Finished my initial roast about 9 PM last night. No blueberry aroma during the roast and none in the container once I opened it this morning. Nothing in the fresh grind. Or the wet aroma. Nothing in the freshly brewed hot cup. Or the warm cup. HOWEVER... near the end, when the coffee was at 120 degrees (yes, I measured the temp; how goofy is that?) a healthy hint of BLUEBERRY! Shocking says I. Even though I have a bit of a cold and there's pine pollen everywhere in south GA right now (that really plays havoc with tasting ability) there was a small ray of hope that blueberry season has arrived! It's early in the life of this roast. ME==happy. cheers, Scott
Scott, Your experience is similar to mine so far. With Lot 30, I didn't smell muc= h blueberry, but there's an ever so subtle hint in the 1 day rested smell of the beans.. I've not tasted it yet. I actually shipped it off to my mothe= r as a gift, so I'm going to have to make more.. Still, the blueberry was more subtle than in another Lot I stumbled across. That said, this Lot 30 stuff had a much cleaner aroma and probably makes a better cup. (And I doubt it has the baby-diaper syndrome from overroasting like the other lot = I have--YIKES). Steve On 3/25/06, Scott Miller wrote: <Snip> -- Steven Hay hay.steve -AT- gmail.com A Little Fable by Franz Kafka "Alas," said the mouse, "the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into." "You only need to change your direction," said the cat, and ate it up.
I find that after I pour a freshly brewed press pot of Harrar into my cup and let it cool for just a bit, the first sip of Crema is where I get the blueberries. Also, in the last sip where you found yours is a hot spot.
What roast level are you guys taking your lot 30? I popped open my container this morning and BLUEBERRY! However Becky wanted the CoE Boliva this morning. I'll be brewing a batch of Horse this afternoon. Les On 3/25/06, Dan Martin wrote: <Snip> ing <Snip> ing <Snip> how <Snip> gh <Snip> all <Snip> f <Snip> 6 <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>
You may be roasting too dark, I have tried a few different batches of the lot#30 and I find that the blueberry aroma is most pungent, as Tom's recommendation, in the City+ area. Also I noticed that the blueberry flavor is FAR more distinguished in the cup from my Chemex pot compared to my french press. The huskyness of the Harrar shadows the cup heavily coming from the press. This, in my experience (albeit limited), is true of all of the Ethiopian coffees. These are allmost all dry processed coffee and tend to be a little husky or heavy when more of the finer parts of the grind are in the cup. I would swear to you that the cup I poured from the Chemex was almost a fruity tea flavor coming from the lot#30 at City+ A batch I roasted to the full city stage was still very berry, but I noticed that the intensity of the fruity taste was diminished considerably from that city, picking up more of an earthy note, especially out of the press. --Ebeneezer Re: +Any blueberries in your cup? Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 12:55:03 -0600 Reply-To: homeroast I find that after I pour a freshly brewed press pot of Harrar into my cup and let it cool for just a bit, the first sip of Crema is where I get the blueberries. Also, in the last sip where you found yours is a hot spot.
Well, I just had a cup of my 24hr old Harrar (1 cup drip) and it was blueberries all the way through. It is though, I think, a bit more extreme at the end of the cup. IMO
Yeah, I'll hace to agree there. I get more of the blueberries from drip as opposed to press
This is only the 2nd lot of "blueberry" harrar I have had, but it by far is the best and non-subtle. Les gave me a bit of his that he had just pulled from the roaster. IIRC, 16 minutes, not a hint of 2nd. I had it on the second day and the blueberry was pronounced and obvious. It was literally like someone had put blueberry juice in my coffee. It had that very high toned but not acidic note I associate with good blueberries. I need to go pick up a few pounds for myself. Maybe try a lighter roast. Where did you take it to? At 06:53 3/25/2006, you wrote: <Snip> John Nanci AlChemist at large Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/
For those of you who are having difficulty with the blueberry in the lot 30 --- I roasted it to City Plus level and do not think I've ever experienced more blueberry than this. Truly stunning. It won't be like a blueberry pie -- but hints of blueberry with coffee. I'm guessing that some of you may be roasting it too dark. This is what Tom says in the description of the Lot 30: "If you like Harars roasted to FC+ or Vienna, you will see fruited notes turn to anise, black licorice, pungent spice." Just trying to help. I know that this coffee can be roasted dark and it will be good, but it may not have much fruit left.
On 3/25/06, Les wrote: <Snip> Oh wow, that CoE Bolivia is the BOMB! And I was getting blueberries from my Yemen - MS today after a couple days rest too. Wasn't expecting that, but it was certainly a pleasant surprise :-) Aaron Peterson Versailles, KY
I roasted my batch to FC or FC+ i did not miss out on the blueberry at all, even those who didnt know what they were looking for found the smell and flavor, for me 60 hours rest was the sweet spot. On 3/26/06, Aaron Peterson wrote: <Snip> -- "Good night, and Good Coffee"