Almost without exception, I throw a few beans in my mouth for munching after
every roast. For coffees with which I am familiar, I can tell whether or
not I nailed the roast the way I wanted it and for coffees that are new to
me, I can pretty much tell how the the coffee is going to taste.
Last weekend I found some Panama La Esmeralda Gesha in my stash; I thought I
had already roasted it. While the beans were still in the cooling basket, I
threw a few into my mouth. I could tell immediately that the coffee was
going to be very much fruited, but crisp, clean fruit, not candied fruit
like some of the Ethiopians ... if that makes sense. Indulging in the
coffee this week proved that perception to be correct.
Give it a try ...
On 7/21/07, thirddayhomeroaster