Sunday I did a little comparison between some 9 day old Lot 30 that I
roasted in the iRoast1 and some 2 day old Lot 30 that I roasted in the
RK Drum. I realize that it is not quite fair comparing something that
is 9 days old to something that is 2 days old, but they are both vac
sealed in jars and aged Harar holds up for espresso better than many
other coffees. Just ask Ginny about the beans that she lost & found
last year. Anyway...
My first shot was the 9 day old roast from the iR1. My initial grind
was too fine and at 45 seconds Miss Venus had produced less than an
ounce. I drank it anyway rather than dump it. Not the best ristretto I
have ever had, but acceptable. I adjusted my grind, made sure my tamp
was firm and level then locked & loaded Venus again. Nice double -
smooth looking mouse tail - good color - nice crema. I waited a minute
before tasting. Bold blueberry overtone but not much mouthfeel. I
thought this might be due to tasting this right after the ristretto, so
I ate a couple crackers, rinsed my mouth with water and tasted it again.
The blueberry seemed more mellow, but that is all there was. It
wasn't bitter nor sour, just a nice taste of blueberry and nothing else.
A shot that I would be happy with, but nothing to write home about.
Ok.. more crackers and another mouth rinse.
I ground some of the drum roasted, 2 day old Lot 30. I anticipated this
might be still a little under-rested, but proceeded anyway. Beautiful
looking double. Photo quality. Nice aroma. The taste... a very mellow
taste of blueberry that quickly faded in my mouth and turned into
something best described as a lingering bitter-sweet to semi-sweet
chocolate. I have never tasted an espresso this good. Never, ever. It
was heavenly. In one shot I got over having overpaid for my Isomac
Venus last year. It was so good that I made another. I don't generally
use the words "God Shot" but if this wasn't, I don't know what is.
At suppertime I was still in a caffeine buzz. It is 4:30am and I am
still wide awake - but my e-mail backlog is gone!
Thanks Dr. Crema for encouraging me to use the RK Drum for smaller than
1# roasts. If you hadn't scolded me I would have never experienced the
espresso nirvana that I did Sunday with this Harar (but I would be sound
RK Drum Roasting in Chesapeake, VA