So much has been written about espresso
blend and so many philosophies have been put forth by so many authorities and
equal number of gurus that the real thing has been made so murky and cloudy that
is difficult to see clear. I too have a philosophy about this subject and it goes
Do not listen or read the prop just
go ahead and taste the cup and if you like it, it is definitely good, weather
it has been roasted with a hot air, with a live flame, wood burning, gas, electric
etc, it doesnt matter. Your taste buds are the ultimate judge. My blend is made
up of seven different beans from different parts of the World. Of the two varieties
of coffees Arabica and Robusta, my blend is made up of 80% of the former and 20%
of the latter. It is roasted to a dark golden brown not burned like what is commonly
called french roast like Starbuck. In my blend we make sure that the oils stay
in the bean rather than letting them come out and making the whole bean look like
is dipped in oil. Particularly I hate the process in which the roasted beans are
cooled down with a water mist, for this I can spot a Michael Sivits roast before
I even drink it because I dislike it immensely.
It seems like a dream now but my
roots are in Calabria the southern most part of the Italina peninsula.I was born
on the big toe almost at the tip of the booth. It was customary to call little
kids with a diminutive (nickname) of the real name and in my case because my name
was Domenico, the diminutive was "Mimmo". When was a little kid it sounded
like melody when my mother was calling me out loud "Mimmoooooooo, Mimmooooooo".
I still remember so clear my grandmother
would come and wake me up in the morning and she hand me a cup of coffee. She
would call out "MIMMOOOOO" wake up! the coffee was not even made out
of coffee beans, but it was toasted barley. It tasted soooooo good.
If I could only duplicate that taste
now, it surely would be the seed for a billion dollar business.
There are two common
varieties of coffee: Arabica and Robusta.
Robusta coffees have a dry, flinty and harsh taste. For this reason they are less
desired and therefore cheaper. Most supermarket brands of coffee are made from
Robusta varieties. Arabica coffees are smooth and mild, yet rich in flavor, which
is why they are more highly sought after. The taste difference between two is