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Topic: There really are strawberries in there... (3 msgs / 80 lines)
1) From: Wally Merrin
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  
for awhile.
Wally
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Wally Merrin
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2) From: Scott Miller
Thus begins the 'slippery slope' for another.... welcome to the fun!
I remember the first time a clear and easy to identify fruit flavor
presented itself; it's a real epiphany.
cheers,
Scott
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3) From: Seth Grandeau
Same here.  For me it was IMV 2007.  I had done a few dozen roasts with my
IR2.  All tasted like good "coffee" but no fruit.  Then, one day, I took an
IMV roast very light, C/C+.  Whammo!  It hit me like a ton of bricks and I
was hooked.  Now, my african coffee stash greatly out numbers all other
regions and it's almost time to order some more!
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