[Homeroast] Espresso advice

Joseph Robertson theotherjo at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 10:28:24 CST 2010

I'm back on track with you. Sceduled maintaince, yes, I could use some of
that my self. I will never question another post of yours out loud here
untill I check the thread for interuptions like that.
And Frank A. it is only a matter of time till you wander off to another list
or learn how to speak RayO. As I have said before here it took me better
than a year to get "pretty" good at interpreting RayO's coffee talk. I can
almost speak it too. That might take some more time and home made spro
If RayO talked like the rest of us I would think he had succumbed to a fatal
condition brought on by spend too much time with the kids drinking *$'s
instant at one of the new stores. ;))))))))))
I can certify and stand behind the claim that if you had a chance to taste
one of the witches brews he describes in the post above you would never
question his form of lingo and coffee prose to explain his passion and
impatience for the next magic shot from his coffee laboratory.
I have tasted some mighty fine shots but few I'm sure come close to his work
with the black gold.
Enjoy the journey,

On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 2:17 AM, <raymanowen at gmail.com> wrote:

> "...I thought, that you at one point did like espresso.
> [Initially, I was forced to HATE the abominable drinks (Straight shots)
> served by genuine baristas at actual coffee shops. Some even told me They
> don't like straight shots-!-!-?-?]
> Holy Cow- my opinion matched theirs- their opinion and their shots...
> Now from your last two postings here I take it that you have never liked
> espresso and like it even less now...Or have I again completely have your
> post up side down and
> inside out?" [You know, the image on the retina of the eye is inverted by
> the simple lens...]
> I absolutely did not like the beverage as served by every genuine barista
> at
> actual coffee shops. I was ready to reverse my opinion, based on a shot
> pulled by my friend, Carol. Daz Bog is a local roaster- the stuff they
> delivered just wasn't fresh. Charlatans. I thought, "Damn! Espresso must
> just be a way to dispose of coffee beans unfit for consumption."
> Sorry, my post got truncated by some scheduled maintenance on the Box of
> 1's
> and 0's. At 0330hrs I'm supposed to be conducting an inspection of the
> inside of my eye lids or roasting. Way too cold last night, was Almost 32°
> F
> when I roasted 10 hours ago. Cooling/ stopping was a cinch!
> IMV FC+. Incredible at a relative 20 on the dial of the Mazzer. (Starting
> point for all new espresso) 20 means nothing, but the burr separation is
> 0.012". I brewed the second shot at 18, or 0.011"  At the first sip, my
> Celtic Critic said, "This is *Good,* still room for improvement-"
> I hope. The Mason jars were ice cold from the ultra-cooled beans, and the
> grounds out of the grinder made the PF basket cold without the normal trip
> through the freezer before grinding. How to grind coffee without actually
> making the grounds warm.
> I got lots of Blueberry aroma from the roast when the beans were becoming
> straw colored, none at all in the shots from the juvenile (age15m) roast.
> Time will tell. We Love espresso on the odd times I do it right.
> Belay 0300 maintenance.
> Size matters. Consistent size matters more. Big, sharp burrs matter
> mostest.
> I brewed two test shots on the extremely juvenile roast, first at 0.012"
> setting, then 0.011" setting- at dial settings of 20 and 18, respectively.
> Once the beans age properly, the flavor difference between 0.011" and
> 0.012"
> is Huge, and that's two increments of the dial.
> Single increments (0.0005") vary the brewing time and the resulting
> espresso
> flavor. Even Half Steps (0.00025") make a difference when you're doing some
> serious (The Symphony in the Cup!) shot pulling. If you're Not Serious, why
> waste the Wampum or the Excellent Beans?
> Hilarious Joke, wasting money on beans and an expensive espresso machine,
> when the grinder is the bottleneck. If you can't taste the difference
> between a 0.011" grind and a 0.0116" or a 0.012" grind, and your grinder
> can't hope to hold the increment, you're sitting in the rong pew. It's also
> unfair competition with the Crummy Coffee Shops of the galaxy.
> Cheers, Mabuhay, Iechyd da -RayO, aka Opa!
> --
> Persist in old ways; expect different results - suborn Insanity...
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