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Topic: Seeking Suggestions for a 'Breakfast Blend' (10 msgs / 205 lines)
1) From:
A friend wants me to give coffee to a friend, etc. etc. ... this remote 3rd
party wants to 'try my coffee', I guess I'm getting good press in the rumor
mill.  Anyway, I asked them what they like (amazing how not everyone has my
good taste ), and they said "Oh, just something in the morning, you know,
not too strong, maybe a breakfast blend."
OK, so I don't have a great grasp of what a Breakfast Blend is, let alone
what this person THINKS it is.  I'm guessing that home-roasted coffee, done
to Full City or less, would probably fit the bill for this person no matter
WHAT the origin, but I'm willing to put a little more effort into it than
For myself, I usually do an MJ blend of some sort, mixing it up with Miel
Now, I don't have a great budget either, and very few beans on hand, so I'll
be shopping.  Here's some ideas I had:
- Straight Colombian, or a Central American, slower-roasted to reduce
brightness and enhance body.
- Maybe a Kenyan?  Haven't done one of those in awhile, can't remember the
- I'm guessing Kona would go over well, but, well, I can't afford it.
Looking forward to the educated responses.  :)
Tod -- sipping the last of a batch of Ethipian/Sulawesi.
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2) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 05:09 9/17/02, tarnim typed:
Since it is third hand, I personally would not put too much work or hope 
into it.  I would recommend one of the Brazilians (some of my 
favorite,  winter auction or Minas) or even SM Espresso Monkey Blend (it is 
my morning coffee quite often) if you are making an order.
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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3) From: Mike McGinness
Since it's someone you don't even know I'd say go with what you know and
like yourself. Traditional Breakfast Blends are usually lighter roasted
(city to full city) mild acidity with good body. Sometimes a mélange roast.
Nothing radical (like no Horse!:-) Your MJ blend would work, or straight
Columbian since it's a mild mannered traditional coffee. But again I'd only
go Columbian (as in buy) if you like Columbian! (unless they're paying you
of course...;-) Costa Rican or Panama make very good classic cups with a bit
more brightness. I do understand your desire to want to make a 'good
impression' with whatever you send...
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4) From: sschlang
I don't know what your budget is - or how you brew your 
coffee/espresso - BUT, I found the Puerto Rican Yauco 
Selecto to be a complete and utter revelation.  It was  
multi-dimensional in flavor but not chocolately.  Almost 
malty.  I drank it, primarily, as a single varietal 
espresso and crave more.  It was GREAT for breakfast.  
Roast was probably Full City. 
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5) From: R.N.Kyle
Columbian is a great choice, I really enjoy it as a anytime coffee. =
Roast to 20 sec. into 2nd crack.
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC

6) From: Ted Kostek
At about 3 mos of home roasting, I'm still sort of newbie to all the
flavors.  This might lead you to say that my inexperience makes my
suggestion less valid than some others, or you could say that I'm closer to
what a novice 'cupper' thinks.  Take your pick.
I'm starting to think that for mornings I prefer light body with lots of
brightness.  So far I lean towards Mexican Chiapas.
Coffee with lots of body and more richness seems more at home in the
evening/after dinner.
So far my favorite all around coffee is Zambian, and it's a big hit here at
my lab, too.
Ted Kostek
765 494 2146 (desk)
765 494 1489 (engine room)
765 494 0787 (fax)
"Always keep in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important
than any other thing."  Abraham Lincoln
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7) From: Dan Bollinger
Ted, If you like brightness, try the Costa Rica La Minita at City Roast, or
a Kenyan AA Karani and stop just before 2nd crack or sooner.  Dan
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8) From: Charlie Herlihy
--- Dan Bollinger  wrote:
 Or, if you want something bright enough to blind you, AND,
replace any need for a glass of grapefruit juice on the side,
try the CR Miel at city roast. ;o)
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9) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Charlie Herlihy" 
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. Now tell us, how do you really feel about the CR
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10) From: John
I don't CARE!!  He took all the stock and there wasn't any for us
Tejanas!  And besides - La Berlina is JUST as good!  Well OK, it is
until Tom gets more Miel :O)
On Thu, 2002-09-19 at 09:57, Mike McGinness wrote:
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