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  • General advice re beans to use in milk based coffee

    This weekend there was an article in the advertiser where they interviewed a local coffee roasted and he made the claim that some coffee beans should never be used in a milk based coffee. He had blanket rules about which part of the world you should get your coffee from for a milk based drink. Does anyone actually agree with this?

    The reason I ask is that I roast my own beans in a popper and I drink about 90% with milk. I just order beans that look interesting and I am really happy with my coffee.

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    I'm sure a lot of roasters (commercial and home) have views on what works or does not for different styles of coffee.
    I personally don't agree with a blanket rule as there are too many variables from the farm to the cup in my mind, but if it works for him, then good luck.

    I also buy a lot of different beans and drink most of mine with milk. Over the years, I have found a couple of coffees that I personally won't try again as my experience with them was not great (could be the bean, more likely the guy who roasted them).

    Personal taste also plays a huge part. As it happens, the years have suggested to me that I have a preference for South and Central American beans, although I tend to have beans from many other places in my collection.

    As with so many of these kinds of things... if you're happy with your results, then that's the main thing. Others can please themselves.

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    • #3
      I reckon if you're happy with your coffee, thats the main thing, especially keeping it interesting for yourself. A blanket rule undersells the complexity of the different flavour profiles that can all come from the same part of the world. But to each their own I guess.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jack42 View Post
        He had blanket rules about which part of the world you should get your coffee from for a milk based drink. Does anyone actually agree with this?
        No way could I agree with such a statement but he was possibly misquoted.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chokkidog View Post
          No way could I agree with such a statement but he was possibly misquoted.
          Hope so....

          I have blanket rules as well. I tend to stick to the parts of the world where coffee is grown.

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