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Topic: Aged Sumatra, class of 1999 (3 msgs / 72 lines)
1) From: jim gundlach
I have missed having an aged coffee since I ran out of Old Brown 
several months ago and in my last order I ordered five pounds of the 
Aged Sumatra 1999.  This is a very different coffee.  It starts out a 
little darker than cinnamon and is most irregular in shape and color.  
Since it was dark when the shipment arrived, I wok roasted about 2/3 a 
pound.  Since UPS took Thanksgiving weekend off, it took ten days for 
this delivery to get here.  Given the unusual nature of the bean it is 
probably a good thing I did.  Not only does it look different but 
during each stage of roasting it smells unlike any other bean I have 
ever roasted.  No hay smell at all, instead at the first stage it 
almost smells like sex.  Roasted sex! How's that for an image?  Not 
only does it look and smell different, it sounds different.   Outside 
of a few early clear first crack snaps, it sounds like it goes 
immediately into second crack.  The rolling first crack sounds like a 
rolling second crack and the second crack is almost a whisper.  I'm not 
sure how far it made it into second crack before I stopped but I'd 
guess about half way up to the rolling stage.  Then, after roasting, 
the beans looked quite normal except for a lot of variation in color.  
Somehow what looked like deformed beans came out looking quite normal 
after roasting.  After I roasted the Sumatra, I went ahead and roasted 
about a pound and half of Monkey Blend.  It roasted, smelled, sounded 
and looked normal so it served as a reality check.   I ground and 
pulled a shot of the Aged Sumatra.  Even without resting it is an 
outstanding coffee.  Not much creama but it is rich, earthy and full 
flavored.  Well rounded and as far from bright as you can get.  It is 
not for those of you who like bright coffees but It is among the best 
I've had.
Jim Gundlach
Wok roasting for today
in La Place, Alabama
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2) From: Andrew Thomas
Sounds...intriguing. The greens (well, mottled brown) smell kinda funky-sweet. Mine arrived today, and I probably won't roast it for several days because I roasted a few days supply of beans last night.
Andy
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3) From: sjmorrison
Jim,
I just roasted the aged sumatra yesterday. I also experienced a similar 
roasting experience. First crack sounded more like the second crack to 
me and the roast color was not consistent. As for trying to roast by 
aroma, yep no green grass smell at all. Now about the sex smell, I don't 
know. I will have to roast it again to see. I have not tasted it yet. I 
am waiting until tomorrow.
Sherry
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