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The return of the blends

Postby simonp » Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:04 pm

I thought I'd return with a "this week's blend" after giving you all a break.

I can't claim responsibility for this one, it was an idea Steve (HB) gave me quite a while back.
His original was:
40% Brazilian Cachoera
40% Bolivian Organic
20% Kona

I have no Kona, and he suggested using Etheopian Harar instaed.

I cheated a little and roasted all 3 together. The Cach and Harar are fine together, and I hoped the Bolivian would be OK in with them.
I had little success with the Bolivian in the air roaster, I got an underlying taste of over boiled cabbage! Having done it in the Hottop, I got the chocolate Steve had kept on about.

The roast went well, the Bolivian seemed to roast to a similar degree to the other 2.

After a few days rest, I was getting lovely looking pours from this, nice dark crema which stayed for a long time giving a creamy mouthfeel. The taste is very sweet with caramel,nuts, and chocolate/cocoa, and just a litle fruit. This is very smooth, and makes a really nice ristretto. Despite being on the mellow end of espresso, it is still quite nice in a cappuccino. It would certainly be lost with any more milk though.

I have been using the new (new to me anyway) Mazzer Mini to grind this, which may have influenced things a little.

I'd be interested to try this with the Kona that Steve uses though.
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Postby phil » Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:00 pm

Having tried something similar (with Harrar, as you did) I do find that Cachoeira and the Bolivian are "playing in the same space" in the blend.

I actually like the Bolivian as a base bean for my blends (roasted just into 2nd, as for the Cachoeira). When I get some more I'll be playing with those again. Bolivian Primera Organic and Harrar 50:50 is goooooood - chocolate and blueberries .....

Maybe a little Colombian or Bugisu as a sweetener? What do you think, Si?
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Postby simonp » Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:07 pm

I certainly found the Bolivian added something more than just a Cach/Harrar blend I tried before.
Bugisu would add some more sweetness, a darker chocolate taste, and some more fruit. It needs a little darker roasting or can be too acidic. Bugisu certainly seems to sit nicely with Harrar.
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Postby phil » Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:18 pm

Sure the Bolivian and the Cach are different, so having them both in a blend will be different. I just felt that (to draw an analogy from audio) it produced a rather over-full midrange. :lol:
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Postby Gouezeri » Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:56 pm

Good analogy Phil, kinda like "separation" in recording. Works nicely on a few levels. Balance is definitely a feature, but sometimes it's a matter of bringing out key, or interesting, notes.
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Postby Beanie » Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:06 pm

Ohhh, I've missed these blend posts :) So happy when I have all the "components" on hand to try it out.

Just some clarification though, Simon... did you do it 2nd time around with Bolivia as a separate roast? I think I might try this as a mix of both suggestions: Phil's 50-50 BPO-EH & yours, so: 40-Cach, 30 BPO, 30 Harrar :) And I suppose just into 2C?
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Postby simonp » Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:12 pm

I only roasted it once, Bolivian all in with the other 2
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Postby Beanie » Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:26 pm

Thx Simon :)

Aarrggg... just double-checked - no Cach :( but have Lagoa.
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Postby simonp » Thu Nov 10, 2005 5:32 pm

Ty the Lagoa, it will be slightly less sweet, but more chocolate maybe.
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Postby Steve » Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:06 am

I'm waiting for the *new* crop cona may try and renew this one Simon thanks for reminding me :)
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Postby simonp » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:08 am

DAmn, spelled Cona Kona, which is a mountain bike :oops:
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Postby Steve » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:09 am

Kona correct my mistake :( sorry v late cona vac pots kona beans !
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Postby simonp » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:10 am

Ah, right after all :drink:
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Postby Gouezeri » Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:31 am

and what's wrong with kona bikes? I ride a kona so nerrr :-P
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Postby simonp » Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:56 am

The :oops: was for me, not the mountain bike, I've always facied one myself :mrgreen:
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