Hi All, I just received a couple of pounds of Panama Mama Cata that is supposed to be a pretty good Panama. I have not tried any other beans from Panama so I don't have anything to compare to except others from Central America. The thing I have noticed is that they all seem to be pretty mild and it is hard for me to taste the flavors that I see Tom describing on SM. I really enjoy Sumatra, Sulawesi and Kenya Karumandi which seem to be a lot bolder in flavor. I usually roast up to a few snaps into 2nd crack and sometimes about 10 seconds into it and I see just a few drops of oil. I use a WBII to roast (and I don't dry clothes in it). My question is, what is the best roast to get the most out of these Centrals. I mostly brew with a *$ Utopia (Bodum Santos), then sometimes a French Press and just started using a Moka Pot. I realize this is personal tase and maybe the Central American beans are just no for me, but I am not giving up that easy. Thanks for the advice, Tad --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? U2 on LAUNCH - Exclusive medley & videos from Greatest Hits CD
May be personal taste, I'm not that big a fan of Sumatra, Find some nice Africans, But love Panama, and Central AM. Ben Tad Preston wrote: <Snip>
Hi Tad, I'm a Central American freak! I love the new Panama beans that Tom is now stocking. I roast mine a couple of seconds into second crack. I use a HotTop set for full city. Works great!!
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Hi Tad, I roasted the Mama Cata for the first time yesterday. City roast, 8 1/2 min in my Cafe Rosto. Brewed this am, nice smooth nutty flavor. I am a fan of Central & South Americans. IMHO they are better at city than full city. Holly
Thanks to everyone that gave me some advice on the Mama Cata. Part of the fun of home roasting is experimenting and I will be roasting several batches tonight at different degrees of roast. I agree it could just be a tast preference or it could be the fact that I have eaten too much Tex-Mex and ruined my taste buds so I need a bolder coffee. I will report my progress. Have a great day! Tad hlhurd wrote:Hi Tad,I roasted the Mama Cata for the first time yesterday. City roast, 8 1/2 min in my Cafe Rosto. Brewed this am, nice smooth nutty flavor. I am a fan of Central & South Americans. IMHO they are better at city than full city.Holly --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? U2 on LAUNCH - Exclusive medley & videos from Greatest Hits CD
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Tad, I have a love affair with the Panama coffees. I roast with a WBI and = any where from beginning of 2nd crack to 10 sec into 2nd crack is good. = However, I like the lighter roasts. The Mama Cata is not a pretty good = Panama, it is an excellent coffee period! (can you tell I am bias) Les Roasting and turning tampers in S. Oregon
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. The La Berlina has become my favorite single origin of this harvest. = It's the favorite with my family and friends, too. Dan