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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 1:00am
Subject: Seeking the Perfect Chocolate Espresso Blend by Guest Author
 

Seeking the Perfect Chocolate Espresso Blend
by Guest Author

Donald Blum runs exhaustive and informative tests on finding the perfect "chocolate" beans for an espresso blend.
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 7:49am
Subject: Thanks for the info
 

Thanks for the info.  Great job!  Just what I needed for a good starting point.
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 11:55am
Subject: Measurement units?
 

Very interesting article, but I have one followup question:  When you developed your blends using 'parts' as the measurements, was that 'parts' by volume, or 'parts' by weight?

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Michael Lloyd
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 12:52pm
Subject: Mark, which cup is that?
 

Mark, the espresso cup in the picture looks really cool! where did you get it?

Thomas.
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 1:17pm
Subject: measurement
 

You can use either to proportion as long as you keep it the same for all of the beans in a blend. In other words, don't put in 4 ounces by weight of Brazilian, then 3 ounces by volume of Sulawesi, etc. to the same blend.  In order to keep from wasting beans, one easy thing to do in a small roaster like the FreshRoast+ is to do the 4 part and 1 part beans together in one batch, then the 3 part and the 2 part beans in another batch. It works particularly well for my Brazilian blend. In a 70-gram FreshRoast+ batch that would be 56 grams of Brazilian and 14 grams of Ethiopian Yrgacheffe in one batch (just into the beginning of the second crack), then 42 grams of Sulawesi and 28 grams of Ugandan a just into a rolling second crack. Combine for 140 grams of my Brazilian blend, which actually lightens to about 119 grams after roasting. For the Costa Rican blend, bring both batches just into a rolling second crack. The reason for the slightly lighter first roast on the Brazilian blend is to maximize crema on the Brazilian and to best bring out the flowery Yrg flavors.
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 3:39pm
Subject: Great article!
 

I liked your rating system; the intensity measure is a good idea.

BTW, although it doesn;t act that way, I think the Budadiri is washed.
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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2003, 4:07pm
Subject: Budadiri
 

Jim,

Thanks! As to the Budadiri, Sweetmaria's table under "processing" says that it is washed, yet the cupping notes say it is dry-milled. Are those two different things? Like you said, it doesn't act like a wet-processed bean so I listed it as dry.

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Posted Wed Feb 5, 2003, 2:01am
Subject: The Cup
 

Jeanette bought me that cup from a street artisan in Montreal last May, it is hand made, hand painted. It's the "crooked espresso cup". I should photograph it from different angles to show how it's all lopsided and stuff. :)
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Posted Mon Feb 17, 2003, 8:00am
Subject: Nice Article
 

I'm a beginner roaster and i'll be blending for the 1st time. I was actualyl wondering what the best way to roast the parts is. Anyhow...great article, i'll help me in my learning.
jason
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Posted Wed Apr 14, 2004, 8:57am
Subject: Re: Seeking the Perfect Chocolate Espresso Blend by Guest Author
 

still a great article over a year later.....

I am going to start to dabble in blending next week.....

cGeek never ceases to amaze me w/ the unlimited amount of information...

 
DOM...evil genius ...Up to no good in espresso at all times... VIVA la parts de Espresso
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