Just finished roasting 5 batches for Saturday, 4 & 5 being the two Moki's.
Started the session warming up with a batch of Monkey, followed by the last
of SRB Espresso, then was going to do an end of stash ISH but roasted Panama
Gesha instead (not this year's, last years Don Pachi auction Gesha kept vac
sealed). Just the roast smell of that stuff could be illegal in most States!
Now for the Moki's Kona. Decided to roast the room temp stored greens first.
While I always keep Kona roasted and have roasted a number of different 06
crop Konas, I hadn't roasted any of the Moki's 06 yet (finishing off the
last of 10# Moki's 05, couple batches left.) This first roast of 06 Moki's
further confirmed my previous statement that this year's Kona crop is the
best in the cup overall in a number of years. Moki's 06 kicks 05's butt.
(based on it's post roast bean munch)
Ok, what about that 1/2# Moki's that's been frozen for 6 months! First the
greens still weighed 227 grams. Gee that's good since they were vacuum bag
sealed and frozen!-) Second they hadn't turned to mush as some people
speculated they would looking and feeling fine. Smelled about the same as
the room temp vac bag stored, but I didn't think to direct compare the two
greens smell until the frozen batch was in the roaster so too late! Roast
progressed normally changing colors right on schedule. 1st crack began when
anticipated and sounded normal and smelled normal with an unmistakable
fantastic Kona acidity shining through, same as the non frozen batch. Can't
comment on 2nd crack 'cuz my Kona roasts don't go there! Not quite true,
I've been taking this year's Kona a tad darker to the verge of 2nd, and do
usually get an outlier or two of 2nd, and did with both batches. As an
aside, IMO a good "beginner's way" to roast any "special" bean like Kona, or
Gesha or whatever, is to simply roast to the very first 2nd outlier and kill
the roast and cool fast!
The frozen vs not frozen seemed to roast the same sight, sound and smell.
And post roast bean munches tasted the same, both excellent BTW! More will
be revealed in the cups later. But preliminarily the results are very
promising. I already know that vac sealing and freezing roasted beans works
very well for emergency roast stash and to have waiting for returning from
vacation etc. Tom has also confirmed this. Anyway, now I know that at the
minimum it appears vac sealing and freezing greens at home freezer temps
does not damage them. If the cuppings bear this out I'll be putting more in
the freezer for a multi-year storage test. And may well be trying to figure
out how to find freezer space for 150+ pounds of vac bagged greens!
Have more roasting to do for next Saturday but it's way late so that's it
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