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Re: Evaluating Roasts vs. Cupping

... mug (made by a friend) that I fill half way with cold water. Into the microwave for a minute. Meanwhile, fine-grind 14g of light/dark roast blend (Gesha or Yirg for the light, Sumatra or Java or Guat or Rwanda for the dark), and pull a double shot on the Silvia. Pour the double into the ...
by davidearls
Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:02 am
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Evaluating Roasts vs. Cupping
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Evaluating Roasts vs. Cupping

... quieter perhaps, but not as an empty refrain or dull fade. Tomorrow short about 15 grams, may work up another sort of variation, this on an old blending theme, gesha plus java, kind of like a mocha java at several removes. Getting back to evaluation, what's obvious is there's no substitute for ...
by el grano viejo
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:05 am
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Evaluating Roasts vs. Cupping
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: Evaluating Roasts vs. Cupping

... of a coffee are before I buy it. Second, I rarely drink single origin coffees. I have found that the contrasts and harmonies that emerge from blending make two beans complement each other to a degree that neither can achieve on its own. I am a long-time SM UHR now (10+ years), would never ...
by davidearls
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Evaluating Roasts vs. Cupping
Replies: 8
Views: 481

A note on the light/dark blends

... New Things and Wrong Way Down a One-Way Street threads. I should have mentioned this in both but didn't. My apologies. I have found both the Gesha blend and the light African/dark other blends to be very drinkable in the first 24 hours after the roast, but they really don't peak until at least ...
by davidearls
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:48 pm
 
Forum: Espresso Blending + Single Origin Espresso
Topic: A note on the light/dark blends
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Re: Roasting Different Types of Green Beans Together

To answer this question from way back, I will offer that the coffees that were blended post roast were roasted to the same profile, but rather they were roasted to what would be considered the "ideal" roast for that particular coffee. This is the main ...
by schooley
Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:20 am
 
Forum: Technical Roasting Discussions
Topic: Roasting Different Types of Green Beans Together
Replies: 10
Views: 2818

Wrong way on a one-way street

... 100g - light roast, I mean, going to COOL before first-crack finishes on my SR700. Then I full-city roast some Sumatra Toba Tabak Peaberry and I BLEND the Gesha and the Sumatra. I mean, like, couldn't you GO STRAIGHT TO JAIL, DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200 for blending Gesha? So I compound ...
by davidearls
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Espresso Blending + Single Origin Espresso
Topic: Wrong way on a one-way street
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Trying new things

Haven't been here for a couple of months, but have been trying some new things that appear to have legs. In the past, I've always blended different beans together prior to roasting, mostly out of sheer laziness. Thought it was time to try something different, so here's what I've stumbled ...
by davidearls
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:21 am
 
Forum: Espresso Blending + Single Origin Espresso
Topic: Trying new things
Replies: 0
Views: 187

Re: 2015 Yemens

... special, in the Ismaili fashion with moderate fruit notes, which makes me prefer it straight, where the Sharasi, eg., was IMO so well suited to blending (not that it wasn't nice neat as well). I'm calling my batch a C+, and probably will take it a little darker next time, as I was worried about ...
by martin
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:12 am
 
Forum: Africa, Arabia, Asia
Topic: 2015 Yemens
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Re: Random Blends

I am also a firm believer that working with blends is a great training tool in learning how to discern flavor in coffee. You may not be able to pick out a "meyer lemon" note or such in a coffee, but you can taste the Guatemala in the ...
by schooley
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Random Blends
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: Random Blends

I've done a lot more one-off blends, mostly to use up tail-ends of things, than ones I planned. The latter have run mainly to variants of the Mokha-Java plan, sometimes with "original design" Yemen and Java beans, but DP Ethiopians ...
by martin
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:11 am
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Random Blends
Replies: 3
Views: 560
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