Talk about embarassing. Seems the coffee guy was pretty much out of coffee this morning. This is not a usual occurrence, as you might imagine. Typically my counters and dining room table are covered with small bags of origins I’m cupping and blends in progress, at a minimum. But last weekend we had some dinner guests, so I cleaned up and composted everything (including the bags!), giving me a fresh start to do it all over again in some period of time.
Apparently one week is insufficient to replenish the household supply. At least this week was insufficient.
So when I realized the espresso grinder was empty this morning, an urgent search ensued. The only coffee I turned up was a little bag of Organic Breakfast Blend that was hiding behind the espresso machine, dated 22 June 2008. Whatever. In it went.
Turns out this blend, even at 6 weeks old, makes a passable espresso. Not brilliant, not the best I’ve ever had, but better than 90% of coffee shops, for sure. It definitely had a little of that “old coffee” thing going on in that it was a little difficult to dial in for a long pull and the crema production was off, but it wasn’t formulated for crema production. It has a little more brightness than my ususal espresso blends. Not Cafe Fiorre bright, but you know it’s there. But still rounded and nicely balanced with a little chocolate and a pleasant, lingering aftertatse.
I am sad to report, however, that this blend is not superior for fighting a red wine-induced hangover. Ugh.