Improv: Dialed a bit coarser (14), and made 1850 Midnight Gold. This time a bit more visible crema than yesterday, and the resulting taste was Good (on the ‘decent’ side, because there is a slight Lemony undernote, and no noticeable Dark Chocolate notes I usually enjoy).
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.
Continuing on with the same technique, but a new coffee 1850 Midnight Gold from Provigo. Initial taste impression: Lemony, which overwhelmes whatever “chocolatey” notes (which I don’t taste) it purports to have. Satisfaction: Meh - Nah (but I’ll tweak the grind params a bit before giving up).