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Topic: What would you recommend for a blend, with these beans on hand (4 msgs / 98 lines)
1) From: Diablo
I have;
Sidamo,
Peru Norte SHB, 
Costa Rica Tarrazu,
Colombia Huila Valencia,
Mandheling Sumatra
Recent Blends had these ratios
Colombia, 33%
Peru, 33% 
Costa, 33%
Didn't like that one too much, though it was pretty full bodied.  You can tell
my rookieness from that one, a varient of it went with 30% of those with 10%
Sumatra.  Better for some, but boy oh boy does the Sumatra really come through
and I lost some of the finer points of the others.  
My next evolution has this, I think I'm learning here,
Peru, 39%
Colombia, 39%
Sidamo, 11%
Sumatra, 11%
This one is much much better then the last.  It's very husky and earthy. 
Roasts are a C+ on the Colombia and Costa, snip snip of second and it's done. 
The Sidamo takes a lot of heat and second takes a while to set in, and I
usually tickle second for about 10-20 seconds depending on temps.  The Sumatra
is a Vienna, roll second and end roast.  This blend does have berry flavors
come through as well, thank you Sidamo.  
That's what I have on hand now.  Looking at getting A Tanzania or Kenya AA next
for some proper blending.  I think a Brazil or Guatemala is in order as well. 
Trying to round out my inventory for maximal blending capabilities.
I think my next try will have;
Peru(or similar south/central american), 80%
Sumatra, 10%
Sidamo, 10%
Trying to learn here, I don't have an espresso machine and that's where these
kinds of blends really sing the songs.  A FP or MP of these though will
definitely let me know where I'm at.  In fact, I have tried the 4 origin blend
in the FP but not as a Moka Pot, as well what I have now is all at 7 days rest.
 Optimal methinks.  
Leo

2) From: Jeff Oien
I would try 25-30% Sumatra with Sidamo. Keep it simple. Is the Sidamo 
Dry Process?
One that I'm going to try next week is 1/3 each of Sulawesi (could use 
Sumatra), Costa Rica at light Vienna and Costa Rica at City+. Also the 
two CR together and Sulawesi with the lighter CR.
Your first blend sounds like a nice breakfast blend type thing.
JeffO
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3) From: Les
With those beans I would go 50% Mandheling Sumatra, 25% Colombia Huila
Valencia,
25% Peru.  You could pre-roast blend and then roast to a city plus.  It
should make an excellent blend with body, flavor, and character.
Les
On 3/23/07, Jeff Oien  wrote:
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4) From: Diablo
Yep, the Sidamo is DP.  Really killer Blueberry that I'm getting dialed in too.
 
I haven't tried a pre-roast blend yet, that's a great idea.  A little worried
about the Sidamo though with a pre-roast blend.  This means a slow ramp for
sure then right?  Or not?  I seem to get better berry from the Sidamo with a
faster ramp.  
Thanks
Leo
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