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Topic: Interesting Coffee Blend, SC/TO Technique, Stash Update (49 lines)
1) From: Steve
All,
It has been a while since I've yammered on here, so I figured what the
hay...
Just got done roasting up what I hope to be an interesting coffee
blend of roughly 50/50 Columbia FNC Excelsio and Costa Rica Dota de
Tarazu.  The Columbian is sweet and rich, and the Dota has a very
clean roasty character.  I hope the two will compliment each other
well.  The Dota had a really long pause between first and second--so
much that I turned up my SC/TO a bit to get there.  Usually with my SC/
TO there is a pause of only a minute or two, and with the Dota it was
probably 5 minutes.
I also think I've finally figured out my technique for the SC/TO.  I
preheat the machine to about 250-275F, place the beans in (1#), and
set the SC/TO to 310F.  This gives me about a 15-20 minute roast where
I have some time between first and second crack, usually two minutes
or so.  For some reason, with the SC/TO, I am pushed towards a bit
darker roasting and usually at least wait for a snap of second crack,
which seems to taste a lot like a City+ roast from what I read on the
SM descriptions.  If I let some snaps happen for a few minutes and
stop, I get something that is FC, and if I go further, a glean starts
to develop.  I think the early second crack happens because some beans
on the top get a bit warmer than the bulk.  While the purist might not
like this, I think its kind of nice to get a few beans with some
roastiness in there, even with the "lighter" roasts.
My stash continues to go down.  It pales to some of your stashes out
there, but I've got a little tiny apartment.  I still have some of the
famed Kenya Geth (remember this one?  I got it with my sampler pack
probably a year ago)  Also in there is 5 pounds of Horse 30, and 2
pounds of the Esmerelda Gesha (second offering).  Some very DARK
Ethopian DP Sidamo..  My next roast is going to be cleaning out some
old Kenya (622 and 52(?)).  Call me crazy, but the Kenyas are a bit
more citrusy that I would prefer to drink daily.  Give me a nice
earthy Sumatra (of which I've run out!) any day...  Oh, I also have
some Yemeni coffee which was too earthy for my tastes alone..  Gotta
figure out if that can go in a blend..  Maybe with the last bit of
Sumatra I do have (Blangili Longberry)..  Hmm..   Can't wait to get
the stash down to the point I can participate in some of these great
offerings!


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