"Espresso! My Espresso!"
An Ongoing Internet Novelette
by Randy Glass - Copyright 2022 - All rights reserved
E-mail me at EspressoMyEspresso@gmail.com
YOU SPENT HOW MUCH ON A GRINDER!?
Honey, you really don't want to know!
Saturday, November 26, 2022
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Over the last week or so there have been a number of posts, likely motivated by the coming holiday season, of folks looking for a coffee machine of one sort or another which meets with spousal approval. Read into that what you will, but as I have said and heard, 'Be kind. Everybody is dealing with something.' That is so true, but some are dealing with more than others. The phrase, “That is NOT going in my kitchen!” or some similar statement was posted more than once. I couldn't, and fortunately, do not have to deal with that.
The burrs are “Alpha” coated which is reported to last two to four times longer than titanium nitride coated tools. Unless a foreign object enters the grinder, they should be good for a lifetime or three of home use. Denis rates them conservatively good for 1700 lbs. That would be the equivalent of four double espresso shots a day for close to thirty years. While the above photo of them installed in my grinder does not do justice as to how beautiful they are. But the real test is in the cup. It will take some time to dial them in but their value was soon displayed.
The excitement level increased as I ground for the first extraction. The coffee felt like a fine flour, but that did not stop me from attempting an extraction. It delivered virtually no drips for a over thirty seconds at pressure, and the few droplets that were subsequently extracted had the consistency of very old, used motor oil. Into the knock box went the puck and down the sink went the ferw drops.
I set the grind more coarse and tried again. The extraction was fast. Very, very fast. After I mopped up the counter with a damp towel and cleaned the front of the espresso machine from the gushing streams which did their best to imitate Victoria Falls, I readjusted the grind and tried again. On the third extraction I was able to get a drinkable cup that had more body and mouth feel than any I can remember making at home. Even my wife was able to sense the difference in taste as well as the body. No offense meant towards her, but she has approximately two terms to describe coffee, but came up with a more thorough description that she has previously, not only for the straight espresso, but she also could taste the difference in the cappuccino the next morning. I have been roasting just a few snaps into second, but may even have to rethink my roasting to match the combination of the Kafatek and Decent DE espresso machine! Keep in mind that no other change was made except for the burrs. Same coffee, same settings on the Decent, but not the same espresso!
After the cleanup I used a plastic razor blade to remove the vinyl indicator arrow and repositioned it in the middle of the scale settings. The difference between were it was to where it is means nothing, really. If someone states that you should always grind at [insert number here] with a [insert brand and model of grinder], I suggest you get your coffee education from a different source.
It will certainly be an adventure from this point forward. I am not trained in tasting espresso, but I have had a number of very good to excellent shots, some I have made and some from experts. But to paraphrase what has been said about art, I know what I like, and I like these new Shurikone burrs!
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