Hi All, I've been roasting LA with my Genecafe for a while now, and I have never once had any caramel in my cup. When I roasted with my drum roasters there was always caramel, and lots of it. But no matter how carefully I roast, I just can't get any caramel. Has the blend changed a little and there's just not the caramel there was last year, or is this more of a hot air vs drum roaster thing? Any ideas? I miss the caramel. On the upside of things, I haven't blended a single coffee since July (although I've bought a few blends). I've been drinking all SOs, for cappuccinos, straight shots, and americanos. There've been a couple coffees that weren't well suited to a particular brew method, but by and large they've all been good without blending. Last year I blended constantly, and while my coffee was different, I can't say it was always better. (Oh, but there were some blends... *drools*...). How many of you who drink predominantly espresso-based drinks don't blend? --Derek -- http://www.novernae.comHome of the Wandering Sloth
<Snip> There is still lots of caramel in the cup. I suspect it needs a longer roast to develop those flavors. Dan
On 10/15/06, Dan Bollinger wrote: <Snip> I've roasted it all the way from FC through well into second crack. Going too far just eclipses the cup with roast tastes. Are you using a Gene Cafe by chance? -- http://www.novernae.comHome of the Wandering Sloth
I am a newbie at this with just a c- mill whirley blade and aero press, roasting with a sc/to roasted some of the liquid amber 2days ago and wow the best i have had yet, strong potent pungent, i liked it straight out of the roaster, and even better 2 days later, i have tried another brokers columbian and that made good aeroshots, also a guat so made real nice aeroshots, going to try a sumatra triple pick next, but thus far the liq amber was the shizit, any body have any comparisons with the monkey blend as i have not tried it but it is on my short list? jerry <Snip> unsvbscribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings
I almost ordered some LA once but I'm an ASA member as well as CSA & KSA so never have:-) 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> Derek, When I say longer, I mean lengthening the roast time to obtain the same temperature. I use a one-pound sample roaster. Dan
I seldom blend for espresso. I do use Monkey blend a lot though. It's better than Hairbenders and that's saying a lot.
Maybe you're right. I've found the GeneCafe to be difficult to use when it comes to drawing out the roast. I'll focus on that for the next few roasts. Thanks! On 10/15/06, Dan Bollinger wrote: <Snip> -- http://www.novernae.comHome of the Wandering Sloth