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Topic: Those little black beans (2 msgs / 58 lines)
1) From: Scott Jensen
This last week as I was roasting an organic sumatra, yemen blend I noticed
quite a few black beans, waxy beans, and some beans that looked brown
shriveled and nasty.  So I sorted through them until I had enough to fill a
hearthware cup and roasted them.  I always wondered if they tasted as bad as
I had read, also did the really bad ones  roast up normal?  So as to look
deceptivly good and yet ruin a good cup of coffee.
At the same time I decided to save all the bad ugly post roast beans,  the
ones that don't roast or turn an ugly color, to see how they cupped.
I opened the lid of the post roast bad beans today,  Smelled very good.
Smelled good when ground too.  But it really did taste terrible.  Like a
fresh cup of "chase and sanborn",  I couldn't get the aftertaste out of my
mouth!  My wife is the descriptive one, she can put a name to most of the
flavors- but she wouldn't even try it!!
I didn't have the nerve to try the pre roast bad beans tonight, they smelled
terrible when I opened the jar.  Surprisingly a good 1/4 of them might pass
unnoitced in a batch of good beans.  Some of them roasted up quite nice.  I
will cup them tomorrow and post the gruesome results-  unless one of you
expert cuppers would like this great opportunity!  I will gladly fed-x them
to you!!  (Please!)
Scott Jensen
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2) From: Scott Jensen
Since I didn't get any takers to rescue me from the foul brew, it was
necessary to finish the experiment myself!  I'm much better at thinking of
them than doing them!
pre-roast bad beans, roasted into second crack.  All the beans were
carefully selected, and had to be at least 80% black or otherwise
undesiralbe.  so as not to taint the experiment with any good qualities.
The beans were a melting pot of origins, scrounged to get enough for a
roast.
Using my tasters wheel, I think the taste was very bitter and soury at
first.  Hard is a good decription.  Phenolic smells and taste were prominent
( which to me is a rancid type flavor/odor).  It was bold, dark,  smokey,
medicinal and ended with a tobacoey aftertaste.  Like an ashtray.  The
afertaste was definatly the worst of it!
All in all it wasn't terrible,  I would drink it before I had a cup of
folgers from work.  It surprisingly tasted better than that.  I really think
it was better than the post-roast bad bean.  Although I will have to cup
them side by side to really know.  With a little cream and sugar I even
drank half a cup, of course I didn't finish it- but it was not near as bad
as I expected.
Scott
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