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Topic: Boo-Berries! (42 lines)
1) From: Randall Nortman
OK, first I have to apologize that I'm posting about a bean I did not
buy from Sweet Maria's.  Several months back, due to poor stash
management combined with my incompetant local USPS office, I managed
to run out of beans, so I bought a couple of pounds from a local
roaster that also sells greens.  I got a pound of their (unidentified,
generic) Harar, and I was not impressed.  In fact, from my tasting log
several months ago: "Awful.  Heavy tea-like astringency.  Can't taste
anything beyond that."
So this week I decided to clear out some of the random leftover beans
in my stash, and I had enough of this left for one roast, so I threw
it in my Poppery and took it to a solid FC roast, cooled, and popped a
bean in my mouth, not expecting much.  But there was an incredibly
strong blueberry flavor!  Not like fresh blueberries, but it tasted
exactly like I remember Boo-Berry breakfast cereal tasting like, from
back in my youth.  So it's sort of a dry, artificial blueberry flavor.
I brewed a cup right away, and the blueberry came through strongly in
dry and wet aromas, and was in the cup flavors as well.  Again, this
was more like "artificial blueberry" flavor, not fresh blueberries,
but I was still pretty thrilled.  Two days later, the blueberry aromas
and flavors are faded but still there.  But overall, I'm not really a
fan of the cup -- there is a funky, wild flavor in there.  I can get
into funky, wild dry process coffees, but this is not a good kind of
funkiness.  I think this might be what I've read described as
"ferment" flavor, but I don't really know.  I think it is the sort of
bean that Tom would pass up on.  Still, it is worth drinking, just to
know that coffee can, indeed, be blueberry flavored.  And it makes the
house smell nice, too.
So anyway, I'm pleased to know that in the past few months since I
first roasted this bean, either my roasting technique or my palate has
improved greatly.  It's probably a little of both.  What a great hobby
this is.
-- 
Randall


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