Post By Yelta
Post By Andy
On travel and fresh coffee beans.
SHMBO and I have just completed a 7 week trip from home in SA, across the Nullabor, up the west coast, over to Katherine and back down through the centre.
Just before leaving home I cranked the Corretto up, roasted 3kg of beans, and packed them in 3 x 1kg valved bags, by my calculation this amount should have come close to lasting me throughout the trip.
The day before we arrived in Alice Springs heading south I ran out, still 10 days to go, how did the home roasted beans hold up over the 6 week period I hear you ask, pretty darned well, the flavour was starting to flag a little toward the end but was still quite acceptable.
So what to do, drink instant? not a pleasant thought, or attempt to buy some beans in Alice Springs, hah, easier said than done, none of the cafe's were prepared to sell me any, someone pointed me to a weird little vegan joint said to specialize in freshly roasted beans, wrong, half a dozen paper 250g bags of 8 week old vintage roast @ $17 a bag!!! don't think so.
I'm forced into visiting the local Woolworths store, on perusing the shelves I select what seems to be the best of a bad lot, Vittoria Oro Oro Beans Vittoria promise me these beans are----(One of Vittoria's premium blends, Mountain Grown is a full-strength coffee with a full rich flavour and a delicate finish) as well as----(A 100% premium Arabica blend of high altitude coffee beans, gives a fine espresso taste whether served as an espresso or with milk.)
Add to this a best before date of April 2014.
All of this for $18 kg!!! how can I go wrong?
I open the packet, the aroma of freshly roasted coffee hits me and the beans are not over roasted, so far so good, weigh out 20 grams, dump them into the Rosco grinder and start winding, these are the hardest beans I've ever come across, almost like trying to grind ball bearings, any slow down in the winding action promotes an immediate jam. got them ground and into the Portapresso, after a bit of winding find I have a gusher, empty and wash the PP, readjust the Rosco and try again, this time I'm in the ball park, it's a shame the coffee isn't there with me, this is supermarket beans at their worst, absolutely NO redeeming features, tasteless and cardboardy an all around vile brew.
I'm now back home, have roasted a new batch of beans (yep they are a little fresh) and am pumping out one GS after another on my much loved Bezzera Galatea.
Yep I ground and drank my way through the whole kg of Oro (my right forearm is now half as big again as my left) then went to Mocona instant, which I must admit was quite a step up from the Oro stuff, guess I should have known better.
We home roasters just don't realize just how good we have it until we're forced to go out into the real world and try to survive.
Wow, big trip!
...good story too.
Next time you will have to pack a popper or a heatgun and a wooden spoon along with a couple of kilos of emergency beans as part of your "Thirst Aid" kit.
Thought about it Andy, discarded the idea in the interest of weight conservation, perhaps I won't be quite as hasty next time.
Originally Posted by Andy
I have bought beans in Ktown from a semi commercial roaster 'blast coffee'
I am not a mature snob, and they weren't my preferred roast (he roasts them to his tastes). Still, beats supermarket beans.
Welcome back Yelta... it's been a bit quiet in your absence
Originally Posted by Vinitasse
Thanks for the welcome (I think).
Back to the real world now, pruning roses and weeding at the moment, spring is almost on us again.