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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2007, 5:09pm
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I roast at home with a Freshroast + 8.  I don't have much time, so my basic routine is to roast 3 batches in an espresso blend.  I've been fairly happy with a blend of 2/3 Brazil and 1/3 Ethiopian Harrar (tells you I'm not picky...or creative), however, I'm looking for other 2 (or 3) bean blend recommendations.  

Keeping with 3 batches at a time, the most I can diversify is 3 - 1/3rd batches (assuming each batch (2 scoops in the FR+8) is only one bean type).

I've been quite happy with the Brazil I've been getting and it's a good price, so any ideas for another bean type as the 1/3rd...?

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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2007, 5:51pm
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If you're going to roast in thirds, I've had success with some Guatemala, Brazil, and Sulawesi.  The blend produced an intense semi-sweet chocolate flavor that I enjoyed in capps.
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2007, 5:09am
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I like light, sweet, spicy nutty but dark chocolate and earthy are good too.

Just blended 1:1 a couple of new beans from Greenbeanery; a Congo Kava roasted to just into 2nd and a Santa Dominigo Ocoa Carmen also just into second.  Very good bitter chocolate.  Tastes like an 85% chocolate Lindt bar with hazelnuts.

A very good sweet, nutty blend I like is 2 parts Panama SHB EP Boquete, 1 part Bolivia Caranavi and 1 part Honduras HG EP.  All do well together med roasted just into 2nd crack.  A good two bean blend is 1 part Peru Chanchamayo and 1 part Sumatra Mandeheling roasted light/med, that is just touching 2nd crack.

Greenbeanery was out of Bolivia Caranavi for a while so I was getting it at Birds and Beans along with some other beans Greenbeanery doesn't carry.
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2007, 6:09am
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Thanks.

I'm going to be ordering some green beans from the greenbeanery soon, so I'll try some of the coffees you mentioned.  I didn't know some of these can be blended 'together'...so I'll try this (easier in case I need to stop roasting sooner than expected, and also because I can blend more types of beans).
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2007, 8:53am
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Noonievut Said:

Thanks.

I'm going to be ordering some green beans from the greenbeanery soon, so I'll try some of the coffees you mentioned.  I didn't know some of these can be blended 'together'...so I'll try this (easier in case I need to stop roasting sooner than expected, and also because I can blend more types of beans).

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Ah, blending is the fun of it, especially for espresso.  There's two sides, one prefers single origin espresso, that is espresso make from just one type of roasted bean and another that considers blending the only way to get a full charactered espresso saying that single origins are not round enough on their own.  I've done both and single origins can be more intense but blends can be smoother and more complex especially for espresso.

You can approach blending two ways as well.  Preblend your green beans and roast them all together or roast each seperately and blend them roasted.   Roasting each seperately has the advantage of roasting each varietal to a stage that best suits it or your taste.  Preblending before roast has the advantage of volume if you've got a higher capacity roaster.  If you buy 2lbs at a time of lots of varietals you can run out pretty quick if your roaster has a 1/2lb capacity or more plus roasting a 1/2 lb of 3-5 seperate varietals for blending gives me more coffee than I could use in a week.

Good luck.  Experiment and log your roasts for future reference.  I'm going back to my notes all the time to get ideas and recipes to reproduce a good roast or come up with a new one.
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2007, 8:59am
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Hi Jason,

Here's a primer on blending & an espresso section as well: http://sweetmarias.com/blending.html

Tons of very valuable info there as well,

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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2007, 5:49pm
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Thanks for the tips!

I have a bit more time for roasting now as I've convinced my wife that I can roast beans outside while watching our daughter.  Plus the young one loves watching the freshroast throw those beans around!

P.S. Although I would like to roast each type individually, I would prefer to roast the various coffees together (maybe 2 at a time, 4 in total over 2 roasts...or something like that) so I can try various blends (i.e. the examples on Sweet Maria's site).
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Posted Mon Jun 11, 2007, 11:09am
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mrgnomer wrote a good post. I like single origin for espresso (sumatra is my favorite), but I also like to blend in some robusta, for the acidity and its enhancement of crema, but you've got to tweak it...too much can overwhelm.

A main decision is whether to roast the greens all at once, or roast separately and blend the roasts. I prefer the latter, because it allows easier control of the blend proportions and allows you to roast each component to different stages, which can be useful. I believe the "roast separately and blend later" method is called by the French term, "melange."

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