I made a commitment to try new beans in my Espresso machine. A recent trip to Costco was when I was reminded. Reasonably inexpensive beans, and a chance to try what I had thought of for a while. These Kirkland-branded beans are supplied by Starbucks.
The beans themselves looked very oily, and smelled very roasted. Perhaps over-roasted, but I am not able to decide that from looking at beans. Let’s brew!
First reaction was that I must have over-extracted. It was bitter, but weak at the same time.
Fortunately, I am willing to make the sacrifice and keep drinking cappuccino. Pulling a shorter shot seemed to be the solution to the weaker brew, but the bitterness seemed to remain. I was also left with the feeling that I was using a double-shot of grounds to make a single-shot of espresso.
When I got back to the William Spartivento,, I was reminded that my first thoughts on this espresso were correct.
Many people seem to have their “standard” beans. I buy beans from several local places, but seem to go through a lot of William Spartivento Barista beans that I pick up from Costco. These beans have a very full flavour. I think I am spoiled after this. I am making a “blog resolution” to try out at least one different bean source every month or two, and report in here.
From William Spartivento, I prefer the Barista over the La Crema.
Let me know what your preferences are for making Cappuccino and Latte.
William Spartivento Barista Espresso Beans
The Blog name is consistent with our company name – Two Old Beans. We drink a cappuccino or latté before starting anything.
I consume a lot of espresso drinks. I have a decent espresso machine (Breville Cafe Roma), and a conical burr grinder. Add in some good beans, and too many mornings of figuring out what works or me. Some people will downplay my espresso machine, but I am happy with the results for the price.
For me, I also have 2 stove-top espresso machines, a couple manual frothers, too many Bodum (French Press) to count, and I think there is a filter-based coffee maker in the basement somewhere.
This blog will be about life, focusing on coffee since each day starts with feeding my coffee addiction.