Coffee notes

Notes from dialing-in coffees at home, and trying them in cafes.

Variables I play with (in descending importance)

Variables I keep constant


Finca Tamana SL28, Tim Wendelboe

Didn’t expect to find this here

From the bag

Tasting at The Alley, Penang


San Augustin Sidra Natural, Momos

You can smell this from a mile away.

From the bag

Tasting at Slow Coffee Person, Penang


Sun Dried Brazil, Starbucks

Suprisingly clean and sweet batch brew.

From the bag

Tasting at Starbucks, Singapore


Gakuyuini Peaberry SL28/34 Washed, 20 Grams

A yummy SL-only espresso.

From the bag

Tasting at 20 Grams, Singapore

$4, double espresso. Red florals, controlled acidty when hot but still overwhelming when cool, lots of sweet fruits, creamy.


Dulce Misterio Washed Gesha, Homeground

A very lemony gesha.

From the bag

Tasting at Homeground Coffee, Singapore


Washed Ndunduri, Apartment

From the bag

Tasting at Apartment Coffee, Singapore

$8. Prominent berry acidity, muted florals. Underwhelming.


Astrid Medina Washed, Kurasu

From the bag

Tasting at Kurasu, Singapore


Finca El Salvador 120hr, Friedhats

A pina colada with chocalate bitters.

From the bottle

Dialing in

20 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours

Boozy, hersheys, tropical fruits, sweet, creamy.


Anaerobic Yeast Catuai, Asylum

From the tin

Tasting at Asylum Coffeehouse, Singapore

Floral, berry acidity, yogurt. Creamy mouthfeel.


Nensebo Riripa Washed, Nylon

Perfume in a cup.

From the bag

Tasting at Nylon Coffee, Singapore

Dialing in

18 clicks, 95°c, Orea v3 with Timemore filters, 4x50g pours

Bitter. No acidity.

20 clicks 95°c, V60, 4x50g pours

Abit more perfumey, and some acidity

20 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours

Exactly like how it tasted in the cafe, but with less acidity and more sweetness.

20 clicks, 90°c, 4x50g pours, fully drained before each pour

Each pour drained quickly. Good acidity, no perfume, low-medium peach sweetness.

18 clicks, 90°c, Switch, 4 minutes full immersion

Heavy but chalky body, muted sweetness and acidity

18 clicks, 90°c, V60, 2x50g circle pours + 2x50g center pours

Medium-acidity, perfumey, honey. Doing all circle pours clogs the filter and mute acidity and sweetness. Swirling very gently helps to not clog the filter.


Yellow Catuai Natural, Twenty Grams

From the box

Dialing in

20 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours

22 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours

Similar to 20 clicks, but emptier and with a lighter body. 20 clicks is the sweet spot.


Inmaculada Natural Anaerobic, Homeground

A dissapointingly blended coffee.

From the bag

Tasting at Homeground Coffee Roasters, Singapore


Chelbesa Washed, Apollon’s Gold

A washed Ethiopian bursting with sweetness.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 90°c, Orea v3 with Timemore wave filters, JH’s V60 method, 3:00

16 clicks, 90°c, B75 with Timemore wave filters, 4:00

Still very good, but the sweetness is abit more muddled.

18 clicks, 90°c, Aeropress (3:30 steep, 1 minute press, no stirs)

Similar to the orea v3 brew. very sweet.

18 clicks, 95°c, Aeropress (3:30 steep, 1 minute press, no stirs)

More acidity, more bitterness, less sweet.

20 clicks, 90°c, V60, 4x50g pours


Gatare Red Bourbon Washed, Apollon’s Gold

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 90°c, Orea v3 with negotiated Abaca filters, 4x50g pours, 3:10

20 clicks, 100°c, B75 with Timemore filters, 4x50g pours, 3:00

Abit overextracted, can’t taste much.

20 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours


Finca La Virginia Washed, Autumn Brews

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, hot percolation

Thick mouthfeel, lactic acidity like yogurt.


Fincas Mierisch Natural Pacamara, Apollon’s Gold

Sweet and clean, but underwhelming.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, Switch, full immersion

22 clicks, 100°c, V60, wet WDT

Good nose, but hollow and underextracted on the palette. This needs a finer grind.

18 clicks, 100°c/70°c, Switch, Tetsu Kasuya’s god recipe

Medium-light body, juicy, clean, slight fermenty note, rounded berry acidity well balanced with fruit sweetness, medium-short honey finish. We can try going finer. This recipe is pretty good.

20 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours

Needs more extraction.

20 clicks, 95°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours

Weird smoked duck on the nose, but not much on the palette.

18 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours


Finca La Palma Gesha, Tiong Hoe

An aromatic washed Gesha with incredible clarity.

From the bag

Tasting at Tiong Hoe, Singapore


Astrid Medina Washed, Apollon’s Gold

I partially failed resisting the resting period.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, V60

18 clicks, 95°c, iced V60, 15g:160ml in three pours

20 clicks, 90°c, April brewer, 2x30/70g pours


Los Pirineos Pacamara, Tim Wendelboe

Needs rest.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, V60

Unpleasant citric acidity, very little sweetness.

24 clicks, 100°c, V60, wet WDT


Yambamine Sidra Red Washed, Homeground

Mystery filter from the roastery that turned out to be a competition lot.

From the bag

Tasting at Homeground Roastery, Singapore

Prominent acidity, well balanced with fruity sweetness. Medium body.

“Wah, shiok” — Kenneth at HG


Haru Suke, Alchemist

A clean, aromatic, and delicate washed Ethiopian.

From the bag

Tasting at Alchemist, Singapore


Karogoto Washed Kenyan, Tim Wendelboe

My first bag from Tim Wendelboe, and it didn’t dissapoint.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, hot percolation

16 clicks, 100°c, hot percolation

More sweetness but less clarity.

18 clicks, 100°c, V60, JH’s 1 cup recipe

Muted acidity, but very prominent florals and a long brown sugar + floral finish.

18 clicks, 90/70°c, Tetsu Kasuya’s god recipe

Florals are less prominent, while acidity takes the center stage with loud and clear citrus and berry notes. Finish becomes shorter, and the brown sugar dissapears. 100°c/70°c would be a good next step.

18 clicks, Aeropress, JH’s recipe

No acidity, mild florals, cardboard water


Finca El Carmen Natural Anaerobic, Homeground

Earthy, tropical funk. Tame the funk!

From the bag

Dialing In

20 clicks, 90°c, V60

The earthy funk was abit too much. Yucky when paired with the acidity and bitterness.

20 clicks, 90°c, Switch, iced immersion

Again, the earthy funk was abit too much.

24 clicks, 90°c, V60, japanese iced

Yum. Just the right amount of funk, with brown sugar sweetness indicating a good extraction.

24 clicks, 90°c, Switch, iced immersion

This does really well as an iced filter.

24 clicks, 90°c, V60

All yummy tropical fruits at 3 weeks of rest.


Mesina Muje Natural, Homeground

I was served this at the bar at Homeground and was hit by a bergamot note and how clean the presentation was. I immediately bought a bag home, but was unable to replicate the bergamot note after multiple tries.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks 100°c, V60

No bergamot. Savoury.

16 clicks, 100°c, Switch, full immersion

Still no bergamot. Savoury.

22 clicks, 100°c, 1:15, Kalita 155, 4x50g done gently

A little bit of bergamot, but not a lot.

24 clicks, 100°c, V60, wet WDT

Very sweet and well extracted. A little bit of bergamot.


Bali Perenan Natural, Naebizuka

A new roaster on the block. Hand carried from Bali, and roasted on an Ikawa — only 4 bags in the world.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, V60

Prominent orange sour candy, and a medicinal bitterness.

20 clicks, 100°c, V60

Prominent orange sour candy, with less medicinal bitterness.

16 clicks, 100°c, Switch, full immersion

18 clicks, 90°c, Switch, iced immersion


Hacienda Copey Natural Geisha, 2F+

2F+’s competition roast for the 2023 Malaysian Brewers Cup. This won #6 in Costa Rica’s 2023 COE. I wanted to support my hometown neighborhood roaster so I bought a bag of 100g for RM100 (yikes).

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, Switch, full immersion


Kenya Ukilili AA Washed, 2F+

I was promised blackberries, blackcurrant, and plums on the bag, but this was definitely a tomato kenyan — a roast defect. The thick body made the tomato soup somewhat enjoyable, but it was still a letdown.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, Switch, iced immersion


Finca San Antonio Natural Anaerobic, 2F+

A dissapointing natural anaerobic that tastes like a generic washed coffee, but less clean.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, Switch, iced immersion

Generic light roast profile — stone fruits and chocalate. Just a tiny tiny hint of funk.


Western Province Rutriso Natural, 2F+

A generic but tasty natural Rwandan.

From the bag

Dialing In

18 clicks, 100°c, Switch, iced immersion

Chcocalate, ribena, stone fruits.


Yaye Cherico Red Honey, Onyx

One of the most complex cups I’ve had so far.

From the bag

Tasting at Percolate, Singapore