Hi There, Just logged in for the first time and I’ve been reading a couple of topics. Nice forum!!
Anyway, my story so far: when I finally received the IKAWA I was really really happy and as I also ordered all the 6 beans with them I could immediately start to roast…however to my dismay I didn’t (really) like the outcome!
Granted, more depth and an overall broader spectrum of taste in the coffee which was a complete new experience for me, but (for me) a REALLY dominating grassy flavour, which is typical for a light roast. Its not that I wasn’t familiar with the taste, we have a small coffee shop in town where the owner roasts her own coffee (in the shop with a Giesen roaster) and she only roasts light. Which i why I only bought coffee there once, its simply not to my liking.
So here I was, staring at an expensive piece of beautiful engineering which produced something I didn’t like.
At first I decided to try the ‘default’ roasts for 2 weeks to see if its something to get used to. Nor me nor my wife did. I really could appreciate the new flavours I found in the coffee, but I really didn’t like the grassy taste that kept dominating the entire experience. Interestingly enough after two weeks I was really clueless as to ‘now what?’
And then it hit me, I’ve been reading a LOT about the nearly everything concerning coffee, from the farming aspect upto how to pour the milk to create latte art, thus also including quite a bit on roasting principles and stupifyingly enough it never occurred to me upto then that I could use that information to create a (quite different) profile. Aka a city profile roast.
If I can figure out how I will post the profile in my next post. I’ve tried several profiles (relatively simple ones) until I hit my(!) sweet spot. Its are REALLY simple and basic profile as I find that I first need to get a grasp on the different types of coffee and their taste within my ‘taste spectrum’ before I start experimenting with ‘funky’ profiles. Anyway my profile turned out to deviate be quite a bit from any of the IKAWA roast profiles, not in principle: get it hot fast so you can get to the core of the bean without burning the outer part; but in time! It turned out that most IKAWA profiles are around 9 minutes, while my sweet spot was around 12 !
This basically is my only criticism on IKAWA (so far): lack of diversity in the roast types. They have provided a great diversity in coffee, I’m amazed what a different kinds of taste you get from the different beans, but they really should have given a broader spectrum of coffee roasts so people can experiment with that as well.
The result so far (with the profile I’ll try to share later):
My favourites: both the Ehiopia’s. The Shakiso brings out a really strong and deep dark chocolate flavour and the Kochere has a strong licorice(!) taste. The Brazil has a more ‘typical’ strong but mild espresso flavour.
Note that I have a Cellini Rocket and basically ONLY drink espresso. I also have an AeroPress but I hardly use that as often.
Well that’s my story so far. I will update when I learn more!