Random Brew Recipe: 95g coffee / 1 kg water, 1 minute brew time.
Brew Method: Chemex
Actual Recipe: 71g coffee, 750g water at 199F
Coffee: Guatemala Finca Valparaiso from New Harvest Coffee Roasters
Notes notes notes: This is another one of the random brews that was challenging to execute. Putting 750g of water through a bigger-than-usual bed of coffee in 60 seconds eliminates many of the subtleties of hand brewing. Letting the bloom bloom? Out the window. Multiple pours? Nope. Pretty much just a dumping, trying to keep things as evenly turbulent as possible.
Like many of the updosed brews, this coffee smelled awesome; sticky and sweet, like low-grade maple syrup (which is the best maple syrup). In the cup it presents itself quickly, with drying, tart fruit around the outside of the tongue. The finish is long but quiet, present but not aggressive or unpleasant. The body is thin and fails to really provide any balance to the cup.
I’d give it a 6/10. The aroma was misleadingly excellent; I don’t think mega-high-dose + short brew time is my cup of tea.