Hello - I'm new to home roasting, and am in the process of building a stash= of my own. I've been reading the list for a week or so, and have really bee= n enjoying the sense of community here! So - I was wondering - what are your = 5 favorite varietals (available at SM's preferrably) that you couldn't imagin= e running out of? Looking forward to hearing your responses! Mike
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I'm afraid 5 is too limiting. I can immediately add a sixth to the five Mr.= Kyle has presented - Whatever 'Yirg' Tom is currently selling. Mike (just plain) On 9/7/05, R.N.Kyle wrote: <Snip> .mexico.html#tresoros> <Snip> r.brasil.html#ipanema> <Snip> tml#hararhorse> <Snip> a.india.html#elephant> <Snip> her.blends.html#espresso.monkey> <Snip> <Snip> ou <Snip> <Snip>
You really don't get to have a constant set of favorite varietals. Given that the available beans change from season to season and year the current favorites also change. Coffee is an agricultural product and beans from the same tree processed the same way turn our different from year to year. After being on the list a few years, I have come to know which members seem to agree with me in taste preferences and about half of what I order are ones they rave about on the list. I'm afraid that when it comes to selecting coffees, I'm more of a follower than a leader. Jim Gundlach On Sep 7, 2005, at 5:52 PM, Mike McNamara wrote: <Snip>
Probably your best bet is to start with an 8 pack sampler from Tom. Taste is a personal thing. find the few you like read Toms review of those beans and then look for similar reviews. Another tip ignore the cupping numbers and ignore price. A more expensive coffee is not necessarily better tasting for you. Good luck it's a fun adventure
Welcome Mike Right now my Top Five would be: 1. Uganda Bugisu (If Tom has it, I have it. For me, it is the best all roun= d coffee) 2. Brazil Yellow Bourbon 3. Kenya EAFCA Winner Githiru Coop 4. Panama Jaramillo "Geisha Blue 5. Papua New Guinea Kimel You did say for Vacuum/Filter Brewing. When Tom gets the new Pacamara bean in, it would go on this list too. I hav= e left a lot of favorites off this list. If you read my stash report from a= few days ago, you would catch my drift as to how I build my stash. Those sampler packs are a really good idea. It is important to look for key words= from Tom as to how long a good bean might be around. On the new Kenya Thiriku Peaberry he says, "A heads up: This is our first peaberry lot of th= e year, and not our last ... but it is an unusually small Kenya lot so I don'= t think it will last long at all." So, if the writeup sounds like your kind o= f coffee you need to order it because it won't be around very long. Les On 9/7/05, Mike McNamara wrote: <Snip> <Snip> ou <Snip>
Mike McNamara wrote: <Snip> One example of a coffee that was my all time favorite but right now is not is the Tanzanian Songea. It is still good, don't get me wrong, but last year's crop was hands down the best coffee I've ever had. Maybe I'm just a sucker for dark chocolate, but the "dutch chocolate" flavor in the bean made it the best coffee in the entire world! Sad thing is, I was only my first or second order of home roasted coffee, and I didn't understand how things worked. I didn't realize I had grabbed one of the last pounds of that lot available. So when I went back next time and ordered 5# of it, I kept wondering why it was different, not that outstanding flavor that I had the first time. I later discovered that this second order came from the new 2005 lot that while still very good, the dutch chocolate flavor was not a dominate, and the vanilla was more dominate, and that changed the whole flavor of the coffee. As I said, still good, and not sad I ended up with 5# of it, but this current lot definitely does not rank as high as last years lot did. If I knew then what I know now, I would have ordered 20# of it! That said, my current favorite beans are: Costa Rican Tarrazu El Conquistador Costa Rican Peaberry Costa Rican Miel El Salvador Miel Brazil Santa Helena Monsooned Elephant And most recently, Brazil Yellow Bourbon Well, take the top five of those if your really, really, really need just five! There are others I would like to keep a stock of, but money is an issue. There are some that have recently come out that I would really, really like to get, but I'm dry on the money right now. "Hey Honey, you sure we need a stove...can't we just cook over an open fire in the back yard every night!" -- Rick Copple Marble Falls, TX Slowly selling off the house.