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Topic: India Anohki Liberica - a question.. (11 msgs / 252 lines)
1) From: Lynne
O.K., I really held off on roasting this one. Good friend gave me about a
half pound,
but I was afraid of ruining it (and ending up with what many described with
what
sounded like cow dung). But since I have totally run out of caffeinated
beans (still
have a couple of pounds of decaf, though), I decided to go ahead and *finally
*roast
it. Man, I hope this turns out decent, now more than ever!
Took the advice given to me (forgot who! sorry - I'm lucky if I remember who
I am
these days.. ha) and I did a slow ramp - well, I translated a slow ramp to
what I thought
it would be roasting stovetop.
I was afraid of baking the beans, but it smells divine! Definitely a cherry
aroma there, with
a deep, sweet smell. Oh, can you tell I haven't had a decent cuppa today?
Very tempting -
but I wanted to ask those who liked this bean - how long did you let it
rest? I don't want to
waste this!
Speaking of wasting... Thanksgiving was great for us, but it will be the
last, hectic holiday
I spend killing myself in the kitchen (my kids do not believe me, because
I've been saying
this for years). I injured myself about a month before - fell down on a leaf
covered bumpy
sidewalk. :( , and on top of my usual ailments, it made things extremely
difficult. Still had
lots of food, and my gang didn't have time for coffee - first thing my son &
I did was dive
for the homeroast after they left.
We've been using a Mokapot he picked up awhile ago - love the brew best in
that. Well,
he thought it was going to fall - tried to place it in a better position on
the burner - and
kerplunk! It *did* fall, right on the floor.
The funniest thing was our reaction - we both just stood there, like we were
in shock,
for quite awhile. (I say, maybe you shouldn't cry over spilled milk, but it
is perfectly
acceptable to cry over spilled homeroast!)
Then, after cleaning it up, I offered to make the next pot.
Only I forgot something a teeny bit important - the water!
Needless to say, the smell of melting plastic (or rubber, or whatever those
rings are made
of) was awful, and we had to revert to the Chemex until he got the
replacements. I now
realize I really prefer the Mokapot to my Chemex.. and now that I have it
again, I need to
order some more beans!
Anyway, sorry for rambling - but it *was* kinda funny.
Lynne
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 5, 2009, at 4:57 PM, Lynne  wrote:
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I roasted this bean VERY light and rested it about a week. It was  
pretty intense and fruity.
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allon
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3) From: Lynne
Thanks, Allon. Dear... don't think I can wait that long!
Lynne
On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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4) From: Sheila Quinn
I held off roasting this one, too, but I absolutely loved it! Mine came 
out very rich and fruity, especially after about five days or so. It was 
fine after only a day or two, but some extra time really brought out the 
full flavor...and even the amazing smell of the roasted beans! I was sad 
when it was gone.
Sheila
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5) From: Lynne
Hey, Sheila - your reply finally came through!
Yes - I couldn't resist and tasted it this morning (don't know if I posted
my other message about it - got interrupted by phone calls from the kids a
few times - good interruptions, whew - no crisis-state today, for a
change!!)
Same for me - rich, fruity - amazing!! Have to hold off from trying to drink
more than one cup a day (I've decreased my caffeine level, and I don't want
to be bouncing off the walls).
Lynne
On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 9:53 PM, Sheila Quinn wrote:
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6) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 7, 2009, at 9:11 PM, Lynne wrote:
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I found the anokhi to be incredibly intense.
I would make aeropress cups using 1/3 anokhi and 2/3 something else. Almost like using the anokhi as magic flavor pellets, imbuing other coffees with the incredible fruit, without overwhelming the cup. It also let me stretch my supply of anokhi.
Ah, I remember this photo I took.http://www.radioactive.org/pix/unique.jpgTom, any chance we're going to see this unique bean again? :)
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allon
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7) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
This is the bean I won in the tradition a few weeks ago from Zara.
I roasted 1/2 lb of it and let it rest 4 or 5 days - sorry I can't remember
the exact amount of days, then I had a cup every day until I ran out.  I had
the nasty barnyard smell when grinding, but not after brewing.  It reminded
me of eating those chocolate covered blueberries.  I really loved it.  I
loved how it tasted from the time it was really hot at the start and as it
cooled down.  Thanks again Zara.
I brewed mainly in the Aeropress, and a couple of cups from the Clever
Coffee Dripper.
I still have 1/2 lb of greens left, but I think I will save it just a little
longer.
-Bonnie P.
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8) From: Les
I am enjoying this one this week too.  I like to rest it at least 5
days.  I do hope tome gets more of this in again.  It was a slow
mover, but it is awesome.  It also works well with as a 10-20%
addition to blends.
Les
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9) From: Lynne
"magic flavor pellets"  I like that! That encouraged me to try a half and
half blend with my decaf (a special blend of mine - I call it
"Every-Last-Bit-of-Extra-Beans-I-Have-in-my-Stash" Blend). Came out great,
even though by itself, my decaf blend doesn't take so great on its own, at
least not yet - maybe after a longer rest it will).
My manual slow ramp turned out great (whew!). Even the smell is awesome - we
can smell cherries before and during grinding. Chocolate covered
blueberries  - mmm, sounds like a good idea for some Christmas candies (if
blueberries were only in season). I dry my own fruit in the oven (lowest
setting). Will have to try this next year, during blueberry season... I
agree, Bonnie - this is one of those that tasted delish hot and as it cools.
I feel like I'm getting several beverages in one!
Lynne
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10) From: Sheila Quinn
Les,
I remember how much you raved about this bean, which is why I finally 
bought a pound of it. I wish I had roasted it right away, though, rather 
than pushing it aside for other "safer" roast sessions. Then I would 
have had time to order more of it!
Sheila
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11) From: Zara Haimo
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Glad you liked it!  I found the taste overwhelming.
One of the side benefits of roasting is sharing with others.  Often when I'm 
not crazy about a bean I've roasted or miss my target on a roast, a friend 
will come by, say how much they like it, and I'll send them home with the 
rest to enjoy.  Sharing with fellow roasters is even better as a green bean 
that doesn't work for me will turn out to be someone else's favorite.
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