As always after hosting a Gathering various bags-o-beans are found here and there left behind. None get wasted to be sure! (vac sealed and frozen to keep 'em fresh longer don't you know:-) Anyway, one bag is totally anonymous. A lined brown paper coffee bag, nada written on it! Nice city plus to light full city roast of who knows what. Man trying to guess will be majorly sticking my neck out! Made us after brunch Americanos with it, very smooth complex balanced cup. Definitely not wild African or earthy Indonesian or delicate Central predominated here! (dry smell told me that anyway) Only roasted one batch of the yellow bourbon Brazil so far but me thinks it's a major component, could this be Mike (just plain's) espresso blend of 50% Yellow Bourbon, 25% Horse 30, 15% Monsooned Elephant & 10% Aged Sumatra? Or am I way off base and it's totally something else. Somebody fess up!-) Whatever it is from the taste of the just finished Americano I've got to pull a ristretto of this stuff! Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
Tell me what you think of the ristretto and I'll give you a hint. Just Plain, Anonymous
"Blew" the first ristretto attempt. Pulled at 201f and stopped the shot 30sec about 1.25oz, obviously pulled too fast for a really good tight ristretto. Tasted pretty darn good though regardless, maybe just a tad bright and not as smooth or sweet as I thought it could be so I sinked it! (Not that it was even close to a bad shot, but after yesterday wasn't up a bunch of shots:-) So tightened the grind, followed your advice and pulled a tad cooler 200f and nailed a simply gorgeous 1oz 42sec ristretto. Outstanding. Superb. As good as the best yesterday. A Godshot? Naw, I don't declare them but very rarely and already declared one this year, however a definite Chorus of Angels shot at the minimum! And in truth not quite sure how or if it could have been better! Better than ristrettos from my Summer Jam Blend or Alchemist's Triple Ethiopian blend? Not really, just equally phenomenally outstanding each in their own slightly different ways:-) And still a bit surprised such a light roast wants such a relatively low temp pulled ristretto to really sing...and man does it sing. Such a great linger as I type. Now back to continuing post host clean up duties:-) Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. <Snip>
I pulled a one and a half ounce triple LM basket ristretto of Plain Mike's brown bag blend this AM at 201 degrees. 8 sec preinfusion with a 30 second pull. A very very very good blend. Equal to but as Mike McKoffee said, different than the other blends yesterday. Plain Mike you have a winner! Les On 9/3/06, miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>