05 Sep 2018
As planned, today I tried brewing with the lid closed and slightly fewer grounds in the filter. I was trying to isolate the factor responsible for yesterday’s more mild brew.
Today, it took 8:18” for the joe to start pouring out from the sprout, and about 20 seconds to fill the top chamber.
I have to say I can’t quite put my finger on the flavor of this cup. I can only vaguely place it between day 1 and day 2’s brews in terms of bitterness. The aroma was similar to yesterday’s, but slightly stronger. Wherever it is this cups lies on the bitterness spectrum, I think it’s crossed just over the line of what I like, so I’m going to give it a 5.9/10.
The amount of grounds at the bottom of my mug this morning was perhaps the main redeeming quality of this brew – I found very few grounds sneaking into my last sip, perhaps even fewer than in yesterday’s cup.
To complete my bitterness grid search, tomorrow I’ll brew my cup with a full filter compartment and an open lid. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep the heat consistent, but as yesterday showed, I may need to bump it from 4 to 6 at the end of the process to encourage the coffee up through the spout.