Abe Carmeli wrote:The head clearance on most home E61 machines using the L/M double basket is 16 grams. Any dosage above it will hit the dispersion screen. 18 grams is clearly oversoding or updosing in that environment, and looking at your dosage, it appears you prefer a restricted expansion of the puck. I believe it is a matter of personal taste, there is no right or wrong there.
Actually, that's not entirely true. There are updosing methods that (with certain coffees -- caveat, caveat) allow for much higher dosage with a sufficient gap both before and after extraction. An example would be the Hairbender where, with both the Mia and the Bricoletta, I've been consistently dosing 20grams with the LM ridged double and seeing no imprint in the dry puck and only the slightest, undefined screen imprint in the wet puck.
Abe Carmeli wrote:Now to your palate, supertaster or not, you are amazing. When I read your cupping of Daterra in which you detected Orchid, I said to myself Orchids don't even have a scentl, how did he do that? :shock:
Actually... heh... there are a few Orchids that do, in fact, have a noticeable scent and all Orchids have some sort of scent (though it's usually quite faint and subtle).
That being said, it all comes down to experience. I've had the great fortune to cup with some of the best cuppers in the world and have learned a huge amount from them. As a result, I now possess a tiny, tiny fraction of their skill when it comes to differentiating, identifying and communicating flavour.
Orchid is but one example of this process (I first identified Orchid cupping last year's Panama Esmerelda with Duane Sorenson).