TomC wrote:I'd be curious to know how it all shakes out, because it's such a forgiving blend, it's hard to get bad results from. When we reviewed it, we seemed to love it coarse and fast.
I bounce around with all sorts of levels of roasts from commercial offerings, on top of my own roasting. But I've always kept a reserve of Caffe Lusso in rotation from my chest freezer because it's quality and ease of dialing in. Price or "expensiveness" is subjective, but IMO, it's hard to beat price/quality wise. I usually buy 5 pounds at a time and seal portions up.
Tom -- This could be a result of my espresso machine and grinder (DE1PRO and SSP Monolith Flat), but I just completed a 1KG blitz with this blend over the holidays. I tried various shot profiles: coarse and fast at a flat 9 bar; 6 bar shots in 30 and 45 second variants, the 4ml/2mls 'Flow Profile for Milky Drinks, and a DE1 custom profile I made that was a variation of the Default pressure profile: 4.5ml/s Preinfusion to 3 bar (around 11 seconds), Flat 9 Bar for 20 seconds, 15 second decline to 5 bar.
I used an 18g VST and dosed 19g due to the high DE1 headspace. Target shot was generally always a 1:2 but I tried all major ratios which had expected changes in flavor and mouthfeel (sticky, sweet, intense ristretto, well balance normale, tasty but almost brew like lungo). Temperature was 200F (which on a DE1 is different than a dual boiler with its temperature profiling).
I found by FAR the best tasting shot was the 42-45 second pressure profile shot. It had the intense chocolates of a ristretto, the well balanced nature of a normale, a smooth caramel finish, and only a very slight hint of the Brazil nut (I don't like lots of nuts in espresso). I tried going faster but compared to this shot everything was just more bland.
Again -- i may be the beneficiary of an epic setup. Since you have similar, would love to hear your thoughts. Here is the graph of my 'God Shot.'