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Urban Grind - Ethiopia (Kalita Wave)
BEAN SPECS: Roaster: Urban Grind Coffee: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Type: Single Origin Origin: Ethiopia Region: Yirgacheffe Processing: Natural Altitude: 1700 - 1820 MASL Flavours: chocolate, blueberry, orange EXTRACTION SPECS: Extraction Type: Kalita Wave 185 Ratio: 1:15.6 Dosage: 25g to 390g water Temp: 201 F Brew Time: 3:30 to 3:40 POUR TIMELINE: Pour: 0:00 - 0:15 - Amount: to 65g Pour: 0:30 - 0:45 - Amount: to 130g Pour: 1:00 - 1:15 - Amount: to 195g Pour: 1:30 - 1:45 - Amount: to 260g *Swirl* Pour: 2:00 - 2:15 - Amount: to 325g *Swirl* Pour: 2:30 - 2:45 - Amount: to 390g *Swirl* TEST RESULTS: This roast is one of my long time favourites for espresso, and I've posted quite a few bottomless extraction videos with this coffee. It is also one of my favourite coffees to drink as a pour over. Lately I've been experimenting with various pour over methods and recipes to figure out which one best suits this specific coffee. So far this method has given me the best results for this coffee. It brings out an incredible juicy blueberry flavour, and just the perfect amount of citrus orange acidity.
Urban Grind - Giveaway
Urban Grind Roasters is giving away a free bag of coffee (your choice!) and a free French Press coffee maker!! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Urban Grind's coffee! They have a ton of amazing options. Below I'll list a few of my favourites. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe A low acidity natural process coffee with a medium to full body of chocolate, blueberry and orange that lingers on the finish. Altitude: 1700-1820 MASL Process: Washed, Natural Flavor notes: Chocolate - Blueberry - Citrus Fruit This is my all time favorite coffee at Urban Grind. It's amazing as an espresso, Chemex, V60, Kalita, and French Press. Incredible blueberry flavor that is really juicy! Brazil Carmo De Minas A honey processed yellow bourbon, this full bodied coffee fills the mouth with dark chocolate, a honey-like sweetness and a floral finish. Region: Carmo De Minas Altitude: 900-1200 MASL Process: Honey Flavour notes: Honey like sweetness - Floral Finish Size: 12 oz bag This is the best single origin classic Italian style espresso that I've ever had! It has that classic chocolate base with a great roasted hazelnut flavor. If you like stronger darker roasts for pour overs, then this is perfect for you. It also has that classic French Roast taste that is killer in a French Press. Honduras Finca Las Flores This coffee is mellow and citric with toffee, almond peanut and lemon flavors. Altitude: 1300-1500 MSAL Process: Natural Flavour notes: Chocolate Raisin (or Plum), Lemon Lime, almond peanut Size: 12 oz bag This is the newest coffee from Urban Grind. Brad their roaster really did an amazing job on this one! It is extremely aromatic and is very versatile. All around impressive from espresso to french press to a pour over. It is quickly becoming my go to coffee.
Urban Grind - Honduras
BEAN SPECS: Roaster: Urban Grind Roasters Coffee: Honduras Type: Single Origin Origin: Marcala Farm: Finca Las Flores Farmer: Gerardo Penalva Varieties: Bourbon Processing: Natural Altitude: 1300 - 1500 MSAL Flavours: Chocolate Raisin, Lemon-Lime, Caramelized Sugar, Toffee, Peanut EXTRACTION SPECS: Basket: 18g IMS Competition Weight In: 19 grams Weight Out: 36 grams Temp: 201F Extraction Time: 30 sec TEST RESULTS: I gotta say, Brad at Urban Grind's is killing it! This new Single Origin is extremely addictive! I went through the first bag so fast that I didn't take any photos or video. I had to go back and pick up a second bag so I could document it properly. This coffee is loaded with the taste of chocolate covered raisins. It completely reminds me of Raisinets candy. In addition it has extremely complex and subtle notes of lemon lime, and a slight nutty peanut taste. The finish ends with a combination of sweet brown sugar and English toffee. They're really outdone themselves with this one!
Huckleberry Roasters - Blue Orchid
BLEND SPECS: Roaster: Huckleberry Roasters Coffee: Blue Orchid Type: Blend Origin: Brazil and Ethiopia Processing: Natural, Washed Flavours: Chocolate, Caramel, Walnut EXTRACTION SPECS: Basket: 18g IMS Competition Weight In: 20 grams Weight Out: 33 grams Temp: 198F Extraction Time: 30 sec TEST RESULTS: You've most likely heard me mention before that I love really nutty coffees. Blue Orchid is an explosion of roasted nutty goodness! Whereas most nutty coffees either have a hazelnut or almond taste, Blue Orchid switched it up with an undeniable walnut flavour that uniquely differentiates itself from the masses. It has a bold dark chocolate base with a drizzle of sweet caramel that balances out the taste of warm toasted walnuts. This coffee simply incredible anyway you choose to drink it!
Zab Cafe - Brewmance
BLEND SPECS: Roaster: Zab Cafe Roast: Brewmance Type: Blend Origin: Brazil and Ethiopia Varieties: Red Catuai, Heirloom Processing: Natural Pulled, Natural Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Caramel, Almonds, Blueberries BEAN SPECS: BRAZIL Origin: Carmo de ParanaÍba Region: Cerrado Mineiro State: Minas Gerais Producer: Lúcio Godim Velloso Farm: Onze Mil Virgens Variety: Red catuai Process: Natural pulped Altitude: 1135 m Partners: Crop to Cup, Aequitas Quality Score: 85 Volume Purcahsed: 19,600 kg FOB: $1.95 Relationship: 1 year BEAN SPECS: ETHOPIA Origin: Woreda de Kercha, Guji Ouest Province: Oromia Producers: 782 small-scale producers Station: Banko Michicha Variety: Heirloom Process: Natural Altitude: 1900-2030 m Partner: Crop to Cup Quality Score: 86 Volume Purchased: 4,320 kg FOB: $ 2.35 Relationship: 1 year TEST RESULTS: The best of both worlds! I really love the balance and contrast that this coffee has, and honestly most of my favorite coffees seem to have a similar blend. The Brazilian coffee brings a nostalgic classic espresso taste that I will always love and enjoy. It has those deep and naturally sweet chocolate notes with a warm roasted nutty taste. The Ethiopian coffee brings with it all the greatness that new school coffees have to offer. Bright crisp fruity notes bursting with acidity and complexity. This specific Ethiopian has a super punchy blueberry flavor that is full, well rounded, and crazy juicy. Both of these coffees I'm sure are incredible on their own, but something truly magical happens when they are married together. The age old saying that opposites attract is perfectly applicable for this wonderful love affair. Zab completely hit the nail on the head with this pairing, and I cannot seem to drink enough of it. As far as styles and preferences go, it's like this coffee was made specifically for me. Obviously it's perfect for any kind of espresso based drink that you can think of, but it's equally as impressive as a pour over. I think I finished this entire bag in a matter of 3 days!
Cafe Lantgerne - El Anono
GENERAL INFO: Roaster: Cafe Lanterne Roast: El Anono BEAN SPECS: Type: Single Origin Country : El Salvador Region : La Montanita, La Palma, Chalatenango Variety: Pacas Altitude : 1350m Process : Natural Aromatic profile : Ripe cherry, cranberry, clementine TEST RESULTS: The very first thing that comes to mind when I smelled this coffee was..."Crave the Wave, Ocean Spray!" This is a straight fruit bomb, or more accurately a fruit tsunami! Just like Hawaiian Punch it hits you right in the mouth. The first sip blasts you with a strong CranRazz flavor. It's perfectly crisp, tart, and refreshing with just the right amount of acidity. Intense sweetness rolls in quickly following the CranRazz taste. It's a kaleidoscope of changing fruit flavors that starts with a wild cherry, then it shifts into a clementine, and finally melts into a juicy peach flavor. It's incredibly juicy, and keeps you coming back sip after sip after sip. A wonderful fruity experience! I also very much enjoyed it as a V60 pour over as well!
Rabbit Hole Roasters - LAFU
BEAN SPECS: Roaster: Rabbit Hole Roasters Roast Name: LAFU Type: Single Origin Country: China Province: Yunnan Region: Menglien Altitude: 1600 masl Varieties: Catimor Process: Washed Tasting Notes: Almond, Butter, Citrus EXTRACTION SPECS: Basket: 18g VST Weight In: 18 grams Weight Out: 36 grams Temp: 200F TEST RESULTS: This is my first time testing a coffee from China, so I was very interested to see how it tasted. I have heard nothing but amazing reviews coming from everyone who has tried Rabbit Hole Roasters, including my buddy @mtlespressolove who was kind enough to send me this coffee to test. As soon as I opened the bag an intense smell of almonds wafted in my face. I love nutty tasting coffees, so this instantly peaked my interest. I decided to use a VST filter basket to intensify the acidity, and brighter notes. Upon filling my filter basket with fresh grounds, notes of almond, citrus, and a light cherry scent began to fill the room. By the time I finished pulling a shot I was extremely eager to taste it. I stirred my freshly extracted espresso, and breathed in deeply, fully taking in the smell. The aromatics are off the charts!
Work Flow & Extraction
Espresso Machine: Breville Dual Boiler 920XL (Slayer Mod) Grinder: Niche Zero (NFC Disk Mod) Scale : Acaia Lunar (Drip Tray Mod) WDT Tool # 1: Londinium WDT Tool # 2: Key Cap Puller Leveler: Saint Arc / AlSainte 58.5mm Tamper: The Force Tamper 58.5mm Flat Coffee: Urban Grind Roasters - Brazil Carmo De Minas