Wendy & I moved from PA to AZ almost 4 years ago….wow how time flies! Now have an 11th month old baby! Good times. So as of late we’ve found ourselves making more and more meals at home and really cherishing our outings and adventures….oh the joys of parenthood. Truly a blessing!
Recently we heard news from my hometown of Williamsport, PA from our friend Karl Fisher (Owner & Roaster of Alabaster Coffee Roaster) that their Sabra espresso roast had been selected to compete at Coffee Fest NYC on March 8-10 in the America’s Best Espresso Championship East! Wow! What an honor!
Alabaster will be competing in a a single elimination bracket style tournament that is featuring 24 roasters on the east coast, from Florida to Eastern Canada. Good luck Karl & the Alabaster team!
So being a coffee lover….I just had to give this taste! …After all it is in the running for America’s best espresso!
I plan on trying this awesome roast a few ways. My availability to a true espresso machine is currently limited, so Karl suggested I try it in a Chemex (My preferred method) and also via my press. First up is the Sabra espresso roast freshly ground in my Hario grinder and brewed via my Chemex.
Wow, it was awesome! Below are brewing instructions and tasting notes.
Brewing method: Chemex
Brew time: 5:00
Final Brew: 20oz
-40 g. beans / med. – med. course grind
-204 deg. water temp. (-30 secs off boil)
-600 g. filtered water
-50 g. water pre-infusion @ 1 min.
-Remaining 550 g. water over next 4 mins. – 70 g. water per 30 secs.
Steady, circular, center pour. Avoid sides.
Coffee disclaimer: I am not a coffee expert. I’m just an average Joe that enjoys an exceptional cup of Joe. Tasting notes are my own based on my palette. Stay calm & enjoy good coffee.
-Fruity sweetness (very nice!)
-Toffee/syrupy mid-body (Mmmm)
Mouth feel / Appeal
-light & enjoyable
-smooth on pallete
-Pleasant & vibrant
-Not over powering (just right)
-Subtle chocolaty finish
Overall: A very pleasant coffee experience. I enjoyed immensely and I can’t wait till my next brew.
V. 5 is a blend of coffees from Central America, South America and Africa.
Varietals: Typical, Caturra, Bourbon, Ethiopia Heirloom
It was definitely Bloggin’ Good! If you would like to try you can order on the Alabaster website.
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Best of luck in the espresso competition gents!