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How do you like the Lido?
At Barrington, watch for their offerings from Ninety Plus. They do an excellent job with them. At work, I have a Hario hand grinder that has the dodgiest mod ever: a piece of Scotch tape wrapped around the central shaft so that the burrs fit more tightly around it and don't wobble as much. Keeping with the theme, I do a modified immersion brew here. At home, I use a Baratza Encore along with the Aeropress. Nothing too exotic. The Breville that Socratic Coffee tested has...
I just received this: https://barringtoncoffee.com/shop/hambela-2/ and it is excellent, and unusual for such a lightly roasted washed coffee. It has a big creamy body, and absolutely no harsh acidic taste at all, even when brewed through an Aeropress which tends to highlight the acid notes of a coffee. Every other light roast I've tried has had a prominent acid note in their profile, which only works when balanced against some things. That's the thing that turns me off the...
My local Peet's fills my beans from the silver bags that they get the beans shipped in. Sometimes they'll fill from the bin if I get one of their regular offerings, but those aren't very full. Other than dust, I'm not really sure there's anything wrong with leaving the beans out in the open. Not sure what UV is going to do to coffee beans, especially after going through plate glass.
Just saw that Coffee Review gave a 92 to Trader Joe's Kenya AA Medium Roast (under $10/lbs), and 90 to a McCafe Colombian (yes, it's McDonald's coffee, around $11/lbs.). Now I'm curious.
If you're looking at bigger hand grinders, then you may as well toss the Comandante in as well: http://www.comandantegrinder.com/ Does anyone follow Socratic Coffee on Instagram? He tested the Comandante recently, but the most surprising thing was the Breville powered grinder which had the sharpest peak for its grind size even compared to professional stuff. A Ditting came closest to it, I think.
Awesome. Thanks for the links! Their Fundamentals page is mildly snarky in a funny way.For portable grinders, the Porlex or Hario work well. The Porlex will even fit into the Aeropress for storage. It's about 140 turns of the crank for me on the Hario to grind 15 grams of beans: it's not that much work.
A friend invited me over to try two coffees he got recently: Barrington's roast of Kemgin, from Ethiopia, and the La Colombe Ironman III Gesha. Both were ground in an Encore, and brewed in an Espro press with fairly standard parameters, and both were interesting though I would not really want to drink the Gesha again. The Kemgin is from Ninety Plus, and that's an example of fantastic selection and growing of a bean that outclasses its peers and namebrand varietals (like...
If you've had a really excellent washed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, you're not missing much from a Gesha. I think of Geshas as washed Yirgs turned up to 11, but that's only for a really good Gesha. A few years ago, Verve had a $80ish/lbs Gesha that tasted like lemon juice, which is not a good thing incidentally. They're super-trendy right now: when I was at Blue Bottle's Mint Plaza store last month, you could almost not order something with Gesha in it. It's a pretty stupid...
I use 225g water and 15g coffee, upside down, 1 minute steep with pretty aggressive stirring initially and water temp is as close to boiling as I can get it. Grind size is the 12 setting on a Baratza Encore, which is like a paper filter grind, I think. The slightly pressurized Aeropress extraction will highlight the acidic notes of the coffee compared to a French press, but the pressurization is very low and nowhere near what an espresso machine does. The stirring and high...
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