Semi-Finals: Clean Up Crew #20-26
Jared JT Truby - Verve
Sweetness, biterness, acidity play together in the cup. Varietal, processing, terroir are out of the barista’s control, however by changing dose, extraction yield and time (in barista’s control), he can explore some of the elements of balance.
Jared is using Elida Estate aka “his old flame” - from Boquete, Panama by Wilfred Lamastas & Aul Sol from El Sal. Espressos up first. Burnt caramel sweetness, grape acidity, bitter citrus finish. Outstanding balance comes from unique sorting and processing, mix of mechanical drying methods. Aul Sol grown at 1800 m using optical, density and hand sorting. Vanilla cream, caramel & cocoa in capps.
Sig drink: Jared is isolating the extraction bi-products, he separates the shot into three portions: sweetness, acidity and bitterness. Paired with a burnt caramel sauce. Acidity is paired with white grape and raspberry. Finally to pair with bitter solubles and an aromatic bitters made with cassia, clove and juniper berries. He then has them combine these three elements into one glass, has them stir, smell, and enjoy a balanced beverage. Dang, Jared just dropped a lot of crazy stuff!
Jams: Send Me an Angel, Maniac,
Ryan Knapp - MadCap
(recap coming soon)
Ian Levine - Verve
Ian is featuring a washed coffee produced by 50 farmers in Huila, Colombia - Los Naranjos.
esp: notes of apricot, citrus acidity, bittersweet chocolate
In his sig: same coffee via 3 brew methods on table - v60 for clarity/citrus, french press - silky mouthfeel, toddy 12 hours - marriage, clarity of flavour and sturdy body. Apricot sweetness, citrus acidity replaced with flavours of toffee, honey and vanilla. A diverse amount of flavors, aromas, and textures. The apricot reduction pair with espresso - toddy concentrate, recreation of cappuccino, drink in two parts sip off top - honey vanilla and coffee cream, finish beverage with emphasis on apricot sweetness linger on palete for days.
jams: Justin Timberlake - Future Sex/Love Sound, Annie Are You Ok - Michael Jackson
Nikolas Krankl - Gelato Bar & Espresso (USBC Finalist)
Beverage weight is the focus of Nik’s presentation and the impact on flavor profile and cup quality. He’s aiming for 19 grams. El Salvador Finca Matalapa peaberry. Clean, bright, juicy. Goes to work and returns with tasting notes. This coffee is roasted by Ecco Caffe. Fresh cranberry acidity. (This coffee is different than the one he used at the Southwest Regional.) Four days off roast.
Nik uses a French press of the coffee, and changes the mouthfeel by pouring it through a glass V60. Allows it to cool down to optimize the aromatics.
Nik aerates the coffee by pouring it thru a wine aerator to not only cool it down, but open up the aromatics. Tells judges to drink however they want, and that it keeps getting sweeter.
Calls time at 14:40. Plenty of time.
Devin Chapman - Coava
Devin is using an Ethiopia Kochere.
He’s recreating a traditional coffee ceremony where coffee is roasted, ground, boiled in hot water to create a dense & rich brew, sweetened and spiced and served in three bowls. He adds 130 g of star anise and black tea, 9g melted dark choc, 6 shots of espresso. Served in traditional Ethiopian cups dressed with lemon rind. The beverage introduces you to flavor profile of coffee.
He adds shots into tea pot for sig with some lemon peel.
30% of coffees come from this region. Coffees are sought after because of their quality. Grown at 1900m, heirloom varietal, zesty aroma and lemony acidity. Wet processed, raised bed dried which cements a clean complexity.
Fruit in aroma, dark chocolate in cup
Capps: notes of lemon but not sharp, round like meringue. Flavors focus on silky body, flavors of milk chocolate.
This was one of the first coffees exported from Ethiopia this year. Harvested in January, received in March. This coffee has been helping to fund a medical center and school in the community where the coffee originates.
Espresso: crema - invokes the color rule and calls the color like the ligher portion of saucers with milk choc flecking, flavors of lemon, silky body, flavors of dark chocolate, and subtle hint of black tea.
Calls time at 15:09.
jams: Talkdemonic (PDX Band), Menomena (PDX Band), Beastie Boys, Boy Eats Drum Machine (PDX Band), Tallest Man on Earth.
Chandler Rentz - Batdorf & Bronson
Showcasing a coffee from Colombia. Walnut & pecan aromatics, bergamot, dried fruit as you sip into the drink. Silky medium mouthfeel, finish
Capps: showcase almond and pecan notes, with hints of citrus still coming thru, nots of the Bergamont.
Sig drink: Heavy cream, added some dried cherry syrup to balance bitterness of dark chocolate, and Earl Grey tea to compliment citrus. Two syrups for 2nd element, a soda made from raisins and dried cherries with sparkling mineral water. Start with
Pete Licata - Honolulu Coffee Co. (SWRBC Champ) (USBC Finalist)
The day of competition rounds out with experienced USBC competitor Pete In the clean-up position.
Pete offers the judges a slide-show to see where the coffee came from on the trees and recommends coffee take notes.
Pete begins with sig drink, honey coffee given in 3 specific tastes representing experiences he’s had bringing this coffee to the comp. Found on big island of Hawaii, 1500 ft. up, picked and pulped in owner’s back yard, and Cascara saved to make a tea. Cured in parchment for three months, and mucilage used in 2nd part of the tea.
Tea is a combination of sweetness, and available sugar from the mucilage, combined with natural acidity and sweetness of coffee from French press. Chocolate complexity, and he introduces two new coffees - a washed and natural processed coffee.
Brown crema ring in capp - toasted grains and malts and caramel sweetness.