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Topic: Espresso Workshop blend #1 (8 msgs / 169 lines)
1) From: Mike Koenig
I had my first shot of the Espresso Workshop Blend #1 this morning.  I
hadn't really tweaked my grind for this blend yet (pull went around 40
seconds), and it could do with another day of rest (It's at 2.5 days
now),  but it gets a big WOW from me.  Lots of fruit, without being
in-your-face bright.  I can only imagine what it will be like with a
properly adjusted grind and some more rest.
Roast was ~10 seconds into 2nd crack in a HotTop, and brew temp
targeted at 200F.
Monkey is my normal espresso blend, but this one seems more "lively"
than Monkey.  I think I will need to stock up while it's still around.
--mike
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2) From: Ben Lowery
Just finished my first roasting about 20 minutes ago. Took it to 441,
bean mass. Had a crazy little spike in heat gain right near SC, but
otherwise, it was pretty predictable. I drop the beans when my
environmental hits about 375...
full data is athttp://blowery.org/roasts/2009-01-16-ophiolite.pdfthough the times are really about 30s behind reality due to some
interruptions. :) so really a nearly 16min roast.
more when it's rested...
--b
On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM, Mike Koenig  wrote:
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3) From: Mike Chester
I have not ordered any of the Workshop Blend yet as I am still working on my 
own blend.  It does sound good though.  Tom, since these are "one time" 
offerings and not standard blends, is there any chance that you will divulge 
the blend's makeup?  I certainly understand if you prefer not to, but this 
information might help new blenders to see what a pro puts together.  I have 
read the blending basics pages many times and they are very helpful, but 
this would also help.  Again, I know you have good reasons not to give out 
this information, so I certainly understand if you choose not to.
Mike Chester

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
Ben,
What are you roasting with?
Mike (just plain)
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5) From: Ben Lowery
HotTop B. 275g load.
On Jan 16, 2009, at 6:03 PM, "Michael Dhabolt"  wrote:
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6) From: james McDougal
Wow! I finally got my first good espresso shot from the Worskshop #1
Ophiolite Blend! 1/4 pound was roasted to FC+ (about 1:40 past 1C in the
Behmor with P4) 3 days ago. The shot was full, sweet and for the first time
ever there wasn't a bite at the end. I tried another right after that and it
was a little bitter ending. (appears that only minimal tamping is necessary)
Amazing that I got a good shot with my 33yr old Krups burr grinder and a toy
espresso machine (Delongi Cafe Treviso). Someday - I'll have a good grinder
and espresso machine and I may be able to do that regularly! Looking forward
to it - Mac
On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM, Mike Koenig  wrote:
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7) From: Jim Russell
I just had the first shot from my second roast of Ophiolite blend.  MMM...
good!  Stopped it just a few seconds into second crack.  Sweet, and
delicious.  My first roast, on the other hand, tasted terrible and I was
very disappointed... at first.  Then I roasted some Espresso Monkey and it
was terrible too.  Bitter, no hint of any flavor except nasty.
That's when I realized that I was in the middle of my annual "I can't taste
anything in coffee except bitter" phase.  For the last 3 years or so, for
about a week at a time, this happens to me once or twice a year.  I'm
assuming it's caused by a cold or allergy.  It's odd, because I haven't
noticed it affecting the taste of anything else, just coffee.  Well, that
phase is over and I can taste coffee again without wincing.
I'm very happy with this blend and I see the second Workshop blend is now
available.  Time to place another order including some of blend #2 and more
blend #1.
Jim
On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 1:55 PM, james McDougal wrote:
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Roasting them almost as fast as they come
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