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  1. #21
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    Acid

    I'm with you on the acid, topher!

    I think it gets a bad rap 'cause people complain of "acid stomach" from bad coffee, but it's not the acidity that's bad- it's good!

    Still, a difficult concept to grasp. Till I had the Tanzanian Peaberry, I thought I didn't want acidity, either.
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    I'm just a coffee junkie and not as knowledgable about the specifics of each brew, but I was told it was known to be easier on the stomach. Despite the fact that I often get "coffee gut" a few hours after drinking it, I still have my coffee every morning. I have heard Italian roasts are "gentler" on the gut, but who knows. Drink on!

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    ummm...tintin....don't eat the brown acid
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    Better brown....

    than white?

    I like some acid. Balsamic vinegar, for instance- good acid. And, after all, the stomach is normally an acid place (pH ~ 4.0, neutral =7.0)

    I think people associate acidity in coffee with bitterness, but I don't think this is a correct association.

    Anyway, here's some other coffee that may be easier on some stomachs:

    "During the normal coffee roasting process, natural acids form which can lead to heartburn, indigestion and stomach upset. That’s bad news for the 37 million* Americans who are heavy coffee consumers, drinking five or more cups a day. In fact, 17.3 percent of the adult population** is unable to drink coffee or to consume as much of it as they’d like because of stomach irritation and other side effects. Many have labeled this problem “Coffee Gut
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    Kona etc.

    So, I broke out the Hawaiian Kona Fancy topher had roasted and sent me at the family reunion yesterday.

    Oddly, after the Tanzanian Peaberry , I was almost disappointed at how mellow it was! It took me a while to relax back into the Kona experience after the more exhilarating taste ride of the Peaberry, but after I'd re-adjusted, I could really enjoy the Kona again.
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    Everything's different, again!

    Ha! Just got back from dinner at a local Italian restaurant. Wasn't really hungry so I had a little antipasto misto, the zuppa di giorno (roast chicken with zuchini), and traditional Caesar Salad with some Shiraz. After walking home, I French Pressed a pot of topher's Kona, and man does it taste terrific tonight Much better than yesterday's batches. I'm not sure why. Perhaps I used slighty more beans with a slightly shorter brewing time; perhaps it's just the lingering effects of the Shiraz. Anyway, the Kona is great tonight!
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    Not enough acid

    Quote Originally Posted by topher
    just a quick note...acidity is not a bad thing....for example..if you have a big wine....and no acidity what do you have? A mouth full of mud! Same with coffee....acidity is the bright snappines that you get from coffee..oh well not sure what I am saying...going through a caffiene crash!!
    EMBRACE THE ACIDITY!! Man I need sleep
    At work today, all I've got is some Sumatra Mandheling- very mild and low acid (not acid enough for me today!).
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    Sumatra rocks!! It is probably one of the heaviest bodied coffees! It is very low in acidity....tintinnet..I am going to send you some Guatemalans when I get back from vacation..be back around early november..sorry I would send it earlier but I have butt loads of coffee to roast so I can leave for a week. I want you to keep an eye out for more complex coffees...think you will get into it! Me personally I like differnt coffees for different times...will go deeper into it later...need sleep...have to work an overnight tonight...we are getting 2 count em 2 new espresso machines for the shop tonight! Oh one more thing...tried the new jolt espresso today..a cola espresso drink....man....what a rush!! Taste like rum and coke though
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

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    Different tastes for different times

    Yeah- I know exactly what you mean, topher. Something going on with my taste buds today- everything tastes too mild! Made me crave something with more bite than Sumatra, but that was all I had available at work today...
    "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love." -- Turkish Proverb

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    ahh....back at work..yawn...hey tintinet...next time you're at work and you want something with more bite run to your local coffee shop and get an americano!! That will get you where you want to go!
    "Wine is for aging, not coffee."
    Ken Hutchinson, Starsky and Hutch

 

 
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