) From trying very stylish espresso around London I have enjoyed some lighter, fruitier roasts but more so in flat whites than as espressos 2) From my research (and some excellent advice from Obnic) it seems that on my starter level equipment with my starter level of skill, dark roasts are more likely to give consistent results 3) I've generally enjoyed the coffee I've made so far (while it hasn't knocked my socks off - I'm sure for many reasons other than beans). Anyway, as a scientist, I love a good evidence based conclusion so I want to order a couple of bags of beans from a lighter roaster (probably HasBean) than Rave or CC. I would like something that has good detailed fruits, especially berries, but does not overpower you with the sourness. I've also wondered about natural processed (most of the beans I've liked the look of from HasBean have been...) because on the darker natural processed CC beans I've tried this has tended to give a weird "umami" aftertaste that I'm not sure I like in my coffee. Thanks for your help.
  24. mp101

    Hi

    Hi all, been lurking a while, though I should post though Lots of great posts on here and lots of great info. Had a Delonghi Nespresso machine for a while, but about 8 months ago, bought a Chemex, Hario Skerton Grinder and some HasBean coffee and haven't looked back. In fact thanks to Philips doing 40% off I bought a Gaggia Classic, and the Nespresso is on eBay (not used it for a while (a year maybe) Now I just need to do more research on the Gaggia/tweaks and get an electric grinder, been eyeing up the Eureka Mignon and maybe a bottomless portafilter? any advice to get the best from the classic are welcome Thanks Marc
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