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Topic: Espresso overload (5 msgs / 160 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
Been doing some more work on our sig' blend. We began with bunch of SO shots
then on to blending per shot. (using scale with 0.1g resolution) Bruce had
to leave but I forge on. Getting close I think with the the last 10-20-35-35
Monsooned Malabar - Sumatra Blue Lintong - Brazil YB - IMV but thinking
10-20-30-40 (reminds me of my hero, one of Snoopy's alter egos the Flying
Ace but no 50 or more:-) may be better or maybe 10-20-30-30-10 adding a bit
Yirg' Kochere WP and maybe if bringing in the Kochere tame the Sumatra a
hair switching to Gayo but taster getting fried and getting rather wired
even though trying to remember to spit out most of the shots! So taking a
break to snivel about the work it takes to build a good blend:-) I mean,
it's gotta sing with a delicate deep power while soaring through a smooth
mellow caramel chocolatey mid-range and dance lightly yet lively through
floral citrus fruity high notes as as straight shot and at the same time
make a cappucino to swoon over...and be crafted to withstand variations in
crops...and likelihood of consistent availability year to year...which is
why pretty much switched gears from using an Aged Indo' as an element even
though I love it...piece of cake cough-cough!
Now back to the "grind", tough job but somebody's gotta do it. :-)
Hmmm, but first just realized I haven't eaten since breakfast and my stomach
is growling (forgot lunch) so maybe not a good idea to pull any more shots
right now...or maybe I will!
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URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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2) From: Les
Mike,
Thank you for sharing your hard work.  I hope all of you fellow home
roasters are getting a feel for how lucky we are.  Mike is trying to find a
blend that is 1. Awesome for espresso, cappo, latte, and I assume ristretto
all in one blend. 2.  He is searching for something that is repeatable!  I
am swooning over my Liberica blend this morning.  I have my second pound in
the stash, so I could have 10 pounds of this blend.  Not enough to run a
business.   It also needs to be repeatable with next years coffee crop!
3.  He is trying to discover a blend that  is affordable.  4. I has to
appeal to a large percentage of his customers.  Life is easy when you only
have to please yourself.  So Mike thanks for sharing your struggles.  It
makes me appreciate a good blend even more.
Les
On 10/6/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
miKe,
I wonder about the "repeatable" aspects of your blend, or any other
offerings, due to differences in the SO's that go into the blend, as
well as all the other variables.
You have probably considered this, but I will offer a suggestion just
in case. Perhaps the "MacDonald's" approach isn't the way to go with a
specialty shop. Instead, perhaps celebrating variety might be a good
niche to consider. I'm wondering if you might not do well to educate
your customers about the great variety in flavors in coffees. Perhaps
have a daily blackboard that not only lists the blend of the day, but
includes the flavor characteristics, in terms similar to Tom's and
Les's reviews.
Sure hope I am able to visit out there sometime. I would love a chance
to stop into your shop.
Brian
On 10/9/07, Les  wrote:
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Brian,
Remember in other posts I'd mentioned our plan of in addition to always
having main signature blend to also always have posted offered (varying
single Estate) Kona AND varying SO or guest blend. I've never been one to
consume the same coffee in back to back cups at home and am carrying that
them to the Kafe. Lots of grinders! BTW, our signature blend being developed
is anything but the "MacDonald's" approach. That would be a blend and roast
etc. crafted to specifically be good in milk baby beverages and ok in shots,
not the other way around. Also, this is actually a more advanced espresso
palate blend, not a simple "chocolate bomb" many gravitate to when new to
the Dark Side. While mellow and smooth enough to be considered a "comfort
food" type espresso yet with balanced wide dynamic range. The skill in
keeping a blend (relatively repeatbly) through out the year and year to year
will come in varying actual beans used, roast profiles/levels, blend ratios
etc. as needed with taste target established. And taste target may highly
likely mature and change slightly over time. 
Indeed, all coffee SO and blend offerings will have descriptions as well as
all beverages having descriptions. Won't have to ask "what's a cappucino"
etc.! Same goes for food offerings like our various Onolishes "Haole
Hawaiian Wraps" under development. One of them, The Huli-Huli chicken, is
ready for prime time. Warm Haole Q sauce marinaded kiawe smoked (Hawaiian
for mesquite) chicken breast morsels snuggled in a fresh Hawaiian red sea
salt seasoned wrap accented with our Aloha mayo', mango pineapple salsa, red
onion crescents and chiffenod of leaf lettuce. Served with choice of
macaroni-potato salad, taro chips, or baby carrots. Fried tofu variation
looking very promising. Other lunch wraps planned will be Kalbi beef and of
course Kalua pork. Probably also a mahimahi, ahi, ono or other Hawaiian fish
wrap.
Customer education also part of plans including (but not limited to)
scheduled posted public invited roasting and coffee cupping/tasting
sessions. And of course personal coffee education won't end until I'm six
feet under and I believe not even then! (Can't imagine an after life without
the Joy of Koffee:-)
Back to work...
Pacific Northwest Gathering VIhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGVI.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
www.mcKonaKoffee.com
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
miKe,
Again, I sure look forward to the day when I am able to visit....
Brian
On 10/9/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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