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Topic: experimental beans (6 msgs / 154 lines)
1) From: Steve Bien
I am an utter newbie, still waiting for my fresh roast to arrive from
Sweet Maria's, and I am looking for suggestions about what varieties of
beans to play with. I drink mostly darker coffee either as espresso or
aeropress brews. What makes a bean a good one to mess around with?
Thanks, and as I warm up to this I am enjoying your posts,
 
Steve
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2) From: Dean De Crisce
What I would do (and have done) is get a sampler from SM...the eight bag. Gives  you some choices and varieties. Then I would pick representatives from the different food groups and hone in on what you like: centrals, south americans, islands, africans, indonesians.
I also drink just about only espresso. However I seem to like lighter roasts of the centrals...very sweet. I have tried coffees as above all as single origin espressos. That way I have a good sense of each varietal so that I can put together my own blend...which I have. I have enjoyed a blend of my fav coffees: yirgacheffe, kenyan and either a columbian or coasta rican or even mexican. I would say this is not the norm.
Also read Toms descriptions of the varietal qualities and blending espresso.
sweetmarias.com/espresso-general1.html
 I have also read and found helpful all the articles on:
www.lucidcafe.com/coffee/about_coffee.html
Dean De Crisce
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3) From: Bill
Steve,
welcome to the list, and happy roasting!  You're not gonna get any good
advice to that question, simply because there is no easy answer.  a good
bean is one that you enjoy drinking!  Personally I get tired of drinking a
"middle of the road" type of coffee... so I would say that a good bean to
mess around with is one that is different every few days or weeks...
but i guess that one piece of advice would be this: look for a bean that
does well with a wide range of roasts... maybe the Colombia Huila Valencia.
 But again, get other stuff for variety!
That's what I would say.  Again, welcome and happy roasting!
bill
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4) From: Jeff
Steve,
One of the most enjoyable things for me about home roasting is learning 
about the different coffees from around the world, testing and trying 
different roasts for different coffees, different brewing methods, etc., 
etc., etc. There are so many combinations and nuances I don't expect to 
ever experience them all. Coffee that was roasted 3 days ago can be very 
different than the same coffee 5 days old, or 1 day old. So like Bill 
said, there are no definitive answers to your question.
If you haven't already, you might want to try a Sweet Maria's sampler 
pack, which comes with several different coffees from different regions 
around the world. It was a great place to start for me. Welcome to the 
list and the world of roasting. As with many other things, it's a 
journey, not a destination.
Jeff
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5) From: Eddie Dove
Steve,
Welcome to the list!
Don't quite know how much you want to order, but you could take
advantage of the USPS flat-rate shipping options for both 12 & 18
pound orders.  Part of that order could be a double sampler that would
include 1 pound each of eight different coffees.  This might get you
to "travel the world" through coffee in one order.  In addition to the
sampler you could order either 4 or 10 pounds of other coffees.  You
may wish to peruse the coffees and select a few that Tom has deemed
good at a wide variety of roasts and perhaps some of his espresso
blends.
I hope this is helpful.
Respectfully,
Eddie
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6) From: Seth Grandeau
I'll second the sampler idea to get a good intro.  Read Tom's descriptions
and order a few "try-me" 1 pounders.  If you like 'em, order more.  If you
don't, you're out, like, $5.  I thought of myself as a dark roast drinker,
but right now, my favorites are some very light roasted "fruity" coffees.
The tastes are just so different from what I though coffee should taste
like.  You never know what you'll like in the way of GOOD coffee until you
try it.
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