In the beginning of September, I roasted about 11 pounds of coffee for a friend in Fargo. Seven different varieties. All of the beans came from our gracious hosts. Most beans roasted in the City plus range. My friend uses a hand driven burr grinder (make and model unknown). The first report was good. Great taste. Wonderful stuff. The report I got today was disturbing. Again, I do not know what equipment is used in grinding and brewing at the office. The Ethiopian Harar was described as "smelling like tuna" when brewed. When brewed at the office, different coffees were thin and weak. When taken home and brewed with a press, they were fine. It sounds to me (young grasshopper that I am)like the coffee maker isn't getting the water hot enough and may be filthy.I told my friend to clean both grinder and coffee maker. Use full scoop of grinds per cup, yada, yada... Am I in the general ballpark of what's happening here? Any advice welcomed. Thanks. Bob Brashear
Once I put some excellent coffee in an office brewer, a Bunn, and it was thin and weak. The coffee was excellent when brewed elsewhere. I'm pretty sure that the Bunn was not hot enough and had not been cleaned in some time. I would say that this describes most office brewers. On 9/27/06, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip>
Yeah, I'd avoid coffee makers in the kitchen at work - for all you know someone could have used it to heat up some tuna for lunch ;) I really don't know what would give coffee that smell, but I'm glad I haven't experienced it! -Jeff On Sep 27, 2006, at 5:23 PM, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip>
Jeff Sheltren wrote: <Snip> Unless, of course your office coffee maker is a Jura Impressa X90. I was quite surprised when I started work at my current gig to find this rather than the expected Mr. Coffee. Tim Wat
Could very possibly be poor water quality. I have seen people getting water or cleaning pots in bathroom sinks. Nasty! Chad On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 2:41pm, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-2-717493557 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed On Sep 27, 2006, at 4:23 PM, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip> Could the coffee be getting stale? Pecan Jim --Apple-Mail-2-717493557 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 On Sep 27, 2006, = at 4:23 PM, Bob Brashear wrote:
I just finished the beans I had roasted 9/2 and roasted a couple more batches on 9/26. I kept the Horse and took a quart fruit jar of E. Sidamo up to my friend, Ray. The 9/2 Panama Berlina had tapered off their flavor development after 21 days in captivity. As you say, "The report I got today [9/27] was disturbing." If you discover any means of storage that will do any better, please do tell- Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! -- "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976
<Snip> [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of raymanowen Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:11 AM <Snip> more batches on 9/26. I kept the Horse and took a quart fruit jar of E. Sidamo up to my friend, Ray. The 9/2 Panama Berlina had tapered off their flavor development after 21 days in captivity. As you say, "The report I got today [9/27] was disturbing." <Snip> do tell- Hermetically sealed and frozen. 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> do tell- Hermetically sealed and frozen ... to 0 degrees Kelvin. On 9/28/06, miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
We have an explanation for the "tuna" smell. Some radical deviants that do not drink the Elixer of Life expressed a worthless opinion about the smell coming from the brewer. My friend IS getting better equipment. Thanks all for your help. Bob Brashear
OR.... Have you never heard of Kopi Mackeral? Takes a fisherman to harvest these little droppings.... On 9/29/06, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
On 9/27/06, Bob Brashear wrote: <Snip> A while back I roasted some Blueberry Harar too dark and it had kind of sweet baby-diaper smell. Really unusual. Backing off on the roast, the stuff was great. I would think if you are roasting the Harar at City+ this wouldn't be a problem (I think I took my Harar into FC+ a bit) However, just an alternate theory... -- 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."
Steve Hay wrote: <Snip> Steve, I have occasionally smelled something similar in over-roasted beans from other shops/people/wherever. Turned out some radical deviants that do not drink coffee (shudder) were complaining about the oder. Offers to eradicate said deviants were not acted on. Although, my friend thought long and hard about it. Bob