Well, took advantage of the down time to get some serious roasting and
stash reduction done. Mostly I roasted up some of the Storybook beans
and some Indian coffees that I wasn't enjoying anymore, but people I
knew really liked drinking. And I roasted up some of the great Ismaili
Yemen I have and some SM stuff like the Java Prince. Gave away several
pounds to to grateful people. Unfortunately, I don't think I have
converted any of them to roasting their own. Just to only drinking
good coffee. Baby steps. Baby steps. It took me several years to
completely make the plunge.
I discovered why I got the Faema dirt cheap, besides the weird 220
plug. It is very, very noisy. But it is nice to be able to pull and
froth 12 drinks in less than 5 minutes for house guests. The flo-jet,
which Mike K recommended, is working perfectly. My machine goes
through a lot of water, so I try and keep an extra 5 gallon jug filled
and ready to swap out. I'm back flushing like crazy, until my hands
are well enough to use an allen wrench and remove the group head
screen for a more through cleaning.
Finally pulled some decent shots on the Faema. Got my tamping
technique down. But once I no longer have to tamp with my pinkie
jutting out,; I'll have to re-develop my method. Most of my shots
looked like Guinness with a nice reddish crema, that almost was the
entire shot, with a slight blonde top. My time is pretty good, but
wildly varies from between 17-25 seconds per shot. I am still playing
with getting the grinder just right and go back and forth adjusting
the grind. My brother brought me a pound of Hairbender to play with
until my William Boot inspired, four bean, fruity, chocolaty, easy to
roast-only 2 different roast levels- espresso (this really needs a
better name) blend ages.
Tonight I'll be through the Stumptown roast, so I'll try my 10
day aged Harar that I have sitting around.for some SO shots. The SM
skunk cups that I ordered, are sitting on top of my machine, 6
espresso and 6 proper cappo cups with saucers. My former roomie, say
the SM skunk sorta reminds him of the old Sweet Simon Trucking logo.
He's a milk baby, so I guess I'll pick up a few 16 oz pint pub glasses
for his lattes and I can also use them for iced depth charges and
freddos. I'm still looking for a heavy 8oz cup for either drip or how
I like lattes- 2 shots in a 8oz cup.
Drove myself to the doctor and was told I can now drive. I still
have to wear a finger guard, and hopefully next week my finger will be
healed enough that I can just waer a bandaid.
To answer some of the comments:
No, I cut myself with a cheap lousy knife cutting a freezer burned
green pepper during the height of fresh pepper season! I should have
refused to cut whole green peppers that were frozen whole. I'm lucky I
didn't lose the entire tip of my finger. And take care of yourself
Leo, a broken finger is a lot more serious than my injury (more of an
annoyance than anything) and will take longer to mend.
W- Stumptown roast has been helping me hone in the proper grind. I am
familiar enough with their blend to know if I am capturing it with my
tamp and pulls. Unfortunately, it's 25 miles to my local shops, so
last week I was my own local shop.
Mike - Anything I can bring to the get together? I have roasted and
rested a 10 day Harar that smells of blueberries and apricots. I have
about 4-5 oz left. I have 8 0z each of Yemen Ismaili and the Java
Prince Tom offered . I roasted these in the genecafe. Last time I
roasted these in the Iroast and the blend tasted like bacon. This
time, it is a more traditional Mocca Java taste when blended. And I
have some blends - my basic espresso and a breakfast blend that I
think would be way too boring as an espresso. I also have some Yemen
and Ethiopian chaff teas. I don't know if I can bake anything, but I
could grab some of Blue Gardenia's incredible baked goods or some
Voodoo Donuts on the way or something else. But if someone stops by
and I can borrow their hand, I could try out your incredible biscotti
recipe and use my fresh lavender and mint with a little lemon zest
(pecans? almonds?) or dried cranberries and orange zest (pumpkin might
be good too)
This is getting way too long. :) And my hand is killing me.