• "Green beans" before roasting
  • Some signs of spalling, which can occur during the roasting process...

Before and After - Coffee Roasting

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The particular beans that you see here are from a batch of Josuma Select Malabar Gold, a blend of coffee beans specially formulated for espresso.

In the center are the so called "green beans" before they were roasted, and on the outside are some beans after I roasted them in my home coffee roaster (a Fresh Roast Plus).

For espresso I manually grind them to a slightly gritty but still fine powder in a manual burr grinder (a Zassenhaus). This gets loaded and hand-tamped into a double basket portafilter, conventionally used to dose for a double shot, and inserted into either the La Cara or La Pavoni manual piston espresso machines. Both of these machines involve the user by having him push down on a lever to force the hot water through the tightly compacted espresso grounds.

The shot then gets pulled under great pressure into a pre-heated tazzina (a small espresso cup - I use a 68 cc feldspathic porcelain tazzina made by IPA Porcellane in Italy, pattern Bologna), for a total draw of around 1.25-1.5 ounces (2.5-3 tablespoons).

Such a very short shot is called a ristretto, which when made correctly has to be the purest form that one can enjoy an espresso - a wonderful concentration of coffee flavor with plenty of mouthfeel and a pleasant bitterness.

...and once in a blue moon when everything is right it produces the proverbial "god shot", which is actually creamy in taste. (And yes, this is all without using any milk! :-) )

Much has changed since I first posted this; here's a video on YouTube that shows my current eqiupment and workflow...

Taken with an Epson Perfection 4990 scanner.

Before and After - Coffee Roasting
At home
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
Jan. 9, 2006

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  1. cgfan 70 months ago | reply

    TheCoffeeNut: Thanks for visiting!

  2. Soleil is me. 70 months ago | reply

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  4. ah_lo527 66 months ago | reply

    Hi CG is it possible for me to use your photo offline? just as an art piece because I really love this photo and I also love coffee.

  5. cgfan 66 months ago | reply

    ah_lo527: Thank you so much for asking, and for the kind words!

    Certainly I would have no problems with you using this photo offline, so long as you continue to honor the CC (Cretive Commons) licenses of attribution, non-commercial, and share-alike.

    Does that answer your question?

  6. IFGD 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Coffee Porn, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. theodordh 62 months ago | reply

    Hi! I'm admin of a new group called Great Stock Shots

    We find your photo greatly suitable to our subject and would love to have it added to the group.

  8. Jen's Photography 60 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ((( transcend dépassez supere 超越しなさい ))), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. Chica_de_marte 59 months ago | reply

    I´m asking for your permission to use this photo in a coffee museum I´m creating in Veracruz , Mexico...

  10. *Buscapé* 56 months ago | reply

    Fantastic photo!

  11. cgfan 56 months ago | reply

    From IFGD to Buscape and everyone in-between: Thank you so much for your kind words.

  12. Luca L' Espresso 45 months ago | reply

    Bellissimo, What a unique image ! we are just begin a small business of offering select coffee melanges and we would love to use this image for our website, is this possible ? Thank and egain please more coffee photos !!!!! Luca

  13. cgfan 45 months ago | reply

    Luca L'Espresso: thank you for visiting and the kind words! It sounds like an exciting project!

    Unfortunately I limit the usage of all of my content, such as it is, to strictly non-commercial use with appropriate attribution. More specifically with respect to this image I'd like to reserve the flexibility to be able to possibly use it for my own personal branding, if and when I pursue a coffee-related enterprise.

    But best of luck with your enterprise!

  14. Luca L' Espresso 45 months ago | reply

    Thank you ! We will respect your art. Please do delight us with more incredible images of coffee, there is so little beauty on the web...grazie and Viva espresso
    ciao
    Luca

  15. comeva2kr 41 months ago | reply

    i really really love this coffee bean photo.
    perfect circle with great colour....
    could i please get your permission to use it on my advertising brochure???^__________^
    i just started small business for paying the tuition so...
    can i ? please~? ^____________________________^

  16. cgfan 41 months ago | reply

    comeva2kr - Thank you for the kind words on what is my favorite image as well. Unfortunately I must stay with the CC licensing requirements as stated on this page. I hope you understand, and I wish you the best with your commercial enterprise.

  17. comeva2kr 41 months ago | reply

    its ok.
    thanks for your comment .
    whatever i really like this photo.

  18. JiLLa ZiLLa 40 months ago | reply

    I love this idea- it's beautiful too, and rich in color.

  19. Martins_Bilder 35 months ago | reply

    Congratulations cgfan!

    This image was voted top 5% in group PhotoVotr by PhotoVotr users.

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