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Topic: Twice roasted Kenya (22 lines)
1) From: Ken Mary
Rarely do I make a mistake, but a slow roast of Kenya Gakui failed the taste
test. After 12 minutes and no cracks, I assumed the beans were ruined. The
roast was darker than cinnamon but the beans had hardly expanded at all. My
Antigua grinder complained a lot (very hard beans) but the grounds looked
ok. After I finished the brew which was sort of tea-like, I decided to
reroast. Using my fast roaster, there was no first crack and second started
feebly at 2.9 minutes so I started cooling at 3 minutes.
These beans looked and smelled great. They were expanded normally. After 18
hours rest, the taste was slightly "roasty" and the Kenya character was
largely absent, but very good flavor. Tiny oil spots appeared on some beans
after resting. The grind seemed to have a lot more dust that showed up as
mud in the bottom of the cup. A few clicks finer reduced the mud to normal.
So chalk up another successful rescue of a failed roast.
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