Posted Sat Apr 10, 2010, 11:34am Subject: Flat Black - Ethiopian Harrar
I went out on a limb and decided to try something I had never heard of last week. It showed up today(4/10) and was roasted on 4/5. Coffee was packaged in a standard lined/paper bag. Aroma was very mild(probably due to packaging). Although I ordered from Roaste, you can add a note on your order to have the coffee roasted to your specs by simply adding a note to your order. I talked with Scott at Roaste about the coffee before I ordered and it came highly recommended as he had just done a cupping with the owner of Flat Black the previous week.
So I brewed the first shot with 19 grams of coffee on the hotter side. The extraction was decent but overall good and led to a very pleasant shot. I normally don't go for fruity coffees and this particular bean is a total berry-bomb! I had my girlfriend take a sip for her thoughts as she is better than I at picking up flavors and she confirmed my suspicions. We then looked up the tasting notes both on Roaste, and FB's site and tended to agree.
So I'm looking forward to working more with this coffee and will report back later to let you know if it continues to impress. Meanwhile, if you're looking to try something totally new and enjoy berry notes, this might be a fun one for you.
Posted Sun Apr 11, 2010, 6:50am Subject: Re: Flat Black - Ethiopian Harrar
Tried it yesterday afternoon through the Aeropress. I ground 15gr 1 macro off my epsresso setting on the B-Vario, and used the inverted method for brew. What a great cup. I've been trying a lot coffees through my Aeropress lately as well as French Press, this has been the best cup I've had in a while. My g/f had some Brazilian through the Aeropress a couple days ago that she raved about, and just couldn't believe this Harrar. The berry notes carry through quite well and it makes a very impressive cup. Now I'm confused, this stuff is equally as good as an espresso and regular coffee.
I made a 6oz cappucino this morning with the Harrar and quickly realized this stuff DOES NOT stand up well in milk. Maybe I need to decrease the drink volume or something but it seemed to get lost in the milk totally.
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Posted Sun Apr 11, 2010, 7:40pm Subject: Re: Flat Black - Ethiopian Harrar
Ethiopians... Love em!!
I really, really, REALLY enjoy SO Espresso with Ethiopian coffee. Most of the time, they dont hold up in even small capps. But, Try a Machiatto.... I had a sidamo a while back, that was simply amazing as a Machiatto. Given then extra funk of the Harrar, Id imagine it will be even better.
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