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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D4C4B060 link=1287301980/49#49 date=1295332615
    Ive found that the Ceja de Silva is one of the components I definitely dont want to substitute.
    Duly noted - and not surprising, given the Ceja de Selva is top of the beanbay bean of the year poll!


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    ok i have given this blend another go but tried a different roasting profile this time and also different beans.

    beans were:
    Peru 150g
    Guatamala 125g
    Ghimbi 200g
    Sumatran 150g

    im pretty sure that works out in correct ratios.

    I roasted aiming for a rise of 15 a minute (with the end of the first minute being at 45) til 150 then 10 a minute to first crack, then 3-4 minute, and pulled it before any sign of second crack.

    This was on the 20th so going to try this coming sunday. Once again, thanks kjm for providing this!

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    Up to day 15 with this last batch and WOW, it has really come into its own in the last 3 days and is about as smooth a blend as ive had the pleasure of tasting.

    Thank you, KJM. :)

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    Im yet to try this exact blend but have been using the ratios pretty well by substituting by region. I have used

    Columbian replacing Peru
    I had some sumatran for the indo
    I had some guatamalan beans so fine there
    No ethiopians so replaced with kenyan or zambian. My kenyan didnt work so well. Zambian which is a bean that I love by itself was really good.

    None of the beans I had were from beanbay. I sourced them admittedly from a competitor and while most were good beans some were a bit hit and miss by themselves. In this blend they become very good though. When over the Christmas hangover I intend on buying a big batch of the peru and PNG Waghi and from there I can blend away knowing I have some solid base beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 090909430 link=1287301980/52#52 date=1295919131
    Up to day 15 with this last batch and WOW, it has really come into its own in the last 3 days and is about as smooth a blend as ive had the pleasure of tasting.

    Thank you, KJM. *:)
    Hey - youre entirely welcome, glad I could actually contribute something back!

    The one thing that Ive really noticed with this that did surprise me was how much it actually changes as it ages. My problem is that I cant seem to keep enough of it to age...

    /Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by 182721263B3C0D103D2B3E37520 link=1287301980/53#53 date=1295933872
    No ethiopians so replaced with kenyan or zambian. *My kenyan didnt work so well. *Zambian which is a bean that I love by itself was really good.

    None of the beans I had were from beanbay. *I sourced them admittedly from a competitor and while most were good beans some were a bit hit and miss by themselves. *In this blend they become very good though. *When over the Christmas hangover I intend on buying a big batch of the peru and PNG Waghi and from there I can blend away knowing I have some solid base beans.
    As noted earlier in this seemingly never ending thread 8-) the Peruvian really makes the blend - kind of. Im surprised about the Kenyan - Ive used some assorted Africans including Kenya AA from Beanbay and it was pretty nice ;)

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    This kenyan wasnt from the beanbay but was specialty estate. perhaps it needed more of a rest than I gave it. It was still good but I found the zambian better. Cant wait to get hold of some more peru

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    Ive been reading this post for ages and all of the positive feedback for KJMs blend so I just had to give it a try!! ::)
    I used Peru Ceja de Selva, Ethiopian Harrar Longberry, Sumatran Mandelheng and Costa Rica Cafetelare Herbazu blended to the KJM ratios for a 600g roast.
    Reached first crack at 10min, RFC 10.40 then did a hot air finish and ended roast and 14min just prior to second crack, good looking roast and the aroma coming out of the cooler was amazing, if it tastes as good as it smells I should be on a winner :) :) :)


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    "Ive been reading this post for ages and all of the positive feedback for KJMs blend so I just had to give it a try!! Roll Eyes
    I used Peru Ceja de Selva, Ethiopian Harrar Longberry, Sumatran Mandelheng and Costa Rica Cafetelare Herbazu blended to the KJM ratios for a 600g roast.
    Reached first crack at 10min, RFC 10.40 then did a hot air finish and ended roast and 14min just prior to second crack, good looking roast and the aroma coming out of the cooler was amazing, if it tastes as good as it smells I should be on a winner Smiley Smiley Smiley
    Got impatient so I pulled an espresso and a capuccino. The capo was great, the blend came through the milk giving it a rich choc/caramel taste with a hint of acidity, should develop over the next couple of weeks (if it lasts that long!!). The espresso had a pleasant but bright up-front acidity, lovely viscous mouthfeel, some fruit and chocolate/cocoa with a lingering cocoa aftertaste. Im impressed KJM, Ill leave it a few days before trying again!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3A2F383833303C335D0 link=1287301980/58#58 date=1296115098

    Got impatient so I pulled an espresso and a capuccino. The capo was great, the blend came through the milk giving it a rich choc/caramel taste with a hint of acidity, should develop over the next couple of weeks (if it lasts that long!!). The espresso had a pleasant but bright up-front acidity, lovely viscous mouthfeel, some fruit and chocolate/cocoa with a lingering cocoa aftertaste. Im impressed KJM, Ill leave it a few days before trying again!! :)
    Hey Greenman - your roast level looks pretty much what I get to. Glad you enjoyed it with the milk. Since this has gotten so crazy popular, Ive been re-visiting my tasting-by-age notes. The problem being I dont roast every day, so I cant do a proper blind A/B (or A/B/.../N ;) ) comparison. But my personal taste buds like the blend from about day 4 onwards and to me it peaks at about day 14... Having said that, Ive had some at 21 days and it was lovely too...

    Im really at a loss to figure out precisely the optimal drinking time on this (spot the engineer!). I dont know how Id (meaningfully) taste 14 or so espressos and choose the best. I guess professional coffee tasters must have some special talents we mere plebs can only dream about! And that doesnt even consider the tachycardia 14 espressos would bring on!

    Glad youre (hopefully) enjoying it. I guess this is the reason I posted it initially.

    Cheers
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    Well done Greenman, great to know were all trying something new and different ehh?
    Nice looking roast there.

    Thanks to you KJM, ive decided to do your blend style after experimenting with SOs.
    Will be trying your formula of 2 south american beans, one african and one indonesian. Couldnt find an Indo so have settled on Mysore Nuggets.
    Hopefully the outcome will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F3538392B3D252F2F5C0 link=1287301980/60#60 date=1296125792
    Thanks to you KJM, ive decided to do your blend style after experimenting with SOs.
    Will be trying your formula of 2 south american beans, one african and one indonesian. Couldnt find an Indo so have settled on Mysore Nuggets.
    Hopefully the outcome will be good.

    Gary at G
    Id just re-iterate the discussions about the Ceja - it seems to be the primary anchor for this... But having said that, Ive done it with Daterra, Brazil Pulped Naturals (Bean Bay) and even Grace Villa Estate as substitutes/alternatives. All work well, but they do change the flavour profile...

    Love to hear someone has made a change and found something even better..!

    BTW: Still do SOs. I find this one an excellent all-rounder, but I get bored drinking the "same" stuff all the time :-?

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    Hi Kevin, thanks for the blend info. Roasted 600gms on Australia Day with the following in suggested proportions:

    Peru
    Huehue
    Harrar
    Sulawesi

    Now I just have to wait :(

    Will advise on outcome in the cup although I am useless as describing taste, usually comes down to like, dislike or fantastic. Purely subjective.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Day six capo and trad short mach--lots of choc/cocoa, Harrar is still hiding in the background, bit of earthiness and spice from the Indo in short mach, enjoyable couple of coffees :) :)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Roasted a classic KJM blend on Jan 18

    Ethiopian Harrar Longberry
    Sumatran Mandheling Mystic
    Peru Ceja de Selva
    Guatemalan Huehuetenango

    Just doubled KJMs proportion to make a 500g pre-blend roast

    Cracked the bag yesterday (Day 11). First smell and taste that came through was the Ethiopian fruitimess; today the first thing I could smell and taste was the Huehue chocolate. I suspect that tomorrow the earthiness of the Indo will start to come through.

    As always, the pours are rich and syrupy. Enjoyed it as a latte and cuts through the milk extremely well. Also made a wonderful long black yesterday.

    Having added robusta to the first KJM blend I made , I think KJM super as I called it is a bit more lively and interesting for my tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 303A2F3838372325560 link=1287301980/64#64 date=1296344503
    Having added robusta to the first KJM blend I made , I think KJM super as I called it is a bit more lively and interesting for my tastes.
    Ill leave that one for you flynn - I really dont like robusta in the blend, or indeed at all! One of the great things about home roasting IMHO - you can tweak to suit your own taste.

    I have to say though, Ive not experienced the "sequential" flavour experience. I just perceive the aroma and taste slowly evolving...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123C1C3E2D2B3E315F0 link=1287301980/62#62 date=1296274672
    Hi Kevin, thanks for the blend info. *

    Peru
    Huehue
    Harrar
    Sulawesi
    Youre welcome. Looks like the bill I used yesterday!

    Quote Originally Posted by 123C1C3E2D2B3E315F0 link=1287301980/62#62 date=1296274672
    Now I just have to wait :(
    Can I respectfully suggest you actually do sample it as it ages. Taste, as noted, is very personal and you might find it is better for you at another point in the lifecycle.

    Id like to think I do this still, but in reality I often drink it "early" because I dont roast enough (or give a bag away) and run short!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6564632E0 link=1287301980/65#65 date=1296347193
    I have to say though, Ive not experienced the "sequential" flavour experience.
    Yes, no one else has supported that view so Ill assume its a quirk of my own sense of taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 736671717A79757A140 link=1287301980/63#63 date=1296343890
    Day six capo and trad short mach--lots of choc/cocoa, Harrar is still hiding in the background, bit of earthiness and spice from the Indo in short mach, enjoyable couple of coffees :) :)
    Day 8--espresso had nice clean acidity, medium body with fruit/choc notes, still no blueberry! Flat white had rich caramel with a hint of fruit in background, lingering aftertaste at the front of pallet, a most satisfying cup.

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    Greenman, your roast looks fantastic and the coffee sounds like it tastes great too.

    If this particular Harar ever had the potential, as you are getting caramel as a dominant flavour, I think you may have missed the blueberry. ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5D7C7777706A190 link=1287301980/69#69 date=1296546685
    Greenman, your roast looks fantastic and the coffee sounds like it tastes great too.

    If this particular Harar ever had the potential, as you are getting caramel as a dominant flavour, I *think you may have missed the blueberry. ;)
    Ive been thinking that too Dennis, I usually do a fairly light roast with the Harrar and gets heaps of blueberry--enjoying the blend though, well worth the exercise :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3B2E393932313D325C0 link=1287301980/70#70 date=1296548017
    enjoying the blend though
    And thats all that matters.

    If the spice you sense happens to be cloves, its more likely to come from the Harar than the Indo at that roast profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 687D6A6A61626E610F0 link=1287301980/68#68 date=1296546063
    Day 8--espresso had nice clean acidity, medium body *with *fruit/choc notes, still no blueberry! Flat white had rich caramel with a hint of fruit in background, lingering aftertaste at the front of pallet, *a most satisfying cup.
    Hey - we aim to please ;D

    Apropos the loss of the berry tastes... Hmmm. Ive done a lot of playing with this blend and roast profiles for it as you might imagine. Right at the start of this mega-thread I noted that it works as an "all-in" blend - dump them all together into the roaster..

    The only time Ive successfully got the archetypal "blueberry" twang in the Ethiopians AND had a nice overall profile is when I roast them individually.

    The downside of doing that, for me, is that I cant resist SO Ethiopians and end up drinking it that way and make a smaller batch of the blend and then wonder what to do with the rest of the beans :-/

    But Im with Dennis - if you like it: go for it. I find this one so easy to roast and it keeps the local Coffee Snobs happy... So I just go with that flow and roast the SOs to keep myself happy...

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    Hey KJM, is your recipe in grams of green or brown? Im guessing green since you roast it all together. Im very new to roasting. I have completed your blend in my trusty popper its up to day 3 of resting. Cant wait to try it, then try it again in the Behmor I have on the way. Will keep you posted ;D on my progress. Also thank you for sharing your hard work with us all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7269627F7E3E63797D60637F7E100 link=1287301980/73#73 date=1297462983
    Hey KJM, is your recipe in grams of green or brown?
    Sorry to speak for KJM, but when you see blends listed the weights are always pre-roast, ie. greens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0D0D0D470 link=1287301980/74#74 date=1297559490
    Quote Originally Posted by 7269627F7E3E63797D60637F7E100 link=1287301980/73#73 date=1297462983
    Hey KJM, is your recipe in grams of green or brown? *
    Sorry to speak for KJM, but when you see blends listed the weights are always pre-roast, ie. greens.
    Thanks for responding Ristrom - been out of it for about a week with foodpoisoning :o

    Quite correct - the weights given are green, but if we assume the weight loss during roasting is identical for each bean type, then you can blend brown in the same ratios (and weights) ;)

    As a bit of a summary of the blend it is:

    44% "base beans" (South + Central American)
    32% "African bright beans"
    24% "Indo mouthfeel beans"

    The base bean mix is split 55/45 between the south and the central.

    The descriptions in quotes above are my own way of thinking about it and everyone else on the planet might disagree with those monikers, but thats the way I think about the blend, and thats the way I put it together!

    If you read all the previous stuff in this thread, youll see that each of these components get substituted at will. The South American component however is (IMHO) best as the Ceja or Daterra Sweet Collection. Both do very well, other subs seem to shift the profile a bit. This comment is, of course, just my preferences. Others will find mixes more to their liking probably; but everyone here who has tried this profile likes it a lot.

    The roast depth is the other variable and I tend to the lighter end of the spectrum. Kind of CS8-9.

    Cheers
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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Hey kevin, lve ordered some Sulawesi Toarco Jaya Triple Picked to try and thought it might go ok in the blend ......what do you reckon?
    Also got some more Peru :)
    Just got to save up and get some more Harrar, though l still have nearly 2 kg here so no hurry

    Also l did a small blend with Yirg in it to change spots with the Harrar., itll be interesting to see how that goes hey .

    Cheers Ken

    PS try some Probiotics to get your gut back into gear......works a treat :)


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    Re: KJMs house blend

    I would like to share my feelings on this blend i created based on KJM principal.
    All i can say is WOW!!

    50gm Brazil Pulped Natural
    50gm Peru Ceja de Selva
    50gm Ethiopian Limmu
    50gm Indian Mysore Nuggets

    Sourced from Beanbay and roasted in the FZ-RR700 baby roaster roasted to C9.
    Roasted yesterday and tried it today as a espresso and a flat white.
    Especially impressed with the flat white as the Peru gave it the punch and the Mysore Nuggets had great body.
    Now i truly understand how you wax lyrical about the KJM blend.
    Goodness. 20 minutes and typing this i still have the lingering aftertaste. Cant wait to try it again next day and the day after. :)

    Will do a 500gm roast on the coretto next to stamp my opinion on this blend. Its a winner so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 342E232230263E3434470 link=1287301980/77#77 date=1297848605
    I would like to share my feelings on this blend i created based on KJM principal.
    All i can say is WOW!!

    50gm Brazil Pulped Natural
    50gm Peru Ceja de Selva
    50gm Ethiopian Limmu
    50gm Indian Mysore Nuggets

    Sourced from Beanbay and roasted in the FZ-RR700 baby roaster roasted to C9.
    Roasted yesterday and tried it today as a espresso and a flat white.
    Especially impressed with the flat white as the Peru gave it the punch and the Mysore Nuggets had great body.
    Now i truly understand how you wax lyrical about the KJM blend.
    Goodness. 20 minutes and typing this i still have the lingering aftertaste. Cant wait to try it again next day and the day after. :)

    Will do a 500gm roast on the coretto next to stamp my opinion on this blend. Its a winner so far!

    Gary at G
    Youve actually re-created one of the blends that I did en-route to the one I published! I went from that one to 25% Acheh instead of the Mysore. My notes say I preferred it, but I wasnt in a lyrical mood at the time - it just says "Better than B12-9". Note to self: must learn to write [s]wankier[/s] more detailed notes on how stuff tastes...

    Im going to borrow Hazbeans baby roaster and give my standard blend a whirl - Im really curious how the different roaster will make it change.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 747A6C7E2C2D1F0 link=1287301980/76#76 date=1297846006
    Hey kevin, lve ordered some Sulawesi Toarco Jaya Triple Picked to try and thought it might go ok in the blend ......what do you reckon?
    Also got some more Peru :)
    Just got to save up and get some more Harrar, though l still have nearly 2 kg here so no hurry

    Also l did a small blend with Yirg in it to change spots with the Harrar., itll be interesting to see how that goes hey .

    Cheers Ken

    PS try some Probiotics to get your gut back into gear......works a treat :)
    Im deeply embarrassed to say that I cant really pick a huge difference with different Indonesian beans. There is a difference - I can tell - but I cant ever pick which is which and decide on which is better!

    And you can never under any circumstances have too much Ethiopian at hand!

    Might even give the "probiotics" a whirl. Still feel a bit cheesy...

    Cheers
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    Re: KJMs house blend

    I put on a 100g roast of this on Saturday in my popper, using Peru Ceja de Selva, Mexican Yeni Navan Typica, Ethiopian Harrar Longberry and Sulawesi Rante Kapua Torajah (In standard KJM ratios). The roast went a bit faster than usual (5min instead of 6:30) because I did it straight after another roast and the end result was a little bit mottled and uneven. Yesterday I could resist temptation and cracked open the bag to be greeted with a wonderful smell, including blueberries possibly from the Harrar! It made a great plunger coffee and is one of my best roasts so far, given how young it was. Cant wait to try it again on the weekend. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 08090E430 link=1287301980/72#72 date=1296703338
    The only time Ive successfully got the archetypal "blueberry" twang in the Ethiopians AND had a nice overall profile is when I roast them individually.

    The downside of doing that, for me, is that I cant resist SO Ethiopians and end up drinking it that way and make a smaller batch of the blend and then wonder what to do with the rest of the beans *:-/
    Surely the solution is to do a 250g roast without the Ethiopian bean (ie: 88g Peru, 74g Central and 88g Indonesian) and do a 250g roast of Ethiopian so you *only* need to save 118g to make up a 368g batch.*;D (Or am I just making things too complicated... ;) )

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    Quote Originally Posted by 000E1707000D16160E07620 link=1287301980/80#80 date=1297943595
    Surely the solution is to do a 250g roast without the Ethiopian bean (ie: 88g Peru, 74g Central and 88g Indonesian) and do a 250g roast of Ethiopian so you *only* need to save 118g to make up a 368g batch.*;D (Or am I just making things too complicated... ;) )
    Ahhh, but what you need to know is have Ethiopian, will drink :-/ I can only resist by pre-blending. Ive never got so desperate that Ive thought about picking the roasted beans over, but I do love Ethiopian beans!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69686F220 link=1287301980/81#81 date=1298085072
    but I do love Ethiopian beans!
    Haha. I was thinking of blending some ethiopian into this blend when I do my next roast, but I started inviting my mum over once a week, and took her through a coffee sampling to taste all the SOs I was roasting. Once she tasted Ethiopian, she stopped, and told me that is all she would drink from now on, so I have to either stock up, or save what I have for her.

    Unfortunately for me, Im in a similar boat, as they are clearly my favourite by far (even if they arent the easiest to roast in a Behmor).

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Previously i did the roast on the baby roaster.
    Finally got round to doing 600gm of same ratio to get 510gm roasted on the coretto, much to the bewilderment of my new next door neighbours.
    Could hear them stop swimming, then chatted about some kind of
    aroma, also wondering if someone is playing with fire!! :o
    Think ill keep them under suspense for a little longer ;D
    Roasted to C9-C9-10. Just a touch of oil appearing on beans.
    Aroma is nice as i bagged it though not as earthy as from the baby roaster. More cleaner smelling.

    How did you go with Hazbeans baby KJM?

    Cupping notes tommorow afternoon after resting beans.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Promised i will return here to return some feedback on the results of cupping the 25% Brazilian, 25% Peru, 25% Gunna Limu and 25% Mysore Nuggets.

    Its with Mysore eyes at this time of night im happy to say im still in love with this blend.

    Roasted yesterday on the coretto, cupped this evening and must say also very smooth and velvety on the palate.
    Being roasted a bit darker, i lost the fruit characters of the Limmu but picked up sweetness and body.
    Again, cupped with an espresso and a flat white.
    I still prefer it in the milk based coffee. No sugar required as its sweet enough to satisfy, and the finish just lasts.

    KJM, thanks again for springboarding us to experimenting your blend and making it work.
    Will increase the percentage of the limmu to bring it back in line with your original percentages and do a slightly lighter roast to try give it a chance to shine through.

    Cant wait til morning to pair the FZR baby and coretto roasts together and compare them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 736964657761797373000 link=1287301980/84#84 date=1298219052
    Roasted yesterday on the coretto, cupped this evening and must say also very smooth and velvety on the palate.
    Being roasted a bit darker, i lost the fruit characters of the Limmu but picked up sweetness and body.
    Again, cupped with an espresso and a flat white.
    I still prefer it in the milk based coffee. No sugar required as its sweet enough to satisfy, and the finish just lasts.

    KJM, thanks again for springboarding us to experimenting your blend and making it work.
    Will increase the percentage of the limmu to bring it back in line with your original percentages and do a slightly lighter roast to try give it a chance to shine through.

    Cant wait til morning to pair the FZR baby and coretto roasts together and compare them.

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    Hmmm. Glad youre enjoying it.

    Wish I could say the same for the FZR Baby roaster :-/

    My colleague Hazbean brought it in today and since I got home earlier than Mrs. KJM I thought Id have a go with some ITM to see how it goes. On "the" stove, with the exhaust fan on full, of course. Ill just say that the Baby and I arent quite on the same wavelength just yet... So experimentation with taste profiles vis-a-vis the Gene and this blend will have to wait till I acquire "the knack"... But I will, I promise!

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    I can understand that Kevin.
    The baby is not for everyone, and also it takes a few goes before nailing it, in my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7D7C7B360 link=1287301980/85#85 date=1298273253
    Ill just say that the Baby and I arent quite on the same wavelength just yet... So experimentation with taste profiles vis-a-vis the Gene and this blend will have to wait till I acquire "the knack"... But I will, I promise!
    Knack acquired 8-)

    Straight out of the roaster, the Yirg (this version used Ceja/Hue/Yirg/dunno - the label is off the bag in my Indo box :o ) comes through quite strongly. Which I love, but Mrs. KJM less so. Be interesting to taste in a day or two. Ill take it into work and Hazbean & I will try to do some science on this in the tea room ;)

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    Hi KJM

    Im about to have a go at your blend - I have the peru, for the central i have Mexico Yeni Navan and the african ethiopian harrar longberry. For the indo, ihave a choice between Sumatra Aceh or Sulawesi Toraja - Can you advise which may be the better to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3E2D3830315F0 link=1287301980/88#88 date=1299377077
    Hi KJM

    Im about to have a go at your blend - I have the peru, for the central i have Mexico Yeni Navan and the african ethiopian harrar longberry.* For the indo, ihave a choice between Sumatra Aceh or Sulawesi Toraja - Can you advise which may be the better to use?

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    Well, if you wade through the mega-thread above, youll see that the "Indo" is the component that *I* cant tell apart...

    I have to say though, that I marginally prefer the Aceh ;) but theres stuff-all in it for me.

    Either one will go well, I think.

    I used to think/say that the Indo was there for "mouthfeel". I really notice substituting Mysore Nuggets (for example) for the Indo in an espresso. I also used to think that it made little difference in a latté; but Ive come around to being able to taste the difference...

    Which basically tells me that Im still on coffee-appreciation L-plates and that my view on taste profiles should be taken with an appropriately sized quantity of salt... :-/

    Youll enjoy the Mexican in this, if your taste buds are like the KJM household. The (relatively) small percentage overall really drops in a nice velvet chocolate (according to my notes - which are a bit on the terse side).

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    hey Kevin, l did one with yirg a month ago and found it didnt work a well as Harrar , it dominated a bit and didnt fit in with the rest of the blend to my liking anyway.........wasnt bad, just not great :)

    l have a bean cooler now ( works well ) so itll be interesting to see if rapid cooling rather than the ol colander to colander with fan blowing on it will change anything at all ( highly unlikely with my taste buds! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2C2234267475470 link=1287301980/90#90 date=1299409603
    hey Kevin, l did one with yirg a month ago and found it didnt work a well as Harrar , it dominated a bit and didnt fit in with the rest of the blend to my liking anyway.........wasnt bad, just not great Smiley
    Mrs. KJM would agree 100% with you there.. I vary the African beans a fair bit (partly as a stash reduction programme) and I get a fair bit of flack for some of my more acidic extremes...

    My bean cooler drops to ambient in about 30-45 seconds. Havent looked back since making it.. I really noticed the difference day 1.

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    Ok , so between the bean cooler and indo beans added to this latest brew l should get a even better drop :)

    Another blend l enjoyed was a Peru / PNG mix , quite nice

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    Hi KJM, After reading about your blend and knowing I like ethiopian I have just gotta get roasting :). At the moment wondering about Behmor or Baby Roaster.

    Currently only have plunger and cheap breville burr, so intend to upgrade to aeropress and kyocera

    You have talked about getting the hang of the BR, Might go for manual model so keen to know what you think if that is what you have used.

    Also would probably use MY Kitchen stove its LPG, does not currently have rangehood.

    Thoughts from you and the forum appreciated

    cheers lu

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    Welcome Lu... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Why not grab a Popper from your nearest Op Shop or a cheapy from K-Mart, etc? Then, grab a Starters Pack from BeanBay and errr, get cracking.... ;D

    You will be surprised at just how easy it is and amazed at the quality of the brew in the cup. Just no comparison with pre-packaged supermarket stuff. Check out this thread for some ideas... http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1174699442

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24090D010C600 link=1287301980/94#94 date=1299648522
    Why not grab a Popper from your nearest Op Shop or a cheapy from K-Mart, etc? Then, grab a Starters Pack from BeanBay and errr, get cracking....
    Im nervous about doing the mods* :-/, do all poppers need modding, or any particular brand/model able to transform into roaster out of the box" so to speak.

    I have greatly enjoyed reading the roasting threads and can just about taste the coffee when reading the posts,* * 8-) ;D* BTW Id like to mention that I have a mostly idle breadmaker (Panasonic SD-250), thats another possibility. Main thing is need to get going on it as all this talk of great beans and good coffee is not being met by whats on offer at the local* supermarket (Foodland).* Currently they have 1/2 and 1kg packs of Monjava (local SA blend) but I can see all the grease through the pack and I know theyre "on the shelf" :o.

    Bring on the roasting I say* :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 445D280 link=1287301980/95#95 date=1299650299
    Im nervous about doing the mods
    Best advice: start without the mods (except for the soup can chimney one). Thats all I used and only did the soup can mod after watching beans overflow from the top of my first roast.

    "Bring on the roasting" indeed

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    Thanks flynn,* I see you have the baby roaster, how have you found it roasts up those liddel green beans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 564F3A0 link=1287301980/97#97 date=1299652350
    how have you found it roasts up those liddel green beans?
    Fantastic. It has produced the best tasting roasts out of any roasting method Ive tried.

    I recommend starting out with at least the popper first up so you can watch the roast progress. The Baby does not provide that ability - you have to interrupt the roast to check bean colour.

    Id go for a corretto once you feel ready to move up a notch on the home roasting scale. You can build one for much less than the price of a Baby and it has the ability to roast larger batches.

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    bewdy - Im gonna get me a poppper and put beans in its hopper, Now to* get the components for KJMs house blend (try for a smmoooth chocolatty style* *::)

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