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Topic: Festive blend (9 msgs / 184 lines)
1) From: Alison Pfeffer
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

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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 I would like to get some opinions 
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Just about anything fresh "home roasted" is far superior tasting and hence
fit for non-home roasters in the Holiday-ish category. 
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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
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3) From: Les
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:
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4) From: Scott Miller
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:
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5) From: Alison Pfeffer
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?

6) From: Peter Schmidt
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
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7) From: Steve Hay
On 9/9/06, Peter Schmidt  wrote:
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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
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8) From: Alison Pfeffer
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

9) From: miKe mcKoffee
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.
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