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Topic: Sumatra Blue Batak (10 msgs / 300 lines)
1) From: John Despres
I attacked this bean with both guns blazing. Not sure if it was quite 
the right approach, but the cup is outstanding!
Roasted 1-24-08 Gene Cafe - pre roast 230g/ post roast 193g - 1st 10:28 
- ended 13:30 - City +/Full City - rested 12 hours (I couldn't wait).
Profile: preheated to hot!, roasted 482 to one minute into first, 455 
for three more minutes - cooled in vacuum colander
Brew: French Press - 4 tasse - 15g - medium grind - 1 minute, stir, 5 
minutes, plunge.
The cup: Spicy, winey dry aroma - Sweet, deep chocolate wet aroma, 
Earthy, sweet plum flavors - Cardamom aftertaste - Full, thick body.
This is so delicious! I love the Sumatras. My first roast ever was the 
Classic Sumatra Mendheling (Fresh Roast 8) and I was hooked for life! 
I'll brew a drip pot to take to work in the carafe to share.
Outstanding!
John
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2) From: Sean Cary
this is one of my staples...
Sean
Next week I go single digit...
Under the 1 million second mark as of today until I leave Fallujah...but who
is counting!
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3) From: an iconoclast
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I'll have my first cup of this tomorrow.  I trust Tom and this group so much
I've already sold a pound of it and haven't even tasted it!  We get the
leftovers we roast for others.  Next week, I'll be taking this Sumatra, some
Peru Norte and Zigzag Blend to treat the staff at my old clinic while we
teach them more computer skills.  Many of them have already had my coffee at
parties and some are already customers. I've got 2.5 lbs ready to go and
will have Dan roast some other varieties on Monday.  I am really looking
forward to tasting the Sumatra. I had to pull myself away from the SM site
the other day after reading about the Sulawesi. I've still got around 180
lbs of caff and 12 lbs of decaf on hand.  It's just so hard to resist!
Take care,
Ann
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4) From: Richard Ferguson
Has anyone tried roasting some of the Sumatra Blue Batak?  I tried roasting
some in my GeneCafe the other day and got some weird behavior while roasting. 
I normally roast 6oz and get to first crack around the 10 min mark.  At that
point I'll lower the temperature to slow the roast down and wait until I reach
my desired roast level.  Two minutes will get me through first and at around 4
minutes I'll start to hit second.  With the Blue Batak I don't get any snaps
until around minute 14, and that is without lowering the temperature.  When I
finally get some first crack snaps, there are only a handful.  Has anyone else
experienced this?  This isn't the prettiest bean so its hard to tell roast
level by color and the audio feedback isn't working for me either.  Any advice
would be appreciated.
I have roasted other beans since then to verify the GeneCafe is still in good
shape and I am getting good results so I really thing this is a characteristic
of the Blue Batak.
richard
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5) From: John Despres
Richard,
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6) From: Bill
Richard,
Don't think I actually have anything useful to tell you (how's that for an
opener?), but I'm letting you know that I've roasted some Blue Batak using
my HG/DB... Haven't nailed any of the roasts in my opinion... it's been good
but not great.  I have found that I prefer a shorter, hotter roast, maybe 8
minutes to first crack, 12 to 2nd, as opposed to say 12 or 14 to first...
And I thought that the cracks sounded the same as other beans...
anyway, that's all that i can report.  Next to worthless, i know!
bill
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7) From: Richard Ferguson
John,
I usually try and preheat my drum a little, set the temp to 200F and let it
run while I prep my beans and get ready.  Then I go full temp, 482F until I
get to first.  Normally the time to first is around 10 minutes for 6oz in my
GeneCafe, but the blue batak just takes forever and I am not sure if I even
really got to first after 15 minutes.  The results tasted pretty good but I
would like to be able and hit a predetermined roast.  Thanks
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8) From: Richard Ferguson
I started my roast at max temp so I don't know if there is much I can do to
get a hotter roast.  Maybe I can try preheating my drum to a higher temp to
kick start it a little more.  Thanks
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9) From: John Despres
Hey, Richard.
I'm low on choices and my Gene Cafe is back, so I'll roast some tonight. =
The last time I roasted the Blue Batak (Jan 24) , I preheated HOT and =
attacked this bean with all guns. Since I've already burned out the =
heating element once on a 3 month old machine, and on the advice of of =
the company rep, I'm going to try other methods and not preheat.
Tom's tip sheet for the GC suggests starting at 484, so I'll start =
there. In general, Sumatras are medium hard beans, but I think this one =
is a bit harder. So I'll think I'll try staying at 482 until 8 minutes =
and then drop down to 470 until end of first and then drop to 450.
Everything I read about medium hard beans suggests a moderate heat at =
all stages, so perhaps starting with a cold drum may be the answer.
I'll let you know what I find. I'll roast today and taste tomorrow. Post =
to the list will follow.
John
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10) From: Richard Ferguson
John,
When you mean preheat hot I am guessing to meat to max temp.  How long do y=
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