Ritual Sweet Tooth SO Espresso
(roasted Oct 4, tested Oct 10)
coffee dose: 15.0g in a 53mm basket (equivalent to 18g on a 58mm basket)
espresso weight: 18-22g (shot volume 30-35ml)
brew ratio: 70-85%
shot time: 30-35 sec after appearance of espresso droplets on bottom of basket
temperature range: 88C-94C (190F-201F) in increments of 1CProtocol
Grinder: Robur with doser and (full) mini-hopper.
Espresso machine: La Spaziale S1 V1, mechanical preinfusion device, blind basket brew pressure 9.25bar, 53mm double basket, bottomless portafilter.
Ground coffee into tared basket and adjusted dose to exactly 15.0g.
Very brief WDT stir with needle, then tamped to ~30#.
Pulled shots into prewarmed shot glass on tared digital scale, stopping at blonding (30-35sec).
Visually, all pours were good to excellent.
For tasting, poured shot glass into prewarmed demitasse cup. Sampled straight, then with 1/2t sugar, then with small amounts (1oz) of microfoamed milk.Tasting notes
Jim has nailed this one, and I don't have much to add to his excellent description. Sweet Tooth is a light, clean roast of an acidic Guatemalan SO coffee. This roast has a narrow sweet spot, and is sensitive to both temperature and brew ratio. Higher brew ratios (75-80%) are recommended. The mouthfeel diminishes rapidly at lower brew ratios, and the pours become thin and watery.
Only rarely do I encounter a coffee that makes me wish for finer than the 1C temperature control of my Spaz S1. Ritual Sweet Tooth is one of those coffees. For straight shots, my best results came at 90-91C, with a small amount of sugar to counter the acidity. There is a fruity flavor profile of unripe raspberry, kiwi, and green melon. For milk drinks, there is another sweet spot at 93-94C. Hints of chocolate and walnuts emerge in milk. However, this roast does not shine in milk beverages. The coffee flavors get lost in anything beyond a macchiato (over an ounce of milk).
I usually associate Guatemalan coffees with non-espresso brew. Indeed, Sweet Tooth produced a creditable Aeropress brew.Conclusion
A challenging SO coffee that makes a nice change of pace from the classic northern Italian "comfort food" espresso blend.beansespresso