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Topic: Blending for Espresso (4 msgs / 149 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
I've tried three blend shots today (so far.) All three blends approximately
40/40/20% ratio. I used my kitchen scale which is only accurate to 1/10
ounce. 1/2 ounce equalling 14grams for 1 double shot. {Straight AM Shot for
Debi - Uganda Bugisu LFC. ist gute! (sp?) I took a wee taste...}
1) Morning Shot: Sulawesi Lake Tawar Triple Pick FC - Brazil Blue de Brazil
LFC - Mixed Estate Kona Peaberry C-LFC. Pretty good, next time would use a
"heavier" Indonesian.
Did some reading of Tom's blending page - great work Tom!
2) First evening Shot: Sumatra Gayoland Organic FC - Australian LFC - Panama
Maunier Estate C-LFC. Nice shot.
3) Second evening shot split with Debi: Indian Monsooned Malabar FC - Brazil
Blue de Brazil LFC - Costa Rican LaMinitia C-LFC. Great Shot! Very smooth,
rich crema, deep body, nice high notes but not overly so!
Oh I've got my work cut out for me. It's a tough job but somebody's got to
do it!
Note: All greens roasted separately within the last week or so using Caffe'
Rosto 5.3oz weighed yielding slightly more than 1/4# per batch. Kept vacuum
sealed in pint jars (roast dated on jar). Resealed daily for first 4 days to
compensate for deqassing - pops the dome! (if the jar lasts that long.)
Don't knock it unless you've tried a high quality vacuum sealer...
Miss Silvia is working great. I just got a 5 minute "dinner" warning so
that's all for now.
I agree with I forgot who (sorry), why did we wait so long to get a good
espresso machine!
MM;-)
Home Roasting in Vancouver, WA USA
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
For those serious about your blending for espresso might I suggest
occasionally sampling really good professional targets. For instance both of
Heather Perry's USBC & further tweaked WBC blends are still available for a
limited time. While she came in 2nd overall at the World Barista Competition
her straight shots came in 1st, IN THE WORLD.
I won't give the URL or name of their company for obvious reasons but a bit
of creative Googling something like "Heather WBC Blend" will work wonders:-)
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first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
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3) From: Les
Thanks Mike.  I have found sampling various coffees from some of the better
houses has helped my blending.  It has also increased my orders from Sweet
Marias, so I doubt that Tom minds us learning from some of the better houses
of great coffee.  I am looking forward to sipping some elixir at your new
house of purveyance in the future.
Les
On 9/27/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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You're not the only one "looking forward" to elixir from our soon to be
house of purveyance! Man patience is tough.
 
BTW and FWIW, next Thursday Bruce & I are taking a road trip to The Dalles
to spend the day test driving the Linea 3AV. Part or much of that day will
be preliminary work developing our "signature yet to be named espresso
blend". Will be bringing likely as many or more SO roasts as we had for the
PNWG V blending bar:-) Plus bench mark blends of Heather's USBC & WBC blends
I ordered last night and will pick up some Hairbender. Also a lb each of
Caffe' D'arte Capri & Firenze blends I've had vac' sealed in the freezer
since running that deli/cafe a few months back. Won't be trying to replicate
any of those blends, just as top quality espresso blend benchmarks. Both
Heather's USBC & WBC blends just to see how well I (we) can taste the
difference of her blends of the same beans with slightly different
roasts/ratios (both are post roast blended for optimal cup of course).
Already have a pretty good idea of the target taste profile we'll be trying
to achieve. The challenge of course is crafting a blend that'll be
simultaneously great as straight shot, macchiato, cappuccino etc. and also
not get totally lost in Latte and desert style espresso based beverages.
Actually much harder crafting a blend for daily Cafe purposes than home
because of it's required versatility! Obviously won't be going the dark
roast to cut through the milk route! Debated targeting a berry wine fruity
top end versus citrusy and likely going citrus likely using both WP & DP
Yirgs attempting to keep the flavor profile with the Venture's whole Island
theme. Base likely both Brazil bourbon and Central bourbon or typica and
bourbon cultivars, deep notes going to try combination of Sumatra and
Monsooned, also straight Sumatra instead of Aged Indo' like I've been using
do to more assured availability over time though will also be roasting and
bringing Aged Sumatra. Going to really be interesting adjusting to steaming
with a 12.5 Liter steam boiler! Do plan on testing a few different tips.
Likely will be going with two different tips on the two wands, one for machs
and caps and the other for copious amounts of milk... 
 
I ramble....
 
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URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Les
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:30 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Blending for espresso
Thanks Mike.  I have found sampling various coffees from some of the better
houses has helped my blending.  It has also increased my orders from Sweet
Marias, so I doubt that Tom minds us learning from some of the better houses
of great coffee.  I am looking forward to sipping some elixir at your new
house of purveyance in the future. 
 
Les


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