"Ray...do you freeze just right before you grind.
Usually, that's my scheme, Dean. Just a quick visit to the cold to harden
the surface of bean. Hard surface beans tend to shatter in the grinder
rather than tearing like a sheet of paper. BTW- last time I had a GI Party
on the grinder, the burrs were unbelievably sharp when I touched them.
I was a little worried the wheat I ground might have taken the edge off.
NOT! So my leather strop is not so urgent- neither the leather belt on a
small air grinder, nor the straight leather tongue working like a vibratory
"Or, do you keep frozen after you roast until you use the beans?
Some beans/ roast levels really blossom with controlled aging. The Brazil
Cerrado S-D Moreninha Formosa at FC is not one of those, I think. Time
pretty much stops when the beans are totally frozen, and the Brazil CS-DMF
is great for that
"Why do you separate the shots? For convenience or freezing purposes?
Both- I can boil water, but I know better than to attempt simultaneous
operations like boil/ measure/ press flat/ freeze/ grind...
I measure the beans into the PF basket, then into the ZipLok to press flat,
seal and into the freezer awaiting grinding (AWG). Maybe 5 minutes cold,
maybe two days- time stops.
"Quite a bit of work...what kind of difference have you noticed?"
was a waste of equipment and beans. Couldn't be any good.
But everybody raved over their espresso. I had to try for myself. I'd try my
best to do it right and expose the evil drink. It started out better than
shop Gunk and got better.
Then miKe sent me some Kona roast. A melange, and the Maestro + was doing
things I didn't like to the beans. The used Mazzer and new burrs were
adequate for miKe's fine beans. But what a difference the adjustability and
precision made to all the other brewing methods.
Admitted, the Mazzer Major is the best grinder I have, but there are
certainly mods that can be done. Suffice it to say that the improvement
realized from just a single equipment change, no matter that it has the
looks, size and weight of a fire hydrant,
It forces one to wonder just what else could be done to attain more flavor.
The grinder is too easy. It's almost like cheating. Maybe I am paranoid and
do too much work, but I'll never know if I don't try everything I can
imagine. Can't simplify something if I haven't tried it before.
I wasn't born with knowledge of anything, just two eyes, ears and hands. How
could one be conservative if he hasn't known extravagance? From empirical
observations during youth, I do know the general composition of, and eschew
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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