I mentioned on a previous post that I visted seattle for a conference and checked out Vivace for the its fame. I was not at all impressed with the in house shot pulled by am inexperienced kid. However I bought both a pound of their house blend Dolce as well as a pound of greens so that I could compare.
The pound of roasted coffee was, as usual for me, way too dark at vienna which eclipsed any varietal taste. I got some earthy and woody background. The greens look as if they have either an aged bean or monsooned malabar (large, light and without chaff).
I decided to take a crack at the beans and roasted them in the behmor on P3 C 1/2 lb.. They hit first at 1:15 remaining at a very fast rate. I thought there would not be enough time (which has never happened to me) so I added one minute but I heard first go right into second without warning after 1:15 has passed...so I hit cool. Ultimately coasted 5 or more seconds into second.
Today, one day later, I pulled a very nice shot with mostly crema. Surprising. Although I still was in no way moved by any stand out tastes...the amount of crema and body was beyong anything I have evr had...like drinking cream. Kinda unbelievable.
I had no idea what was creating that cream effect...i have never gotten that with Sumatran or other heavy body coffee. I did a little google search and saw that it might have been Robusta. I'm not sure if I have ever had premium espresso with Robusta in the mix.
I'd like to know so that I can enhance my own blends using the killer beans I have from Tom. If that was a Robusta effect...perhaps I should get some of the Robusta Tom offers and try it out. I imagined a SO espresso as a light roasted yirgacheffe...which is amazing lemon but very thin body...with some of that Robusta added (if indeed that was the case). I could taste lemon cream pie...Yum.
Anyone have experience with the high quality robusta...or know what is responsible for the unbelievable body and crema in the dolce blend.
Dean De Crisce
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