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Topic: Toraja + Harar Oromia Coop (4 msgs / 64 lines)
1) From: Jonathan Morris
I just tried a Mokha Java blend with these two and the appearance is very strange.  With a 1:1 ratio (2/3 cup) in a Poppery I,  I roasted to Full City and came out with a colorful array of beans.  About 1/3 of them were light brown, while the rest were what I expect for FC.  I threw the beans out and tried again in a Poppery II because I thought the roast time was extremely fast.  So, same results with the Poppery II with a much longer roast time.  Questions:  Does a Poppery I roast that much quicker than Poppery II?  Is it normal for the beans to look so crazy at Full City?  Should I have roasted them separately?  I didn't throw out the second batch and will try them tomorrow.  Thanks. 
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2) From: Jeff Oien
Jonathan Morris wrote:
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I would roast these separately. There are a number of issues
as I see it. First of all the Sulawesi looks lighter at the
same degree of roast as other beans. They are also larger
than the Harar. The Harar will roast very unevenly and there
will be some light beans in there, a few of them extremely
light which you may or may not want to cull out. The unevenness
is normal and makes for a nice complex cup.
If I were doing them together I would go for FC+ because I like
Sulawesi a little darker and with the Harar, some beans will
still be at FC or a tad lighter.
In addition to trying them tomorrow, I would continue to try
them to four days out. The Sulawesi may need the rest.
JeffO

3) From: Jerry Procopio
Jonathan,
My experience is that most Harars are difficult to get to roast evenly, 
especially at FC or lighter.  I would recommend roasting separately to 
the desired degree and then post roast blending - unless you enjoy the 
melange effect you're getting with the pre-roast blend of these two beans.
Jerry
Jonathan Morris wrote:
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4) From: Timothy Knox
Somewhere on Shadow Earth, at Tue, Jan 10, 2006 at 01:33:08AM -0500, Jerry Procopio wrote:
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Thanks for all who provided feedback. By a curious coincidence, my
wife and I had just purchased the same two coffees with the same
intent to blend them, so this discussion came at a most opportune
moment. :-)
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