Ethiopia - Konga
Process Station: Konga
Producer: Several small farm holders
Varietal: Native Heirloom
Growing Altitude: 20-2200 masl
Processing Method: Washed
Harvest: February - Mars 2017
Product: Filter and Espresso
Konga is in a lot of ways your classic Ethiopian coffee. A beautiful Gr. 1 from the region of Yirgacheffe. It is floral, peachy and has a lot of citrus notes. This is the second season we are working with this coffee.
Espresso Roast Brewing Advice:
Use a 1:2.4 brew ratio. With all espresso you first need to identify the size of the filter basket - preferably of the brand VST ridgeless - that you are using. For this coffee that would be -2g from the basket size * 2.4, aiming for a target TDS of 8.4. Depending on which grinder and set-up your working with the result will be a bit different but the recommended brew time is still between 28 - 29 seconds for this coffee.
Filter Roast Brewing advice:
Use a 1:16 brew ratio using a Kalita or V60 brewer, aiming for a TDS of 1,32 for a transparent and clean taste.
We start our brews with a "blooming process" which means that you pour water double the amount of the dry coffee (ex. 12g dry dose would be 24 - 30g of water) and stir as much as you can - a spoon would do the trick - for about 10 seconds. Then slowly pour the remaining of the water in a small circle in the center of the filter.
Keep the water temperature at 94'C degrees and the water hardness around 80 ppm. This is as it should truly a light bodied and delicate cup of coffee. By playing around with the total brew time you will be able to make the coffee sweeter (long brew time) or a bit more vibrant (short brew time) the easiest way to do that is changing the speed of your pouring. Just make sure to remember to also change your grind size so that you can keep the suggested TDS.