What's in my cup? Dust, that's what. Since the box from Olympia Coffee Roasting Company (established 2005) came in compliments of the fine folks at the USPS and their priority mail service I have been wearing out my espresso shot glass (compliments of Bodum). sorry for all the plugs but I thought I would communicate like a Nascar driver for a while - could it be the caffeine? I opened the Tharco 8 x 4 x 4 box and removed a bag roasted 11/28/2011 - so this Monday.
The first shot ran a bit fast, but the second shot was pretty close to where I wanted to be. The third shot is a direct hit - battleship sunk, game over, thanks for playing. The light foamy sweetness I crave is right there in my glass - thick crema and bakers chocolate combine for a smooth hard to explain phenomenon - the flavor is heavy and pronounced, but even with a thick viscosity the shot is anything but cloying or syrupy on the tongue - it is like chocolate flavored cool whip for lack of a better set of descriptors.
The short version is yes - this is a very good espresso blend. The composition is not so different from Counter Culture's Apollo 6.0 (80% Ethiopian Adado and 20% Honduras Esther Chavez). That coffee introduced me to the chocolate cool whip taste experience and played a part in my decision to order this blend even though I have not tried this roaster before. The blend consists of Costa Rica La Mirella Honey, Ethiopia Gedeo Worka, and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Koke and the roaster's brewing recommendation is as follows:
Brew Temp: 203F Dose: 18-21 grams Extraction time: 23-29 seconds Volume: 1.5-2.0 oz 28grams finish weight
Pick some up here on ROASTe - you will be glad you did - I give it a big two thumbs up. Gotta go wipe down the ROASTe/Chris Coffee Service/QuickMill Silvano - It ran loose to start today but once the crew got her dialed in she was hard to beat and finished strong with the Olympia Big Truck Espresso! ; )