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Topic: Resting Decaf / Half Caff blends (5 msgs / 106 lines)
1) From: neal
Question 1:
I almost never roast decaf, so I forget; does decaf need to rest like
regular?
Question 2:
What beans should I use to make a good half caff blend? (preferably
something that is currently available from SM)
I'm going to be placing an order soon and want to do a half caff blend so I
need to know what to order.
Thanks in advance,
Neal
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2) From: Aaron
Decaf needs to rest just like any other coffee,  but in roasting,  the 
first crack can be very quiet, there will be almost no chaff, so if you 
are using a fluid bed roaster (ie air roaster) one trick is to leave the 
chaff from a regular batch in it then do a decaf to slow down the air 
flow enough so they behave a little better in the roast..
As far as blends.  use any beans you like and blend them.  but to be 
honest, the decafs sm's sells have incredible flavor.  They are not that 
bland crap you get everywhere else, they really have a good flavor to 
them, so you might want to try them straight first before mixing with 
another bean.  you might like them as is.
also, roast the two beans seperately dont mix and roast, probably wont 
turn out good.
good luck
Aaron
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3) From: neal
I do like them separately too. I just wanted to know what beans went
together for an evening half caff.
Neal
On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 4:41 PM, Aaron  wrote:
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4) From: Cameron Forde
My advice on blending decaf is to post-roast blend.  I've tried to
roast a decaf and regular bean together without success.  Maybe others
have some tips on how this might work.
Cameron
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5) From: Bill Van Huis
Neal, I recently got into roasting because I didn't like the decaf and lo
caf options that were on the market, so I have interest in this topic.
There's a 50/50 blend listed on the article athttp://www.sweetmarias.com/blending.html.Watch the descriptions of SM's decaf offerings as they come up and you'll">http://www.roastmagazine.com/backissues/julyaug2006/blendingtherules.html,and SM has a good article on blending basics athttp://www.sweetmarias.com/blending.html.Watch the descriptions of SM's decaf offerings as they come up and you'll
occaisonally see blending strategies, including 50/50 strategies.  You'll
see Mocha Java listed as a good example for a 50/50, using decaf for the
Java part and caf for the Mocha part.
I've seen several comments that the Decaf Komodo blend is a good, neutral
decaf to blend to combine with a caf bean with high or bright acid.  SM's
decriptions will give you good candidates.  I've also blended the Decaf
Nicaragua Dipilto, a "delicate" coffee in my mind, with some fuller bodied,
darker roasted Columbians and Guats, and been happy with the results.
Happy blending and good luck!
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