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Topic: Help with Panama (7 msgs / 162 lines)
1) From: Tad Preston
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
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2) From: Ben Treichel
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:
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3) From: John Abbott
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!!

4) From: hlhurd
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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

5) From: Tad Preston
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
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6) From: Les & Becky
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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
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7) From: Dan Bollinger
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The La Berlina has become my favorite single origin of this harvest.  =
It's the favorite with my family and friends, too.  Dan


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