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Topic: A great coffee day (7 msgs / 234 lines)
1) From: Bill
So I had a great coffee day, even though some things didn't work out like
they should have...
I was out of *good* fresh coffee this morning, so made do with some
Mandheling/Yirg blend that was 14 days old.  Fine, but not great.  Both of
those coffees are best before 7 days, IMO.
Got my shipment from SM today.  Knew that it was coming because of the
tracking info.  Unpacked it.  Had some extra funds kicking around this
month, so bought both a Yama vac pot and a Chemex.  More on them later.
 Anyway, moved my new greens into cloth bags and put into the coolerdor.
Roasted 7 lbs of coffee today.  This was the 3rd roasting session with my
new breadmaker.  And today, I really had it going on.  I finally figured out
HG adjustments to get the roasts to move at the correct pace through first
crack.  I was really happy with all of my roasts today.
I roasted batches of 20 oz: Harar C+, Harar FC, Flores FC, Mandheling FC,
Mandheling FC, Yirga Cheffe Konga C, Colombian Cerulean Warbler C+.  I've
had each of these coffees but the Colombian.  I'm pretty excited about that.
A buddy came over as I was roasting the last few batches.  Afterwards, we
went inside and busted out the new brewing methods.  I washed the Yama and
ran a few test runs of water through it.  I picked up a couple of Cory rods
on ebay, so used one.  Wasn't sure about a grind, but went for a "drip"
grind on the Maestro Plus.  Ground 30g of 3-hr old Harar for 20 oz of water.
 Brewed it, and it brewed great!!  I was so stoked!  I was afraid that it
would stall, or that the coffee wouldn't taste right.  But no, it was
perfect!  Blueberries and a good flavor from the Harar.  I think it will
benefit from a little rest, but it was awesome.  I have a pound set aside
for myself to try over the next 10 days.
Then I got the Chemex ready.  Got the 13 cupper to have a brewing method for
groups.  Decided to brew 32 oz, which is the bottom button.  Ground 45 g of
Harar.  Messed up, though.  I decided to go coarser so that it would extract
quicker.  I ground halfway between "coarse" and "drip."  Extraction took 5
minutes 30 seconds.  The coffee was ok, but definitely under-extracted.  Not
by much, but by some.  So the next batch in the Chemex will be ground at
"drip."  Drank 1 cup of the chemex and we decided to let the rest go down
the drain...
So I'm in a great coffee mood.  Everything I roasted today went as I hoped.
 Now hopefully it'll taste great in the cup.  I got 2 sweet new pieces of
gear that will last for a long time, and will give enjoyment for a long
time.  And I'm totally skying on more caffeine than I normally consume in an
evening...
But that was my great coffee day.  I hope you had a great day, too!
bill in wyo
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2) From: John Despres
Glad to hear about your day, Bill. They don't come quite often enough, =
do they?
It's a nice tag to my crummy day yesterday ruining a batch of Yemen =
Mokha Mattari...
Thanks for sharing.
John
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3) From: Bill
John, what did you do to the Yemen?  Inquiring minds wanna know!bill
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4) From: John Despres
I have a wooden spoon trier in the Junk Yard Tow Truck. It got caught in =
one of the vanes of the drum and dumped beans into the heating array - =
TONS OF SMOKE! And it burned out one of the lamps - So it's both baked =
and over roasted all in one batch because after cleaning up and =
repairing the lamp, I continued the roast, The beans were in the drum =
for a long time. It's safe to say I baked, and stalled this roast.
Dark oily beans with City.
I'll taste it this weekend and will share more.
John
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5) From: Bill
wow, that totally stinks.  i was expected like a fouled-up profile.  But
that sounds like it all went haywire...  oh well hopefully you've got some
other stuff that is totally good...
bill in wyo
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6) From: Dean De Crisce
How can you have a dark oily city roast?
Dean De Crisce
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7) From: John Despres
Some beans are dark and oily and others from the same botched batch are 
city.
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