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Topic: Bean recommendations, please. (8 msgs / 194 lines)
1) From: an iconoclast
I can't believe we're down to 42 lbs of caffeinated beans!  Been too busy to
research and order. I'm going to order 3 twenty pound bags. And I'm thinking
about getting a Behmor roaster and the 8 lb sampler.  It will be a first.
I've never roasted with a real roaster...started with a popcorn popper and
quickly went to HG/DB/BBQ side burner and always roast 2 lbs at a time.  But
it sure would be nice to roast indoors and roast smaller amounts as needed
without getting all that paraphernalia out. My husband has done the roasting
for the last 2 years, but I roasted two 2 pound loads today and we sure
breathe in a lot of smoke while roasting. Our lungs and joints are getting
old.
So this is what I'm thinking about:
Brazil Pocos de Caldas -Fazenda
Barreiro
Mexico Organic Nayarit
Dry-Process
Java Kajumas Curah
Tatal
Any thoughts about these?  I prefer nutty, chocolatey beans.  I make a
Zigzag blend with Brazil, Sumatra and a Central.  I have 14 pounds of
Sumatra *Sumatra Blue Batak "Tarbarita"Peaberry* on hand, am down to only 2
lbs of Brazil Cachoeira YB DP and 3 lbs of Costa Rica Coop Dota DP, so need
to replenish these. I am also very fond of India, Java, and Tanzania beans.
I've got 7 lbs each of *India Mallali Estate "Tree-Dried Natural"* and Papau
New Guinea Kimmel PB left along with a bit of Yemen and Cameroon.
Fact is, I like lots of beans and had 12 on my original list, but gotta pick
3 and only 1 can be a Central...with so many choices available. I'm sure
I'll find some more favorites from the sampler that comes with the roaster
and orderr some more 5 lb bags if they are still available.
Thanks for your help.
Ann
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2) From: Eddie Dove
Ann,
I have no experience with the Brazil, but I have thoroughly enjoyed
both the Java Kajumas Curah Tatal and Mexico Organic Nayarit
Dry-Process.  The Mexico is a booming cup of coffee with the chocolate
for sure and it does have a potent, fruited underpinning as well.  The
Java is a great cup and everything you would expect from a great,
clean Java.  Both were roasted to Full City+.
I still have 11.5 pounds of the India Mallali Estate "Tree-Dried
Natural; some of my customers love that coffee!
Hope this helps ...
Eddie
-- 
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3) From: David Martin
I can't speak to the others, but in my opinion you can't go wrong with
the Fazenda Barriero.
By the way, I'm in awe of your 'bean throughput'. Occasionally I'll
give away beans, but for the most part I'm only roasting for myself. I
usually only buy in 2lb increments and roast 8 or 12 oz batches. If my
stash size were 42lbs, I'd be kicking myself for allowing it to grow
so large!
-Dave
On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 11:47 PM, an iconoclast  wrote:
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4) From: an iconoclast
On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM, David Martin wrote:
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Thanks, Dave.  I didn't even count the 22 lbs of decaf I have on hand!  I
consider coffee beans a staple and I feel more secure with having plenty on
hand, just like rice, nuts, dried fruit, etc.  Roasted coffee makes awesome
gifts and I don't mind sharing (addicting). It's relatively inexpensive
especially when buying in bulk and it's even calorie free!  And
occasionally, people like to purchase a few pounds that helps defrays the
costs.
It looks like according to you and Eddie,  I made some good choices. I
placed my order yesterday and will soon be back up to 100 lbs. I was over
200 lbs at the beginning of 2008 and ordered some 5 lb bags here and there.
Still deciding on whether I want to get the Behmor and that enticing 8 lb
sampler.
Take care,
Ann
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5) From: MikeG
What machine are you roasting all of that coffee in Ann?
On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 11:09 PM, an iconoclast  wrote:
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6) From: an iconoclast
On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 10:23 PM, MikeG  wrote:
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Stainless steel mesh colander in double wall dog bowl over BBQ side burner
with heatgun hanging off BBQ lid down into colander held in place by 5 lb
bag of beans, stirred continuously with large wire whisk.  My husband
improved on the method by using C clamps to hold the dog bowl in place. We
wear gloves when stirring as it gets pretty hot. We cool over a fan in
horizontal position by pouring beans from one mesh colander to another.
Exquisite control by adjusting heatgun first, then the bottom heat, but
gotta do it outside under cover. I'm thinking the Behmor might be a
complementary method for a quick pound when needed and when it's too cold
outside.
Take care,
Ann
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7) From: David Martin
On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 4:07 PM, an iconoclast  wrote:
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I'm intrigued by the 2lb bean volume. I use a mesh colander fitted
inside a stainless steel pot, holding the 1400 watt heat gun in one
hand and stirring with the other. Using this method, I'm capable of
doing 1lb at a time, but botched it a couple of times at that volume,
so I'm not really comfortable with more than 12oz. an I usually only
do 8. Is it the dual heat source that allows you to do 2lb batches?
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8) From: an iconoclast
On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 11:50 PM, David Martin wrote:
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I think that helps.  I tried just a HG for about a week with about 1 lb of
beans and just couldn't continue to hold the weight of the gun.  So I looked
at various options for stands to hold the heat gun.  Even bought some
flexible stainless tubing, but it didn't work well, so used the hood of the
BBQ grill to hang the gun. The 5 lb bag of beans was convenient to hold it
in place. It wasn't long before I read on this list that using more beans
holds more heat and speeds up the roast, so I increased the amount of
beans.  And then because I'm impatient, I decided to add a little bottom
heat. Now, we use the full heat on the bottom and from the hanging heat gun
to get the roast going and then cut down on the gun heat when first crack
really gets going....just to have more control going into or stopping before
second crack.  I try to position the heat gun to the side of the colander,
so as not to have direct heat on the beans and I never stop stirring.
We just got an order for 10 half pounds of 5 different varieties, but will
roast 2 lb batches of each and either consume the excess ourselves or give
them to the many addicted relatives.
Give it a try. I finally have a digital camera, so will try and take some
photos of my husband roasting to give you a visual guide.
Take care,
Ann
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