The Latte Taste Test

You might be asking yourself, how do I make my latte?  It should be stated as a fact that variance in process can ruin the taste of a latte.  So if I try to minimize this variance, then the taste of the beans should be standardized and comparable regardless of the coffee roaster.  So in the past 5 years, I’ve come up with a standard approach.

  • Grind approximately 30g of coffee beans.
  • Add approximately 120g of hot water at 98C (or 4x the weight of ground beans) in an Aeropress.
  • Stir and brew the hot coffee slurry for no more than 5 minutes.
  • Use the Aeropress to extract the coffee extract out into a cup.
  • Weigh the total recovered espresso liquid.
  • Add approximately 180g of Horizon 2% Organic cold milk into the espresso liquid (or 3x the weight of recovered espresso liquid).

It should be obvious that the strength of the espresso liquid is dependent on the amount of milk used.  For Cafe con Leche, I find a 1x the weight of the recovered espresso liquid to yield a good strong coffee.

Evans Brothers Roaster

After being gifted with Ritual Coffee subscription, I looked and join a coffee subscription service called Angel’s Cup.  From an old reddit post I stumbled upon via Google (now turned into wiki guide), Angel’s Cup seemed to have the best variety (different roasters) for the price (~20/bag) and frequency (once per month) that I was looking for.

Coffee roasters like Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, and even Starbucks all roast their coffee beans differently resulting in unique flavor profiles in the lattes that I drink.  After being with Ritual Coffee for so long, I really wanted to try different roasters in order to taste the different profiles.  And Angel’s Cup seems to fit that bill.

So for March I received this…