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Topic: "Spectrum" Roasting (3 msgs / 71 lines)
1) From: H.K.
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Hello,
 
I don't know if this is considered to be a mélange 
roast or not, but I like to "test-drive" each bean by roasting it to 
different degrees, tasting those different degrees separately, then finally 
blending them together in equal ratios.  For example, I roast one type of 
bean to city, full city, and French (or so) and blend it all 
together.  I like to think that this is giving me the entire spectrum of 
the bean's flavors in one cup.  My question is, in your opinion, am I 
actually ruining or "wasting" the experience by doing this?  Do certain 
degrees of roast for a given bean negate or mask certain attributes if blended 
with a different roast of the same bean?!  I assume this is fairly common, 
but I wanted to know early if I am just wasting beans at this point.  I 
roast in a Fresh Roast machine, so one "spectrum" roasting uses up most of my 
pound of coffee beans.  I then decide if it's worth buying more of the 
same, only perhaps in larger quantities.  Opinions?
 
Harry

2) From: Gary Zimmerman
 
H.K. wrote:
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Personally, I don't think so.  I used to do this myself, but not so 
extensively.  I would just do a light roast (past first crack or maybe just 
until the first hint of second) and a darker roast usually about a minute 
into second.  Try them separately and then blended in equal parts.  I found 
it fun and instructional.
I've stopped because I've gotten lazy.  Now I usually roast per Tom's 
suggestions, and blend different varieties.  But I don't think you are at 
all wasting your time!
-- garyZ
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3) From: cthomas
Harry,
I have fallen into the habit of doing 3 1/2, 4, and 4 1/2 roasts of a new
bean in my Fresh Roast as a way of zeroing in on the level of roast I
prefer.  I've tried several 5 minute roasts on some beans, but never liked
the charred results.  I can't say I've deliberately mixed them all
together, because I usually roast just slightly more than I need for a pot
for my wife and myself.  However, if you like the results of the blend, you
gotta remember that's what all the effort is about.  If you can separate
distinctive characteristics at each level of roast and find them in the
blend, more power to ya.
Enjoy,
Carl T.
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