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Topic: Newbie Meets Elephant (3 msgs / 49 lines)
1) From: Tom Bellhouse
I was trying out my newly re-shafted SC/TO yesterday and roasted some of
the Monsooned Malibar "Elephant" from SM,  I did a FP of it this
morning.  My impressions?  Arghhhhh!  This is everything I don't like in
coffee, all rolled into one horrible berry.  I know, it's an acquired
taste (like munching light bulbs) but as a straight coffee,
fuggedabowdit.
Not wanting to strike out completely with my Elephant purchase, I
blended it 1:2 with some Columbian I also roasted to Full City
yesterday.  Result: an excellent cup of coffee, with none of the
bitterness of the Elephant, just a good solid full flavor.  So where did
all that nastiness go?
My conclusion is that Elephant is to blend with if you want a real
kick-ass cup, but too much to handle by itself.  But again, what
happened to all that bitternesss when it went into the blend?
Tom in GA

2) From: Turbosimba
IT IS an acquired taste and I've acquired it, actually the first time I  
tasted it. I admit, it is a little over the top for everyday drinking AND it  
blends beautifully, BUT, every now and then it tastes wonderful by itself.
 
Jeff

3) From: an iconoclast
On 3/16/06, Turbosimba  wrote:
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I agree.  I bought some about 6 months ago and really liked to add
about 10gms of Elephant to 50 gms of various varieties for little
punch.  Similarily, I blend the same ratio of Donkey Blend decaf with
other decafs or regular beans just for something a bit more intense. 
I keep at least a pound or 5 on hand just for this purpose.
Ann


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