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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.

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@garydyke i think for current Has Bean top trumps .....

-sourness tends to be a function of the extraction and the barista ,

-Has Bean tend to predominantly roast more to medium of the stuff ive have had though IMM.

- Foundry Rocko Mountain may be up your street

- Union - Brazilian here, has been stocking espresso , gets a bit lost in milk


here is another yirg that i enjoyed


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I'm currently drinking a coffee compass natural yirgacheffe, maybe it's the bean I'm unsure of rather than the processing. I might try the foundry rocko mountain.


The number of beans available is very exciting but a bit daunting to a newby! You guys are amazing help as usual.


The Foundry Rocko Mountain is sublime - there is a thread on it somewhere - as is their Finca las Meninas from El Salvador. Brand new from them, too, is a Tanzanian, which sounds like it will have the wow factor, too..

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I'd probably class Hasbean as medium - light.


I didn't like my first 3 tries of Hasbean. I was a dark roast fan for a long time and always found them too citrus or floral.


My shots for espresso were generally in the 1.6 ratio 25-30 secs with darker beans.


It was only when I started grinding finer, extracting more and for longer that I started getting on better with Hasbeans beans.


So as a general starting point 18=>35g in 35 secs. Previously I think I'd been under-extracting them.

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I had the same issues, I didn't have any evidence to base my thoughts on, but I thought I liked darker roasted beans. I was open enough to sample some lighter roasts though. I only really enjoyed them as brewed though. After the chap above put me right I now like light/ medium - medium - medium/ dark.

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  • 2 weeks later...

After having struggled with my CC natural yirgacheffe I decided to buy some HasBean beans next in the end, and will buy those foundry yirgacheffe next. As I got towards the end of the CC yirgacheffe I started to get some amazing flat whites - the strawberry flavours really started coming out especially in the milk. I'm not sure if it was due to improvement in my technique or the beans getting better around the 17 day mark (dunno if that's quite late for beans to improve).


Going to try the Brazilian natural pulped yellow bourbon first - HasBean bill it very highly so no pressure.


Thanks again for all the suggestions - I'd be completely lost without this place.



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