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Topic: African Blending (7 msgs / 252 lines)
1) From: SamToren
I could use some advice - my normal roasting amount (in a popcorn popper) is three batches of a heaping 1/2-cup. As a result, this has currently left me with 1 cup of each of the following: Kenya Ndarioini Nyeri; Ethiopian Dry Sidamo; Kenya Hiriga; and Ethiopian Yerg Moledina. 
   
  I've been doing this for about a year now, and generally have not blended my coffees.  However, a cup of unroasted beans does not provide enough coffee for a week, and I would like to mix some of the above in 2 parts of one bean with 1 part of another (or even 1+1+1). 
   
  Does anyone have any advice for blending any of the above? 

2) From: Ken Bozarth
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Buy something else that could compliment those coffees.  A Sumatra (earthy)
with the Ethiopian (fruity), or a Costa Rican with the Kenyan.  Be creative.
I think the archives might have some blending suggestions.
 
Ken Bozarth
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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of SamToren
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2007 4:11 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +African Blending
I could use some advice - my normal roasting amount (in a popcorn popper) is
three batches of a heaping 1/2-cup. As a result, this has currently left me
with 1 cup of each of the following: Kenya Ndarioini Nyeri; Ethiopian Dry
Sidamo; Kenya Hiriga; and Ethiopian Yerg Moledina. 
 
I've been doing this for about a year now, and generally have not blended my
coffees.  However, a cup of unroasted beans does not provide enough coffee
for a week, and I would like to mix some of the above in 2 parts of one bean
with 1 part of another (or even 1+1+1). 
 
Does anyone have any advice for blending any of the above? 

3) From: Coffeenut
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Sam,
I was like you in the beginning, mostly doing SO roasts and now I mostly do
blends.  I'm not a blend expert like Tom, but I dearly love Sidamo by itself
and it's a great component of my blends.  One of my favorite blends is "Red
Sea" which is equal parts Sidamo, Harar Horse and either Yemen Mokha Ismaili
Hirazi or Zambia AAA (depending upon which of those last two I can source).
Maybe start off with just two of your four selections and blend them 50/50
for starts (say the Sidamo and the Yirg) to see what develops.  I've made as
many blends that did not work as those that do, and experimenting is part of
the fun.  Some of my best cups have been from blends and some came from what
could only be titled as "unplanned from left-overs" like you have.
Rick  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of SamToren
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2007 5:11 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +African Blending
I could use some advice - my normal roasting amount (in a popcorn popper) is
three batches of a heaping 1/2-cup. As a result, this has currently left me
with 1 cup of each of the following: Kenya Ndarioini Nyeri; Ethiopian Dry
Sidamo; Kenya Hiriga; and Ethiopian Yerg Moledina. 
I've been doing this for about a year now, and generally have not blended my
coffees.  However, a cup of unroasted beans does not provide enough coffee
for a week, and I would like to mix some of the above in 2 parts of one bean
with 1 part of another (or even 1+1+1). 
Does anyone have any advice for blending any of the above? 

4) From: Barry Luterman
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2 parts or either Kenyan with one part of either Ethiopian

5) From: MichaelB
Sam,
No need to blend before roasting, or even right after. You could blend as
you go, one shot or cup or pot at a time. I usually have a few SOs on hand
and will sometimes pull espresso shots with variable amounts, changing
proportions over time depending on taste. For your current beans you might
start with shots of 80% Sidamo and 20% Kenya. Brewed coffee might be better
with different proportions. Flip a coin to start and keep varying based on
what you like.
On 1/14/07, SamToren  wrote:
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MichaelB

6) From: Sherry Hausner
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I had a bunch of leftovers the other day and I thought I would just mix =
then all up for an "End Blend". It was some of the best coffee that I =
roasted and I told my husband I am kind of bummed because I didn't write =
down what I put in it and I couldn't remember. So I won't be able to =
recreate but it was sure good while it lasted! :)
Sherry (who never writes anything down)

7) From: Coffeenut
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Been there, done that Sherry more than once.  If you recall the beans you
used, you can estimate the proportions and use that as a starting point.
Knowing beans that work well together in a blend is still useful even if you
can't recall the proportions.
Rick  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Sherry Hausner
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 10:12 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +African Blending
I had a bunch of leftovers the other day and I thought I would just mix then
all up for an "End Blend". It was some of the best coffee that I roasted and
I told my husband I am kind of bummed because I didn't write down what I put
in it and I couldn't remember. So I won't be able to recreate but it was
sure good while it lasted! :)
Sherry (who never writes anything down)


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