Today’s Coffee: 29th February 2024

What the heck is this?

  • Coffee Weight: 15g (pre-grind)
  • Grind size: 1Zpresso QS @ 2.0 (4.5mm)
  • Pre-grind anti-static water: 3 drops in with the beans
  • Water temperature: 88°
  • Hario V60 01 brown filter
  • Funnel warming water: 400ml @ 88°
  • Water hardness: medium (calcium carbonate 100–200ppm)
  • Method: Tetsu Acidic and Light (52:38)
  • Beans: Redemption Rubén Ortega

Pours (target weight and time in parenthesis)

  • First (52g in 10s): 6g over 2s early. Watch out for that first pour. It’s a doozy!
  • Second (38g in 10s): Spot on. Don’t mess with me, pork chop.
  • Third (135g in 10s): Spot on. I’m a god. I’m not the God, I don’t think.


  • Leap Day coffee.
  • The coffee quality today determines the coffee quality outlook for the next six weeks.
  • I should have worn something more ceremonial.
  • Bed clear in 3:05.

Tasting Notes

Nose:​ Gosh a real hit of acid first thing, but not unpleasant. Like a €80 bottle of balsamic vinegar.

First taste:​ Of course there’s fruit and we know what fruit it is, but the balsamic is coming through more on the exit. It’s a nice balance of sweet and tart. Sadly, it does leave with a smidge more bitter than we would like to see from these beans.

Second taste:​ The fruit (you know the one) does become more prominent as it cools and the mug gets juicier. It’s a quality beverage, this one, but that last hint of bitterness means that it sadly cannot qualify for that extra half moon.

And so it looks like six more weeks without a six moon coffee. Yet we know that this is just another step in the cycle of life. Standing here among my fellow coffee nerds and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than the continuing search for that Sixth Moon.