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Topic: KONA - Mediocre Taste - how do you know if it's (3 msgs / 70 lines)
1) From: jsutton
First Roast efforts:  How do you know if mediocre flavor is roasting
technique or mediocre bean crop?
1.  Third batch on my First Popcorn popper roast attempt
- Lion's Gate Farms Kona green beans from their website
- first crack at 3m30s, finished at 5m10s
- first sound of second crack at 8m10s; immediately cooled beans
- probably Full City roast
- set aside 27 hours
- ground beans in new Costco Capresso burr grinder; make 4 cups to taste.
I'd describe the taste as mild and flat, unexciting, no bitterness.
Wife said she detected an after-taste.
Q1: How do I know whether this disappointing experience is due to current
crop quality or my popcorn popper roasting Inexperience?
Q2:  Advice for me as a NEWBIE roaster?
Q3.  Advice for roasting KONA coffee?
My PopperyII  mods can be viewed here: popperyii.blogspot.com
It's been suggested I try to extend the time to first crack considerably
by modulating the heater coils power.
Jim
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2) From: William Copeland
Hi,
   Kona coffee tends to be milder than a lot of coffees.  Maybe that is part
of your response.  In Hawaii, at Hula Daddy's and Kona Joe's places, I found
it to be somewhat mild, but a fresh, rich flavor.       Bill Copeland
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3) From: Hank Perkins
I was hung up on Kona coffee for a long time.  It does best when
roasted to a light roast.  I would pull it once C1 ends.  I never like
it if I roasted it all the way to C2.
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