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Topic: Sharing Experiences (was Panama auction) (42 lines)
1) From: Steve Hay
On 6/4/06, Les  wrote:
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Here here, speaking of which:  I am finally roasting up some of Tom's Kenya
Lot 54 which was rumored to taste like tropical fruit.  Absolutely true on
that.  I know its not available anymore, but I think I prefer these Kenyas
with a bit less lemon and some more balance to them.. It makes me wonder if
I might light a more Lemony Kenya at a darker roast, where some of that
acidity could be traded for body.
All that said, I do wonder if I am not roasting my Kenya too fast, as its
done in under 7 minutes with an iRoast2.  I've set my profile pretty fast
because I've had some experiences of baked smells if I try to prolong the
roast.  Maybe this means I am slowing it down too early, not sure.  Hard to
get a lot of control with the iRoast2 though, even though it is pretty
consistent from batch to batch with the same weight, origin, and TC
placement.
I stopped this roast nice and early, which for me means that alot of the
roast was a C+, some was C and some FC.  No second cracks heard.  Slowing
down the roasts helps evenness but again I just didn't like the smell I got
from the beans after a day's rest even.
Still, this Kenya tastes great and I am enjoying it immensely.  Not to dig
on Starbucks so much (its really the only store bought coffee I sometimes
drink) but this stuff doesn't even compare to their Kenya, which really
tastes awful in my opinion.  What did they do to that bean to make it taste
so bad..
After one day of rest with this Kenya, the up-front flavors are a powerful
grapefruit(?) (Tom says blackberry--maybe...) sourness with some kind of
strange nuttyness I have to pay attention to notice.  The finish is fruit
punch.
-- 
Steven Hay
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