Coffee Journal

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BEANS

Roaster

Andytown

Name

Misty Valley

Origin

Yirgacheffe, Misty Valley, Ethiopia

Elevation

Unknown

Notes

Varietal

Process

Washed

Organic

Not Specified

Organic Certifier

Unknown

Fair Trade

No

Roast

Medium

Producer

Importer

Roast Date

Unknown

Roaster Location

Roaster Website

http://www.andytownsf.com/ 

Bag Size

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

# Water

! Description

9/2/17

BEANS

Roaster

DiROL

Origin

Unknown

Elevation

Unknown

Notes

Varietal

Unknown

Process

Unknown

Organic

Unknown

Organic Certifier

Unknown

Fair Trade

Unknown

Roast

Unknown, tastes pretty dark

Producer

Unknown

Importer

Unknown

Roast Date

Unknown

Roaster Location

Turkey

Roaster Website

Bag Size

BREW

Grind

Pre-ground (Turkish, very fine)

# Beans

# Water

This is a cool one! My friend brought me this from a small town in Turkey. Apparently impossible to get outside of that town, even elsewhere in Turkey.

The bag feature an anachronistically sexist illustration and, according to Google Translate, the front reads something like “Our Coffee Is Guaranteed”, DIROL Coffee Company. I also got a small copper pot with a pour spout and a long handle used to make the coffee.

For a single cup (I’m using demitasse cups from Starbucks – so Starbucks is good for something!), use a heaping dessert spoon of coffee, use the target mug to measure the water, and optionally a teaspoon of sugar, and mix them in the copper pot. Put on the stove on high temp until it boils. The instant it starts to boil, take the teaspoon and gently scoop the foam off the top of the mixture and into the target mug. Let the coffee boil for a few more seconds, then slowly pour it into the cup as well.

9/1/17

BEANS

Roaster

Andytown

Name

Origin

Santa Sofia, Guatemala

Elevation

Unknown

Notes

Varietal

Unknown

Process

Washed

Organic

Not Specified

Organic Certifier

Unknown

Fair Trade

Yes

Roast

Medium

Producer

Unknown

Importer

Unknown

Roast Date

8/21/17

Roaster Location

San Francisco

Roaster Website

http://www.andytownsf.com/ 

Bag Size

8oz

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

23g

# Water

343g

Just another bag from work.

8/22/2017

BEANS

Roaster

Naked Pig Roast

Name

n/a

Origin

Unknown

Elevation

Unknown

Notes

Varietal

Unknown

Process

Unknown

Organic

No

Organic Certifier

n/a

Fair Trade

No

Roast

“Medium”

Producer

Unknown

Importer

Unknown

Roast Date

Unknown

Roaster Location

2833 30th Ave, Vernon, BC

Roaster Website

www.nakedpig.ca 

Bag Size

250g

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

24.1g

# Water

343mL

Picked up this bag from a BBQ shop/microbrewery/coffee roaster in Vernon, BC, Canada. Oh, and they also make kombucha. While they may be a jack-of-all-trades, in this case quantity once again fails to correlate with quality. This roast looks incredibly dark. It smells dark. It grinds like a dark roast, and it tastes dark. That said, the coffee has a really smooth body to it and is not quite as bitter as many dark roasts. The bag is hardly labelled at all, which was a pretty big hint.

Next time I’m in Vernon, I’ll make sure to pick up a bag of something from a much better coffee shop, Ratio Coffee (I almost did this time, but was running out of room in my luggage – they use beans roasted in another BC town).

8/12/2017

BEANS

Roaster

Andytown

Name

Misty Valley

Origin

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Elevation

Unknown

Notes

Varietal

Process

Washed

Organic

Not Specified

Organic Certifier

Unknown

Fair Trade

No

Roast

Medium

Producer

Importer

Roast Date

Unknown

Roaster Location

Roaster Website

Bag Size

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

# Water

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7/22/17

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BEANS

Roaster

33 ⅓ Coffee Roasters

Name

Pink Bourbon

Origin

Acevedo, Huila, Colombia

Elevation

1750 m

Notes

Varietal

Process

Washed

Fermentation: 20 hours

Dried: 18 days - covered beds

Organic

Yes

Organic Certifier

Unknown

Fair Trade

Yes

Roast

Medium

Producer

Grower: Wilfred Trujillo

Coop: Cadefihuila

Importer

Apex Coffee Imports

Roast Date

Unknown

Roaster Location

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Roaster Website

www.3313coffeeroasters.com 

Bag Size

Unmarked

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

# Water

The other bag my cousin sent me for my birthday.

07/16/2017

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BEANS

Roaster

33 ⅓ Coffee Roasters

Name

Honduras

Origin

Honduras

Elevation

1400 ft

Varietal

Cocoa, nutty, lemon

Process

Wet Processed

Organic

Not Specified

Organic Certifier

n/a

Fair Trade

Yes (Capucas Co-op)

Roast

Not Specified, tastes like medium

Producer

Capucas Co-op

Roast Date

6/26/17

Roaster Location

Regina, Saskatchewan

Roaster Website

www.3313coffeeroasters.com

Bag Size

8oz

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

25g

# Water

330g

My cousin sent me coffee for my birthday. This is one of them, the other is called “Pink Bourbon” and I’ll post about it soon.

07/09/2017

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BEANS

Roaster

Máquina Coffee Roasters

Name

Misty Valley

Origin

Columbia

Elevation

Unknown

Notes

Honey, tangerine, sweet

Varietal

Caturra, bourbon, typica

Process

Fully Washed

Organic

Not Specified

Organic Certifier

n/a

Fair Trade

Yes

Roast

Medium

Producer

Penna Family

Roast Date

7/2/17

Roaster Location

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Roaster Website

www.maquinacoffee.com 

Bag Size

12oz

BREW

Grind

Medium - 3

# Beans

25g

# Water

330g

! Description

06/24/2017

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BEANS

Roaster

Victrola

Name

Burundu

Origin

Kayanza Province, Mpanga washing station, Ryirengeye

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Cherry, cinnamon, lime

Process

Washed

Organic

No

Organic Certifier

N/A

Fair Trade

No

Roast

Medium

Producer

Jean Clement Birabireye

Roast Date

6/13/17

Roaster Location

310 E Pike St, Seattle WA  98122

Roaster Website

https://www.victrolacoffee.com/

BREW

Grind

Medium - 3

# Beans

25g

# Water

330g

My friend brought me this bag from my favorite roaster in Seattle. I’ve been looking forward to opening it all week, but was out of town for a few days so I’ve had to wait.

06/11/2017

BEANS

Roaster

Nomadic Grounds

Name

Organic Costa Rica

Origin

Finca Amistad, Costa Rica

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Toffee, black cherry

Organic

Yes

Organic Certifier

CCOF

Fair Trade

Not Specified

Roast

Medium

Roast Date

May 16 2017

Roaster Location

San Francisco

Roaster Website

http://www.nomadicground.com/ 

BREW

Grind

Medium - ??

# Beans

High rounded scoop

# Water

400mL (~1 mug)

I bought this bag because I accidentally let myself run out of beans during a holiday. It wasn’t very good.

03/28/17

BEANS

Roaster

Owltree Coffee Co

Name

Brazil Peaberry

Origin

Brazil

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Organic

Not Specified

Fair Trade

Not Specified

Roast

Medium

Roast Date

1/24/2017

Roaster Location

Winnipeg

BREW

Grind

Medium-Fine

# Beans

High rounded scoop

# Water

400mL (~1 mug)

Says medium roast on the bag, but tastes pretty dark.

03/25/17

BEANS

Beans

Nomadic Grounds Ethiopia

Origin

Ethiopia

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Blueberry, chocolate

Organic

Yes

Fair Trade

Yes

Roast

Medium

Roast Date

12/20/2016

Roaster Location

San Francisco

BREW

Grind

Medium

# Beans

High rounded scoop

# Water

400mL (~1 mug)

Yes, these beans are super old. I’m almost done the bag though.

My old automatic burr grinder broke last weekend, so I bought a new one from Cuisinart. I dishwashered it last night and this was my first time using it. I set the grind coarseness to roughly the same spot on the dial as I used on my last grinder, and was pretty happy with the results. The coarseness looks ok, but I felt like the water filtered a little too fast. Might try one notch finer next time.

 

I am getting better at estimating water amounts without a scale 😂 — I hit 400mL right on the head this time. The flavor was a little bland, but these beans are so old they can’t really be expected to taste like much anymore.

12/25/16

BEANS

Beans

Andytown Honduras Maria Adela[1]

Origin

Honduras

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Unknown

Organic

Not specified, but likely[2]

Roast

Medium

Roast Date

12/15/2016

BREW

Grind

Medium - 3

# Beans

High rounded scoop

# Water

400mL (~1 mug)

These beans definitely aren’t as good as the Misty Valley

12/23/16

BEANS

Beans

Andytown Misty Valley

Origin

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Unknown

Organic

Not specified, but likely

Roast

Medium

Roast Date

Unknown (same as previous)

BREW

Grind

Medium - 3

# Beans

High rounded scoop

# Water

400mL (~1 mug)

1 bloom pour, 2 brew pours. Each brew pour to within half an inch of the top of the cone. Comes out to almost exactly 400mL, which fills a medium-sized mug perfectly. The coffee was bright, extremely flavorful. Best batch so far, despite the beans being older than ever. It was so good I made a second cup with the same technique and the same results. I think I’ve found the sweet spot!

I found out last week that Andytown ran out of Misty Valley, and have discontinued it. 😳 😞

12/18/16

Beans

Andytown Misty Valley

Origin

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Unknown

Organic

Not specified, but likely

Roast

Medium

Roast Date

Unknown (same as previous)

Grind

Medium - 2

# Beans

Rounded scoop + a few

# Water

500mL

Making a quick pour-over before heading out for brunch. Used roughly same amount of beans as last time: a rounded scoop, plus a few extra. Going for approx 500 mLs again. Ground at 2 clicks below medium. Grind size looks good, visually:

Took around 4-5 pours. Before the filtered product even hit halfway between 400 and 500, the water temp was down to below 160°F. Need a way to keep this water warmer for these long pours.

  

12/16/16

Beans

Bicycle Coffee Decaf

Origin

Cajamarca, Perú

Elevation

3000-5000 ft

Varietal

Typica, caturra & bourbon

Organic

Yes

Roast

Unknown

Roast Date

Unknown

Grind

Medium - 1

# Beans

Rounded scoop + a few

# Water

500mL

Made decaf. Used a rounded scoop and then a few extra additional beans. Aiming for a full 500 mls. Ground at one click below the exact middle. Definitely seemed too coarse. Decaf beans were old and smelled a bit dark.

12/10/16

Beans

Andytown Misty Valley

Origin

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Elevation

Unknown

Varietal

Unknown

Organic

Not specified, but likely

Roast

Medium

Grind

Medium

# Beans

Rounded scoop

# Water

~475mL

First time using new temp kettle. Filled kettle as soon as water started boiling, and to my surprise was already at the perfect temperature. I don't trust this thermometer but I'll give it a try.

Ground beans on exact medium setting. Rounded V60 scoop full. Should be around 21 grams. Must get a scale.

Filled a mug, then poured into server to measure volume. About ⅔ between 400 and 500 ml is a reasonably full large white mug.

Ended up pouring in 3 or 4 waves, because my first one was too small. Need a scale.

Flavor: Definitely better than either Aeropress or french press. Still a little of the weird flavor, which could be due to old beans. Could actually taste their flavor now though at least.


[1] DEEP IN THE THE REMOTE SANTA ELENA MOUNTAINS OF HONDURAS, MARIA ADELA FARMS A SMALL PLOT OF LAND. THIS YEAR, SHE ONLY PRODUCED FOUR BAGS OF COFFEE, AND WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BUY THE ENTIRE LOT. WE WERE INTRODUCED TO MARIA’S COFFEE THROUGH THE CATRACHA COFFEE COMPANY, A NONPROFIT FOUNDED BY A HONDURAN WOMAN. CATRACHA’S PROFIT-SHARING MODEL MEANS THAT MARIA ADELA NOT ONLY RECEIVED ABOVE MARKET RATES FOR HER COFFEE AS IT WAS HARVESTED, BUT SHE ALSO RECEIVED A PAY OUT AT THE END OF THE SEASON. THIS COFFEE IS PART OF AN EXCITING NEW CHAPTER IN COFFEE PRODUCTION THAT ALLOWS ROASTERS TO DIRECTLY SUPPORT FARMERS IN A TRANSPARENT, TRUSTWORTHY WAY. IN THE CUP, MARIA’S COFFEE HAS A SWEET TEA FRAGRANCE, FLORAL FINISH, AND A COMFORTING COMPLEX BODY.

[2] I contacted Andytown to ask why they don’t use organic beans, and they said most of their source farms actually use organic practices, but can’t afford the cost of getting certified, so they don’t require their farms to be certified.