Well, I opened the Indonesia Buana Mandiri and weighed out 18 gramms and put the rest back in the freezer.
As I’ve sold my Brasilia grinder and the Sage is all packaged up ready to go if that gets snapped up too, I was left with my ROK grinder. Had it set for what they recommend for espresso and….. it was very very bitter! It ran so slow it almost choked the machine.
Another 18 grammes adjusted the grind setting so not quite so fine, tamped a little lighter… Ooh, now that was better, the bitterness really toned down and a hint of sweetness. Still ran a bit slo though.
Another 18 grammes backed, off another notch on the ROK setting and….like night and day. It ran nearly perfectly resulting in only a slight hint of bitterness, but my goodness the sweetnwess really came through.
Now OK, I didn’t get the tasting notes of dark chocolate (although maybe that was the hint of bitterness), baking spices (wouldn’t know what they were…All Spice? Nutmeg? Mixed Spice? if so definately not) but as for the dried fruit sweetness… Oh yes!
Now since starting this journey, I have never had an espresso shot I could honestly say I enjoyed… unless it had lashings of milk in it. In the past, that may well have been down to my incompetence rather than the equipment. But, with the ability to pre-infuse properly both pressure and timewise and the machine ramping up rather than just hitting the full pressure immediately and being able to adjust the brew temp more accurately, which the Sage does effortlessly, must have something to do with it.
I was also very surprised at just how fine the ROK grinder can go and how adjustable that is too.
So, whilst the first lot of beans seemed OK after being in hibernation for five or so years, I know my palet is nowhere near as refined as some of you more experienced chaps/chapesses who if tasting them, might have a competely different opinion. To me though, they gave me a taste experience I have not yet had several years in, on my ‘real coffee’ journey and are therefore, too good to go to the compost heap.
Oh, and all tests were done from frozen.