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Topic: Sumatra Mandheling "Blue Batak" (9 msgs / 317 lines)
1) From: Patrick S. Harper
Has anyone else noticed that this seems to roast really fast?  I love the
grassy chocolate smell of it roasting though.  I am going to let it rest
until Thursday morning then try a pot.

2) From: Gregg Talton
Harvey arrived yesterday with mine - I'm roasting in a few minutes.  Can't
wait!
On 2/13/07, Patrick S. Harper  wrote:
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sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days. - Garrison
Keillor

3) From: MichaelB
Yup. That's fast. But I don't think that's the kind of "fast" Patrick meant.
On 2/13/07, Gregg Talton  wrote:
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4) From: David Morgenlender
I just finished my first cup of it, on 3 days rest.  It's as described in=
 the SM
review, at least as far as I can identify flavors, which can't match =
Tom's
ability :) !  Great aromas & flavors, constantly changing.  Good beans!
Dave
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5) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
It has fairly high moisture content, meaning the "drying out" period 
should actually be longer. Bean density is lower on Sumatras which 
can reduce the time between 1st and second crack, but that depends on 
the roaster. This is such a uniquely sweet Sumatra - I love it.
By the way, I finally found a new "Thumbs Down" lot to provide a good 
"educational experience" in this respect. Indonesians range from this 
Batak - rustic sweetness, to bittersweet earthy, to just rank 
bitterness. Technically, many coffees we accept as being "positive" 
earthy are in fact technically defective. But there is a consensus 
about "good" rustic flavors and bad over-the-edge rustic, ie: dirty 
swampy muddy tasting dreck. I would call it a fine line between the 
two, but a confusing distinction for many. So what I have dredged up, 
literally, is Swampy Sulawesi, a cup that perfectly embodies nasty 
algae-like, musty, decomposing swamp rot. Compare it to even the most 
funky Mandheling we stock (the "classic") or the Tawar or the Batak, 
or our good Sulawesi Gr. 1 and the difference will be clear, I hope. 
And to illustrate the point, as you sip it, consider that the seller 
of this coffee told me there is a roaster on the coast in California 
who features this as the "best Sulawesi in 20 years", letting you 
know what you just might get if you walk into their shop and order a 
cuppa. Oh joy! Seriously. it is hard to taste this coffee and chalk 
up the flavor to "a matter of taste". It is nasty, but necessary, to 
understand the difference between available Indonesia lots.
Tom
PS: That will be on the list early next week.
Yup. That's fast. But I don't think that's the kind of "fast" Patrick meant.
On 2/13/07, Gregg Talton 
<gregg.talton> wrote:
Harvey arrived yesterday with mine - I'm roasting in a few minutes. 
Can't wait!
On 2/13/07, Patrick S. Harper 
<patrick > 
wrote:
Has anyone else noticed that this seems to roast really fast?  I love the
grassy chocolate smell of it roasting though.  I am going to let it rest
until Thursday morning then try a pot.

6) From: Patrick S. Harper
I just got mine in yesterday too, let me know what you think of the smell, I
like it and think it is one of the more unique smelling of the greens I have
roasted in my short time doing this.

7) From: Patrick S. Harper
Can't wait, I will give it 36 hours before the first pot, on a side note I
am loving my Technivorm KBT 741 and using the tips from the site on stirring
the grinds in the basket and using only the half drip.  It makes wonderful
coffee; I just wish they had a 15 or 20 cup version or something like that.
I make it through my first pot in less than 20 minutes every morning.
Next, a new grinder but I have to wait until my wife forgets all the money I
have been spending lately

8) From: Coffeenut
Mine's resting too at the moment.  I roasted 1.5lbs of it in my BBQ-drum
roaster on Monday as a gift for my daughter and retained a 1/2lb for my use.
I'm looking forward to tasting it.  I definitely noticed a heavier "green"
aroma with this bean before and during roasting.  Tom is right about it not
being a green bean beauty contest winner and I've had ugly beans before that
were beauties in the cup.
You just gotta love the variety of quality beans we have at our fingertips
from Sweet Marias!!
Rick

9) From: Patrick S. Harper
I agree, I have only been doing this a short time but it is very addictive.
I love the varity of beans they offer and have so much fun trying new beans.
I wish they would do a big-ol-sample pack of a quarter lb of everything they
have :)  I would buy one


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