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Topic: Blueberry Hill Horse 17406 (15 msgs / 286 lines)
1) From: sci
I found my thrill on "Blueberry Hill" Harar Horse 17406. She projects
berries into both the dry/wet fragrance and the taste palate, lingering even
into the aftertaste. I roasted to just shy of C+ in IR2. I stopped about 3/4
of the way through 1st crack. Some beans still cracking when I hit the
brakes full-on, removing the chaff collector to rapidly cool. They looked
ugly and ragged and there were lots of quakers, more than I've ever seen,
about 25 in a 5 oz batch. The roast was extremely uneven, with about 10% of
the beans already to FC when the others were nearly C+. So, its hard to say
exactly what roast it is.  It's more of an average roast of C+.  But after
24 hrs rest this Horse really gets the triple crown for blueberry. I'll try
to only drink 1 cup a day for the next week to track its resting
development.   If only I wasn't in stash reduction mode, I'd snap up a 5#
bag post haste. It just can't get much better than this, but I've said that
before.
I'm going to do a micro-blend experiment with the blueberry coffees I have:
IMV, Harar 17406, Sidamo DP Spec.Sel. I'll use equal parts of each.
:-} "yum"
Ivan
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2) From: Bill
Ivan,I agree (as you know from my post of yesterday!) that the Harar has
great blueberry.  Here's the wild thing: It seems that it must pale in
comparison to the Lot 30 from 2006.  Tom says this in his review of this
year's Harar:  "You can coax a blueberry note from the cup at C+/FC roast."
 Here's what he says about Lot 30 from March 2006: "Then this shocker, a
literal aromatic expIosion in the grinder, and wet aromatics to match. Like
all Harar coffees the cups can be inconsistent, and I would grade the
preparation and defect count in this coffee as more imperfect than others.
But who cares - when you smell this intoxicating blueberry aroma, the fact
the roast is a bit uneven will matter not a bit! I will accept some
inconsistency because all the cups are so intense and so good!"
Anyway, I wasn't roasting 2 years ago, so I don't know from personal
experience how good the Lot 30 was... I agree, I'm really enjoying this
years' Harar... but it sounds like 2 years ago it was head and shoulders
better.
Enjoy the Harar.  I sure am.
On Monday, I'm gonna roast 2 pounds.  My first batch was City+.  Monday I'm
gonna roast a C+ and a FC and then mix, see what there is to see...
Keep enjoying it.
bill in wyo
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee
FWIW the Horse Lot 30 '06 indeed had the most pronounced clear blueberry
notes I've ever experienced 7 years home roasting and 34 years chasing fresh
roast whole bean. Made amazing Americanos and cappuccinos. That said I've
not tried 17406.
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4) From: Bill
Had seen that folks on CG spoke of it... just read it, they're over-roasting
this new crop, but they also really like this coffee.  I need to shut up,
and fast, because I should probably order a 10er of this coffee this week.
 Man, I really don't need to be adding to my stash this week....  If a Yirga
Cheffe comes around, I'll be sunk!  But seriously, I might think of a 10# of
the Harar and 10# of assorted centrals... dang it.  I can only consume so
much coffee....
Anyway, I really enjoyed this one at C+.  Tom recommended the FC.  I will do
2 roasts on Monday and see what that shows...
Thanks for chiming in on the Lot 30, MiKe.  Definitely wish that I had been
around for that one...
bill in wyo
On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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5) From: Lynne
just finished my last of a portion of harrar lot 30. only had a bit - mixed
it w/something else...can't remember what  - but it was gooood.
lynne
On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 12:15 AM, Bill  wrote:
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6) From: Rick Copple
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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Arg! I'll always feel like I missed out. I had placed an order shortly 
before that one came out, and ended up in financial crisis mode for a 
couple months. By the time I finally had money to spend on coffee again, 
it was gone. I feel like I missed the coffee of the century! But I'm 
glad such a great coffee came around for everyone who did get it to 
experience it. But alas, I may never get over missing that one.
That said, I do have 5 pounds of the current horse in the cupboard. 
Haven't roasted any yet, but intend to do so soon.
And I see some coffees that have come in I really want to try...but I'm 
waiting for the Costa Rican ones to arrive before I place my order. I'm 
eager to see the new crop.
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7) From: Vicki Smith
I'm really loving this coffee at FC (using Tom's guidelines, as being 
the "verge of 2nd crack"). I actually bought my first 20 pounder after 
enjoying this coffee so much. I told myself it is because I am roasting 
more, but it was really just plain greediness.
vicki
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8) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
i still have 1/2# of lot 30 greens (vac sealed) saving it for a special 
occasion
that was such a blueberry bomb!
Dennis
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9) From: gin
Bill:
after you roast your 2 pounds, take a 1/2 pound and put it away for several days, maye 8 or 10, then try it!!
ginny
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10) From: Lynne
never could taste the blueberry - but did taste a real good coffee!
lynne
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11) From: Barry Luterman
Actually, there were 2 coffees of the century . The horse #30 and
Kenya Kora Peaberry
On Sat, May 17, 2008 at 9:12 PM, Rick Copple  wrote:
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12) From: Barry Luterman
No make it 3 ISH
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13) From: Michael Dhabolt
Barry has a good point.
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The KKP doesn't seem to have maintained the pre-imminent reputation
that HH#30 has.  I personally still remember the batch that he gifted
me with - - absolutely exceptional.  It was one of those that I didn't
buy enough of, and by the time I realized it - - it was gone.  The
HH#30, however, I took full advantage of.  I still have several 1/4 #
bags, vac ed, sealed (seal-a-meal) and frozen, only to be touched for
really special occasions.
Mike (just plain)
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14) From: Bill
Excellent.  The reason that we're here is because there is no perfect
coffee... and Tom scores us a number of excellently awesome coffees quite
regularly.  I remember Tom raving about a coffee last fall that I missed out
on... wasn't it from Panama?  Didn't the cupping review say that it was like
the greatest thing ever to hit water?
Something for everybody to rave about...
bill in wyo
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15) From: Bill
Ginny,  thanks for the advice.  I noted in another post that I had some
friends come through over the weekend who drank me dry of harar.  so today I
will roast more.  and I will roast myself 1 lb... 1/2 to drink this week,
1/2 to drink after that...  It seems that DP coffees do pretty well with
longer rest times...  But this Harar does well on short rest, too.  Very
interesting coffee...
bill in wyo
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