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Topic: Month Long African Shootout! Update on the Yemens (55 lines)
1) From: Bryan Wray
     Well unfortunately I didn't have a whole lot of time to roast last weekend (certainly will this weekend) which would have been fine, except that I butchered the roast.  Wasn't paying attention (roasting Yemens and not paying attention is a HORRIBLE idea) and never heard a crack of first.  All of a sudden I'm noticing I'm 15:50 into a half pound roast and just now hearing cracks.  It finally clicks in my mind that this is going to be SECOND and not FIRST.  Well dumb me.  So I hit cool (Behmor FYI...) as second just starts, open the door, snatch the basket and run it outside to get it cool ASAP.  No fire or anything, it's just that it was FC/FC+ instead of a City+ like I wanted.
     Well wouldn't you know it... I didn't even learn my lesson!  Did the exact same thing on the next batch (different Yemen).  Not as badly, but bad enough that I knew cupping these coffees was going to result in a lot of, "Ummm... it takes like roast..."
     Third batch went well.  It was a City+/FC and was spot on.
I cupped the coffees today at a local shop with some area baristas who wanted to do a cupping (most of their firsts).  I set it up with 2 samples of each of the Yemens and also a sample of IMV+ to give them something really sharp to contrast to.
     They all loved the event.  I was fortunate enough to go to the Intelligentsia "Geek-Together" back last February(?) and got to see some great ways to do mass cupping.  How to do it efficiently and how to explain the process and how to make everything run efficiently.
The Results:
-----Yemen Mokha Sharasi-
  Fragrance:  2.5; smells like over-roasted coffee, haha.  Catching a slight cranberry/grape through the roast though.
  Aroma:  3.3; Got better with water, but still strong roast.  Fruit was attempting to sneak through, but just as it would come to my palette roast would overpower it and send it to the back again.  Kind of frustrating.
  Acidity: 6.8;  Not horribly flat, I honestly thought it would be worse, but this should have been through the roof acidity.  Again, disappointing.
  Mouthfeel: 7.2;  One thing the dark roast didn't mutilate.
  Flavors:  Well, roast.  Sorry, that's what I got.  Roast with chocolate attempting to cut through (did a little more as it cooled), but still overwhelmingly and overpoweringly... roast.
  Aftertaste:  Surprisingly short.  Didn't have that annoying, lingering char taste, which was a pleasant surprise.
-----Yemen Mokha Ismaili-
  Fragrance:  3.5;  Roast yes, but apple and pear were cutting through great.
  Aroma: 2.8;  Given the fragrance I was hoping the aroma would explode, but instead it faded.  Roast came forward and fruit faded to the back and didn't come back in aftertaste or with cooling.
  Acidity:  7;  Nothing too special, but it would certainly be a crowd pleaser.
  Mouthfeel: 6.5
  Flavors:  6.5; Roast (unfortunately) chocolate and cranberry (at the same time) were present too, but way in the back.
  Aftertaste:  6; What I wanted to linger (a nice cocoa) faded and there was something, not quite roast, but something... that just seemed to coat my tongue, and I didn't enjoy it, haha.
-----Yemen Mokha Sana'ani:
  Fragrance:  3.8; Pulled a lot of cocoa, but there was a nice fruit (couldn't place it- sort of reminded me of watermelon of all things...) that was cutting through.
  Aroma:  3.8; More of the same
  Acidity:  6.5;  I thought it would have been higher, but nope!
  Mouthfeel: 7.3; Really nice and pleasant.  Right up my alley.
  Flavors:  7; I certainly thought it would have been fruitier, but instead it turned more toward peanut and almond.  A pleasant caramel sweetness.
  Aftertaste:  6.7; Decent, but not very impressive.  More of the same flavors, but roast took over as it cooled and wasn't pleasant.
-----Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Bagersh Idido Misty Valley
  Fragrance: 4.1; Blueberry and strawberry.  Not very floral, but I was okay with that.
  Aroma: 4.7; W-O-W.  I haven't had blueberry like this yet AT ALL from this batch.  Just hadn't been able to get it, but this is coming through incredibly.  I accidentally slipped a "Whoa" when breaking the crust on this one.
  Acidity: 8; Solid, really really nice.
  Mouthfeel:  6.9;  Strange, but it felt really lacking...
  Flavors:  8.4;  WOOT!  Incredible.  Blueberry faded to raspberry, but blueberry was still there.  Chocolate came to the front a lot more as it cooled.  Strange- no floral though.
  Aftertaste:  7.1;  Too short to get anything real, real high, but the floral finally showed up (strange that it was in the aftertaste and not when the cup was hot, but... well... whatever!)  Reminded me of a hybrid rose/jasmin flower.  Strange but nice.  Blueberry was gone in the aftertaste.
All of the baristas loved it and decided that it's going to be a weekly thing, becoming more and more public as more and more of them can help out.  We are going to do the same one again next week with more properly roasted coffees (... way to go Bryan, could have gotten it right the first time!).  Now to start drinking them through Chemex, FP, and Vac.  Should be interesting.
Any other ideas?
-Bry 
"It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Chris Owens of Cafe Grumpy in NYC.
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