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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: 38

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: 258

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: 376

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: 376

Re: Random Blends

Blending is one of the lost arts of the roaster. With so much focus being put on single origins, blends have become passe, but you can still be transparent and demonstrate your understanding of regional and varietal profiles ...
by schooley
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Random Blends
Replies: 3
Views: 376

I have roasted a few beans

... Central America courtesy of the lovely Huehue Michicoy? So that's what I did. They drank it right up - no surprise there. That Rulindo/Malabar blend? It's been good all through the cooling, with a thick body, but as it's grown cooler that thickness has become more and more chocolaty, and it ...
by martin
Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:52 pm
 
Forum: New Member Introductions
Topic: I have met the beans
Replies: 1709
Views: 365774

Re: Espresso Monkey rocks!

... with it this morning and it was swell as a cuppa. I also spent a while drinking SO espresso primarily but am coming to find that I really enjoy blending coffee for espresso. I've had good luck with using a SM blend with 30% dry processed whatever, blended post roast.
by felice
Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:27 am
 
Forum: Espresso Blending + Single Origin Espresso
Topic: Espresso Monkey rocks!
Replies: 1
Views: 1890

Random Blends

I don't usually make blends if I can avoid it, but sometimes I am very low on a particular single origin coffee and I don't have enough left to make a roast batch worth doing. If I'm going to spend 20 min outside wok roasting green ...
by scotts33919
Sat May 30, 2015 3:05 pm
 
Forum: Choosing Coffees, Cupping, Coffee Reviews, Coffee Storage
Topic: Random Blends
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Rwanda Rulindo

... over those cups. The lighter roast was probably more complex, certainly had more obvious fruit notes; now you've got me thinking about a melange blend, if I can ever find the right tuits to arrange that little thing...
by martin
Sat May 02, 2015 9:43 pm
 
Forum: Africa, Arabia, Asia
Topic: Rwanda Rulindo
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Rwanda Rulindo

... City level with 16.5% weight loss, and with no oil at all appearing on the surface of even one bean. First taste was immediately post-roast, in a blend where I used 40% of the Rulindo. It was promising. Today I had my first pot of single-origin Rulindo. Next pound I'll take it through a few second ...
by bigbells
Sat May 02, 2015 4:28 pm
 
Forum: Africa, Arabia, Asia
Topic: Rwanda Rulindo
Replies: 1
Views: 312
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