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So now I am out of Harrar :( That was almost on purpose, because I
wanted to try all the wonderful coffee that has been reported on this list.
Last weekend I roasted some *Nicaragua Cup of Exc. Coop 15 de
Septiembre, *to just into second crack, and it was very bright.
Today I held back, pre warmed my turbo beast roaster, and did 162 Gr to
It just finished, and I have just brewed a cup (22 oz) of this wonderful
nectar in my press pot.
Now I say 425F advisedly. This is the temp my TC tells me that is down
in the vicinity of the beans. The thermostat on the GG turns the heater
off when it indicates a bit less than 400F.
First crack finished, and I was able to keep the temp there for 3
minutes to make sure it finished. But second crack did not start, and
the beans are brown and not oily.
Now I do not pretend to have the educated pallet that you all have, but
I am here to tell you that this batch is rich, flavorful, and not bright
(not that bright is a bad thing.) As the coffee cools, and I continue to
sip it, I am noticing different nuances in the cup, but I am sorry that
I can't pick out any fruit flavors. It is merely divine ;)
This GG setup gives me confidence to try lighter roasts. With my air
popper, I was never quite sure of the real temperature of the beans,
because the air was just whistling past them. I knew I could make this
wind hot enough to scorch the beans, and I worked on bringing the mass
up gradually to finish. This always made great coffee as well, but I as
I experimented with placing the TC in different spots of the chamber,
during the roast, I would get vast differences in readings. So at best
all I could come up with was an 'average' with some beans roasted more
and some less.
The GG setup imho, provides a more even temperature for the beans to
roast in. Of course there is a gradient, but there is no possibility of
blasting the beans with 800 degree air, as there is in a popper.
Just my slow learning observations, from LHC.
Really really enjoying the latest roast, here in LHC