FreeWrite: Coffee chronicles

Coffee can be such a peculiar drink.

Just a single tablespoon (~6 grams) can drastically make a difference in the taste and flavor of the cup.

The grind size certainly matters, and I’m still experimenting with different brands and types of coffee to see what works best for me.

Using Lavazza Cafe Espresso in my drip coffee machine has a learning experience.

Five scoops (my typical dosage) with roughly 500 mL of water produced a over-extracted cup.

Four scoops with the same amount of water produced an under-extracted cup.

I’m trying not to turn this into a science experiment, but that’s what it has inadvertently become.

C’est la vie.

My digestion becomes quite sensitive to less-than-ideal extractions, so I keep working toward the correct balance.

The flavor doesn’t have to be mind-blowing. I care more about ease than doing my own pour-over. But it has to be something that agrees with my palate. For instance, I’m just not a fan of the Chock Full O Nuts brand.

Which brings me back to Lavazza Cafe Espresso. It’s an Italian brand with a lot of history. I like the flavor. But the grind is super fine.

I believe they sell medium grind for drip coffee makers, but I much prefer to buy coffee in a tin, not a bag (makes for easy scooping).

Coffee chronicles, to be continued!