an espresso lover's blog

Friday, January 21, 2005

I took the day off last wednesday and got time to do some stuff that I normally never have time for, like stopping by Temperato (dealer), shooting pictures, drinking some nice coffee at Stockfleths etc. It was really nice to talk to Alexander again. When I was unemployed I stopped by quite frequently. Now I seldom get the opportunity since they close at around 3pm. We sampled some shots of "Ottolina Z" and discussed photograpy. Another guy who is fascinated by both coffee and photography!

The Ottolina Z coffee is very demanding, but when it is fresh and the extraction is spot on it is very nice and sweet with hints of black currant. Nice coffee indeed. I also bought a bag of Ottolina Classica, a very popular espresso coffee among enthusiasts here in Norway. Yesterday evening I sampled it, but it didn't taste quite right, a bit bitter and with some tiger flecking that had become almost black streaking on the surface. Telltale signs that the brew temperature may be too high. I dialed it down to something like 1.0-1.15/1.20. Bingo! That did the trick. I was dancing and enjoying classica as good as the one Alexander makes in his shop. A double espresso, a double cappa and some single shots later I was pretty happy and buzzed on caffeine.

Bonus: meeting Tim at Stockfleth's Grensen and drinking a nice cup of Sumatra (french press..mmmm).

Next week: qualification rounds in Oslo for the norwegian barista championship. Looking forward to it.

Have a nice weekend!

1/21/2005 11:02:00 AM  

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