Am anxious to start experimenting with some blends now that I have a good six months of RK Drum roasting under my belt. Is it always preferable to blend after roasting the beans separately, or is it OK to blend the greens and then roast ? Thanks in advance for your response and hey, while you are at it, please feel free to offer up some of your favorite blend recipes from currently available stock ! Randy rrgmrg
Anecdote only - my Christmas Blends are all pre-roasted. Perhaps they'd be better crafted as individual roasts, and balance blended, but I'm not that good.... Brett On 8/2/06, Randy wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
Randy, Depends on the beans. If they will roast all together to the point you want (like Moka Kadir, Monkey, etc), then you can pre blend. I usually post blend cause I just don't know how they will do, and in the Hottop, the amount it will roast gives me the amount I want if I do three or four separate roasts. Have fun. Due to new medication I am drinking mainly decaf, so I have no blends to offer. Sorry. Michael Randy wrote: <Snip>
Randy, I usually post-roast blend, I'm usually looking for a couple of pounds and batches of 1/2 pound with the modified poppery usually works out without needing to pre-roast mixing. When I require a smaller percentage of a particular bean (example: 12.5% Monsooned Malabar - 1/4 pound in a blended target of 2 pounds) I usually roast it seperately or roast with a bean that I feel requires a similar profile and End Of Roast temperature. Pre-roast blends can work well, SM's Monkey and Dr. Josuma's Malabar Gold are good examples. Mike (just plain)
I have drifted to post-roast blending most of the time over the past few years. It is nice to have seperate SOs and blend accordingly. Roast levels can be changed to meet the desired affect one wants on the blend. My last blend that I really enjoyed was a 50% Harar Horse - Green Stripe at city plus and a 50% Sumatra Classic at city roast. If I had pre-blended I wouldn't have had as much control over the final roast level. Besides, if I want a straight Horse or Sumarta I can enjoy the SOs. If my test blend doesn't meet my desired outcome I can vary the next mix to better anticipate what I want. I really thought I was going to end up with about 66% Sumatra and 33% Horse, but the 50/50 was really good, so I stuck with it. It is tough to change ratios on a pre-blend. Les On 8/2/06, Michael Dhabolt wrote: <Snip>
I hit on a successfully pre-blending method strictly by laziness. I have a hot-top and an i-roast. One day while letting the Hot-Top cool between 250 gr.City roasts of a Kenyan. I roasted 150 gr of Sumatra DP To city roast plus in the fluid bed roaster. The resulting blend of 500 gr of high tone Kenyan roasted in a drum roaster blended with 150 gr of an earthy Sumatra roasted dark in a fluid bed roaster was not to be believed. We have dubbed it Barry's Blend and it is a standard around our house. Come to Hawaii and I'll brew a pot or pull some shots either way it is excellent.