Daily Archive for November 17th, 2008

Papua New Guinea AA Maloolaba

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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