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I'm hoping you lovely people will help me narrow down the kind of beans/roast that suit me best - or at least point me in the right direction of where to learn more. In the last month I've tried some house blends to try and get a feel for the roasters and my own preference: Union's Rogue: [They say: It's currently Ethiopian, light roast - Wutate Yayu Wild Forest. It has notes of light and very sweet, lemon, peach, coffee blossom and a caramel finish.] I love this. Both as espresso and in milk. I definitely get the caramel and something citrusy - nutty too. Rave signature: Medium Roast [They say - Sweet and well balanced with hints of nuts. Hints of citrus as it cools. Double Shot Flat White or Piccolo This is where Signature shines! Use whole milk and you will be rewarded with a smooth and full bodied coffee with caramel and chocolate undertones and a lingering aftertaste. If your extraction is good look out for the Almonds! Our Espresso Recipe using 20g VST- 20g in, 42g out in 25 to 30 seconds]. As espresso I’m finding this overpowering (both using their recipe and also trying to tweak for more sweetness, to no avail). It is, however, wonderful in milk - and longer drinks in general - both Americano and Aeropress. It’s possibly a little young - their 10 day recommended resting time for espresso is tomorrow, so that’s possibly playing a part. I’m not totally sure whether It’s just not to my taste as an espresso or whether my extraction isn’t getting the best from it, although the bottomless portafilter and VST basket are giving me all the right signals. I know this isn’t a great deal of info - but anyone know both these coffees well enough to be able to divine the kind of coffees that might blow my skirt up the most? Or have any tips on how to get more from the Rave? I’ve got some Yirg and the Union Los Lajones on the way… I guess that I’m worried I might just go around in circles without some help or direction. There’s probably a thread: ‘Beginner’s guide to beans’ right under my nose. Sorry if that’s the case. Just post a link before tutting and folding your arms/turning your backs!
Well I received four 250g bags yesterday from Rave and decided to try out the 'Signature Blend' even though it had only been roasted on 11th. I have been hooked on Fudge for a while but wanted to go for something else. Last time I did this was the Suarez - wasn't for me. I didn't really know how it would come out as not rested but surprised how tasty Excuse the art...not one of my best! Definately a tasty one for me, and 1st shot too 👍
Thought I'd post some pictures of my experience with this bean: Clumpy output from Sage Smart Grinder Pro on very fine setting 2 Tamper and 17g tamped grinds in a 17g VST - apparently the top of the MBK tamper should be level with the top of the basket with a 17g dose but it's a couple of mm lower. Espresso shot in cup - a clean cup, distribution (WDT) seems good. 1:2 ratio in 27s A bit of simple latte art to finish The puck had an impression of the shower screen so the grounds have expanded quite a bit after extraction. I reckon this bean needs to be ground very fine to get a "normal" 1:2 ratio - at least compared to Rave IJ which seems to be a similar roast. Any comments? Thanks Stuart