I know it seems a little early for this, but I am a "get a head start" kind of person when it comes to the holidays. I am new to home roasting but we are enjoying the results so much that we have decided to give it out for Christmas presents this year (teachers, neighbors, friends, etc.) I would like to get some opinions from you wise home roasters out there about what you think makes a blend taste holiday-ish. Also, I wondered if anyone had a recipe they'd be willing to share for a blend they've enjoyed in the past during the holidays. We would appreciate any and all ideas. (Oh, and I apologize in advance for mentioning the "C" word in September.) Alison and Paul
<Snip> I would like to get some opinions <Snip> Just about anything fresh "home roasted" is far superior tasting and hence fit for non-home roasters in the Holiday-ish category. <Snip> Kona is always a must for my Khristmas roasting:-) And usually a balanced taste profile blend of some not so favorite greens laying around! I'd stay away from wild or extreme coffees like Kenya, Harrar or even Yirg' unless you know the recipient is into a particular varietal. Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
My festive blend is...................................I go through the stash and pull all of the odds and ends. I then pull my least favorites. (This year I am looking at about 20 pounds of homeroast for gifts up from 12 last year) I pour the odds and ends in a bowl and weigh them. I then begin adding least favorites until I get about 25 pounds of greens this year. I will blend them in a 5 gallon bucket pre-roasted. I will then roast it all to a nice city-full city roast and everyone will love me because of the great coffee they got for Christmas. They will be happy and I will be ready to add to the stash with the Christmas money I get! A win win all the way around. Les On 9/8/06, miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
And here I was thinking I should do some well thought out, clever blend. Hmmm, the stash reduction possibilities make this sound like a really smart idea. cheers, ScoTTT Les wrote: <Snip>
And here I was stressing over coming up with the perfect blend. You are absolutely right--home roast is so much better than the coffee most people I know are used to drinking, that whatever I throw together will be fine. The only problem is that my whole stash comes from Sweet Maria's--there aren't any bad greens! I love them all, so now what do I do?
Alison, It looks like you found your answer, but here's my 2¢.... The last two years I sourced some very nice 'Seasons Greetings' bags. They were tin-ties, looked nice, and my regular customers snapped them up for gifts. I sold around 60lbs. last year. Each year the blend changes, for a couple reasons. Main reason; Tom's selection is always different. That's why I hesitate to even give a specific answer to what my blend consisted of. Others here have posted the real bottom line- Nobody you give it to will really care what's in it, because it'll be better than anything they've ever had. But for marketing and selling, each year my Holiday Blend takes on an '04, '05, or '06, and is touted as the best ever, because it is and that's what people want to hear. So don't sweat it. This year I'm planning a variation of my Panic Blend; Panama/Nicaragua. Not that it really matters. I feel bad for joining in on the commercialization of Christmas, but I feel good about helping make someone's coffee world a more beautiful place. peter <Snip> unsvbscribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings
On 9/9/06, Peter Schmidt wrote: <Snip> In the spirit of marketing, perhaps a Unity Blend consisting of coffee from "every "coffee-producing region in the world. And by "every" I mean "most", and by "most", I mean "some"... Agreed on the stash reduction comments but I dunno; something about a gift I feel needs to be special... If I was giving out blends as gifts, I would probably think about my two favorite coffees and how they might taste blended. Maybe do a few sample-size runs in the iRoast, and once I had something that was "me", I'd go into production mode and send it out. Right now, I would probably try a rather mild/orangey Kenya and blend it with some earthy Sumatra Mandehling because they embody two characteristics of coffee I rather enjoy. I have no blend expertise, so I have no idea how this would turn out. I did mix Costa Rica Dota and that Kenya with pretty good results... -- Steven Hay hay.steve -AT- gmail.com Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."
I wanted to thank everyone for their help with my first annual Holiday Blend. I thought I should report back with the blend I decided to go with. Lots of chocolate, spice and fruit--seems perfect to me for the holidays: 35% Mexico Oaxaca 35% Sulawesi Toraja 20% Guatemala Agua Tibia 10% Ethiopian Harar Horse #19 20 seconds into 2nd crack (about 14 1/2 minutes on my SC/CO) Yum...thanks again for all the helpful information! Alison
Sounds like an excellent blend. Should be great any brewing method including straight shots! Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. <Snip>