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La Minita roasting

Postby simonp » Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:26 pm

After the recent discussions concerning the use of the La Minita Costa Rican, and what looks like impending late nights at work, I thought I'd roast up some La Minta for caffetiere use at work.
What would be a good roast for this bean, given tat I am using a Hottop?
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Postby simonp » Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:09 am

I roasated up a batch of this last night. It roasted like a dream, very even. I let it run about 45 seconds after the end of first crack proper (there were about 3 snaps 20 seconds afetr the rest had finished). The beans still have a slightly mottled rough surface, and look very much like the "city" roast picture on the Sweet Marias website, which seemed to be the best roast for getting the full varietal flavours. I guess I should let it rest for 3 days before using, but I might have to try some tomorrow anyway :)
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Postby tisri » Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:21 pm

Best roasting setting? Rolling second crack of course, unless like me you're a fan of dark roasts :D
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Postby simonp » Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:25 pm

tisri wrote:Best roasting setting? Rolling second crack of course, unless like me you're a fan of dark roasts :D


For caffetiere use? shurely not.
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Hottop updated to a B with Compuetr control
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Rival popper, with split motor and dimmer mod on heater (retired)
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Postby simonp » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:59 pm

I've been drinking this in the French press for the last week or so, and it has been very nice. It took me a while to find a suitable grind and judge the brew time, so the initial tries were a little muddy and overextracted, but I got there in the end.

This a very clean tasting coffee, with a sort of apple freshness. It is not overly acidic, and the body is not that heavy, but it is very SMOOTH. It reminded me of JBM in the smoothness.
As I mostly drink espresso I did find, initially, that the flavour was a little too subtle, but it grows on you. I can imagine this would work well in a vac pot, which I believe gives a very clean cup, so the subtle flavours should come out.
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Postby motoman » Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:03 am

Simon! do me a favour and run it through the Silvia and make an Americano. I would value your opinion.


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Postby simonp » Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:51 pm

I still have a little left, so I'll give it a go. Iv'e never made an americano though, the thought of diluting the lovely espresso always put me off.
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Postby Gouezeri » Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:19 pm

I understand where you are coming from Simon. But, I'm with Pete on this. I would much rather drink americanos than cafetiere... and cafetiere is all I used to drink a few years back, now it just seems too "muddy" for me (must get around to buying a vacpot and hope the wife doesn't notice! ;-) ). So I reckon this would be worth a try.
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