The Dirty Portafilter

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Monday, September 19, 2005

Caffe Fresco Ambrosia Blend

Being out on travel last week I did not have time to roast up a batch of espresso. I decided to order some Ambrosia and Red Star from Caffé Fresco. Tony Sciandra (founder and roaster) has stirred up a bit of a buzz on CoffeeGeek. I have to say, it lives up to the hype.

My package arrived today.

Nicely packed and with information about the company, blend and the Rainforest Alliance.

This is the ambrosia in my Mazzer hopper. If you are wondering about the blue around the top, that is a rubber band. I get a good seal on the lid which helps to cut down the oxidation and prolong the life of the blend (but it never lasts more than 5 days).

I only get out the Illy Collection cups for special events, I thought this qualified. This is the first shot. No grinder tweaking, truly the first shot.

I had to have a sip before the photo

It was a little edgy; I think it needs another day or two to rest. They recommend 199-201F for the brew temp. I pulled two shots, one in the 199 range, another in the 201 range. The higher temp pulled a better shot.

Next up was a cappa and a slight grinder adjustment, the timing on this one was on the money.

Good stuff Tony.


  • At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said… checking in: excellent pictures and I love Ambrosia as well!


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