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  1. Swan got it in the neck.. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  2. Try freezing the beans and grinding a dose frozen. Buys you an extra 5sec. I managed to move from 0 to 0.1 Funnily enough that 0.1 makes a huge difference to taste. Equally 0.2 was too acidic. 18->41 worked best for me. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  3. Quite a few v60s later and yet to have one as tasty as my very first one. Always stick to same ratio of 13.5->225. I did have some sweet plummy ones at the higher TDS range of 1.38 with dry bed at 3:00 but the strawberry tasting ones were more round 1.26 with dry bed at 2:20 and 2 pours. The in between ones tasted grassy and with a faint hint of errrr cannabis 😕 Espresso wise I was on 0 on the ek43 to get 18->40 in around 22sec so I updosed to 18.5 and 19 to slow it down a touch. Flavours were definitely unbalanced. I then freezed airtight doses which tends to give me 5 more seconds, most likely from the different fracturing of the frozen beans giving me more fines. Always a good trick that I picked up from https://robdoescoffee.com/2017/03/22/in-pursuit-of-lazy-repeatable-ek43-gloop/ Ratio of 18->40 and setting 0 was now giving me some dryness and sourness and 0.2 unbalanced acidity. Settled for 0.1 and had a couple of lovely shots at 18->41 (TDS 8.35%, EY 19.70%). Fruity, mainly cherries/blueberries/strawberries but hasn't been easy to repeat. Very narrow window for me. I still want to stick with my initial guess but the grind is really putting me off and feel it's a roasting peculiarity. Having said that it tasted quite similar to an El Salvador Roberto Ulloa batch brew I had from Caravan. . Thanks @Hairy_Hogg !
  4. Different story for espresso though :0 Ek setting 0 and still running bit too fast. 18->40 19 sec. The 14 second one was like lemon juice, the 19 sec was better but still not there. Might have to updose to slow it down a smidge. Ethiopians don't tend to need that fine a grind so either it's roasting dependent or more likely explanation, this is not Ethiopian at all and instead a central/South America bean. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  5. Wow! Might as well have opened a bag of cherries when I stuck my nose in my beautifully roasted bag The bean is dense and looks like natural process to me. First brew by v60 13.5->225 and with single pour after bloom it brewed in 2:07. TDS 1.26 EY 19.47%. Colombian on same setting I just made before brewed at 2:25, TDs 1.31. Will go finer next but then I tasted this one, smell was unmistakable strawberry and raspberry funk. Taste was strawberry ice cream! I was sent a bag of Rocko natural, dunno about you guys This is AMAZING! Thank you Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  6. I only live up the road from them but no delivery today Hoping it arrives tomorrow, although I did get a backup bag from Bonanza roasters today to see me through the resting period.
  7. I know we don't know eachother well enough yet, but I like your knob! Is that a Titus job? Welcome Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  8. 45 min layover at Berlin Hauptbahnhof on the way to Leipzig so thought I'd sprint to closest decent coffee shop. Found these guys. On Ek43s #0.9, 18g-60g 29sec 22.1% EY and you get a lovely sweet and balanced shot with considerable mouthfeel. Any faster and despite higher EY it changed to mouth puckering tart with papery texture. Also it doesn't favour shorter shots, tasted unbalanced, unless perhaps I compensate by hugely increasing contact time. I might have a single dose left to either try this and get more gloop or maybe go bit finer and keep yield at 60g. Hard decision.. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you! I think he wants to make coasters out of them by embedding them in resin, or something along those lines. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  10. Hey, unfortunately not yet. My friend is still after some if you have any you are looking to part with. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  11. Landrace bakery next to Picnic are good too! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  12. Think RRP is £120. Looks like still sealed https://marketplace.unitedbaristas.com/en/listings/815562?ref=weeklymail Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  13. Add is for sanremo but that's actually a peak. If you're close enough and it's the peak pictures then you're laughing!! https://marketplace.unitedbaristas.com/en/listings/811658-sanremo-sr50 Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  14. Actually that was pretty close to the one that tasted best here. 18->55 22s on EK (1.5 on dial). LR kept at 3.5 bar PI. Today admittedly at the same setting, same ratio it flowed through in 18s so maybe those extra 3sec are critical.
  15. Content that I had finally nailed the recipe last night at about 1am, I tried again excitedly this morning and was back to unbalanced with sour and bitter coming through. I might give up on this as espresso and just stick to french press.
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