3/13/2012 Brew

Random Brew Recipe:  96g coffee / 1 kg water, 6 minute brew time.

Brew Method: French Press
Actual Recipe: 48g coffee, 500g water at 198F
Coffee: New Harvest Coffee Roasters’ El Salvador Santa Rita Chalatenango

Notes notes notes: The initial aroma was totally lovely, sweet and promising. From the get-go the coffee was a bit heavy, with a short taste experience. It had a very round body, with striking flavors of dried apricot, a bit sour around the edges. As it cooled it developed what I think of as classic underextraction notes – it became quite sour, not very complex.

I’d give this recipe a 6 /10. I’ve had this coffee before and really enjoyed it. The combination of 50% more coffee than I’d usually use and a 50% longer steep time didn’t work out in the bean’s favor. I can see this recipe working with perhaps a bean which is quite far out of the roaster or has lost some flavor due to long green storage, but for a coffee under more ideal circumstances I don’t think it shines.

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