I have a $3k espresso maker, actually two. I love my coffee. I have at times had regular contact with great micro roasters in the area. I was a coffee snob.
But one day a few years back on business I found myself in the 8o'clock coffee HQ. Curious, I got a bag of French Roast on the way home. Must be fluke, I said to myself as it made unbelievably good coffee. So I got another. Different state, different batch... same taste. Double fluke I thought. Then a few more month and then some blind taste tests with my friends... clear winner: 8'O French Roast.
It's been years.
Drip, pressed or shot with hot water under high pressure... it's the 8'O French Roast for me.
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