Daily Archive for October 22nd, 2008

Coincidentally, Perfect Mocha-Java Blend Ingredients!

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!

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Panama Boquete Golden Peaberry

I was roasting slightly smaller than usual batches of the so-called “Golden Peaberry” (not sure what’s golden about it, looks green to me). So I had to be careful with the heat, a bit more gentle in the first 5 minutes of warm-up, and to apply heat more gingerly at the end to avoid rushing the coffee through first crack. It’s a classic City+ roast, through first crack and then a bit more, nowhere near second crack, finish temperature of 430 f (2nd starts at 444-446 on our set-up here, as we measure it). I am enjoying the flavors in the cup, but was a little concerned about the presence of a few quakers in the finished roast. I attempted to pull some out, but they should not be there … shame on the Casa Ruiz mill! I modified the bag label to note this… but in all I am really enjoying the cup, with more body that wet-process Lerida, and interesting nut roast tones in the finish.

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