Grabbed this at the supermarket to calibrate the grinder. Turned out to actually be pretty good. o_O The beans look a bit mixed, they’re a bit rough on the edges. Color and smell are fine. The coffee’s aroma is great, they make a nice crema. Grinder settings are pretty flexible, I ended up with “1-P” on my Vario, using 6.8s / 12.3s for 1 or 2 cup settings for my Rancilio Sylvia.
Thought it might be useful to track the 3D-printing of the figurines – some settings work better than others. This is all using the Tinkercad -> slic3r -> Octoprint -> Printer flow. General starting parameters that seem to mostly remain: Layers and perimeters Layer height: 0.2 mm First layer height: 0.35 mm Vertical shells / Perimeters: 2 Horizontal shells / Solid layers: Top: 7, Bottom: 3 Seam: aligned Infill Fill density: 10%
This coffee looks pretty normal but it really great-tasting. Tell us more, Blaser Cafe! Lovely aroma, lovely touch of chocolate, nice crema. Not so picky about grinder settings. 100% Arabica. Single Estate coffee from the Dominican Republic highlands. From the island of Santo Domingo, at over 1000m altitude. Put together by Dieter Meier (of Yello fame) & Iwan Hauck. It’s one of the more expensive ones so far, but oh my, the espresso is great.
Oooh, fancy-pants. Cardboard box, gold lettering, separate bag inside AND less coffee in the pack (220 gr)? Let’s see how you fare, Desta’s Coffee. Off-hand, the beans look like what I want - and they smell great. The coffee is exquisite – lovely taste of chocolate, no hipster bitter fruity weirdness. Even without the grinder dialed in it just tastes great. I’ll be buying these again, that’s for sure.
I don’t cycle much at the moment, but running and espresso also fit great together. Gimme something strong! The more power, the better. Time to try Le Pedaleur - Blanche. The beans are kinda bright / light again, no oily residue on them. I’m skeptical if I’ll like these. Maybe I should have ordered the Noir version? Probably. The grind is a bit lighter again, 1 “O” on my Vario, with a 6.
Pure espresso - life’s too short for bad coffee. And so, in search of the perfect espresso, I’m trying out a bunch of different beans. The current one is Gipfelstürmer Kenya, Kagongo AA from kaffeezentrale.ch (who has a terribly broken website – seriously, fix yo shit). The 250 gram bag currently goes for CHF 15.50 (0.50 per 8g shot). They’re 100% arabica beans from Kirinyaga, Kenya, southern slopes of Mount Kenya, produced by the Kagongo washing station.
A name with an exclamation mark? Most likely over-promising & under-delivering, right? Nope this was some good coffee. It was either the best of this batch, or just the last bag I opened & great out of necessity :P. Really liked it. Balanced flavor, not too bitter, not too strong, not too bright, not too weak, lightly nutty, appropriately crazy. Easy to dose, produced nice crema. Good beans.
Who can’t resist freshly-roasted coffee beans? Probably most people, since they tend not to be sold as much, haha. This round was for Schwarzenbach’s “Italienische Röstung” beans. The 100% arabica beans were slightly hard & glossy, like a dark roast. The espresso somewhat strong & bitter, with a light cacao aroma. Source: premium-coffee Cost: CHF 13.00 / 500 grams (0.20/8gr shot) Espresso: 7/10 (would buy again, good fallback :))
Gotta start somewhere. Filling the machine with Amici ground coffee was a start. It was the only ground mix that was drinkable. They use a kind of pressurized can to keep the ground coffee fresh. It works fairly well – the first shots from each can are pretty reasonable. The next day’s shots get mediocre quickly, nothing to write home about (but enough to blog, haha). Cost: 12 cans at 250 grams each for CHF 150.
HTTP/2 & You? I occasionally hear webmasters ask about HTTP/2 and their site + web-search. The good news is that HTTP/2 doesn’t change the core concepts of HTTP, it doesn’t change the URLs, and is transparently supported for users & crawlers if they ask for it. Its primary differences focus on improved performance. Your hoster could add support for HTTP/2 and you might not even notice – who knows, maybe they support it already :).