Transcend Coffee – “Santa Lucia” Espresso
I had high expectations for this coffee, and planned to experiment with a few different profiles. I started with the usual baseline for this espresso (94 degrees Celsius, 19grams).
This espresso seemed to work well at both 93 & 94 degrees Celsius. The dose seemed ideal in the 19.0 gram range, with a final liquid weight of ~31-33 grams with a total shot length of 25-26 seconds. Keep reading for details.
While I found this was great at both 93 and 94 degrees Celsius, I personally found myself leaning towards the profile @ 93 degrees Celsius (best results in my personal opinion).
@ 93 degrees Celsius: a delicious jam-like aroma and initial taste. Berry (blackberry), wildly fruity, great sweetness and a mango mellowness filling up the body of the espresso. Also had slight hints of cocoa and tobacco on the finish.
@ 94 degrees Celsius: also quite jam-like, but with more chocolate and cocoa present in the taste profile. Still some mango in the body and an almond/ amaretto sweetness.
I was able to highlight more chocolate and cocoa with a lower dose as well (<18.5 grams) but it was not as sweet as at 19 grams. I found that doses higher than 19.5 grams were counter-productive and muted everything in this coffee – instead it became indistinguishable and sweet.
Not only was this a delicious espresso, it was relatively easy to work with and pull. I could see this working in a cafe setting.
Pulling ~19.0 – 19.5 grams solid to 32.0 – 33.0 grams liquid and adding ~100 grams of milk (~6oz total volume cappuccino), the dominate flavour was a fantastic honey flavour. I also found some milk chocolate and a little pear coming through. At a higher temperature espresso (94 degrees Celsius) I found more chocolate, malty components and less sweetness.
Straight: truly a multidimensional single origin espresso with a jammy profile, tons of berry, sweetness and complexity with cocoa and tobacco 9+/10
In Milk: great in small amounts of milk, nice honey and caramel with pear coming through in the perfect drink build 9/10
This was a highly versatile coffee. I personally favoured 19 gram dose with a lower temperature highlighting the berry components and jam-like qualities with a juicy mango thing going on. I was struck by the cocoa tobacco components, in addition, offering a wonderful complexity. Final score for this coffee… 92/ 100.
I’ve had a lot of Costa Rican coffees in the past year, but this one certainly sits in the top few.
Total 100 point score of 92/100.