Author Topic: What's caffeinating you today?  (Read 72312 times)

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #675 on: December 15, 2019, 09:58:15 am »
Single basket?

Notoriously harder than using a double and IME much more prone to channelling (where water takes path of least resistance and pisses though without extracting resulting in bitter weak taste). Tamping technique vital.

But, youd have to tell me exactly what you are doing (weight of coffee to weight of drink) and what you mean when you say "isnt as good"

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #676 on: December 15, 2019, 12:06:58 pm »
Yes, single basket. Using a grind that works well in the double, tried 6g (too little) 7 (best but still "thin") and 8 (better than 6, not as good as 7, bitterness coming in). Tamping, I try to even the pile then tamp down (with the supplied plastic tamper) and pushing harder, moving around to the edges.

I wonder what happens if I put a single dose in the double basket.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #677 on: December 15, 2019, 12:45:22 pm »
Plastic tamper, you say?

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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #678 on: December 15, 2019, 12:47:51 pm »
 ;) Get a proper tamper. They arent expensive.

One possible avenue to try is to grind much finer and tamp lighter. By lighter, I mean holder the tamper mid-air and pressing the basket into it, rather than the other way round.

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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #679 on: December 18, 2019, 06:29:16 pm »

Ooh a Rancilio. Is it a Silvia?  If it is, I can impart some suggestions which will save much faffage and annoyance...

Does that include getting a decent single espresso? Struggling with that, don't use it much but I've tried four times this morning after trying for real last night after a meal and can't say that any was as good as the doubles I normally do.

Coffee Compass is the source of my Cuban Serrano. It has disappeared from their online shop, amusingly (? possibly more sinister than that) Paypal as an USAnian co objects !!1! to cuban trade even if it isn't headed usa-wards so you have to phone them direct, if you want it,  and use the SEEKRIT password - "here's my credit card" works.

MacBeans in Furry Boot Toon  have a Serrano Superior which costs £9.10 for 250g including shipping. I've no idea if that's relatively expensive or not!

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #680 on: December 19, 2019, 03:19:06 pm »
Rapha have got a Hario V60 on their site now. Same price as the regular one from Hario

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #681 on: December 19, 2019, 03:41:12 pm »
The word 'Rapha' on the device wont make the coffee taste any different.

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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #682 on: December 19, 2019, 03:54:30 pm »
It will if the coffee has been filtered through pre-worn Rapha-branded cycling shorts.
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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #683 on: December 19, 2019, 03:59:24 pm »
Its the glacial Rapha water that has passed through the sacred rock of the Stelvio, taking out with it some of the essence of the spirit of cycling. The suffering, the pain...

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #684 on: December 20, 2019, 03:17:52 pm »
surely only water (unfiltered)that passed under the wheels of Bartali and Coppi could be suitable. Or volcanic water from Puy-de-Dome when Anquetil and Poulidor rode mano a mano.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #685 on: December 20, 2019, 04:43:18 pm »
No idea but its nice. I bought five 250gm pouches from a Leeds roastery that was at Malton Food Festival a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately the bean type was on business card sized labels clipped to the packet with a paper-clip. Of course by the time I got home they had all fallen off. So random it is until they are gone.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #686 on: January 12, 2020, 07:49:56 am »
Today? Just Not Turkish Coffee*. After a week of it, my conclusion: it's fascinating you can make a drink like that, good on yer. But, why bother?

I found a possible explanation for the consistency on a label
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* Actually, Coffee Compass Moka Italia blend, seeing as how you asked.

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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #687 on: January 12, 2020, 08:13:32 am »
So. Proper builder's coffee then?
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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #688 on: January 12, 2020, 09:27:22 am »
Reminds me of a joke that ended "their windaes fell oot".

Anent tamping, mentioned a month ago, looking for tampers on Amazon France is fun: they're often billed as sabotages.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #689 on: May 17, 2020, 11:39:34 am »
I'm at the end of my last order from Coffee Compass, so decided to support my local roaster instead.  https://92degrees.coffee    I had some of their Yellow Bourbon a couple of months back & it was lovely. 
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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #690 on: May 17, 2020, 12:59:26 pm »
I've been drinking Dark Peak from Smith St. a local roaster.

I make cold brew and mix with chocolate Oatly which is delicious to take to work or on a longer ride.

Hot I drink black made with an Aeropress, it's a really nice brew.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #691 on: May 20, 2020, 11:33:00 am »
Got a cheap Sage DTP (thermocoil with PID) and a load of stuff from Rave at the beginning of lockdown, then a load more from Foundry in Sheffield. Grinding with a MC2.

From Rave
Colombia El Carmen (Suarez Project) < got as a safe bet to dial in the espresso machine.
Brazil Zona de Varginha < delicious in espresso
Guatemala Bosques de San Francisco < working in the espresso and the v60
El Salvador Los Pirineos Pacamara < floral, fruity - amazing for pourover

From Foundry
DAMBI UDO, GUJI - massive pineapple and blueberry flavour. More fruity than the tinned strawberry finca limoncello I usually get from Hasbean. Only for V60.
El Jardin Colombia - mostly caramel, bit of plum. Boring in the pourover, great in the machine.
No 9. - Foundry's espresso roast version of El Jardin. Hard to screw up in the machine. Really forgiving in terms of grind / tamp. Whether it rushed out in 20s or got close to choking the machine, as long as I got 36g out for 18g in, it was delicious. On my second kilo.

Mostly drink espresso and pourover, but practising latte art in case the unis go bust and I need another job. Really inconsistent, but texture is always good. Need more practice.


Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #692 on: May 20, 2020, 11:51:42 am »
Bog standard Lavazza Red in the filter machine this morning. Next up though is some single origin Ethiopian  roasted by our local Malton coffee emporium Roost.

https://www.roostcoffee.co.uk/shop/ethiopia-shalaitu/

They do mail order as well as having a small shop / cafe (not very long opening hours and closed some days so check the times before you visit once the lock down is over).
Great coffee at reasonable prices.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #693 on: May 20, 2020, 02:32:51 pm »
I've run out of commercial Italian bar coffee, which I like for its neutrality as espresso. Back on the Coffee Compass Jampit. Oh my god, I've missed that deep leathery fug seeping through the creamy steamed milk. 

Used to drink Rave (know the owners quite well) until they changed their roasting machine to one more suited to light roasts, and it just didn't do it for me.  Haven't found anything to beat CC for value for money yet.

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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #694 on: May 21, 2020, 12:55:04 am »
Haven't found anything to beat CC for value for money yet.

Thanks for the tip.

Value for money is a big uptick at the moment with the amount of coffee I'm getting through while WFH. I'm mostly chugging my way through Aldi specials - definitely a case of quantity over quality, but it's palatable enough in the Chemex. I did treat myself to something nice from Hasbean (the Philter blend) to fill out the order when I bought some new filters, but that feels like a lifetime ago.
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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #695 on: May 21, 2020, 06:55:03 pm »
Haven't found anything to beat CC for value for money yet.

Thanks for the tip.

Value for money is a big uptick at the moment with the amount of coffee I'm getting through while WFH. I'm mostly chugging my way through Aldi specials - definitely a case of quantity over quality, but it's palatable enough in the Chemex. I did treat myself to something nice from Hasbean (the Philter blend) to fill out the order when I bought some new filters, but that feels like a lifetime ago.

Keep a lookout at Lidl too. Their normal coffees are a bit crap but every so often they have kilo bags of 100% aribica Italian blend beans roasted in Italy. Those are OK and cheap.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #696 on: May 22, 2020, 10:17:19 am »
Maxicoffee's Italian blend again: unspecified Brazilian, Ethiopian, Congo, plus 20% Cherry.  Our local roaster does something similar but he uses Viet robusta and the result is vile.

Never tried any Congolese coffee. I used to get a red bourbon from Burundi that was good, I'd imagine something similar.
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Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #697 on: May 26, 2020, 02:17:14 pm »
Back on Rave Colombia El Carmen, at £20 a kilo, as my local roaster is sold out of espresso beans for 3 weeks. We're getting through a kilo a week WFH. I've seen Coffee Compass recommended on coffee forums UK. I see they are doing mystery coffee of £14 a kilo. That's a useful saving.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #698 on: May 26, 2020, 02:44:45 pm »
I see they are doing mystery coffee of £14 a kilo. That's a useful saving.

If you like a rich dark roast, it's rather good, too. I've tended to gravitate to grading coffee according to how long I enjoy it after I've finished drinking it, and it's fair for that, too.

Re: What's caffeinating you today?
« Reply #699 on: May 31, 2020, 08:29:46 am »
Today, I am sipping the flavour of the harvest of virgins. Not just virgins, but virgins that have undergone a selection process followed by 25 years of training under zen masters, while absorbing the combined works of Plutarch, Pythagoros and Plato and at the same time achieving grand master status on an instrument of their choice (it wasn't all hard work)

AKA Brazil Ipanema Fazenda Rio Verde Grano Segreto Premier Cru Gold Edition A40 Wine Red Acaia

(From CC)

Is it any good? Yes, definitely. Would I say it was "better" than other favourite coffees, like the Cuban Serrano? probably not, although it is a very fine coffee indeed. Worth a punt, for sure.


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