Sweet Maria's Weblog
October 29th, 2014
Trick or treat? Well, treat yourself to these Central and South American coffees! You better believe Dracula will be sucking down both coffees this Halloween. Swamp Thing said he loves the difference with the roast profile between these two coffees. They both are very sweet, but while one has a deep chocolate richness, the other has a raw sugar sweetness. Don't ask the Wolfman though, he likes to eat the coffee raw.
Unrefined sugar, candy apple sweetness, and raw honey right up front. Fresh and clean acidity and a juicy finish. Frankenstein's Monster and The Mummy both agree that this Colombia shines bright at a City+ roast.
Nicaragua Dipilto Finca La Laguna Full City
Bakers Chocolate, Anise, hazelnut and toasty Cinnamon. There is even a touch of acidity that hits the back of the mouth at the finish. This Full City roast also comes with lots of body and layers of cocoa.
*Blending these two coffees work very nicely too. I would recommend 1 part Nicaragua Dipilto Finca La Laguna and 3 parts Colombia Timana Principales Lotes. But, try a few other combos and see what you think!
Just in case you would like to check out the green coffee offering of these two:
Peru FTO Junin Trujillano has sweet flavors of raw sugar, along with a bit of top-note elegance - apple juice and dried wild flowers. A nice cup profile, propped up on structuring, malic acidity.
Peru FTO Cajamarca Leoncio Perez has a nutty sweetness, like dark sugar-and-butter caramelized almonds. A nice daily-cup, this dense bean is nice in the Ciy+ range, but can also take a bit of heat - a nice option for those who like to take coffees toward 2nd snaps.
Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Miriam Herrera. Brown sugar, honey, golden raisin, stone fruits - this is the level of quality we hope for with our Proyecto Xinabajul coffees. A cup of elegance, and one heck of a SO espresso.
October 24, 2014
Ethiopia Dry Process Yirga Cheffe Konga has a delicious clean assortment of peach, mango, guava, and tropical fruits galore with a beautiful finish of molasses and sweet date sugar.
Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo has complex sugars, florals and fruited notes balance out nicely with a citrus acidity and notes of cocoa. Have a happy roasting day!
October 24, 2014
A couple of years ago when Hunt Slade of Safehouse Coffee Roasters called me up to ask me about my opinions on some different roaster models, we ended up having an even bigger conversation about realizing and actualizing the potential of any roasting machine. From that I knew that Hunt would be a perfect roaster to talk to about “why” he roasts in the first place and what has pushed him to take his interest in roasting and turn it into a profession. Building a business for the purpose of supporting a community and organization could easily put any number of extra pressures on maintaining a love for roasting coffee, but Hunt faces all of it with a contagious positivism.
CS: What roasters have you played with? Everything.
HS: Chronologically: Many different consumer popcorn poppers, both stock and hacked Various heat gun/metal bowl combinations Freshroast ( I forget the model - from 9 or 10 years ago ) Long handled pan over open fire RK 5lb perfed drum in a LP gas grill - this is what we actually started SHCR with Sonofresco fluid bed 1lb roaster (LP gas) Freshroast SR500 Has Garanti 5k (natural gas) Behmor 1600 Quest M3 110v Limited roasting on: Deidrich 24k both IR and direct flame Probatino (natural gas)
CS: Have you ever built a roasting device or kit?
HS: I didn't originally build our old RK drum/gas rig - Ron Kyle gave it to us years ago, but I have deconstructed and reconstructed it many times. I learned several things through this although much of what I learned was really only painted in broad strokes. In this rig, I found that modifying drum speed would either promote or inhibit scorching and tipping. I also found that air flow for removing effluence from the roasting chamber was highly desirable to limit certain "roasty" attributes in the coffee. Other things learned: the need for roaster cleaning, even in a grill rig; the limitations of batch size/ achievable roast profile vs available BTUs; slow batch cooling robs your coffee of sweetness in the cup.
CS: Do you enjoy roasting more on a bigger machine, or did it ruin a hobby you like?
HS: It may not be the right choice for someone else, but I absolutely love roasting on machines larger than home or sample roasters. For me, it felt like a natural progression of learning. However, I have no experience with anything larger...