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Topic: Thundering Response to Storage (6 msgs / 120 lines)
1) From: Aaron
Today I cracked open a vaccuum sealed canister of Thunder Mountain Kona 
I had laying around.....  When I got this coffee, it was good, however, 
will admit I liked the moki farm a bit better from last years crop.  
This one while great coffee, just seemed to be lacking something that 
other kona's had... since I am not a kona expert like some others on the 
list, I can't exactly put my finger...or tongue for that matter on what 
I felt was missing.... anyways.
I opened it up after sitting for about 6 months in vaccuum storage,  all 
I can say is WOW!!   The smell was phenomenal... I compared it to a 
smaller cloth bag I had of it that was sitting pretty much in open air 
in the bag, and the vac sealed definately had much more aroma to it.  
 From what I remember, it even seemed to have more 'fruitier, sweeter' 
smell than when I first bought it.  I wonder if it is possible that the 
sitting in storage helped age it a bit and made it better, up to a 
certain point of course, when it starts going stale....
I roasted it up, and hopefully after sitting a few days Ill have a great 
cup o coffee to share...Generally they seem to taste their best right 
around the 5 or so day mark, but I can't stand looking at a kona sitting 
there and not touching it, so they generally get busted into about the 2 
1/2 to 3 day mark and go from there.
Aaron

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Actually not surprising at all with Kona. Often early in the season greens
are processed to greens rather quickly rather than aging a few weeks in
parchment. Also Konas tend to make it to end consumers much faster than most
other greens.
I too was a bit under whelmed by what I'd hoped would be a most excellent
Kona from Thunder Mountain, given their extreme high elevation for Kona.
Seemed to lacke good complete Kona character. It's been a couple months
since I've roasted any and will roast it next in my Kona rotation too. (also
vac bagged of course:-)
OTH I found this year's Moki's better than last years. Kowali shined
brightly as did a number of other Konas I got.
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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3) From: Aaron
Kona God stated:
OTH I found this year's Moki's better than last years.
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yep, I figured as much.  I seen it hit tom's list and thought, hmm I might want to get some of that, but sitting on about 4 pounds of moki's from last year,  purple mountain F and XF, thunder mountain and the kona typica tom had, I figured, err, I better not get another one,  especially since I was jobless at the time,  the price tag severely hindered my adventureness on this one.  Yah I know I could have got a pound bag just to try it but well we both know where that would have went... a subsequent order for a 5 lb bag.... no I do NOT exercise much control over good coffee.  
I decided to forsake my god's....  let us hope they allow me to repent with a most excellent roast of the Moki I did tonight.  It was odd,  it had a first crack, went for a little bit, a bit of quiet, then had a HARD first crack,  possibly temp change up  caused the rest of the beans to kick in.
I remember seeing tom's page from a year or so ago saying be gentle with kona's and then seeing later where you said, the moki tasted better roasted a bit deeper, and then went through some old notes I found from when I first started roasting and said, yep, the kona needs a good roastin here, don't baby it, let er rip.
Given how much more 'kona' aroma seemed to be coming off it right out of the roaster, I believe I did the right thing, .. a few days will tell..
either way, unless you really nuked it, or didn't let it get to crack, its kind of hard to kill a kona... thankfully
Aaron

4) From: Barry Luterman
Mike did you ever find out if the earthquake affected this years crop of 
Kona?

5) From: Aaron
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Mike did you ever find out if the earthquake affected this years crop of 
Kona?
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yah, the beans are pre sorted, so hopefully cheaper this year...  well...
one can wish can't they?
aaron

6) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Gus (Head Bean @ Pele Plantations) said they had very minor physical damage
and didn't mention any crop issues.
miKe


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