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Topic: Ethiopia Harar Horse DP -Lot 17406 (5 msgs / 177 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
Oh my. I had forgotten just how good a really wonderful Harar Horse 
could be. I roasted this Saturday afternoon in my BM/HG to C+/FC, taking 
14 minutes for a 540 gram roast. I had to preheat the bread machine 
because, alas, winter has returned to Central Alberta. It's currently 
-10 C (14 F) and that was about the temp when I roasted.
But I digress.
This coffee knocked my socks off when I was grinding. The fruited smells 
were overwhelming and I could hardly wait to see how they translated 
into the cup. Ron, who is not much of a coffee guy, took one sip and 
said "hey, you finally have that blueberry coffee again." This was in 
the KMB. I am planning on doing a vac pot later in the AM.
Now, I am not saying that this is the blueberry bomb of a few years 
back, but this particular batch, roasted in this particular way sure 
does have them at 40 hours rest. The aftertaste lingers for a long. long 
time and the wet smell in the cup truly adds to the enjoyment.
I am not generally a fruity coffee kinda gal--heck, I barely taste it in 
some coffees other folks rave about, but this one--oh my.
Another digression: Our standard coffee cups are smallish bone china 
mugs by Royal Grafton. They are almost always available on Ebay, and 
when I can pick some up for $6-$8 each with reasonable shipping, I buy 
them. I've also lucked out a few times and found them in thrift stores. 
They are perfect for folks who truly enjoy smelling their coffee as part 
of the experience. They do not keep coffee hot like an insulated travel 
mug, of course, but they do (IMO) add to the coffee drinking experience.
Anyway, I'm loving the coffee this morning. I love it so much, I just 
ordered a 20 pounder.
vicki
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2) From: Gerald Newsom
Good description of this coffee, Vicki!  I agree whole-heartedly.  After
drinking this coffee last week, I felt I had found my favorite coffee of the
year already!
Gerald
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3) From: John Despres
Ah, Vicki, I'll send warm thoughts from this sunny 60 degree part of the =
lower 48! I remember when I lived in Banff it snowed in July - quite a =
shock for me to awaken to 4 inches of snow.
As to the coffee cups, I, too find an open cup much more enjoyable. The =
aroma of the brew is so much of the experience, isn't it? It's sometimes =
difficult to fully enjoy a cuppa from and adult sippy-cup in the car.
Remember when most cars had a flat level spot, usually on the dash, =
where we could set a regular mug? Before cup holders were standard, that =
is. As the transition to cup holders began taking hold I owned several =
of those triangular mugs with the skid free rubber bottoms. It seems =
there's no place to put them any more...
I haven't had the Harar Horse and I haven't checked the list lately for =
lack of funds. There's no reason to torment myself with something I =
can't purchase. The first quarter of the year is always very slow for =
me, but as things begin to pick up, I'll see if there's any left at =
Sweet Maria's. I'm glad I bulked up my stash late last year! =
Unfortunately the Horse wasn't one of my grabs...
Stay warm!
John
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4) From: Vicki Smith
Well, the berry tastes are gone in my Harar now (though they may reappear
later), but we still have plenty of snow. It's still a lovely coffee.
v
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5) From: Bill
Had been really enjoying the Sumatra Classic Mandheling for several weeks,
so didn't have any time to be drinking the Harar.  (A real shame that my
coffee consumption is limited to 1/2 lb per week!)  So anyway, I was finally
ready to try the Harar.  Roasted it to a City/City+ roast on Monday night.
 Had some yesterday morning, and it was good, but I thought that this
morning would be great.
I was right.  The difference in aroma of the grounds in the last 24 hours is
very noticeable.  Like the difference between a handful of dried blueberries
and a handful of fresh blueberries.  Yesterday had a noticeable blueberry
aroma, but today was totally different.  The word for this morning might be
bursting.  The blueberries were bursting from the grinder.
3 minutes in the French Press.  Delicious.  I would say that the flavor is
really in the aroma, both in the grounds and in the cup.  Vicki's point
about using a wide-mouthed cup is definitely well taken with this particular
coffee.  There is a scant blueberry flavor in the cup, but it really comes
off the coffee with a blueberry fragrance.  The coffee tastes... well, like
coffee.  Full-bodied, heavy on the tongue, with a light blueberry
aftertaste.
I was thinking about the Yirga Cheffe Konga, the other Ethiopian that I
really loved with lots of fruit flavor.  That one is lemony.  That one is
very lemony, but in flavor, not aroma.  It is pronounced as the cup cools.
 I taste it on my tongue, not in my nose.  This Harar is all about the nose.
 It's an interesting cup, very delicious.  Makes me really wonder about the
coveted "Lot 30" from a few years ago, for which every Harar lover seems to
pine.
Anyway, that's my thought on the Harar.  I have a vac pot on the way with a
glass rod.  I want to perfect my brewing quickly because this seems like a
coffee that would do well vac'ed.
Hope you all have a great weekend with great coffee.
bill in wyo
On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 6:32 AM, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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