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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:15am
Subject: Ristretto Roasters
 

Went To RR Nicolai cafe on Sunday to try them out as they are getting a lot of buzz on "portland's best roaster 2012" list.  The barista was very nice and explained the machine and the pull to us proudly. They had a LM Strada and the house espresso was in a Robur grinder I believe.  The other grinders were small ones though.  Anyway, they gave us a sample pull of the house espresso blend and the crema was like butter in taste and texture and my husband and I fought over who would finish the sample pull.  It was no bitterness but not at all bland. I got a nice cappa to drink and I got 12 oz to bring home. (they don't sell pounds in that shop) I doubt I can pull like they did, a drippy forever long pull but I am gona try.  My husband got a single origin that was very nice and the crema was tasty but I liked the house blend better.  I will post how the home pulls compare.

"RRs next barista slam/jam is coming up April 4th, at the Nicolai cafe. As always doors open at 7 and jamming starts at 7:30. More details to come."

I wonder what they do at these?

http://ristrettoroasters.com/

 
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 11:03am
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They are sooooo not interested in selling 5lb lots even on a schedule.  I could not even get him to consider there might be a market between the 12oz crowd and the 20lbs a week.

Their parameters:
21g grinds
25-32 second time
1.5 oz by volume espresso

First try under extracted but promisingly I tasted a bit of the butter but it was not smooth.
Moved up 6 fine settings and still under extracted.  I am going to have to move a macro setting to get anywhere near the ball park.  The tastes are there but not smooth.  I think it will taste pretty good, not as good as a Strada I am sure but worth it as a treat.  No way I would get them often at that 12oz price.  And at 21g a shot the 12 oz will not last long.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 26, 2013, 11:22am
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Still having trouble even dialing it in.  Updosing and grinding almost as fine as I can doesn't get me anywhere near the ball park.  It would probably be great on a lever machine.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 4:45pm
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As much as you tout the grinder mantra...you're blaming your Oscar. Do you really think your Vario compares to a Robur?  I don't get your logic.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 10:21am
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I know you are right about the robur but I knew that going in.  I have bought beans at other places that use roburs and I could come closer to the cup I got from them.  They are doing too many things I can't do with the vario or the oscar.

 
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