Compass Coffee Company - Delirium

Discuss flavors, brew temperatures, blending, and cupping notes.

#1: Post by jasonmolinari »

I've been enjoying my 5lb bag of Delirium blend from Compass Coffee Company.

I did alter their recommended brew parameters from 18g, 199, 26g shot to 15g,200, 25-30g shot. It's less intense and some of the overly strong tones were more subdued at the lower dose.
Very tasty blend. Balanced, some sweetness, lots of depth and body....

It does need a good 7 days rest.

what do you guys think.

Ben Z.

#2: Post by Ben Z. »

Like it a lot. Funny - I've been running smaller doses in general recently, but I could only get really "boring" shots out of delerium until I updosed.

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#3: Post by CompassCoffeeBarista »

I think it depends on what you're looking for out of your espresso. Generally I categorize flavors into three areas: creamy, nutty, fruity and roasty. If you like a creamy/nutty (think chocolate and praline) shot then a lower dose (I wouldn't take it as low as 15g, but your tastes are just that, yours, and you're definitely a better judge of your own palate that me! lol) is going to suit you best. You'll still grab "fruit" flavors, but they're more like the blossoms of those fruits- softer and less dominate in the cup.

If you like a little bit sweeter and perhaps more intense shot then bring the dose up a couple grams and you'll really start to things things develop more layers.

This past weekend I heard someone say something that I had never really considered in as direct terms as he laid them out to be. Sam Purvis, of Coava in Portland, mentioned after his finals round run in the NWRBC that he was debating between 2 different roasts dates. One date had more intensity where each layer had a more defined starting and stopping point. He said tipping the shot back gave you a rush of different flavors. The other roast date (the one he ended up going with) was interesting to him because, as he said it, "There were no starting and stopping points. It lingers in a way that you almost can't tell if you're still drinking it or if you have stopped."

I think of all the great things that you can take away from a weekend of watching the best baristas in the country compete, this one will hang with me for a very long time.

So, if you like your shot to have a dramatic, layer-upon-layer profile then most certainly up dose a little. If you want your shot to present itself as a uniform, balanced, well paced shot, then scoop a little off during that distribution ritual and it will pay off big time for your taste buds.