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Playing Around With Coffee

by Howie Hart » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:36 am

I usually buy French Roast coffee because I like the flavor in my drip maker and it make very good espresso. Recently I bought some green beans from Flores Island (where the Human Hobbit was discovered a few years ago) at my local coffee roaster. Last week, I roasted them to what I would consider French Roast, very dark brown and shiny, using my hot-air corn popper. This made one of the best cups of espresso I've ever had. Last night, I did this again, but with a twist. I'm not a fan of flavored coffees, although I do like to add a bit of Bailey's after dinner sometimes. I measured out the amount of beans needed for a pot of espresso and put them in my blade grinder. Before grinding, I added a pinch of fennel seed (about a dozen or so seeds) and proceeded with grinding and brewing. The difference was subtle - no distinct licorice flavor, but an enhanced mouthfeel that hit all over the mouth, like a well made wine. The mouthfeel of the regular French Roast seemed to focus on the center of the tongue. The one with the fennel seed hit evenly, all over the tongue, including the sides, like a well made wine. As a preliminary to this, yesterday morning I used the same beans to make a pot of drip coffee and added 1/4 tsp of fennel seed to the grind (my drip coffee maker uses about 3X the amount of coffee as the espresso maker). This had a distinct licorice flavor, that, while drinkable, was not all to my liking. So, a little goes a long way. The tiny bit added to the espresso was very good, but a bit more added was not.
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Hoke » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:18 pm

Sounds interesting, Howie.

Do you like cardamom? Try some of that to see what happens.
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Howie Hart » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:26 pm

I don't have any cardamom, and I'm not sure if I've ever had it. I keep fennel seed on hand for making Italian sausage.
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Mike Filigenzi » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:46 pm

I like putting a few cardamom pods and a broken-up cinnamon stick in the coffee basket once in a while. Haven't done that in quite a while, though.
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Carl Eppig » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:35 pm

What Howie did sort of reminds me of putting just a little instant coffee crystals into chocolate recipes.
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Howie Hart » Tue May 07, 2013 10:58 am

I should have resurrected this thread about a half hour ago. I just roasted some Peruvian beans to a full roast and before grinding it to make a pot of espresso, I decided to add about a dozen coriander seeds, which my memory was the suggestion in this old thread. Wrong - it was cardamom. So, I'm now sipping coriander flavored espresso - subtle and certainly drinkable, but not as good as the fennel seeds. Now I'm going to have to find cardamom. BTW - here is a link to another older coffee roasting thread: http://www.wineloverspage.com/forum/village/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=41452&p=340206
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Redwinger » Tue May 07, 2013 4:52 pm

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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Bill Spohn » Tue May 07, 2013 6:03 pm

I keep a shaker of cardamom and one of cinnamon by the grinder, for whenever I feel like using it (every couple of weeks or so). Will have to try fennel, thanks.
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Re: Playing Around With Coffee

by Jeff Grossman/NYC » Tue May 07, 2013 10:38 pm

Cardamom is wonderful stuff.

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