It was a good year. Usually my favorites lean heavily on the Brazil's and Sumatra's. This year still Indonesia but moved islands to Bali I now am the proud owner of 14 lbs of Bali. My absolute favorite this ( in the lead at 32 pounds) Guatemala Finca San Jose Ocana. Yes I know I moved North into the woosey Centrals .Here's wishing everyone a good year and looking forward to more great coffee in 2008.
i've been drinking the ocana the last couple days, thinking the exact same thing. super smooth and sweet with just enough bite. Good stuff. Wish I had more... woosey=wussy?, i normally think of sumatra as a wussy coffee, all body no bite ; ) but that sumatra batak peaberry is pretty high on my list too. can't always judge a coffee by its country. at least not tom's coffees. to the good roasts of 2007.....(sips ocana) and next year's.
Sometimes Sumatra just does the job. Last night I got the urge for Sumatra. Remembering there was a bag of "Classis Sumatra Mandheling" in the sampler I got with my Behmor, I roasted some to a nice FC+. I roasted it in my Behmor on P1 for about 12 1/2 minutes, then let it go on the cool cycle for about 8 minutes. This morning I ground some and brewed a pot, of which I drank two mugs and put two mugs worth in a vacuum bottle. My regular routine is to drink two in the morning and nurse the rest throughout the day. This stuff has so much flavor and body that it's nearly a meal. I have little doubt that there will be more in my future. If I don't post again before then; Merry Christmas. Ken.
I usually find that whatever happens to be in my cup is probably a favorite, especially if its the first time I've roasted it. For some reason when I come back and roast a coffee again later, I just don't find the same flavors, and I'm often a little disappointed. I don't know if its my inconsistency in roasting (highly likely) differences of brewing (also possible), or just poor memory (I know I have CRS). At the moment I'm drinking a mix (the last from several roasts) and its wonderful. -- Dave Some days... It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps