Some of you might remember that I, having scanned a number of Steve Leighton's video blog postings to find the bit on the 220v Behmor, happened upon his ravings on the Brasil Fazenda Cachoeira Canario and noted that SM appeared to have the very same beans (hard to tell whether the same lots, but never mind).
Well, I roasted some up, reading Tom's writeup from the archives to get a sense of how to roast and what it was going to be like. I roasted the first batch a little too dark (FC+) for his recommendation, but that put the oil on the outside of the unground bean and gave me something to sniff, which I did. Right there on the unground beans, there was a really unusual smell, spicy, almost like off of a fresh-baked spice cake, maybe a touch of nutmeg, but no, not really nutmeg. I roasted up another batch that was lighter, according to the recommendations about Brazilians being a bit delicate for the darker roasts. Smelled it ground and dry, smelled it in the cup, drank it.
Reading Tom's writeup, I saw "roasted peanut," and remembering Steve Leighton's "massively sweet" observation, both of which are true, it suddenly came to me. Satay!!! Sweetened roasted peanut sauce. Thai cooking comes to home roasting! Wow. And that definitely brought what I was smelling and tasting into focus.
I guess I've had my first really ridiculous coffee aroma epiphany. Does that entitle me to membership here or something?
BTW, I think Tom really nailed this coffee in his description. Steve Leighton is wild about it, but I'm not sure it deserves total raves. It's a really nice coffee, but it doesn't look like it's going to change my life.
Satay!!! Whooda thunk it?
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