Howdy all, 'sbeen a while! (Been busy with the arrival of my first born, Jim Jr., last month.)
Yesterday afternoon I got out of the house and rolled up to Munroe Motors Ducati/Triumph in San Francisco and the conveniently located Four Barrel Coffee
right across the street, and was surprised, not having been there for quite a while, to find some changes at the bar. They built up the bar at the left of the entrance, installed a GS/3 there, and are now serving all
of their single origin coffees as espresso on request! Boy do I wish other shops would do this!
I asked Matthew (I knew I recognized him - as it turns out, formerly of Verve) to recommend something and he suggested a few options, from which I selected something that on the bag says Panama Duncan Estate, and on the board a little more that I can't recall. As he brewed it, it was sweet and mellow but with some pronounced dark and low tones (I believe sometimes described by some as woody), which I often don't like, but here were not overpowering and made for a nice complexity with the sweetness. I got a shot and also a breve, and it was a little muted in the half and half, but still very good and I thought it would make a good pick for home.
I picked up a bag, and this morning's first came out quite a bit brighter and more citrusy and lacking the low tones (or losing them in overpowering sweet grapefruit) using the same temp and dose but a tighter grind and longer resulting pull. I loosened up the grind quite a bit for the second but went too far and some of the low came back but with less sweetness and a little more bitter, and I will aim for the halfway point and perhaps try lowering my dose slightly later.