The Dirty Portafilter

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Blend #36

I think I hit a real winner with this one. I have roasted up several batches and been very happy with it, particularly in cappaccuino’s.

The blend consists of…
40% Brazil Poco Fundo
30% Ethiopia Harar Fendishe
20% Java Blawan Government Estate
10% Papua New Guinea Peaberry

This is the same basic blend as #37. That blend was an attempt to lower the acidity and build the body by reducing the Brazil and increasing the Java. The same blending and roast levels apply to this one.

I get dark coco and berry with a little spice in the finish. There is a thick and buttery mouth-feel, it lingers on the pallet for an hour. It is a lively, high acidity espresso; I prefer it in cappa’s. The milk subdues the acidity and really brings out the coco and berry.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Blend #37

I have been neglecting the home roasting side of my BLOG for a while now. I have had a lot of other projects and life events taking a lot of my time. So it is time for an update and a new blend.

Blend #37 is a variation of blend #36 (another post for another day). This blend consists of;
35% Brazil Poco Fundo
30% Ethiopia Harar Fendishe Oroma
25% Java Blawan Government Estate
10% Papua New Guinea

I pre roast blend the Brazil and PNG in one batch and the Java and Harar in another. I roasted the Brazil/PNG to the first snaps of second crack, but not into second crack. A good full city roast, dark brown but dry beans. The Java and Harar were roasted just into second crack, about 10 seconds. These were a dark chocolate color with just a hint of oil spotting, full city +. The photo is showing the beans darker than they actually are.

I sampled the coffee after a 3 day rest. The extraction was very thick and syrupy. The espresso is a little heavy on the earthy tones. I had cut the Brazil by 5% and increased the Java by 5%. The java is borderline overpowering at this percentage. I increased it to heighten the body, but this is just a but too much body, maybe 23% next time?

I get a deep, syrupy espresso that coats the mouth. Earth and nut are predominating with a bit of berry and spice in the finish. This is low acidity espresso with plenty of body to cut through some milk. Medium sweetness, I am slightly tempted to add a pinch of sugar.