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Topic: Tuesday Morning Cup - Ndaroini (4 msgs / 117 lines)
1) From: Douglas Hoople
Good morning, All!
Am sitting here sipping a cup of Kenya AA Ndaroini that I roasted HG/DB to
C+ last Friday. Interestingly, Tom called this out last night as one of his
own sleepers, worth revisiting, so I was really looking forward to giving it
a try.
Hmmm... it's an interesting cup of coffee, all right. I'm not 100% sure I
like it, but it's got a lot of personality. Funny when you get an unexpected
dominating flavor. In this case, I had to review food dishes in my mind to
get what I was tasting, and then suddenly it hit me: tamarind!?! Yes, a
fairly strong streak of tamarind, which, unfortunately, when mixed a little
too acidic, throws the whole thing off. And that's what I'm getting now.
It's an interesting cup of coffee, and a distinctive cup of coffee, but I'd
like to think that I'm missing its potential.
Just like a couple of Thai dishes that I've cooked that haven't worked out
and that feature tamarind and citrus (yes, that's it, citrus, maybe
oversteamed lime or lemongrass) in the wrong proportions.
Sounds awful, doesn't it? It's not that bad. What's tantalizing, though, is
that, in the right proportions, tamarind and citrus are heavenly, so this
coffee probably has a sweet spot that I just haven't hit yet.
Whatever the case, I think Tom's right... this isn't an ordinary "mild
Kenya." It's got real personality!
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2) From: Darliene Stanhope
Good morning!
This morning I had a cup of Brazil Ipanema that I roasted Saturday in the
HG/DB to Full City.  I am truly enjoying this coffee.  Especially since I
have not had coffee in almost 3 weeks after running out of homeroast and not
being able to roast coffee because of shoulder surgery.  It's so good to be
back roasting!
Darliene
On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM, Douglas Hoople wrote:
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3) From: Douglas Hoople
All is not lost! I had a bit of Blue Krishna and a bit of Sulawesi Enrekang
on hand, both roasted last Saturday, and thought I'd try muting the
overblown citrus in the Ndaroini (a roasting defect, and my fault!).
50% Sulawesi Enrekang
25% Bali Blue Krishna
25% Kenya Ndaroini
I used the larger proportion of Sulawesi as a fire extinguisher against my
oversteamed lemongrass, and tried the Blue Krishna as a test, since it's
thought to have stellar potential as a blend leader.
All very random. Two out of three of these have a LOT of personality, and
even the Sulawesi is more complete than, say, the very muted, but
full-bodied, Sumatra Lake Toba.
I half-expected the result to be a muddied mix of too much personality,
which was something I wanted to test with the Blue Krishna, so that would
not have been a terrible outcome, if only as a learning experience.
Well, it wasn't the cup of the year, but it was an awfully nice cup of
coffee! The lemongrass turned to sweet lemon against semisweet dark
chocolate. The Blue Krishna, with all its complexity, was the most
subordinate, but it was there, and it was nice, probably what made the lemon
sweet.
That's serendipity, isn't it? Random noodlings that yield something
unexpectedly nice!
That's at least one vote for Blue Krishna in a blend.
On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 8:30 AM, Douglas Hoople wrote:
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4) From: Douglas Hoople
Tricky business, blending...
I tried
 33% Sulawesi Enrekang
33% Bali Blue Krishna
33% Kenya Ndaroini
and it was entirely unconvincing and unsatisfying, and the citrus was
unpleasant again. The 50% Enrekang in yesterday's (see immediately below)
was essential in dampening the overbearing citrus in my faulty roast of the
Ndaroini.
Note that I don't have a clue how to blend, and these are my first few
attempts, so these are the musings of the very confused. Please ignore these
observations if they strike you as too basic or hideously misinformed!
On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 4:22 PM, Douglas Hoople wrote:
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