there and back again: the yirg

July 17, 2005 – 1:37 am


back to the sophisticatedly finicky bean (it’s like wooing a high-society woman, i say) that spurred this whole chase for the more stable temp profiles to begin with. ah, yirg.

the rejiggered flush routine nailed her — at last. i haven’t had two straight shots of comparable yirg since i opened my 20-pound bag of green last month. suddenly, i was deciphering the profile with heretofore unthinkable surety. this time, no citrusy-alfalfa one shot and balsamic-pine tar poo the next. the things this bean is supposed to feature — powerful flower/lemon, slight pepper and a touch of plum — showed up nicely. good and gamey, the way an ethiopian should be. one might even say it approached the much-bandied clarity benchmark! but then, what do i know. i’m not even a quasi-pro…

after the third or fourth good shot, it occured to me to tape a front-to-back flush and pull. the pull is just a streak blonde, but that’s soooome crema for a supposedly light-bodied ethiopian. also note: i’m not left-handed, thus the bit of fumbling as i load the portafilter while shooting video…