Archive | December, 2011

Transcend Coffee – “Santa Lucia” Espresso

14 Dec
Detail photo of the espresso profiled Costa Rican coffee.

Detail photo of the espresso profiled Costa Rican coffee.

I’ve already posted a preview of Transcend Coffee, as well as their filter coffee “Genesis” from Costa Rica.

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.

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Straight Shot

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.

Bottomless photo of espresso extraction.

Bottomless photo of espresso extraction.

@ 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.

In Milk

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.

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Straight: truly a multidimensional single origin espresso with a jammy profile, tons of berry, sweetness and complexity with cocoa and tobacco 9+/10

Cappuccino with five-push tulip.

Cappuccino with five-push tulip.

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.

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Transcend Coffee – “Genesis”

7 Dec
I’ve already posted a preview of Transcend Coffee.
Costa Rica "Genesis"

Costa Rica "Genesis"

If you haven’t read that already, you should check that out. In a nutshell, I received two Costa Rican coffees from Transcend; James @transcendcoffee hooked me up. One was profiled for filter coffee named “Genesis” and the other was profiled for espresso called “Santa Lucia” (which I will post at a later date).
To make sure it’s clear, these are two different lots of coffee from different farms.
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Filter / Drip Results for “Genesis”
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Region: Lourdes de Naranjo, Costa Rica

Pour Over

Brewed with 19grams of coffee and 340mL water via a Clever Dripper device. The first few coffees I prepared were pour overs. This was a nice clean cup, good mouthfeel (though slightly thin), wine-y and mellow pear. The acidity structure was not as nice here as I expected, better on the french press (read on). Notes included: the aroma on this was delicious, spice and apples. Main body was that mellow pear/ melon. Clean finish.

Press Pot (French Press)

Brewed with 26grams of coffee via Frieling. The biggest surprise here was the change in the acidity structure. I found a nice sparkling acidity here, which was snappy and citrus-like. I found more spice and cinnamon present as well. It was still relatively clean and it cooled a little better.

Clever Dripper with Costa Rica "Genesis"

Clever Dripper with Costa Rica "Genesis"

Combined Notes and Scoring

The overall cup was well balanced, great acidity, with a good nose and mellow, but sweet, main body.

 Aroma  9 /10 
 Body  8 /10
 Sweetness    9 /10
 Acidity  9 /10
 Finish  8.5 /10
I’m including +3 cuppers points (for cooling well and overall balance) thus pushing it to a high 90 points.
Total 100 point score of 90/100.