Daily Archive for April 23rd, 2010

Roast Coffee Pairing #34: Central America: Compare/Contrast

Here we are comparing two Central American coffees – both from the same region – the same processing method. In a way we are splitting hairs here with two coffees from the same mill, the same region. The difference is the cultivar – in one case Caturra, the other Villa Sarchi. The Costa Rica Helsar Villa Sarchi Solis is classic Costa Rican coffee, mild with great balance, good body and brightness.

The Caturra Macho Arce is farmed by Manuel Arce, who calls himself “Macho”, this is another classic, bright, clean cup with similar cup characterisics. There is a distinct difference in the body of these two lots, with the Villa Sarchi having a more syrupy mouthfeel and the Caturra with more effervescence. Both coffees were roasted to a light Full City level to highlight the wonderful balance between chocolate and fruit both of these lots posess. Final thermoprobe temperature of 428 degrees, 15 minute roast times.

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Roast Coffee Pairing #33: Name that Coffee!

So, I know there are millions out there waiting for my roast blog posts (tee hee hee), but I plum forgot about it for the past month or so, here are a few lagging posts.

For April Fool’s we roasted two different coffees and labeled the bags A and B challenging you to guess which coffees they were.

And the answer is:

Coffee A was:

Nicaragua Finca San Jose Java Longberry

Coffee B was:

Sulawesi Wet-Process Toarco Flatbean

Thanks to those who participated in this little contest.  I guess the rest of you just drink whatever we send and hope that it is good!  Well, I personally loved the Sulawesi, my wife and I both were waking up to it every morning for a week solid and never tired of it.  I am so impressed with the washed coffees we get from Sulawesi, they strike the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.

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