Last year I gave a LOT of Kona as Christmas presents and for the most part it was well received. I say "most" because I have a brother-in-law in California who cannot bring himself to admit that my roasts are better than his although my sister assures me that is the case. So now I'm preparing to place my order with Sweet Maria's for what ever I'm handing out this year - and it occurs to me that numerous coffee roasters offer a "Christmas Blend" or a "Holiday Blend." So I'm contemplating a special blend this year. What I'm looking for is smooth and spicy. I'm leaning toward a Yemen 25%, Sulawesi Toraja 75% but am certainly open for suggestions. I'm low on about everything except Centrals at this moment so I'll have to get off a quick order for what ever it is.
When I think of 'smooth' I think of the balanced Centrals or the low acid Sumatran/Indos. So, you might think of them for you base. When in doubt, make a Mokha Java blend. (i.e. Sumatran/Yemen) <Snip>http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html
Hmm - I've have enough Sumatran on hand to give that a try today. That's smooth but will it be spicy? I'll try it and let you know what I think. I have to order by Monday if I'm going to be able to get it off in time for Christmas giving. Dan Bollinger wrote: <Snip>
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I don't grok what you mean by smooth AND spicy. Those seem virtual opposites to me. Mind you, I can't think of a spicy single bean right now. Acidic, sharp, high noted, yes, but not spicy. Would the deep spice notes (cardamom, nutmeg) of the Bali Shinzan count? As for smooth, I just looked up my Zen blend. 1/3 each, individually roasted, DP Harar, SA Miel, Ethiopian Sidamo. Do you have those on hand to try? On that same note, I have only used it for drip and press pot. I would love for someone to give it a try as espresso (as I can't yet) and let me know how it behaves. Any takers? Sometime around 06:47 11/28/2003, John Abbott typed: <Snip> -- John Nanci AlChemist at large Zen Roasting and Blending by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/
John this may give you what your looking for. The Pluma is nice and smooth, and the peppery Eithiopia mabey a 70% Pluma and a 30% ethiopian. Ronhttp://sweetmarias.com/coffee.africa.ethiopia.html#yirghttp://sweetmarias.com/coffee.central.mexico.html#tresoros
John, blending is not something I do much of, but *Papua New Guinea -Kinjibi Estate A *is probably the spiciest single origin coffee I've had this year, at least it was when roasted to Vienna. The current Harar Horse offering is also spicy, though it isn't as intense as previous offerings, and really has some wonderful non-spice flavorings to it - I bought a 20 lb. bag for my xmas giftings. I have no idea if these blend well, because, well, I just haven't done much blending yet. cheers peter
Late reply, my email service was down since yesterday evening... A very popular with/for friends classic blend variation I do is Yemen Mokha Latino. Post roast 1:1:1 blend of Yemen 13min 460° about 30sec into second, Sulawesi 12min 450°f just before 2nd, Panama 13min 440°f (about 3min gradual 1st crack development from 410°). A very smooth version of the classic Yemen Mokha. Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee MCSE (Maniacal Coffee Systems Engineer/Enthusiast;-) URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htm
Ron This looks like a great duo. The flowery Yirg with the Tresoros Could be a winner! I'll get some and we'll see. Thanks for the idea. John - recovering from furniture shopping. Our furniture is now worth more than our home :O)) rnkyle wrote: <Snip>
Thanks Peter I'm a Harar Horse bulk buyer too so that will probably be part of my blend - I may do more than one the way its shaping up. But I've got to get it narrowed down over the weekend and get it on the way from Tom. John - Really looking forward to some great new tastes Peter Barnes wrote: <Snip>
Thanks Mike - I know you and I like about the same tastes in coffee so I'll put this in the order for sure - and it gives me an excuse to load up on more Panama. John - gonna be a roastin' fool here in a week. miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I made up my 2003 Christmas blend. 8 oz of Brazil Cooxupe Coop Prima Qualita 2 oz of India Mossoned Malabar 2 oz of Sulawesi Toraja 2 oz of Uganda Robusta 2 oz of Java Kayuma 2 oz of Sulawesi Toraja WP Decaf 4 oz of Yemen Ismaili 4 oz of Ethiopian MC Decaf Gimbi 4 oz of Sumatra Mandheling DP I took it 20 seconds into a full second crack. If it tastes as good as = it smells, it is going to be a real treat! Les
Wow, you certainly don't seem to be much into Centrals! A guy after my own heart... Leslie At 01:35 AM 12/16/2003, you wrote: <Snip>
Leslie, I like my Centrals, just not in espresso. I really like the Pacamara and the Panama coffees. In fact, I have not found a good Arabica I didn't like, but for espresso, I like to go Africa - Indonesia - Brazil! I'll pull a Cappo or Americano out of anything! Les
On 16 Dec 2003 at 23:18, Les & Becky wrote: <Snip> Amen to that! I've gotten very lazy, and do a lot more Americanos than brewing. Now I'm roasting a straight espresso blend, and an SO for Americanos (and cappas if it's works) each week. Jim
I got my Trader Joe's flyer yesterday and they advertised a Holiday Spice coffee blend that had clove, red and green peppercorns and Cinnamon mixed in with the coffee. Has anyone tried to mix things like this in their coffee and with what results? Sounds a little weird, but intriguing nonetheless. Michael A. Roaster of Vienna, Va.
How about broccoli? Brett On 11/16/05, MMore wrote: <Snip> in <Snip> e <Snip> . <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!
Yeah, those spices could be used in a cream sauce for broccoli for a Holiday dinner! But I'd not let them touch my coffees... miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. www.MDMProperties.net <Snip>
I was thinking that if you didn't really like the taste of fresh roasted coffee, and wanted to throw something into it, perhaps you could try Broccoli... This could be the George Herbert blend... Brett On 11/16/05, mIke mcKoffee wrote: <Snip> day <Snip> t <Snip> nt <Snip> re. <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!
--Apple-Mail-4--147527991 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed My Christmas blend turned out very well. Much better on the second day of rest! I haven't got the Mazzer dialed in yet , but I go a fairly nice tasting shot this morning at 15 second pull, not much creama at that quick a pull. My blend is: 25% Sulawesi Toraja 25% Brazil Sul de Minas (Carmo Estate) 25 Ethiopian Harar Horse 25 % Indian Monsooned Malabar Clif - SomeWhere in Florida with Rocky the Cardi and Garfield the Tabby Odie PWC at the Bridge 01/18/2006http://www.freewebs.com/aesk/inmemoriam.htm--Apple-Mail-4--147527991 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1