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Topic: First attempt at targeted blend... (3 msgs / 92 lines)
1) From: Ken B
Ok, I have been getting semi-good results from the i-Roast2, not because 
I can hear anything, but because I can see and smell the differences a 
bit better.  I have been drinking so for quite some time, and thought it 
would be fun to play with a blend.  (more because I had a bunch of 
leftovers than anything else)  The noise canceling headphones help the 
loudness of the i-Roast, but I still am very hit and miss about the 
cracks.  I am seriously thinking (yet again) of a different roaster.
So, I mixed 40 g of Sumatra Organic Aceh District at FC+, 40 g of 
Nicaragua Placeras Estate Meil at City +, and 20 g of IMV at City.  The 
idea was to take the rick, syrupy chocolate and fruited tones of the 
Sumatra and add to it the honey, pleasant earthy flavors and grains I 
got from the Nicaragua, and overlay that with the brightness and 
blueberries (toned down) of the IMV (which, contrary to list 
preferences, I do not particularly like by itself).  The resultant cup 
(80 g, medium grind, FP) was, to me, heavenly!  Rich, balanced, fairly 
low acid, with a bit of crispness, but retaining the broodiness of the 
Sumatran. (though the IMV did cheer it up a bit. ;-))  Chocolate and 
fruit, with a grain background aftertaste (almost like dark beer, but 
much milder) as the cup cooled. 
So, really a keeper, except for one problem...I am out of the Nicaragua 
Placeras Estate Meil, and Tom no longer has it! :-(  But, as a first 
step at a targeted blend, I am very happy with the results!  Everyone at 
work who tasted this had wonderful things to say about it.  (I made a 
second, larger batch, which used up the rest of the Nicaragua Placera 
Estate Meil)  It repeated it's nice blend of complex flavors.  I still 
have some Nicaragua Matagalpa Pacamara, so I will try that in place of 
the Placeras Estate and see what happens, but from my cupping notes, 
these are entirely different coffees.  I think the Matagalpa is more 
herbal than the Placeras was.  *sigh*
Heh, if I had the room, I would buy nothing but 25 lb bags of coffee!  
That way, when I found one I really, really liked for something, I would 
be able to do more than decide I really like it before having to go on 
because I no longer have any! :-)
Best Regards,
Ken B
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Tastes/sounds like a right decent blend, kudos grasshopper. Excellent
approach to blending, in fact the only approach that makes sense to me. Know
the SO's first then decide/explore how to mix their taste attributes for a
desired result. I'd wager mucho given the right roast treatments and shot
parameters would be a hellava fine 'spro too. 
Minor correction, Tom's largest offering bag size is 20#. (But there are
other sources that offer much larger than 20 or 25 bags! ;-)
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3) From: Ken B
Thanks mike,
I appreciate your response.  I knew if I said anything wrong, you would 
let me know. ;-)  I did try it as an espresso, but liked it less that 
way.  IMV is just too overwhelming for my tastes in any espresso I have 
tried with it, straight or blended.  So far, my espresso favorites are 
all SO, El Salvador Siberia (FC), Sulawesi Enrekang (FC+) and the Indian 
Mallali (FC+), in that order.  I say so far, because I am sure that list 
will change as I try new and different coffees and blends. 
Best Regards,
Ken B
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