Ok, I have brew/smell/taste tested Mike's coffee storage test coffees. It
was myself, a friend and my partner (& daughter) all involved in the tasting.
To recap, MM BB profile roasted Jamaican Blue Mountain Moy Hall 02 for me
on 9/15/02. It was roasted to light full city 435F for 10:57 mins. The
batch was split into three storage containers: a vac sealed w/ oxygen
packet, a vac sealed, and a ziploc. Upon arrival, the ziplock could be
smelled outside the package and was fully loose. The reg vac was simply
loose and the vac/packet was still tight.
I single cup drip brewed each cup with a 20g/13oz water ratio, ground with
a hand burr grinder.
I am going to report these as #1,#2 and #3 and identify them at the end of
the post. If anyone feels like guessing and posting their guesses based on
the info given, that would be neat too. These were all done double blind.
Unground bean: loose bag, visually identical to other beans. Aroma of
unground bean was found to be slightly acrid by all with little coffee
aroma. One person (me) noted a garlic smell (I don't know from where, I
just report it as I smell it)
Ground bean: simple coffee aroma, again acrid and bitter to the nose.
Coffee aroma Weak coffee
Black coffee hot: Bitter, rather unpleasant aftertaste. Did not beg
for another tasting.
Black coffee cool Very bitter, unpleasant. No one finished this one.
w/ milk and sugar Slightly acidic, and not pleasant. Strong sharp
w/ milk and sugar cool Ick, nuff said.
Unground bean: Everyone found this one the most pleasant unground
coffee. Rich, coffee aroma with touches of sweetness and roast smell
Ground bean: Ditto to unground bean
Coffee aroma OK. nice aroma. Not as nice and full as #3 in the
nose. Good roasted smell
Black coffee hot: Descriptions included a sweet mocha flavor, with a
slight bitter sweet balance
Black coffee cool This one was the favorite as it cooled, although
slightly milder than #3
w/ milk and sugar Very nice full coffee. Chocolate notes came
w/ milk and sugar cool Very close to #3, but general liked the best.
Unground bean: Nice aroma. #2 was better
Ground bean: ditto
Coffee aroma The best and most complex aroma.
Black coffee hot: Absolutely the smoothest of the cups. Full
chocolate flavor with the most complex mouth feel. Noted as earthy
Black coffee cool Still very smooth, although somehow not as
enjoyable as #2 cool
w/ milk and sugar Fullest chocolate flavor. Very nice
w/ milk and sugar cool Very good, but the high smoothness has something
missing to make it seem rather simple when cool.
#1 Thanks but no thanks, I'll be sending this one back to MM
(no really, but I am not brewing the remainder of it)
#2 Best bean aroma but 2nd best coffee aroma. Very good
balance and probably the favorite over all.
#3 Best coffee aroma. Very smooth cup. Maybe almost too
smooth. Probably the best hot and black.
#1 Ziplock - I bet NO ONE guessed this one
#2 Vac sealed regular
#3 Vac sealed w/ "fresh pack"
It seems that whereas the scrubber made for a smooth cup, it also took a
little complexity along with it. Worth it? We will see what everyone else
Thanks Mike. That was fun. Next test?
AlChemist at large
Roasting and Blending by Gestalt
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