Sunday, March 29, 2015

Brand New Roaster : Giesen W30A



When Jeff and I first moved to Wilfred to test this new machine of him, and that was exactly 1 year ago, we were really impressed.

The W30A is not just a step up from the 15 kg roaster we first had, no it's a totally different ball game all together.
Where the 6 and 15 are shop roasters, this one is an industrial roaster.

With much heaver elements, but also a much stronger engine, a double exhaust and a turbo cooler that sounds like it's going to give the machine some wings and fly up.
More information on the machine here.

We had some issues with the gas the first 2 weeks, but besides of that we get an improved result in flavor already.
The basic materials are much heavier of course, but relatively the same as it always was. More advanced it gets when you take a look at the Control Tower. You can adjust almost everything into the smallest detail. The electronic boards inside look more like it needs to steer an electrical plant than a coffee roaster.

Luckily the roasting itself it not that complicated, although we are still in research how to handle it exactly and how many kilo's we can roast at a time.

Soon more photo's of the roaster and for those who want to see the machine can always let us know and drop by for a visit.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Belgian Aeropress Championship 2015 : Results


A crazy crown, wonderful coffees and Jeff who won the cup; that is basically the story of the championships .... for the last 3 years.

We had a record high 25 aeropressers on the roster! Barista's, home or professional, from all over the country traveled to Antwerp last Sunday to compete for the prestigious price of becoming Belgium's best Aeropresser.
Knowing that the Belgian competitor made it to the World final each of the last 5 World championship - with 3 wins, it means a lot of top class coffee masters at work.

The coffee was the Rwanda Gakenke Muyongwe, gracefully donated by 32cup and roasted in Antwerp at the Caffenation Roastery.

The judges were imported from Amsterdam and Paris and were very pleased by what they cupped.
And the best cup was, once again, made by Jeff Verellen.
Of course he was the man everyone expected, but still a big hand for how consistent he works his way through the heats and semi final, to press his best cup in the finals.
It tasted like a perfect candy and maybe the best coffee we ever had in this competition.

Here the recipes from 3rd Place, Roeland Rypens, a non-professional who made it all the way up to the bronze aeropress!. 2nd Yf Feller, working as Barista and Roaster for Labath, Gent. And 1st Jeff Verellen, Head Roaster at Caffenation and representing Belgium at the WAC in Seattle, USA.

Roeland, 3rd :
Sort out coffee beans (discard pales, damaged beans,...)
Fill Bonavita kettle with 500gr of filtered water in from Bunn ( 93°) leave lid off), filter by Brita PPM 150
Load paper filter in cap and rinse thoroughly
Grind 24 gr Coffee ( Grind 5 on Mahlkonig EK43)
catch grinds with paper cup and transfer them into other paper cup ( fines & chaff sticks to walls)
Add 23 gr coffee beans in the Aeropress in inverted position
Pour 10 sec until 45 grams.
Let beans bloom for 28 seconds
Pour 15 seconds until 235 grams of water weight.
Stir twice
Screw cap into place
Let coffee settle for 80 seconds
Clean the Cupping bowl
Flip aeropress carefully
Press slowly 35 seconds
Stop pressing when air makes the grinds visible
Avoid pressing air & oils through
Make sure no particles have landed in the cupping bowl.
Ready to serve!

Yf, 2nd :
Grind 17,75 grams 'cupping grind' - relatively course
Bang the fines out with a Espro filter
Take a double paper filter and pre wet with very hot water and level it
Get some Spa Blue up to 78 degrees
Bloom 50 ml for 30", in a 'cold' aeropress
Pour 30", while breaking the crust, up to 250 ml total
Keep the aeropress positioned on a 'cold' glass server
Put the plunger in and pull it slightly back up to prevent dripping
Then press 30" til the 'crema' is just above the grounds
Serve in a non-heated cupping bowl

Jeff, 1st :
Preparation:
-Picking out odd beans, sours, damaged, chipped, lights.
-Charge a pvc tube of about a meter with static, wear a lot of wool or rub a scarf on it, wear rubber soles.
-After grinding I sent the grinds trough the PVC tube, see that you don't lose your static. (Removes chaff and some ultra light particles)
-Sieve, I still use a Sowden mesh. Try to only sieve the ultra fines (dust) this removes bitterness, makes the bloom a lot easier(!).

Water:
Spa water with about 50 milligram of added magnesium.

Core recipe:
Aeropress in regular mode.
A cold receptacle, a dash of cold water in it //20 grams.
18 grams grounds prepared coffee (see above)
Bloom at 84c for 30 seconds or till wet grounds just hardened up. //40 grams of water
Get water at 80c pour and re-wet slowly (about 20 seconds) all the grinds //100 grams
Top up with water at 76c, just pour in the middle, no agitation, as slow as possible (about 40 seconds) //130 grams
Plunge very slow, here is where you can calibrate your grinder, about 3,5 to 4 kg max should you press, anything above that and I would grind coarser.
Don't push too far - it may not make any 'hissing' sound



thanks wouter for the photo's

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mister LGB Spring (2015)

50% Ethiopia Sidamo Shilcho, 25% Kenya Nyeri Mihuti PB, 25% Colombia Narino Piedra Blanca

The new Colombian crop is pleasing us and this Narino coffee is a super clean Castillo variety bean, but we miss some acidity and sweetness.
That’s why we are heading back to Africa. The Sidamo Shilcho is the basis of this Spring blend. Mild & Sweet, great mouthfeel and this typical Ethiopian touch.
The Kenya brings brightness and acidity into play. It’s a clean Nyeri Peaberry bean - SL28&34 mix - that blends well with the other components.
General brewing advise : keep the machine relatively low in temp (plus minus 91°c), don’t grind too fine and push extraction towards the 30”.
And, oh yes, this coffee loves fresh and nicely textured milk like no other.

Friday, March 6, 2015

COE 2015 : Burundi Kayanza Nemba Lot 11


Yes, Cup Of Excellence is back in town.
This year we have one from Burundi, now on the shelf as our Filter of the Week!!

Click it here for more info.

Friday, February 27, 2015

BAC Poster and Competitors


Here the 27 competitors at BAC 5 :

Jurgen Desmet (independent)
Paul Chambers (independent)
Isabelle Verschraegen (Independent -Vice champ in 2014)
Joke Deconinck (Caffenation)
Emiel Rymenans (Caffenation)
Yara Hidskens (Caffenation)
Charlene De Buysere (Or - BAC champ 2011)
Jeff Verellen (Caffenation - defending champ)
Sofie Nys (32 cup - Bronze in 2014)
Tom Kuyken (Labath)
Yf Feller (Labath)
Brett Broothaers (Labath)
Elke Vandeper (independent)
Mango (Cuperus)
Valentine Wanders (De Superette)
Chloe Kremer (Verocaffé)
Kris Van Guyse (Noir)
Tim Willems (Kofica)
Tim Jensen (Viggo's)
Jens Crabbé (Mok)
Michel Stegen (Mok)
Laurent Lefevre (CDS)
Danny Calders (Kofica)
Vincent Bruyninckx (independent - BAC champ 2012)
Roeland Ruypens (independent)
Loic Installé (independent)
Francois Lafontaine (Café du sablon)

Judges :
Kim Staelman (SCAE)
Jonatan Scheeper (Head First Roasters)
Boaz Bosboom (Trabocca)

Sponsors :
Caffenation
32 Cup
Limarc
Aerobie
Coffeehit

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mr LGB Winter2

Mr LGB WINTER 2
• COLOMBIA ANTIOQUIA LAS MERCEDES & ETHIOPIA SIDAMO KORATE Gr1
Same type of melange as the last time. We’re in the coldest months of the year and waiting for new crop coffees to arrive. 
And as always Colombia with early arrivals! This Finca Las Mercedes is a real fat bodied cup with smooth mouthfeel and nice spices.
See it as an improved Pulped Natural Yellow Bourbon.
The Korate is a Sidamo and again a Grade 1 picking. Less defects means cleaner cups and that’s what you may expect. So overall more of the same as Winter 1, but less acidity and a bit more body. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Coffee Reviews


There are dozens of places where they review coffees, but the worlds best known is
Coffeereview.com

Except for a rare exception we talk of course about Single Origin Coffees.

They review a lot of coffees, but only US roasted stuff.
I also think their scores are a tad too high to be true, but it gives already an idea about the beans.

And countries.

If you look at their Top 30 of last year we notice Ethiopia and Kenya with 7 entries each. Duh! Just what we expect, and for European roasters who get their hands easier and faster on those African 'gems' we would percentage wise probably see even more of them.
Panama, Nicaragua and Colombia scored well last year, and this could be right. We noticed great crops in these country's, while Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and others had not their best year.

Nice to see one Brazil in there, Fazenda Rainha, exactly the one Brazilian Fazenda we liked most this year. Their Pulped Naturals are rated very highly by us, although this one was a natural!!

Here a link to our fav coffees of last year.