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coffee_wine_ismylife
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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 3:17pm
Subject: Sweet Maria's Ethiopia FTO Worka Sakaro DP:
 

Hi all, has any one bought/roasted the latest batch of this coffee from SM?  I bought it in Nov '12.  I'm having a bad experience with this coffee.  I roasted it 2 X & both times it is really bad, like it is flawed, something 'wrong' with it.

I know that some Ethiopians are unpredictable & results vary.  But, I've been roasting Ethiopian coffee for years & nothing like this, undrinkable coffee, aroma too disgusting.

In comparison, in the wine world wed call this a corked bottle of wine, TCA, flawed/bad bottle.

 
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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 8:06pm
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Hmm, well I haven't roasted or tried this particular coffee, but here's a potentially relevant thread about seemingly similar experiences with a closely related bean: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2013, 8:25pm
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I roasted some Harrar DP last week and find the flavor "earthy".  The wife doesn't like it much, but I find it an enjoyable cup with steamed milk, from the Lusso spring lever.

 
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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:21pm
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I've roasted about 28 pounds and have found this to be the most exquisite coffee I have ever tasted. The profile is exactly as described by SM. It has been one of my best sellers and 1 customer described it as "my mouth is having a party right now". In fact, I will brew a pot tomorrow for my drive to work.
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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:50pm
Subject: Re: Sweet Maria's Ethiopia FTO Worka Sakaro DP:
 

I've roasted 10 lbs and wished I'd purchase 10 more.
The smell of the green is a clue: don't rush the yellowing.
You should have no problem roasting this coffee in a Gene, as I noticed you use.

I like to give it 2 days after roast before I grind. It was great in the Brazen, vac pot, Hario. Very nice as espresso as well, but because I was using a manual lever, a bit difficult to get right temperature wise for espresso. YMMV









EDIT: I cannot figure anyway this coffee shouldn't be tasty. A city plus roast will give you a different take on the fruit. I best enjoyed a melange, 40% city+ (45 seconds past the end of 1st crack, so a LIGHT city +) and 60% full city, but stopped just short of 2nd crack.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2013, 7:38pm
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coffee_wine_ismylife Said:

Hi all, has any one bought/roasted the latest batch of this coffee from SM?  I bought it in Nov '12.  I'm having a bad experience with this coffee.  I roasted it 2 X & both times it is really bad, like it is flawed, something 'wrong' with it.

I know that some Ethiopians are unpredictable & results vary.  But, I've been roasting Ethiopian coffee for years & nothing like this, undrinkable coffee, aroma too disgusting.

In comparison, in the wine world wed call this a corked bottle of wine, TCA, flawed/bad bottle.

Posted February 10, 2013 link

Difficult to address when all you're doing is complaining with zero information on roast level, how long you've rested the beans before using, and brewing method.

Most Ethiopian coffees seem to be best roasted from City+ to Full City.  Many benefit from resting 3-7 days before brewing.
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Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 3:54pm
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Diff roast levels from City/High to Dark, it doesn't do anything for me, turns me off as a matter of fact.  I seem to be in the minority but it is what it is.  It actually tastes 'off' to me to the point there is 'something' not right with it.  I guess just 1 of those things.

Disclaimer: I've had many Ethiopians, & love most of them.

 
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Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 4:03pm
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How would you describe your evaluation of the Worka green bean?
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Posted Fri Feb 15, 2013, 7:51pm
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I have a 10 ten year old daughter and never explained to her what to expect when evaluating green or roasted coffee beans. When the first batch arrived, that I purchased Nov. 3, 2012, I opened the sack and asked my daughter to smell the green beans. She immediately responded and said "I smell chocolate and blueberries". My wife and daughter constantly ask that I brew this coffee over any other in my inventory. "THE BLUE BOMB"
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Posted Sat Feb 16, 2013, 5:08pm
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RoastinRey, I don't understand the question.

 
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