I thought I'd delurk to report that I finally found the fruit in a cup
of coffee... a few weeks ago when miKe described his Beehouse system I
thought I would give it a try, since I wasn't happy with the results
I'm getting. As a new roaster, I'm still trying to sort things out
using my Fresh Roast +8 and less then great brewing methods. The
coffee is good (compared to my old stuff), but I haven't found the
flavors people are describing in their posts.
Anyway, I saved miKe's description of his method and ordered a
Beehouse #2. I threw in 5 pounds of IMV, since people seem so fond of
it here. A couple of days ago I roasted a couple of batches and
thought I took the first one too far. The IMV seems less dense then
the Costa Rica Helsar "Typica Villalobos" I've been doing, and the
greater volume for equal weight (60 grams) made the roast go faster in
the FR+8. I ended up at a FC+ (or maybe a touch darker - definite oil
spots) on the first batch and probably FC on the second batch. I
mixed the two batches together and figured I'd see what happens.
I made the first cup today (two days rest) and sat down to check my
email... first sip was pretty good... I started reading an email from
my father in law, took a second sip and promptly forgot the email -
there were strawberries in my coffee. I cautiously tried again,
thinking I probably just imagined it, but there they were again. The
coffee tasted a little thin compared to what I'm used to, but the
flavors were undeniable.
I'll cut the weight back to 55 grams for the next batch and see if
that lengthens the roast time enough. 5 minutes for 60 grams of IMV
was too dark, although that was about right for Costa Rica Helsar
"Typica Villalobos". I need to go back and roast some of the other
types and try them in the Beehouse to see what happens - maybe I'll
find the missing flavors in them.
Thanks for the Beehouse tip, miKe, I'll be playing with that method
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