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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2005, 4:11pm
Subject: In dire need of blend suggestions
 

I'm new to home roasting and I've just recieved my first "stash" of green beans but I don't know where to start. The book I ordered is not there yet so I'm looking for suggestion, things to try or perhaps being pointed to a site with some ideas for espresso blends and roasts.

What I have (at least one pound of each) :

- Nicaragua SHG EP
- Indian Malabar Monsoon
- Sumatra Mandheling
- Sulawesi Kalossi
- Uganda Bugisu AA
- Ethiopian Harrar (though it doesn't look too good)
- Ethiopian Yiragacheffe
- Hawa´an Kona Fancy
- Mexican Organic
- Guatemalta Antigua
- Kenya AB

So many possibilities and so little knowledge to back it up ... I'm at a loss.

Oh and another question : blend and then roast the whole thing or roast then blend? I'm thinking that because in my previous samples I had "espresso" mixes but it occured to me that perhaps it would be best to roast each type of bean separately and then mix them so that the roast would be appropriate for each bean.

Much appreciated
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2005, 4:32pm
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Check out the Coffee Library at Sweet Maria's.  There is a section on blending.  A simple one to start with would be Sulawesi/Harar as a low budget Mokha-Java type blend.  I like it 60/40 Sulawesi but 50/50 and 40/60 work too.

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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2005, 5:13pm
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Post roast blending is the best method since different beans may roast at different rates.
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Posted Tue Jun 7, 2005, 5:33pm
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I don't have experience with those specific coffees, necessarily, but the ones you might use as a base would be the Nicaragua or Mexican; the Sumatra would be good as accent, as might the Sulawesi (though I've never used a Sulawesi in espresso); throw some Uganda in there; and top it off with some Harrar or Kenya.

Mix those in 4:3:2:1 purportions.

Or, in those purportions:

Mexico:Ethiopia:Sumatra:Kenya

Nicaragua:Sumatra:Uganda:Kenya

Mexico:Uganda:Nicaragua:Ethiopia

Play around, have fun! Personally, I would roast the Mexico, Nicaragua, Kenya, Ethiopia, and perhaps the uganda to the start of second crack, and the Sumatra maybe 30-60 seconds into a good rolling second crack. Not that that is perfect for each coffee, and there is no accounting for taste, but just as a guideline so you won't be pissed and throwing coffee out.

Yes, roast each seperately, and blend to brew. That way you can tweak the blend as you go and really have fun. I roasted up a lb of my seven different coffees to come up with my blend, and it took a TON of shots to come up with something I liked...
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Posted Wed Jun 8, 2005, 5:58am
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poison Said:

Play around, have fun! Personally, I would roast the Mexico, Nicaragua, Kenya, Ethiopia, and perhaps the uganda to the start of second crack, and the Sumatra maybe 30-60 seconds into a good rolling second crack.

Posted June 7, 2005 link

Poison's suggestion to dark-roast the Sumatra worked for me.  I had some beans (Indian Mysore Nuggets) that had plenty of crema and low tones but no bite in espressos or cappa's.  The dark-roasted Sumatra did the trick.

I don't know what book you have on order - Home Coffee Roasting by Kenneth David is a good one.

Good luck!
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Posted Wed Jun 8, 2005, 11:36am
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How about taking the same bean to different roasts and then mixing those together. Does that make any sense? Something to try or guaranteed disaster?

That's the book I ordered.
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Posted Wed Jun 8, 2005, 12:01pm
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RKEM Said:

How about taking the same bean to different roasts and then mixing those together. Does that make any sense? Something to try or guaranteed disaster?

That's the book I ordered.

Posted June 8, 2005 link

That would only work if the bean was good as a single origin shot to begin with, like the Harrar, and maybe the Mexican, Uganda, Sumatra, or Nicaragua.
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