A Fault with Comandante is that sometimes (tiny broken) beans can get stuck in the top hole, leading to improper grinding mechanism … wherein one loses control and the lid flips open, with the revolving momentum thrusting a few beans out on to the floor. One just has to make sure that the top hole remains clear before grinding.
Trying Inverted Method for Yirgacheffe and increased Comandante grind dial to 18 (from 15*), which lead to a more pronounced Aroma during grind incidentally – as well as increased the Brew Time from the usual 1:25 to 2:25 minutes (as well as used a Thermometer to measure Water Temperature at 185f) – and the taste is much more full flavoured than previous cups. This is an Improv, and I’ll try the inverted only going forward. Very Good taste, and and very close to Excellent cup … definitely in comparison to the last few days.
New coffee: Brazil Cerrado from Les Bruleries. This is a coffee I really enjoyed the first time (not so much the second time). 14g Comandante => delightfully malty Aroma upon grinding and Meh taste, as there is a slight Lemony undertones with insufficient Dark Chocolate notes. This seems to be medium roast.
Decided to redial the Comandante, and found that it was dialed in at 15 when I thought it was at 12. Which is pretty strange … and maybe a Fault (either in the grinder or in my memory). At least, so far I’ve not been making 1850 Midnight Gold at the intended grind size. Redialled to grind 13 (rest the same - 15g; 150g) today. Less Lemony (about same as 16th, however), some new crema, still Meh.
Improv: Second trying of Espresso Italien but Aeropress this time (instead of Moka Pot). Comandante dial 20; 150g hot (not boiling) water and 15g coffee, with 1+ min brew time. Taste - less Italian compared to yesterday with more aggreable notes. Verdict: Aeropress wins, for now. Satisfaction: Excellent A sweet after-taste lingers on (noticeable especially when drinking water) …
I use this 0.5L gooseneck kettle for stove-top heating. It has a small hole on to which I insert the Thermometer probe. Once the desired Water Temperature is achieved, I either turn off the stove or turn down the heat to the minimal intensity required to keep the water at that temperature, all the while I measure and grind the beans in the Comandante.
- Grind Size
- Espresso Italien