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Topic: No Sleep Harar Shot Comparison (3 msgs / 93 lines)
1) From: Jerry Procopio
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 
asleep).
JavaJerry
RK Drum Roasting in Chesapeake, VA

2) From: Les
Sorry Java Jerry, but it was worth it I bet!  I have been 6 days
without a good shot. I had to go to Olympia Washington for 3 days for
work and to Portland for the last 3 days to take my Autistic son to
OSHU Hospital for tests.  He has a rare Vascular problem.  The tests
seem to have brought more questions than answers at this point.  I did
have some very good brewed coffee at "The Original Pancake House." at
breakfast this morning.  Brown brought the new coffee from Tom, so now
even more choices to roast!
Les
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3) From: Jerry Procopio
Les,
  Of course it was worth it!  Shots like that are truly delightful.  I'm
also proud to say that, to a degree, I have been able to repeat Sunday's
shots every afternoon this week.  If Sunday's shots were a 10, the ones
since have been at least 9s. I love this Harar!
Sorry to hear about your son's condition.  My wife has Hepatitis-C and
is in an NIH study.  Every 3 months she has to have tests we always
dread waiting for the results.  Thankfully, she is otherwise healthy and
her liver is fully functional has not worsened for nearly four years now.
You and your family will certainly be in our prayers.
Jerry
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