- Beans: “Organic Migration” light roast (Nicaragua)
- Roaster: Rise Up Coffee Roasters (Easton, MD)
- Roast date: 10/5/2023
- 20g coffee / 300g water (1:15)
- JX: 2 rotations (20 on the grind chart / 60 total clicks)
- Water at 99°C
- Recipe: A Better 1 Cup V60 Technique (see below)
- Preheat V60, pre-moisten filter, add coffee, and tare scale
- Make small indentation in center of coffee grounds
- 0:00: Pour 60g of water to bloom, then return kettle to base
- 0:10 – 0:15: Gently Swirl
- 0:45 – 1:00: Pour up to 120g total (40% total weight)
- Hold kettle for the remainder of the brewing process
- 1:10 – 1:20: Pour up to 180g total (60% total weight)
- 1:30 – 1:40: Pour up to 240g total (80% total weight)
- 1:50 – 2:00: Pour up to 300g total (100% total weight)
- 2:00 – 2:05: Gently swirl
- Drawdown finished around 2:45
This was the other bag I picked up in Ocean City, along with yesterday’s. The same recipe as yesterday’s produced a pleasant cup. These are rather large beans, and I ended up with about the same amount of “fines” in the grinder as I did yesterday. I brewed another 300g cup, mainly for comparison with yesterday’s. I think 300g is about the most coffee I can brew with either of these beans at 1:15 without overflowing my size 1 V60. Regardless, I’ll likely drop back to 250g going forward, as 300g is a little bit more than I want to drink most mornings.
11/12: The past few cups I’ve brewed have had kind of an off flavor to them. Can’t really pin it down as bitter or acidic, but whatever it was, I didn’t like it. These are large beans that leave a prodigious amount of “fines” stuck to the grinder, and for some reason, I had gotten into the habit of shaking/tapping the grinder to try to get as many of the fines as possible into the dripper. I suspect it was in the interest of not “wasting” anything, but I’m not sure why it didn’t immediately occur to me that this was going to negatively impact the flavor. Today, I brewed the above recipe with 250g of water (50g pulses) and 16g coffee (1:15.6) and did not shake the grinder at all, and the cup was much better. I think I will keep doing this going forward.
11/18: I brewed my remaining 27g of beans today with 400g of water. I used my 1-cup pourover method with size 2 plastic V60 and pulses of 80g water. Turned out quite good. After grinding, I’ve been gently shaking the grinder once or twice to make sure all the beans made it through, and then lightly tapping the bottom of the grinder 3 or 4 times without going overboard. This seems to get most of the properly-ground beans “unstuck” while leaving most of the “fines” behind. I’ve also been “swirling” pretty regularly lately, both pre-bloom and after finishing the pour.