an espresso lover's blog

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

I've just had a super evening roasting coffee with my friend Anders Gulden Olstad. After visiting a really nice italian restaurant (and skipping their espresso..hehe), we went to my house and fired up the poppers.

Well, before that we sampled some espresso beans that I had roasted four days ago. It was a preblend of the ottolina classica, one of my favourite espressi. I think Anders likes it a lot too. I was not expecting that much since the last roast I did with it was not up to par compared to the original preroasted beans. They were just too dark. Probably because I used the old, more aggressive popper. With the new popper and its longer roasting time (8-9 mins for espresso) and better circulation, I really noticed a difference in both how the beans looked and the way the espresso tasted. Really good! Maybe a bit less body, but surprisingly close to the shots I make with the preroasted beans. I really liked that since I am in general a fan of underdogs performing well :). I mean, look at the picture of my modificed scarecrow popper below. Just 249 kroner and an illy can do an impressive roast! The capacity is larger too. Anders roasted some costa rican with it and got 130 grams of roasted beans with a normal load. That is close to 150g capacity!.

We roasted various beans and tried them as drip after a 30 min rest. The Ethiopia Sidamo was especially good. We could clearly smell and taste flowers when sampling it. The melange blend (50% light, 50% dark) of the mexican liquid ambar was interesting, but not as good as the sidamo (I didn't expect it either).

I had a great time and now I just hope the caffeine load won't keep me from getting some sleep tonight :).

Setting up the poppers and other stuff

Breathing in the popper exhaust and stirring tze beanz

Anders is happy with the result

Tze beanz

Classica double shot

Me steaming milk for Anders's cappa

Scarecrow popper

3/24/2004 10:30:00 PM  

Comments: Post a Comment

My e-mail

Blog highlights

NM 2005 pics #1
NM 2005 pics #2
Oslo qual 2004 pics
NM 2004 pics #1
NM 2004 pics #2
WBC 2004 pictures
Mocca bar pictures
Stockfleths move video
Stockfleths cupping
E2K review (16.05.2003)
SH roastery visit
Scarecrow popper

Superb espresso in Oslo

Stockfleth's Lille Grensen
Stockfleth's Tinghuset

Latte art links

Step by step rosetta
Milk texturing and pouring
Latte art 101
Milk texturing basics
Milk texturing and pre..
Luigi Lupi homepage
Luigi Lupi video, Trieste 2004
Temperato video
Artigiano video
Sammy video
My video
Steve Wong video
Benson Mirhan video
My E2K Jr microfoam video
Temperato article (norwegian)
CG Milk Frothing Guide
CG member examples
Dutch latte art championship

Please rate my blog

Very good
I guess it's ok
Completely boring
I hate it...and you too

Click a link to cast your vote

Various links

Tim Wendelboe
Temperato (dealer)
Kenneth Davids
Dutch Barista Guild
SCAE norway
Barista G. Board
Latest posts
WBC homepage
Nordic Barista Cup
Too Much Coffee
Stavanger Kaffebrenneri


Jimmy's blog
Malachi's blog
Fortune's blog
Alistair's blog
Bloggle: the coffee odyssey
The Blue Bottle Clown College
Tonx's blog
Audun's blog
Jeroen's blog

My latest photo
at Flickr

Powered by Blogger