Okay, I am slow on some things, one was trying to figure out the lingering flavor of my first roast of Sumatra Classic Mandheling. It was good, not overpowering, it sort of hung around after each sip. I couldn't put a word to the flavor. Then, this evening I was helping my partner move some flowers from the front of the house to the side and it hit. I got what an "earthy" flavor is. As the description of the bean says, it isn't a bad taste it is actually the flavor of the earth. I feel silly in that it took me hours, plus a hands on experience to get it, but it came through. I am sure that with the more roasts I do the more discerning my palate will become and the more my brain will be able to describe what the flavors are. I feel kind of good about it. It came from my third roast, so I know I have so much to learn - and have fun learning these things; but, it really did feel good to make the connection and to be able to verbally describe it, though tasting it is so much more fun. Who knew that when it says "earthy," it means EARTHY! Very cool.
Stephen, Don't just "feel kind of good about it", feel fantastic about it and write all of your cupping notes for us to enjoy! I enjoy writing such and enjoy reading such from others ... after all, this list is all about coffee so please, feel free / encouraged to share. I just started roasting about one year ago and just love the references that the coffee aromas and flavors conjure. I roasted the Sumatra Classic Mandheling one month ago today and enjoyed every drop of it immensely. My impressions from the cup are below just for us to compare notes: The aroma suggests a bit of spice, forest floor, maybe some caramel and I couldn't decide between cocoa and brown sugar. In the cup, with only 2.5 days rest, there is good body with tremendous depth and presence, a bit dry, slightest hint of chocolate and just the nicest mossy hint in the aftertaste. Respectfully, Eddie -- Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 7/24/07, Stephen Carey wrote: <Snip>
I was tasting a Belgian Lambic beer, 'Floris Pommes' by Huyghe Brewery and it had a taste that was totally familiar but also totally elusive to my memory. After a while someone clued me in on what I was tasting...'Jolly Rancher' Apple. Doh! That was it! Funny how memory works...or doesn't. ********************* Ed Needham "to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************
Yup ... just like with the Nik-L-Nips ... I love this home coffee roasting thing! Eddie On 7/24/07, Homeroaster wrote: <Snip>