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Topic: Coffee of the year (10 msgs / 176 lines)
1) From: Barry Luterman
The year is coming to an end. Time to vote for your favorite this year. My
vote goes to Bali Blue Kintamani
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2) From: Yakster
What is this coffee of the year?  Just your favorite SM offering from 2009
as it sounds?  I guess I haven't been on-list long enough to know of this
tradition.
Assuming this is the case, I'll vote for the *Guatemala Oriente Dry-Process*
.
Mind you, I've spent most of this year not buying any greens, trying to
roast down my stash, so this is not a from a representative sample.  I hope
to be able to pick up some good greens in the new year.
-Chris
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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3) From: Scott Miller
We started the day off with Bali today. I don't know if I have a "one
that rules them all" favorite, but the Bali is my favorite Indo bean
this year.
cheers,
Scott --> the Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza may actually be the closest I
can come to for a favorite for the year.
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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4) From: Bob Hazen
My vote is for:  Brazil Moreninha Formosa Raisin Coffee.  Are you going to 
keep a tally, Barry?
Bob
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5) From: Yakster
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I'm sorry to have missed.
-Chris
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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6) From: Barry Luterman
Nope just give everyone a chance to relive the year
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7) From: Doug Hoople
My experience this past year hasn't allowed me to pick a coffee of the year.
I spent the year focused on perfecting my vacpot technique and stuck largely
to a single bean, roasted dark, in order to limit the variables. That
was the Sulawesi Toraja Sapan Minanga, a fine bean and capable of retaining
its identity even in darker roasts.
My "god cup" this year also came from this Sulawesi, a simple function of
statistics, givent that my ratio of this bean brewed to all others was
probably about 100:1, and I was working all sorts of angles to finally nail
it.
I liked the Bali Blue Krishna Kintimani a lot, but probably not as much as
its biggest fans did.
The IMV was an obvious winner all-around, very forgiving and bursting with
flavor.
I liked the Brazil Moreninha Formosa Raisin a lot. A good all-rounder that
always turned out better than expected.
Also intriguing, distinctive and surprisingly forgiving was the Guatemala
Oriente DP.
I also discovered the Mexicans, unassuming and sweet, but really nice.
Disappointments included the Kenya Ndaroini, highly recommended here, but
which I either misroasted or simply didn't get. Also, most of the Sumatras,
which I thought were just plain muddy, and the Sulawesi Wet-Process Toarco
Peaberry, which seemed to lose its SE Asian identity without gaining much
distinction for its clarity.
For a year in which I didn't drink a lot of coffee that wasn't the main
bean, it's been surprisingly diverse, thanks entirely to the folks at SM,
who keep us in great and intriguing beans.
btw, I assume that most of my disappointments stemmed from flaws in my
roasting, grinding and brewing.
For 2010? Now that the big vacpot experiment has ended, hopefully a more
balanced mix including a lot more light roasts. Alas, having emigrated to
New Zealand, I no longer have access to SM. The container arrived today, and
so I'll have grinder and vacpot by the New Year. Now to find a supplier of
greens! Fresh roast on New Year's Day. Hooray!
Happy New Year, everyone, and great cups from great roasts from great beans
to you all!
Doug
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8) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 23, 2009, at 8:05 PM, Doug Hoople wrote:
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It's definitely the Guatemala Oriente DP for me. It's good at a wide variety of roast levels, but for me, at a City roast with at least a week of rest, this coffee definitely has an incredible character, reminiscent of the Anokhi, but not quite as wild. 
Ah Anohki. LAST year's coffee of the year, IMHO :)
-
allon
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9) From: Seth Grandeau
My coffee of the year was a surprise for me.  Kenya Kinnyaga AA - Gakuyu-ini
Factory.  I only ordered 2 lbs, as a try-me, but it was spectacular.  So
silky smooth, such a great mouthfeel.  Exactly the thing that first got me
into homeroasting.  Unfortunately, by the time I got around to roasting (and
falling in love with this coffee), it was gone.  You snooze, you lose!
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 9:10 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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10) From: Justin Schwarz
Guatemala JBM cultivar has been very good for me.  Some of my best  
shots this year have been of a nice city+ with a slow profile.
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