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Topic: Top Five for 2008 (22 msgs / 655 lines)
1) From: Les
I hope this thread will stay on topic, and that some others will share
their top five coffees for the year.  I am going to share my top five
and why.  Please try to stay under ten coffees if you can't restrain
yourself to five.
1.  Ethiopia Wet-Process Koratie.  This was the best coffee in my
opinion this year.  Layers and layers of flavor with a very nice
finish.  It had a balance with complexity that is rare.  It also made
a great S.O. espresso.  I enjoyed it much more than the Dry-Processed
and I enjoyed being able to compare the two.
2.  Panama Gesha Lot 3.  I found the flavor in the peaberry to be more
balanced and a bit more complex than in Lot 2.  I loved the floral
balance and the complexity of this coffee.  It went through an amazing
transformation as it rested through the 8 days that I drank it.  Every
day was different, and every day was awesome.
3.  El Salvador Aida's Grand Reserve  This is another complex coffee
with a lot of character.  I pulled some S.O. espressos and they were
wonderful too.  A very refined and well prepared coffee.
4.  India Anohiki Liberica  This is the ultimate fruit bomb coffee.  I
also enjoyed the challange of working out a roast profile that got rid
of the "barnyard" issue that Tom discussed.  I enjoyed a cup of it
this morning.  The Anise notes after 8 days rest are stunning and the
butterscotch finish is so unique with all of those deep raisin, plum,
and peach middle notes makes this one a winner.
5.  Guatemala Organic Finca Ceylan Maragogype  I ordered a pound of
this one for the fun of the huge beans.  I ended up ordering another
10 pounds because of the flavor.  This coffee has a very nice smoke
flavor with a special spicy note that is unique.  Again a very
balanced coffee with great character that is special.
I have left a lot of coffees off of this list, but those are my top
five coffees of 2008.  What are yours?
Les
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2) From: Gary Foster
Hmm, my top five coffees from the dim recesses of my memory.
These are in no particular order.
1) Ethiopian Dry Process Korate Sidamo - Need I say more?
2) Brazilian Morenhina Formosa - incredible blend base with deep cacao and
nutty notes, not my favorite SO though.  I blend this 50/50 with the
Ethiopians.  I'd be screwed without this coffee, my wife would knife me in
my sleep I think.
3) Costa Rican Finca Tono Miel - If I had to pick a top favorite, this would
be it.  Alas, I got it in a sampler and it was sold out when I tried to
order it.  When I blended this with #2 I got chocolate covered strawberries.
4) Idido Misty Valley - not this brand new crop, haven't tried the new crop
yet although I roasted some yesterday.
5) Ethiopian FTO Harrar, Oromia Coop - I guess I have a thing for
Ethiopians...
-- Gary F.
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3) From: Bill
Great thread Les.  Been lurking for a while but this thread makes me want to
chime in.  I want to see others' faves, too.  hopefully this thread has some
legs...
1.  Ethiopian Yirga Cheffe Konga: as this one cooled it had great lemon and
citrus flavor.  I really liked this coffee.
2.  Sumatra Classic Mandheling: I had some of the 07 left over and really
enjoyed the 08.  It had a lot of spice flavor in addition to the heavy body
and great mandheling flavor.
3.  Ethiopia Koratie DP: Really loved the fruity nature of this coffee as it
developed over the days.
4.  Guatemala Fraijanes- Finca Agua Tibia: Just a great, well-rounded
central.  I don't drink many of those, but I thought that this one was
pretty tasty.
I could be another coffee just to make it 5, but I really remember these 4,
so I'll leave it at that.  Who else wants to chime in?
bill in wyo
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4) From: michael brown
1  IMV  great dynamic in this cup.  i would have thought it was a blend rather than a single origin.
 
2. Yemen Mokha sharsi         very sweet and very smooth
 
3. Various Kenyans             learned they make great espressos
 
4.  Panama Robusta            only because its my first robusta purchase and am having fun mixing it into blends to see what happens.
 
hmmm well i guess i'll keep it to my top four.  there were some other beans that i got from other local roasters so i'll leave those out.  have a happy holidays everybody!
 
Michael from b'ham, AL
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 ho else wants to chime in?> > bill in wyo> > > > On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 2:18 PM, Les  wrote:> > > I hope this thread will stay on topic, and that some others will share> > their top five coffees for the year. I am going to share my top five> > and why. Please try to stay under ten coffees if you can't restrain> > yourself to five.> >> > 1. Ethiopia Wet-Process Koratie. This was the best coffee in my> > opinion this year. Layers and layers of flavor with a very nice> > finish. It had a balance with complexity that is rare. It also made> > a great S.O. espresso. I enjoyed it much more than the Dry-Processed> > and I enjoyed being able to compare the two.> >> > 2. Panama Gesha Lot 3. I found the flavor in the peaberry to be more> > balanced and a bit more complex than in Lot 2. I loved the floral> > balance and the complexity of this coffee. It went through an amazing> > transformation as it rested through the 8 days that I drank it. Every> > day was dif
 ferent, and every day was awesome.> >> > 3. El Salvador Aida's Grand Reserve This is another complex coffee> > with a lot of character. I pulled some S.O. espressos and they were> > wonderful too. A very refined and well prepared coffee.> >> > 4. India Anohiki Liberica This is the ultimate fruit bomb coffee. I> > also enjoyed the challange of working out a roast profile that got rid> > of the "barnyard" issue that Tom discussed. I enjoyed a cup of it> > this morning. The Anise notes after 8 days rest are stunning and the> > butterscotch finish is so unique with all of those deep raisin, plum,> > and peach middle notes makes this one a winner.> >> > 5. Guatemala Organic Finca Ceylan Maragogype I ordered a pound of> > this one for the fun of the huge beans. I ended up ordering another> > 10 pounds because of the flavor. This coffee has a very nice smoke> > flavor with a special spicy note that is unique. Again a very> > balanced coffee with great character that is special.> >>
  > I have left a lot of coffees off of this list, but those are my top> > five coffees of 2008. What are yours?> >> > Les> >> > Homeroast mailing list> > Homeroast> >> >http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20>>>> Homeroast mailing list> Homeroast>http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.com>Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20Send e-mail faster without improving your typing skills.http://windowslive.com/online/hotmail?ocidT_TAGLM_WL_hotmail_acq_speed_122008Homeroast mailing list">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.com>> Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :> >http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20>>>> Homeroast mailing list> Homeroast>http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.com>Homeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20Send e-mail faster without improving your typing skills.http://windowslive.com/online/hotmail?ocidT_TAGLM_WL_hotmail_acq_speed_122008Homeroast mailing list
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5) From: Edward Bourgeois
1..Guatemala El Injerto Pacamara---non auction lot
The nicest Pacamara central I've had.
2..El Salvador Aida's grand Reserve Peaberry..farm blended
Clean-clean-clean. A truly fine El Salvadore.
3. Yemen Sharasi.. Loved it as an SO and in a blend.
4.. El Salvador Matalapa..Bourbon-- Sweet clean smooth.
5..tie with all the rest. Tom did good!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!
-- 
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6) From: Andy Thomas
1. Colombia Antioquia Cerulean Warbler
2. Yemen Ismaili
3. Ethiopia Idido Misty Valley
4. Panama Esmeralda Gesha Lot 10
5. Ethiopia Koratie WP
...not necessarily in that order.
From: Les les.albjerg
Subject: [Homeroast] Top Five for 2008
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7) From: Seth Grandeau
1) Ethiopian Dry Process Koratie - I absolutely loved the wild fruit.  It
was the first coffee that my wife asked "Can you make some more of that?"
2) Kona Greenwell Extra Fancy - My favorite of the Konas in 2008.  This
coffee was just sooooo smooth.
3) Kona Kowali JBM Cultivar - This coffee had a wonderful spicyness that
made it like no other coffee I've ever had.  I only had one pound, but I
loved every drop.
4) 2007 Ethiopian IMV (I know it was a 2007 coffee, but I roasted most of
mine in 2008).  My first 90+ point coffee.  It took me many tries to figure
out how to roast this one just right, but once I got it, OMG!  My favorite
coffee moment was serving this with a blueberry cake as a dessert coffee and
having my guests say "Wow!"
5) Sumatra Classic Mandheling - I loved the chocolaty, earthy flavor.  This
was exactly what I like in an Indonesian coffee.
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8) From: Alchemist John
Nice thread Les.
Idido Misty Valley 08 - just can not get enough of the Blueberry
Mohka Matari - wild chocolate and raisin.
CR RIP - smokey, lush and balanced
Anohiki Liberica -  Just to amazing for words.
and a surprise for me as I normally don't do CR's
Costa Rican Vino Da Arabia.  Silky, chocolate and port.  Wow.
I wanted to like the Koratie, and even have 5 lbs, but somehow it 
just keeps not being what I want.  Sad after I see all the people who 
list it so high.
I have 4 of these 5 still in stock (IMV is gone).  Maybe I will try a 
top 4 blend - and/or get some IMV if it is still available and go for 
a top 5 blend.
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9) From: Andy Thomas
I forgot to include India Anokhi Liberica in my list yesterday. Certainly a=
 highlight of the past year and a unique experience..
From: Alchemist John 
Nice thread Les.
Idido Misty Valley 08 - just can not get enough of the Blueberry
Mohka Matari - wild chocolate and raisin.
CR RIP - smokey, lush and balanced
Anohiki Liberica - Just to amazing for words.
and a surprise for me as I normally don't do CR's
Costa Rican Vino Da Arabia. Silky, chocolate and port. Wow.
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10) From: Kirk Janowiak
My Top 5 for 2008 echoes others
1. IMV - Last of my 2007 crop, but I doled it out (cherished it,  
cuddled it, spoke softly to it, gave it a special bag and place of the  
shelf, wrote sonnets and haiku about it) throughout the 2008 year.  
Many others have commented on this one, so I'll spare the verbiage.
2. Ethiopia Koratie Wet Processed: I thought I had ordered the DP, and  
was sorely disappointed when I discovered I had received the WP in the  
shipment. My mistake, but I figured it would be "OK." It took only two  
roasts to dial in, but now is my favorite coffee of the actual 2008  
year. Smooth, with the fruitiness I appreciate from these Ethiopians,  
and a very nice aftertaste, indeed. I was surprised -quite pleasantly-  
that this was like a combo of really smooth, polished Central  
Americans with the hint of that wild zing I love in the Ethiopians.
3. Guatemala Antigua Finca Retana True Yellow Bourbon: Mmmmmm! Nice,  
sweet, smooth, and nutty (hazelnut) Central!
4. India Monsooned Malabar Elephant: Quirky and absolutely wonderful!  
I drink straight and blended with the Yemen and Ethiopian. It smooths  
out the cup, adds a silky, malted chocolate flavor, and increases both  
the flavor and length of the aftertaste.
5. The "Cheap" Panama Gesha offering: I couldn't spend the $100+ on  
the "real" winners, so I tried my hand at a pound of the stuff that  
was going for $17 (I think). It was, indeed, $$ well spent. I wish I  
could have afforded more than a pound. It was creamy smooth,  
moderately bright - but not a tongue twister, pleasantly complex with  
changing flavors throughout the cup start to finish, and a nice  
aftertaste. So different than my preferred "wilder" coffees (DP  
Ethiopians; dusky, earthy Indonesians). If this defines "refined"  
coffee, then I am thinking I will oder more rifined origins this  
coming year!
6. Gah! Only 5 allowed on the list and so many more I loved!  
Nevertheless, My next ones on top include: Brazil Cachoeira Yellow  
(Canario) Bourbon, Gautemala Finca Florencia, Yemen Ismaili & Sharasi
Kirk
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11) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
WOw - it's amazing to see the similarities in these lists. I guess 
IMV is to be expected. I think DP Koratie and the Bonko Black Sun 
might edge it out. But the DP Koratie did require some post-roast 
culling of quakers. It was a great year for DP Ethiopias. We have one 
more wet-process in vac bags we are going to launch as SO espresso - 
light body, but possibly the best espresso i have had in a long time. 
We have one other that we use only in blends that is a great DP SO 
espresso, but I was going to keep it off the list. It's not 
remarkable as a brewed coffee, purely for espresso uses. It's part of 
our new "workshop" blend, ophiolite #1 . For me, Esmeralda #3 ended 
up as one of the most amazing coffees, but I haven't had the chance 
to roast #2 since the review time, so I can't compare those. There 
have been some really nice Kenyas, we have been drinking the Marua 
all week that was roasted on the Probat and I think it's fantastic. 
Weithega was too. Right now, I am having trouble remembering the 
early ones, but I remember some amazing lots. Oh well - I guess I am 
distracted - we were supposed to head to Chicago but Ben has an ear 
infection, so that's off the table. It's hard to have Christmas plans 
change at the last minute, but that's how it goes. Heck - maybe we 
can go camping!  -Tom
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12) From: an iconoclast
On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 3:26 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee <
sweetmarias> wrote:
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I haven't tasted any of the top beans this year, but now that I can do
smaller roasts with the Behmor, I can experiment more. I think Ben's ear
infection is probably a boon with Chicago now the victim of snow and
freezing rain that's following the NW bout. Just as the flights were getting
back on track, they've been cancelled in the middle of the country. And
after a respite here in Zigzag, with 46 inches on the ground, they're
calling for another 1-2 ft in the next few days.  I think staying home for
this holiday is the best idea.
Thanks Tom, Maria and staff for being a OUTSTANDING business.
Take care,
Ann
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14) From: Eddie Dove
Brother Les, this is a great thread!
This was ridiculously difficult and since ranking them would be even
more difficult, my top 5 is below in alphabetical order.
Colombia Antioquia  Jardin Cerulean Warbler - When people ask which
coffee is Kona-esque, this coffee comes to mind more than any other I
have experienced.  It was a splendid coffee and I enjoyed supporting
my cousins ... birds of a feather.
Ethiopia Organic Menno's Misty Valley - The transitions in the cup are
fascinating with layer after layer of orange, blueberry, lemon, pepper
and richly-bodied chocolate that I have had on ice cream in Mexican
restaurants.
Guatemala Organic Finca Ceylan Maragogype - If one is seeking the
embodiment of complexity delivered in creamy smoothness, this coffee
delivers.  I cannot fathom why this coffee is still available.
Honduras Organic Marcala  Cocosam Coop - Periodically it is a treat
to enjoy a delightfully mild coffee; with the nutty tonality that
accompanies the delicious, sweet red apple spiced with a hint of
cinnamon, this one is divine.
Java Kajumas Curah Tatal - Everything one could want in a good, clean
Java is represented in this coffee.  Traces of dark fruit are
ensconced in chocolates accompanied by the flavors and mouthfeel of
butterscotch candy and the clean, forest notes of a good Timor.
Merry Christmas!
Eddie
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15) From: Kris McN
I'm really enjoying this thread!  Just 5, huh?  It's been such a good year
for DPs...
1.  Guatemala Oriente DP - a fruit bomb wrapped in a chocolate bomb.  I've
had some in continuous rotation since I first tasted it, I can't get enough!
2.  Ethiopia Organic Koratie DP - The WP version of this bean was nice, but
it was more subtle than the DP and apparently I'm not about subtle when it
comes to coffee.  Incredible floral and fruit.
3.  Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley - 'nuff said.
4.  India Anokhi Liberica - Aaaaaahhh the insanity.  This one ruins me for
any other coffee for a few days following, it's so intense with the myriad
fruits, tobacco, and leather.
5.  Guatemala Finca San Jose Ocana - When I'm ready for a break from the
intensely fruited and floral DPs, I turn to this bean for a sweet, clean,
nutty cup. Mmmmmmm!
It really has been a good year!
Best,
Kris McN
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16) From: Karl Schendel
Interesting thread....
Well, I just got into home roasting a couple months before 2008,
so I could put up every SM bean I've ordered.  They are all
super!  but the ones that stand out in my mind were:
1) Ethiopia DP Sidamo.  The coffee where I finally found the blueberry and fruit Tom keeps babbling about.  :-)
2) Panama Gesha Lot 10.  Every time we put this into the old warhorse
Capresso grind-and-drip, my wife would say "this is a good cup!".  Instantly identifiable as something special.
3) Guatemala Huehuetenango - Finca San Vicente.  I think this was the coffee that really convinced her that this crazy idea about home roasting was worth it!  Super clean cup, no weird flavors, just coffee coffee.  We've had others as good since then, but this Guatemala was the first.
4) Ethiopia Djimma WP Decaf.  I had always looked down on decaf coffee as an aberration for wimps.  I bought this one for guests, but after having an Aeropress cup for myself, I have to admit that (some) decaf can be worth drinking for itself too!
5)  there is no 5.  I'm still in the stage of being amazed at how good real coffee can be, and how interesting the different origins are, even when roasted with the little unassuming Freshroast.
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17) From: an iconoclast
Java Kajumas Curah Tatal - Everything one could want in a good, clean
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Oh, good! I have 20 lbs of this bean, but haven't roasted it yet...until
tonight as one of the initiation roasts in my new Behmor. It sounds
delicious.  And the roast turned out just perfect.  Had to use the small
bean cylinder and lost only 2 beans. Can't wait to taste it.
Take care,
Ann
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18) From: Alchemist John
Oh, I have forgotten this one.  I wonder if I have to bump one of my 5 ;)
At 12:57 AM 12/24/2008, you wrote:
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19) From: David Rossell
My one-year anniversary of roasting, so I'm really only an expert in what I
like (and am often confused even on that).  Anyway, here are the ones that
stand out for me from my notes from the year:
Panama Carmen Estate 1800+ Meters
Monsooned Indian Malabar Elephant
(I know it's not a typically high-scoring coffee, but it's like drinking
caramel syrup.  Love it!)
Ethiopian Harrar Horse Lot 17406
Guatemala Organic Finca Celan Maragogype
Sumatra Mandheling
David Rossell
Administrator of Network Services and Planning
Norwood School
8821 River Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 841-2178
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20) From: Bob Hazen
Oh, the Horse!  Wonderful stuff.
Can I put that down for all five of my votes???
Bob

21) From: MikeG
I'm not a variety guy.  I want a relatively simple but extremely high
quality, freshly roasted cup.  I nailed a roast on the Gesha lot 10;
mouthfuls of blue berries in the cup and my Wife and I both went "eh",
it's granduer was noted but completely unappreciated.
We got the pineapple and maple syrup in the DP Koratjie but were not
impressed.
So in that we don't seek variety here is my top 3 list:
1. Yemen Mohka Mattari.   I could drink it the rest of my days and
want nothing else.  And I have enough vac-packed to nearly do just
that.
2. Java Tatal whatever.   Not noteworthy to my indifferent palette but
roasted a bit darker than Tom suggests and mixed 60/40 with the above
is what I handed out for my "Christmas Roast" this year and it's a
real crowd pleaser.  A good solid mouthful of adult hot cocoa.
3. Guat Oriente DP.  This is the one we drink when we we need a break
from the Mattari.   It's a nice cup without much acidity.  I don't
know how dark one would have to roast it to extinguish the fruit.  I'm
guessing the raisin overtones would live on well beyond the charbucks
stage.
I've got the Orange Bourbon, more Gesha lot 10, CR Helsar Villelobos,
Peaberry Boquete, etc.  I don't know if they will ever get roasted.
I'm just not that curious.
Sorry to go against the flow, but I feel better now :-)
Happy Holidays to my fellow SM Listers !
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22) From: Brian Kamnetz
On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 2:04 AM, Karl Schendel  wrote:
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Karl,
In my humble opinion, these two are closely related. I say that
because at one time I had the idea that there was one ultimate
"coffee" flavor. As time when be, and I became more familiar with, as
you said, "how interesting the different origins are", the notion of
the one ultimate "coffee" flavor that could be obscured by other,
"non-coffee" flavors just sort of faded away.
Glad to hear you are enjoying so much the coffee flavors you are
discovering through home roasting the best coffees in the world, which
Tom and Maria and the gang work so hard to make available to us.
Brian
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