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Topic: Sumatra Blue Batak Peaberry (15 msgs / 346 lines)
1) From: mIke mcKoffee
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Hey Greg,
 
Do you want to split a 20 pounder? 
 http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.indonesia.sumatra.html#bluebatakPB 
miKe 

2) From: mIke mcKoffee
Apologies, that was supposed to go off List...
miKe

3) From: Wesley Simon
I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to roast about a pound of this..=
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For someone like me roasting in a popper and using a mostly visual
reference, this stuff is hard to figure out.  The color is dark (Blue) so i=
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is probably not as dark a roast as it appears visually.  Also, I heard some
really, really quiet cracks like you'd hear in a bowl of rice krispies prio=
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to the normal loud cracks.  Roasting by temperature my be the best way.
Anyway, I should have a pot of this on christmas or christmas eve.
Wes
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
Wes,
Thanks for the heads-up. Harvey recently brought me severas peaberrys,
including this one. I too roast in a popper, and it's good to have an
inkling of what I'm in for.
Brian
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5) From: Rod
This bean had intense first crack noise in my Whirley Pop.  I did not hear
any small pops leading the big cracks, then again I was cranking away and
that masks some of the sounds.  It produces a strong roast "hey, I am about
to crack" smell for 45-60 seconds before first crack. (Yeah, that may sound
insane).  I have 4 more lbs to roast Saturday for gifts and will let take
notes for each roast.
Complex and fragrant.  If only I had an espresso machine....
Rodney
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6) From: Brian Kamnetz
" I have 4 more lbs to roast Saturday for gifts and will let take
notes for each roast.
"Complex and fragrant.  If only I had an espresso machine...."
If only I had 4 more lbs.... Guess I should feel lucky to have
stumbled onto what I have.
Brian
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7) From: Brett Mason
What's your take on the Sumatra Blue Batak peaberry?
I know David Kvindlog just ordered some - so wondered what you, and others,
thought....
Brett
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8) From: miKe mcKoffee
Brett, Brett, Brett. For shame. Tom decided it was a good enough Sumatra
representative to carry, what more do you need to know? 
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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9) From: Brett Mason
Mike Mike Mike, I don't doubt IF the Sumatra Blue Batak is good.  Of course,
good enough for Tom is good enough for me, but that doesn't mean I like all
the selectionss that Tom provides....
I was curious what Bill's take on the Blues was...  I hadn't looked it up,
so I was asking a fellow pursuer...
What's YOUR take on the Blue Batak?
Brett
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10) From: John Despres
Brett, here's something I posted on the 25th of last month.
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I attacked this bean with both guns blazing. Not sure if it was quite =
the right approach, but the cup is outstanding!
Roasted 1-24-08 Gene Cafe - pre roast 230g/ post roast 193g - 1st 10:28 =
- ended 13:30 - City +/Full City - rested 12 hours (I couldn't wait).
Profile: preheated to hot!, roasted 482 to one minute into first, 455 =
for three more minutes - cooled in vacuum colander
Brew: French Press - 4 tasse - 15g - medium grind - 1 minute, stir, 5 =
minutes, plunge.
The cup: Spicy, winey dry aroma - Sweet, deep chocolate wet aroma, =
Earthy, sweet plum flavors - Cardamom aftertaste - Full, thick body.
This is so delicious! I love the Sumatras. My first roast ever was the =
Classic Sumatra Mendheling (Fresh Roast 8) and I was hooked for life! =
I'll brew a drip pot to take to work in the carafe to share.
Outstanding!
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11) From: Brett Mason
Thanks John - great review....
Brett
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12) From: Les
Brett,
It is my favorite SO espresso.  Crema is like whip cream coming out of the
naked PF!!  Milk Chocolate if you hit your shot temp just right!
Les
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13) From: miKe mcKoffee
Brett Brett Brett. Since this is not the first year Tom has offered Sumtra
Blue Batak Peaberry I'm flabbergasted you've not tried it previous crop
years and made the quantum leap this crop year likely similar to previous
crop years and compared this year's review to previous year's reviews to
confirm. But then you did mention being lame and not reading Tom's review:-)
But as far as this latest offering goes I've not tried it. Personal stash a
bit on the large size (around 100#) and going down slowly since also
consuming at home what we carry at the Kafe, though personal stash did just
get a bit larger with the recent addition of 10# more Panama Esmerelda
Gesha:-) And Kafe stash over a half ton and soon growing a bit larger with
two bags (100# each) of Mountain Thunder XF Kona on their way! Which is to
say not buying much from Tom right now for personal stash growth. Though did
score 400# plus of IMV from him the last couple months! 
Oh, my take on previous year's Sumatra Blue Batak Peaberry: it was a right
fine lively Sumatra without loosing it's origin charactertic identity. Dare
I say a stellar Sumatra.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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14) From: Dave Kvindlog
It was John's writeup that got me interested in the Blue Batak.  (Thanks,
John!)  I marked it to come back to when I was ready to order another 12
pounder.  That time came last weekend when I found myself with less than 4
pounds of greens left.  Decisions, decisions...so tough each time.  I really
love the Central Americans and Sumantras, so concentrated on those.
I needed 5# of decaf for our church group so started with that, then tried
to decide what to get with my remaining 7#.  Here's my order:
5#  Guatemala Huehuetenango WP Decaf
2#  Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry-Process
2#  Guatemala Finca San Jose Ocana
2#  Sumatra Blue Batak "Tarbarita" Peaberry
...and what to do with that final pound?  Try something different.  Be
adventurous!  So I chose the only bean out of a region notorious for very
poor quality that Tom thought was good enough to put a Sweet Maria's label
upon.  Tom's writeup sounded interesting.  His description caught my
attention as he summarized, "Has some flavor aspects of Cauca coffees from
Colombia, and the brightness of a Central, but with a rustic accent."
Sounded interesting.  My final choice:
1#  Peru FTO Cuzco -Ccochapampa
As for that Blue Batak, Brett?  I'll let you in on the roasting (& brewing)
pleasure this weekend.  My shipment should be here Thursday or so!  Be
patient, my friend.
Dave Kvindlog
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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15) From: Floyd Lozano
The Sumatra peaberry is delicious, but different than the year's
earlier also delicious offering (non-peaberry).  The review talks
about it and does a far better job than I could.  I can only comment
on offerings from late 2006 on, as that's the only coffee I have
roasted.  New to this.
I just noticed a listing for a Sumatra at the bottom that doesn't
appear on the coffee announcements we usually receive (Sumatra Organic
-Aceh District).  I am going to have to pay more attention to the
actual reviews now!  It's a Jan 08 arrival just like the Classic
Mandheling mentioned.
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