According to our DE1PRO Decent Espresso Machine’s description, the “gentle and sweet” pressure profile is a very easy profile that can aid if you’re having difficulty making good drinks with your espresso. The pressure only goes up as far as 6 bar and slowly decreases through the remaining seconds until it reaches 4 bar. Decent also claims that the espresso puck this profile produces should be free of channeling, and the espresso should be low in acidity, good by itself or with milk, either as a cortado or a latte.
With 18.0 grams of coffee, the profile starts extraction with a low-pressure preinfusion for 13 seconds at a pressure that directly goes up to 6 bar and then decreases through the course of the brew, for a pouring time of 49 seconds at a low temperature of 80.0°C. The total weight of the espresso after extraction was at 40 ml, which is our ideal output weight. Here’s the chart.
As usual, we are using DC7. That’s our house blend comprised of Guatemala Huehuetenango, Colombian Supremo, and Northern Philippine coffees. Our shot produced a subtle chocolate aroma with notes of cacao followed by a mild nutty flavor, with very low acidity. The body left a smooth mouthfeel which made for a pleasant experience.
Our assessment: this “gentle and sweet” pressure profile was smooth and sweet but lacked the complex flavors that we got from the more aggressive pressure profiles.
Here’s the numerical breakdown on a 1-10 scale:Aroma: 8.5Flavor: 8Finish: 8Aftertaste: 7Acidity: 6Body/Texture: 7.5Balance:7.5Sweetness: 8.5