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Date: 03 Nov 2006 06:55:07
From: pheasant
Subject: Favorite morning drip
Wife enjoys 100% Colombian roasted to just past second crack. I like a
small amount of bite from a Zimbabwe bean, but also enjoy the full body
and aroma of the Colombian. I usually mix them 3 Colombian/1 African
per pot.

We're looking for a change with the characteristics of full body and
aroma with a hint of bite.

The Sulawesi Toraja is pretty darned good as a single source bean, but
know there are MANY other varieties we'd like to try, with a little
guidance from others as to any particular beans with our desired traits.

Straight African beans don't have the full body we like, and momma
doesn't care at all for them as single source.

Thanks for your ideas.

k




 
Date: 04 Nov 2006 07:36:13
From: pheasant
Subject: Re: Favorite morning drip
pheasant wrote:
> Wife enjoys 100% Colombian roasted to just past second crack. I like a
> small amount of bite from a Zimbabwe bean, but also enjoy the full body
> and aroma of the Colombian. I usually mix them 3 Colombian/1 African
> per pot.

Thanks all!

The Guatemala and Sumatra seem to pop up pretty regularly, and I agree
with your statements about end of batch blends, variations in lots, and
never hitting the "perfect" cup, but rather a journey with each sip
having a bit of mystery in it. Never will have the consistency of a
commercial roaster, as like stated before, even each roasting we do is a
teeny bit different.
So thanks for the hints, going to order a couple pounds of the above
mentioned along with the usual big Colombian order and keep going.

What a great hobby for chronic tinkerers! :)

k


 
Date: 03 Nov 2006 20:12:27
From: Felix
Subject: Re: Favorite morning drip
k (pheasant) writes:
> Wife enjoys 100% Colombian roasted to just past second crack.
> I like a small amount of bite from a Zimbabwe bean, but also
> enjoy the full body and aroma of the Colombian. I usually
> mix them 3 Colombian/1 African per pot.
>
> We're looking for a change with the characteristics of full
> body and aroma with a hint of bite.

I don't know what you mean by "bite," but I share your preference for
Afro-American blends, so maybe I can help. Unfortunately, I can't :-)

Even if we ignore the differences between the way we taste coffee,
regional character varies enough from year to year so that we just have
to keep trying and hoping ... For example, I thought Intelligentsia's
Tortuga was among the best I'd ever tasted last year. This year, they
tacitly hinted at a change in quality by releasing it late, and my
first pot was disappointing (a few days ago).

For the full-bodied component, I would consider Guatemala. Metropolis
sold a very good one not long ago, and I love Barry's current offering.
For drip blends, well-chosen "guat" seems to have usurped once reliable
CR. I'd also consider PNG and DP Brazil, but admit to not having great
success with either lately.

The African component is difficult to recommend. Lots of variability
here ... but maybe guessing and tasting are more fun than searching for
a magic formula that will work forever?

As others have reported, those one-of-a-kind leftover blends often work
well, perhaps because we don't expect much from them. I think blends
tend to work when the components were only a little imbalanced, and
when we don't try to design them. In other words, fixing small mistakes
is possible, but a sow's ear will never taste like coffee.


Felix



 
Date: 03 Nov 2006 19:35:37
From: Steve
Subject: Re: Favorite morning drip
On Fri, 03 Nov 2006 06:55:07 -0600, pheasant <kiavan02@yahoo.com >
wrote:

>Wife enjoys 100% Colombian roasted to just past second crack. I like a
>small amount of bite from a Zimbabwe bean, but also enjoy the full body
>and aroma of the Colombian. I usually mix them 3 Colombian/1 African
>per pot.
>
>We're looking for a change with the characteristics of full body and
>aroma with a hint of bite.
>
>The Sulawesi Toraja is pretty darned good as a single source bean, but
>know there are MANY other varieties we'd like to try, with a little
>guidance from others as to any particular beans with our desired traits.
>
>Straight African beans don't have the full body we like, and momma
>doesn't care at all for them as single source.
>
>Thanks for your ideas.
>
>k

Have you given thought to a blend comprised of a Harar and the
Sulawesi Toraja blended 50-50?


 
Date: 03 Nov 2006 18:35:10
From: Ken Wilson
Subject: Re: Favorite morning drip
Go for a lot of bite with a papua new guinea. i progressed from colombian
via peru to PNG for a morning slurper.

incidentally i find the toraja a bit like the gin without the tonic - sort
of not all there?



> The Sulawesi Toraja is pretty darned good as a single source bean, but
> know there are MANY other varieties we'd like to try, with a little
> guidance from others as to any particular beans with our desired traits.
>
> Straight African beans don't have the full body we like, and momma doesn't
> care at all for them as single source.
>
> Thanks for your ideas.
>
> k




 
Date: 03 Nov 2006 18:09:02
From: I->Ian
Subject: Re: Favorite morning drip
On Fri, 03 Nov 2006 06:55:07 -0600, pheasant <kiavan02@yahoo.com >
wrote:

>Straight African beans don't have the full body we like, and momma
>doesn't care at all for them as single source.

Then try some bent Africans... ;-)

Seriously, changing the roast profile dramatically changes the
qualities of a bean.

For example, and while certainly not identical, Colombia can be
transported from Indonesia to Kenya, or a least close enough to fool
many an 'educated' palate.


 
Date: 03 Nov 2006 06:27:58
From: Flasherly
Subject: Re: Favorite morning drip

pheasant wrote:
> Wife enjoys 100% Colombian roasted to just past second crack. I like a
> small amount of bite from a Zimbabwe bean, but also enjoy the full body
> and aroma of the Colombian. I usually mix them 3 Colombian/1 African
> per pot.
>
> We're looking for a change with the characteristics of full body and
> aroma with a hint of bite.
>
> The Sulawesi Toraja is pretty darned good as a single source bean, but
> know there are MANY other varieties we'd like to try, with a little
> guidance from others as to any particular beans with our desired traits.
>
> Straight African beans don't have the full body we like, and momma
> doesn't care at all for them as single source.

Couple notes from pasted descriptions to consider on my next order -

Sumatra Mandheling $23.7/5lb.
indonesia chocolaty ideal morn/dessert coffee heavy-bodied

Guatemalan $21.5/5lb.
volcanic regions spicy fair acidic strong light roast

Another search for mix&match ideas. Names may have changed over a
century but taste should smell the same - Ukers_all_about_coffee.pdf