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Espresso Workshop #40 Availability...

Postby spro745 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:47 pm

Have been buying green coffee since building my home roaster back around March. So far I have tried Altiplano, Moka Kadir, Espresso Monkey and most recently the Espresso Workshop #40 (all being used for espresso). I have extracted tens of thousands of double shots over the last 6-7 years at home and commercially, having used lots of coffees from some great artisan roasters. I can honestly say the extractions I'm getting from 4-5 day old EW #40 have been simply superb, some of the absolute best espresso I've yet to tinker with. I recently ordered 10# and now see it's no longer being offered. Will this blend become available in the near future?

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Re: Espresso Workshop #40 Availability...

Postby martin » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:37 pm

The Workshop series are basically one-shot blends, available until the specific lots they were created with run out. Every once in a while SM decides to try to recreate one that's especially popular and make it a "permanent" blend offering. Ethiopiques is the one that comes to mind. But most of them are like the individual lots, they come and go and are seen no more.
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Re: Espresso Workshop #40 Availability...

Postby JBHoren » Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:53 am

Yes, I, too, bought some (not enough :( ) of the Espresso Workshop #40 blend. 5lbs? I wish I'd bought 10lbs, or even 20lbs! Just delicious, taken to j-u-s-t FC+, stretched-out over ten minutes, it's every bit as good as the offering's description.

I drink it brewed -- no espresso pour moi -- and oh, the chocolate! With a bit over 3lbs remaining, one mug/day is all that's allowed.

So, here's another vote for recreating this one as a "regular" offering; I'd venture to say that as many of Sweet Maria's customers drink their coffee "brewed", as "pulled".
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Re: Espresso Workshop #40 Availability...

Postby spro745 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:47 pm

I would imagine this blend could be tweaked to work for any brew/extraction method.

You said you stretch the roast out over ten minutes... with what roasting setup? I built mine with an industrial Master Vari-temp heat gun/large flour sifter and have had my best results using 3 temp levels and hit 1C around 13 mins and 2C around 18 mins. I have found going about 20 seconds into 2C is perfect for my taste for all the coffees I've roasted thusfar. Earlier than that (even 30 seconds) and it's too light/acidic, much more than 20 seconds in and it's a bit too dark. I recently noticed my extractions were a bit thin, although good, but I wanted thicker/more syrupy extractions so I started using a bit less heat between 1C-2C and sped up my agitation speed to allow more airflow, letting the roast coast a bit longer between 1C-2C... maybe an extra 1.5-2 mins. That was the ticket to get exactly what I'm looking for.

EW#40 roasted the way I have been gives a unique baker's chocolate/very "earthy" aroma/taste that is just awesome. Guess once I finish what I have I can make other blends work or possibly buy the individual coffees used to create it and blend it myself.


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