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Topic: Roasting ZD7 peaberry beans as an espresso (36 lines)
1) From: Jeffrey Pawlan
What? you don't know what ZD7 is?  Ask your ham radio friends and you will find
out that this is the callsign prefix for the Island of St Helena.
I still had a small amount of peaberry beans I had bought directly from the farm
via registered mail several years ago. I and some other local tasters here had
tried it as an espresso using normal profiles when I first got it. It was not
bad, but not great and had a lot of grassiness to it.
So yeterday when I had run out of roasted beans for today's morning espresso, I
decided to try this as a double roast. I deliberately modified my profile for
Yemens and Ethiopians to accomodate this very small and very hard round
peaberry.
This morning I tasted the result as an espresso. It was definitely an
improvement over the single roast. There was a very flowery aroma. The body was
not heavy like most Yemens or Ethiopian coffees. The body and flavor was like a
Yirg with some lemony high notes. I have not tried the SM dry-processed Oromia
Limu but Tom's review and cupping notes have similarities to this coffee.
Would I recommend this coffee to you?   No, not at the price of International
Registered Mail plus the cost of the beans. Tom had sampled some last year and
was not pleased enough to buy it. But this technique of double roasting does
bring out different flavors as Tom and others have observed on several
occasions of trying mine.
73 (regards)
Jeffrey Pawlan  WA6KBL
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