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Topic: First decaf.... (4 msgs / 81 lines)
1) From: Ken B
Well, I just finished the roast of my first decaf, a Sumatra Lintong 
Nihuta KVW.  It was an interesting experience. 
It is my very first attempt at a decaf, and the first thing I noticed is 
that if you use color to judge roast, forget it. ;-)  The coffee looks 
like it has already been roasted.  The second (and nice thing) is that 
there is virtually no clean-up.  No chaff, not much in the way of dust, 
or anything else.  The third is that for the very first time, I am 
pretty sure I heard SECOND crack on the iR2!  I sometimes hear first, 
but to my knowledge, I have never heard second outside a 50/50 
probability.  I am 90% sure I heard second with this roast.  It started 
at 442 (bean mass), and I cut the roast 12 seconds later at 445 since I 
was looking for FC+.  (I normally take it to 445-450 when I cannot hear 
second) Total roast time was right at 13 minutes.  I am going to wait 3 
days to try this, since I've found on most of my other Sumatrans that I 
prefer them at 3-10 days, but I will let you know how it all turns out 
in the cup. :-)
So, an interesting experience and hopefully an interesting coffee.  If I 
get anything close to Tom's notes, I will be able to give up iced tea at 
night in favor of iced coffee! :-)  I look forward to the taste test.
What is your experience with decafs?  Does decaf crack louder than 
"regular"?  I am still trying to figure out what aligned to allow me to 
hear second crack.
Best Regards,
Ken B
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2) From:
I've forgotten most of what I learned about ir2 roasting so no help there.
But in general I find I still overroast decaf. my issues as that first snap is too quiet and can't go by colors, so smell is really all you can go by and it too is a little different.
My last decaf (wp panama) was positively burnt.
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3) From: MichaelB
Don't wait too long to taste the decaf. It is ready to drink sooner than
regular coffee and stales more quickly too. This is especially true with
espresso - shot quality deteriorates in 4-5 days - but will also be
noticeable with other brewing methods. Start drinking it right away.
On 6/7/08, Ken B  wrote:
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4) From: Ken B
THanks Michael,
I will give it a go tomorrow afternoon as a pour-over, an espresso and a 
frappuccino and see what it is like.  That is the beauty, to me, of the 
decaf.  I can do as much as I want instead of what I "should". :-)
Best Regards,
Ken B
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