I'm back from Europe and jumping right back into the roasting with this funnily named Papua New Guinea lot. Derek and I tried a test roast that was Full City and it was very pleasing with both the aromatic wood notes and chocolate Tom mentions in the review. However, I felt it was perhaps a bit too dark so decided to go for more of a City+ roast and that meant a final thermoprobe temperature of 435. After about 200 crappy cups of coffee in Europe I'm looking forward to a nice balanced cup from this lot. We also roasted the Papua New Guinea decaf and although I too tried to baby the small batch sizes up to City level, there may be a small amount of oil that escaped, darn decafs are so delicate. As for the Espresso Monkey, I listened closely and tried to hit the right spot far enough into second crack for the Northern Italian roast Tom recommends, this wound up being around the 459 degree mark at about 15:30 minutes into the roast. The batch continued to snap and pop away for a good 30 seconds after hitting the cooling tray due to the slow build and then reduced heat profile we've been employing on the Probat. So nice to be back in California and with my trusty pal the Probat delivering perfect roasts batch after batch.
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since i leave for sumatra and sulawesi on sunday and josh is in europe doing his band thing, we roasted and packed the coffee satruday. the el salvador yellow bourbon is all about body ... incredible body and that classic bourbon balance. the label mentions melon but i get mild citrus hints, moderate acidity, toasty roast notes, nutty in the dry fragrance, sweet, and body, body, body. the puro scuro is right at our target roast, a tad lighter than monkey blend, and way lighter than classic italian. that's why it is truly dual use. costa rica decaf was showing a drop of oil today, but that is deceptive ... the usual decaf hyjinks. it's a city+ roast, but since decafs have already had their structure "compromised" by the decaf process, they can show oil pre-second crack, on occasion. it would indicate a fast roast, sometimes, but i guarantee you i babied it to 430 and finished it very slowly. it's just the way that coffee is...
Hmmm .... I posted about this weeks roasts, the Tanazania Blackburn Estate AA and the special espresso blend I did, Guatelope. But the post seems to have disappeared into the ether. The Tanzania was very juicy, lighter in body than I expected, but appropriately so. You can catch the Kenya-esque hints in there, the dark fruit, berry, black currant, slightly winey, sweet. The Guatelope was a special blend with the focus on flavor and sweetness, not body and mouthfeel. It may seem a little thin, but after 4 days we found it to be pleasantly syrupy. It is 40% El Salvador Mauritania, 40% Guatemala San Jose Ocana and 20% Kenya French Mission Bourbon. So actually it is an all-bourbon blend! We are enjoying it here immensely, pulling shots on the Andreja.
We have quite a list of new arrivals this week, and since I am headed to Sumatra, I am pushing to get them all listed. From top of the list to the bottom, here they are!
- Costa Rica Don Mayo "La Ponderosa" Bourbon: Granola aromatics, hazelnut roast tones and boysenberry syrup sweetness!
- Panama Volcancito Don Pepe Bourbon: Anopther classic, well-structured Bourbon varietal coffee with malty sweetness and buttery body.
- Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP: The ever-popular IMV returns, a carefully-prepared dry-process coffee from the Gedeo part of Yirga Cheffe, with striking strawberry, peach-apricot and mango fruit notes.
- Kenya Auction Lot #829 Weithaga Peaberry: Another stunning Kenya, so caramelly and effervescent, with a touch of cinnamon, sweet orange, and cherry drops.
- Bali Kintamani Arabica: A different flavor profile from last year's Bali, more intensely fruited, heavy body, very low acidity.
- Papua New Guinea AA Maloolaba: Strikingly bright as wet-processed PNG coffees can be, but with a wide stripe of "Indonesia" wildness running through it; herbal-foresty flavors emerge as it cools.
- Rwanda Butare Bourbon WP Decaf: Like it's non-decaf counterparts, this decaf is well-structured, balanced and makes a great espresso (or as part of a low-caffeine blend). syrupy.
- Tanazania Ruvuma Peaberry WP Decaf: Quite a bright, lively decaf cup (even more than our Kenya decaf) , with molasses and gingerbread flavors.
We added our new arrival of Ethiopia Kembata Grade 4 Dry-Process, a coffee from Southern Ethiopia with peach, tamarind, lemon, spices and chocolate... complex and intense, another great natural Ethiopia lot. We also have our first new crop Indonesia at the warehouse, Java Kajumas Curah Tatal. It's your typical low-acidity, oily body Java except this coffee has sweetness and nuance I haven't seen in Java coffees in recent years. We suspect it is partially from older Typica cultivars. Coincidentally, these two lots make an awesome Mocha-Java blend, 50% of each!