This weekend, I noticed that we were running out of Blue Bottle’s Roman Espresso. That small bag only yielded us ~15 double shots, which is close to the proper amount from an 8 ounce bag. (I’ll show you the math down below in the mini-Appendix.) So, while we were running our weekend errands, we picked up some Ritual beans from the Ritual Roasters stand over in Hayes Valley. Â The barista’s description of their normal espresso sounded really delicious: sweet, caramal-y, peach-y. Â And then, she started talking about the seasonal espresso, “Nine Darling Road” : sweet, light, caramal-y, apple, brown sugar. Â S’s eyes lit up, and I knew which one we needed to get.
I went about my new morning ritual (see what I did there?). Â Wake up at 7am, turn on the machine, grind the coffee, pour the milk in the stand-in glass pitcher, put the glass pitcher in the fridge, Navy shower. Â At this point (~10 minutes from turning on the machine) the sight glass should be around the green zone, which I’ve read is a good time to start frothing milk. Â So, this morning, I tried that. Â The froth looked more or less the same as before, except with more foam. Â I did notice that I was frothing for a longer period. Â After I have the froth ready, pour the grinds into the filter, tamp, turn, tap out excess grinds, tamp, turn again. Â Now we’re ready for the pull.
There’s the good stuff.
See? Â More foam!
For the taste, I didn’t taste apples, but now that it’s in my head, I tasted the brown sugar. Â Not sure if that was what I really tasted or if that’s what I wanted to taste. Â Anyway, the way I would describe the taste of this one, it’s like you are sixteen, it’s a morning where you wake up from camping, and you can smell the fire from the night before, still having that taste of burnt marshmallows in your mind. Â Hard to explain, but that’s what I’m experiencing right now.
How many cups of lattes should I be able to make with my 8 ounce bag of espresso beans?
Let’s do some lazy man math. Â One Double shot should hold from 14-16 grams of coffee. Â So I’m going to say on average 15 grams. Â One ounce is roughly 28 grams. So, 8 ounces should be about 228 grams. Â Divide that by 15, and we get 14.93. Â Eh, close enough.