It was an odd coffee indeed.
The Green beans smelled pretty good, a bit fruity with a hint of rasin
1st crack, and right before, where normally you'd have the straw then
nutty smell, this was more of a fruitish or off smell... not bad just
different...kind of like a hint of potpourri... normally the fruit
smells in the beans I dont notice much during the roast....
as the crack proceeded the smell as it ended first and headed into
second generally is a darker smokier more pungent smell or some may say
sharp and acrid. Not with this one, it never did pick up the 'bite' of
second crack looming and stayed fruity ish... kind of turned oh wow the
word... like syrupy??? almost reminded me of those fruit cakes you get
for christmas that taste horrid and have that deep god only knows what
they did to it... fruity smell. almost a cloying smell.
The beans took a while to finally darken, and were well into first crack
before they really started browning. The roast was pretty uneven until
right at the end where it evened out a bit. I stopped the roast right
at the hint of second. First crack lingered and wasn't a 'it's here'
thing... it'd crack for a few seconds, then go quiet for 5 or 10.. then
another round of cracks... then quiet, then you'd hear some snaps and
think wow second already, but the beans are still yellowish.. then
snap!! first would hit again....
After roasting the beans smelled umm.. well.. not entirely pleasant. but
that is NOT necessarily a bad thing!! I have had beans that after
roasting had an almost urine scent to them and I went. oh WTF!! but
after grinding and brewing, tasted great. These beans retained their
fruity smell but got a 'tartness - pungentacity' to the smell, almost a
whiff of bile smell... .. well.. the phrase i used to describe it was
parakeet vomit... Ill leave it at that. Again I have had pungent
coffee's before and they were ok after grinding and brewing.
Back to the roasting... I roast in my apartment and no I do NOT open all
the windows and stuff, the smoke doesn't bother me, and I let the A/C
evap take the smoke out as it filters through and gets on the
condensation in it. Generally for a few days after i roast you can walk
in and smell the smell of roasted coffee... We ALL know what that smells
like, the 'roasted' coffee smell.... these beans did not have that
roasted smell it was a fruity, almost cloying smell.. not really bad,
the coffee itself....brewing an odd fruity smell itself, turning into a
groundy earthy smell. For those who put coffee grounds into a bucket
or whatever to take outside and compost, know that smell when theyve
been sitting in there a day or two and start to ferment a bit.... it
smells sort of like that...
once the coffee is actually brewed and into the cup the smell is not bad
at all kind of a mild fruity smell, slight earthy smell but not in a bad
way. when hot it has kind of a fruity almost like that espresso bean
taste, you know the one, sharp taste to add the 'bite' to an espresso
blend. I forget what you call it, ... with that i bet this would be an
extremely interesting bean to try for an espresso, it'd definately
'mellow out' any sharp flavors or bites in it, yet at the same time, add
It's woody, kind of tannic like, fruity, has a thick mouthfeel to it.
has a lingering aftertaste, almost like that aftertaste or 'feel' one
gets if they smoke a pipe.. as the temperature dies down the taste
becomes a bit more pronounced until it approached around 100 degrees
then the taste subdued a bit but the smell in the cup came up. and yes
there IS a good amount of blueberry in it now too.
I wouldn't make it a point of drinking it straight but i can see where
it'd be a fantastic bean in a blend, again for a new kind of espresso
blend, or possibly maybe 25 % of this with a good guat or brazil....