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    Sorry lu - been a bit busy at work and crazy busy at the firestation this last week...

    I cant go past the advice above - I started with a popper and it was OKish. It made some of the best beans Id had (near enough). It is only when you upgrade that you really notice the shortcomings.

    The big thing with the popper (there are endless videos and instructions...) is that the thing is a bit brutal to the beans. No subtle roast profiles - just wham-bam. The thing that really makes a difference is the time between "first crack" and "second crack". 4 minutes is good, but with a popper itll be more like 30 seconds..

    Id also suggest you roast the Ceja first. It is lovely "even" bean with pretty distinct "pops" - so you can kind-of get your hand in, as it were.

    In a popper, Id probably roast each bean on its own. If you like Ethiopians - take the chosen Ethiopian past first, but not into second crack (tough to judge). Take the Ceja just into second, the Central American beans just into second and the Indo you can do either. Thisll emphasise the "chocolate" tones in the blend.

    The tough bit is keeping the beans for at least 4 days to age....

    Happy roasting. This site is fabulously well endowed with good advice.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Just did a roast this afternoon - first full on blend that Ive really thought about:

    60g Peru Ceja de Selva
    50g Costa Rica San Marcos de Tarrazu Naranjo
    80g Ethiopian Guna Limmu
    60g Sulawesi Toarco Jaya Triple Picked

    I havent actually tasted this particular Costa Rica bean on its own, but have tasted others. I can imagine all the flavours, and Im hoping its good. Probably wont crack this one for about 7 days (have a bag of Ethiopian Guna Limmu roasted to be used before it - roasted yesterday).

    Taken just on to first signs of 2nd crack, but fan cooled VERY quickly at the end to stop it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5D42405A43564140572F0 link=1287301980/101#101 date=1299993554
    Probably wont crack this one for about 7 days
    So....three days later, couldnt resist. One of the best blends Ive ever had, and the missus agreed (Had mine in a picollo latte, missus had it as a cappucino). So well rounded, excellent chocolate notes, cut through the milk perfectly.

    As soon as my missus finished drinking her cup, she said "so are you going to roast another 250g of that tonight?". I consider that a good sign.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    i say go for it Richard,

    A slice of your walnut coffee cake and cappucino for your missus, and in record time you will change your mood to "contented" or "busy" wink wink ;) ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2D32302A33263130275F0 link=1287301980/102#102 date=1300224254
    As soon as my missus finished drinking her cup, she said "so are you going to roast another 250g of that tonight?". I consider that a good sign.
    ..as would I!

    Itve been drinking SO Ethiopian Ghimbi this week. But this evening I did a pair of lattés of the KJM blend... Id almost rate it as "better" than the Ghimbi in milk :o Still enjoying the long finish across the entire palate!

    Glad youre enjoying it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1E1F18550 link=1287301980/104#104 date=1300259671
    Glad youre enjoying it!
    Me too. I just had just a straight Doppio Ristretto and was still smooth.

    Last night I roasted another batch the same as the first, but substituted the Ethiopian with the Malawi Nyika AA just to try and get a more even sizings of beans in the blend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 746B69736A7F68697E060 link=1287301980/105#105 date=1300353449
    Last night I roasted another batch the same as the first, but substituted the Ethiopian with the Malawi Nyika AA just to try and get a more even sizings of beans in the blend.
    I can tell you in advance what itll be like :o :o!

    Itll be absolutely lovely! I ratted the 5kg of the Malawi I bought for my daughter for a try... Just lovely :D

    /Kevin

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Just wanted to say thanks for this recipe KJM. I used the following combination:

    60g Brazil Original Bourbon
    50g Guatamalan Huehuetenango
    80g Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Special Prep
    60g PNG Kone Ka Estate AA

    ...and Im getting some stunning results in the cup 3 days post roast. Probably one of my best tasting roasts to date after nearly 2 years. Only issue I had one some tipping on the Brazils - they seem to be a bit sensitive - even in single origin roasts. Still, it doesnt detract from the very smooth chocolatey flavour.

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    Ive not had an issue with tipping or even craters on the beans. Ive always put the ability of the blend to come together to the general buffering of the temperature ramps by the bean mass.

    My only small comment would be that Ive found that Yirg tends to be a tiny bit dominant... *I* like that, but some of my victims described it as "spikey"...

    Glad youre enjoying it!

    A really nice alternative to the Yirg is a Yemeni... Really interesting and the Yemeni integrates fabulously (but Ethiopians and Yemenis are my weakness, so I might be a tad biased!).

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Roasted up 1.8kg KJM blend today at Perth bean pickup
    Peru Ceja de Selva, Nicaraguan Cima del Cielo, Ethiopian Ghimbi and Sumatran Mandelheng to KJM ratios, took to the first snaps of second crack. Each pickup member received a 250g bag so hopefully you should get plenty of feedback in the near future! :) :) :)

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    Yikes! Thats an exceptionally nice thing to do - hand out roasted samples!

    Out of curiosity - what did you roast it with? Ive only sampled this via my own Gene roasts, a friends HotTop and the baby/toddler - and each seems slightly different! Of course, that could be minor roast profile/end-point differences, but itd be really interesting to do that kind of experiment..

    Id be interested in the feedback!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7475723F0 link=1287301980/110#110 date=1301179392
    Yikes!* Thats an exceptionally nice thing to do - hand out roasted samples!*

    Out of curiosity - what did you roast it with?* Ive only sampled this via my own Gene roasts, a friends HotTop and the baby/toddler - and each seems slightly different!* Of course, that could be minor roast profile/end-point differences, but itd be really interesting to do that kind of experiment..

    Id be interested in the feedback!

    Cheers
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    Hi Kevin, roasted it on the 2kg Coffeetech Torrefattore manual from Coffeeroasters Australia, drop temp 160c, reached first crack at 14min, first snaps of second crack at 18min, nice even roast apart from the odd lighter Ethiopian, after reaching first crack I ran fan for a fluid bed finish to start of second crack and then dumped beans for rapid external cooling, will give it a few more days before testing :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4E5B4C4C47444847290 link=1287301980/111#111 date=1301184891
    Hi Kevin, roasted it on the 2kg Coffeetech Torrefattore manual from Coffeeroasters Australia, drop temp 160c, reached first crack at 14min, first snaps of second crack at 18min, nice even roast apart from the odd lighter Ethiopian, after reaching first crack I ran fan for a fluid bed finish to start of second crack and then dumped beans for rapid external cooling, will give it a few more days before testing*
    Interesting options you get on the big commercial things - a drum and then a fluid bed.... Hmmm... The combinations just multiply up! From all the feedback Ive got, it is probably best to keep it a minimum of 4 days and at that point the acidity makes it a bit over bright, but by day 7 it smooths right out.

    I await the results!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 61746363686B6768060 link=1287301980/109#109 date=1301148419
    Roasted up 1.8kg KJM blend today at Perth bean pickup
    Peru Ceja de Selva, Nicaraguan Cima del Cielo, Ethiopian Ghimbi and Sumatran Mandelheng to KJM ratios, took to the first snaps of second crack. Each pickup member received a 250g bag so hopefully you should get plenty of feedback in the near future! :) :) :)
    Tried the blend today as an espresso and flat white.
    Espresso had rich viscous body, acidity was still a bit bright and fruity with choc/cocoa aftertaste.
    As a flat white it cut through the milk giving lovely chocolate notes and rich creamy texture.
    Should only get better from here on..... :) :) :)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Ditto here Trevor.

    Dont know if i can put my finger on why it is, whether its the roasting technique, the roaster or the beans but that pour coming out into the cup is the best ive seen ever. Very honey like in behavior.

    Initially the body hit me with the fruitiness up front, then mid and back palate soon highlighted the earthiness and cocoa characters.

    That tells me as an espresso, the roast is spot on, fruity notes with cocoa influence.

    I too had it as an espresso and flat white, as i normally do when im trying out cafes.

    If i may say something, i prefer it as an espresso rather than the white due to the brightness dominating, just my opinion.

    Will come back tommorow and add more notes.
    Its a winner Trev. And thanks again for them.
    Not sure if you tried mine, you may prefer it in whites due to it being roasted darker.* :)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B414C4D5F49515B5B280 link=1287301980/114#114 date=1301487019
    Not sure if you tried mine, you may prefer it in whites due to it being roasted darker.*
    I have to admit I tend to roast it lighter - and this probably accounts for the 10-14 days of rest ::) When I know Im going to run out of beans prematurely, I tend to roast a batch just a bit darker so theyre better earlier.

    Cant say Ive noticed a lot of difference in the pour - but the African brightness in the cup is reduced. Quite noticeably - some of my tea room victims of this blend comment on how the darker ones are better. But those folk drink it as a latté.

    I made the blend as a compromise between milk and black, and Im pretty sure I cant get it any closer (although Im sure a professional probably could).

    The one thing Id hasten to add though - if you like that bright African note in the cup, it does fade back a bit as it ages. I only have rainwater here at home, and that also changes the flavour a fair bit. The same beans here are brighter at every point compared to the same bag used in the tea room (Adelaide tap water!! :-/).

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    Re: KJMs house blend

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B414C4D5F49515B5B280 link=1287301980/114#114 date=1301487019
    The one thing Id hasten to add though - if you like that bright African note in the cup, it does fade back a bit as it ages.*
    /Kevin
    Tried again today as espresso, same lovely viscous mouthfeel, the fruity acidity was all but gone giving a sweet choc/cocoa taste treat with a lingering aftertaste. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4C594E4E45464A452B0 link=1287301980/116#116 date=1301641276
    Tried again today as espresso, same lovely viscous mouthfeel, the fruity acidity was all but gone giving a sweet choc/cocoa* taste treat with a lingering aftertaste.
    Hmmm. Today is the 2nd; your post was the 27th - so I make that 6 days... Interesting data point that: the acidity falls away for me at about day 8-10. So the roast youve done seems to be a couple of days earlier than mine. The Gene does emphasise the brightness (IMHO), which is what I put it down to ::)

    I take it you approve of the chocky-ness? That seems to be primary drawcard around these parts. Once the beans move over the acid hill and onto the slopes of Chocolate overtones, I seem to get pretty universal approval 8-)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Greenmans KJM was very good Wednesday but great today (Saturday). A wonderfully balanced blend with a bright zing up front but no acidity followed by a full bodied flavor that is very satisfying. I was really impressed. Great as a double shot this morning and a traditional long mac this arvo.

    I have 14 different coffees on hand so it has inspired me to have a crack at developing some blends as I have mostly roasted SO.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Finished Trevors bag yesterday.

    Enjoyed it from start til the end. :)

    Did a roast a couple days ago another KJM blend til first signs of second crack n bagged into two individuals to test out a moisture absorber/dessicant in one bag and the other as a control/reference bag.

    In the past ive pulled the roast on this blend at 20 seconds into second crack, so this time around its cooled straight after cusp of second to try and replicate Trevors profile.

    Will cup it in 3 days time and see how it goes as well as test the efficacy of the dessicant as well over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 776D606173657D7777040 link=1287301980/119#119 date=1301837770
    In the past ive pulled the roast on this blend at 20 seconds into second crack, so this time around its cooled straight after cusp of second to try and replicate Trevors profile.
    I pull it just before. I find the African zing gets muted a bit once you hit second crack. But my wife prefers it just into second crack....

    Sigh. Still a bit off perfection for me - she likes it one way, I the other... But we both happily drink it, so I guess thats the objective achieved :-?

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Done a roast of 150gm Brazilian Bourbon Naturals
    200gm Ethiopian Harrar Longberry
    150gm Peru Del Celvas
    150gm PNG Kone Ka Estate AA grade

    18 minute roast stopped at first signs of second crack to try and get the characters of origins. Resting it for at least 7 days and will report this KJM style blend.

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    With horror I realised yesterday morning I had exhausted my supply of roasted beans.* So yesterday arvo I did a 330 gram batch of the blend. 280 grams came out just as second crack started rolling.

    I kept the heat low in the Hottop so getting to first crack took about 20 minutes! 2nd crack about 4 minutes later.

    With only about 15 hours since roasting the blend made a nice pour this morning with plenty of crema.

    Im still finding the Ethiopian and Indonesian element is more prominent than the sweet South American parts, so might tweak the ratios in favour of them next time.

    But thanks again Kevin - your blend is ready to drink almost straight away!

    Sniff

    EDIT: I just realised I used the Yirg Special prep and India Mysore Nuggets extra bold. Might substitute some Sulawesi Joarco next time.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 78626F6E7C6A7278780B0 link=1287301980/121#121 date=1304060676
    Done a roast of 150gm Brazilian Bourbon Naturals
    * ** ** ** ** ** ** ** * 200gm Ethiopian Harrar Longberry
    * ** ** ** ** ** ** ** * 150gm Peru Del Celvas
    * ** ** ** ** ** ** ** * 150gm PNG Kone Ka Estate AA grade

    18 minute roast stopped at first signs of second crack to try and get the characters of origins. Resting it for at least 7 days and will report this KJM style blend.

    Gary at G
    Best KJM roast attempted so far, helped by the slightly longer roast time due to lower ambient temperature.

    Sweet, fruity, with roast characters at same time in an espresso. Pulled a nice tight shot on the Sunbeam with 24 second extraction pour. Cut off as soon as shot blonded. Similar body to previous blends. Moderate length in finish.
    Mum enjoyed her flat white.
    Looking forward to friends opinions on mothers day.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Did a variation of the KJM 11 days ago, 2kg batch:--
    Indian Mysoor Nuggets
    Sumatran Mandelheng
    Ethiopian Ghimbi
    Peru Ceja de Selva
    pre-roast blended, pulled roast first snaps second crack, nice and even except for a few lighter Ghimbis.
    Brilliant in milk giving rich choc/cocoa notes, loving it as a short mach with a splash, intense rich choc with a hint of fruit and a lingering aftertaste. :) :) :)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Hey GM , just for interest sake what ratio did you run with ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7A7462702223110 link=1287301980/125#125 date=1305069226
    Hey GM , just for interest sake what ratio did you run with ?
    Ethiopian 30%
    the rest 23.3%
    :) :)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Now im keen to try out some Indo beans in the future.
    In the past ive been contented with the Mysore and PNG as the Indo factor, but would like to bring more earthiness to the mix.

    A bit of a waiting game with the current supplies.
    Oh heck. Might as well order some for next Beanbay pick up. Lifes too short. :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 243E333220362E2424570 link=1287301980/127#127 date=1305094503
    In the past ive been contented with the Mysore and PNG as the Indo factor
    Not even close to being like a great Indonesian bean mate - Totally different cultivars used even though both countries overflow with terrific volcanic soils, growing and processing methods differ quite extensively too.

    Once you introduce the Indo into the mix, Id be very surprised if the difference in the cup wasnt immediately noticeable..... ;)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Wow, youre an encyclopedia Mal :)

    I chose Indian a while ago because i could not afford paying extra for Java.

    Im hoping for next Beanbay sales there will be some Sumatran or Sulawesi to blend with the Peru, Brazilian and Ethiopian.
    I was wondering if i should go for something like a Costa Rican rather than Brazilian for more brightness??

    Theres quite a number of diffferent possibilities available for the KJM blend.

    Does anyone have a favorite blend so far?
    Please list the beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 372D202133253D3737440 link=1287301980/129#129 date=1305136904
    Wow, youre an encyclopedia Mal* :)
    Thats what my lovely lady calls me when she wants me to shut up.... ::) ;D

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    ;D That reminds me of other people i know who have rambled for hours without breathing, and when finished, someone at the back would say a little "Amen". :P
    Well put that one down to age. ;)

    In the future i will say " Youre a treasure trove of information Mal !" :D

    I want to know if a Guatamalan Hue share the same character to a Costa Rican ?

    Ive always done a KJM roast in equal ratios of 25% each.
    This time i want to do the exact KJM blend using the same beans he used.

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Ive just ordered:
    Peru Ceja de Selva Estate
    Mexico Yeni Navan Typica
    Malawi Nyika AA
    Bali Danau Batur

    Did I do good? :-/

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    When made with the Mexican, the blend tends to be a bit more "chocolatey" according to one of my consumers.. ::)

    The Malawi (you need to try this as a SO espresso!) is rather unique. It adds a certain je-ne-sais-quas to the profile. My middle daughter (I have 3 :-?) absolutely loves Malawi beans. To me, they are probably the most distinctive of all the Africans Ive tried.. I can pick them in pretty small ratios with other beans.

    So: Did you do good? Hmmm. I think so ;) Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 121314590 link=1287301980/133#133 date=1305453278
    When made with the Mexican, the blend tends to be a bit more "chocolatey"
    Awesome. Since my original post in here, Ive since relocated all my beans to the one spot and did a 400gm equal-part roast last Saturday (~CS9-10) with the Peru Ceja de Selva, Mexico Yeni Navan Typica, Ethiopia Guna Limmu, and Sulawesi Rante Kapua Torqan. Plan to check it out near the end of the week.

    The Malawi also sounds interesting so Ill have to roast up an SO with that next weekend :)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 484F1B0 link=1287301980/134#134 date=1305516873
    Plan to check it out near the end of the week.
    Thursday night is close enough to end-of-the-week.* Sampled it myself at lunch today and then this-evening after tea/dinner while Dad was around (long black for him, piccolo latte for me).* I cant give much of a flavour profile, but in simple terms it was absolutely wonderful.* Dad even went far enough to suggest it was one of the best coffees hes had (impressive result considering the number of roasts done in the corretto hasnt quite hit double-digits yet).

    Thanks for an absolutely awesome blend =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0F085C0 link=1287301980/135#135 date=1305804666
    Thanks for an absolutely awesome blend =)
    Im a bit embarrassed about all the praise. You guys will have to just accept that it seems to be basically good (if you like that flavour profile, yada yada..). It did take a fair bit of research (!) and like I said in post #1 - I just wanted to donate something back to the community.

    A few of us @ Beanology had some discussion about the complete lack of decent blend recipes on the net. Seems my feelings are shared, so Im 100% happy to have contributed. (Also 100% embarrassed at the notoriety that has ensued at Beanology...)

    Cheers
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    Roasting the KJM Blend in the corretto for the gronked Silvia* has also become a regular here - my belated thanks as well.

    Where did the linking on those names go?

    (*well... technically Ms Silvia has moved on but is still fondly remembered)

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    Re: KJMs house blend

    Hey KJM,

    Tried your KJM roast with:

    60g Peru Ceja de Selva
    50g Guatemala Finca Nueva Granada
    80g Ethiopian Gambella Sundried
    60g Indonesian Sumatran Mandheling Blue Batak

    Roasted in two batches in a popper and dumped and cooled on second crack. Let it degas for 7 days and tried it last night.

    Amazing mate, truly solid blend. It was super smooth and it got lots of good comments from others.

    Thanks for sharing!! It will be a regular roast for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71444B424A250 link=1287301980/138#138 date=1306636195
    Amazing mate, truly solid blend.* It was super smooth and it got lots of good comments from others.*

    Thanks for sharing!!* It will be a regular roast for me!
    Again - glad you enjoyed it. I cant make it with the Gambella anymore - unfortunately all Ive got left of the Gambella is the bag now!

    If youve got any of the Ghimbi that was on beanbay though - that is a ripper alternative!

    Im a bit curious as to how this works in a popper though - did you co-roast them all together or seperate runs for each bean type. I dont popper anymore - so I cant try this myself! Just curious how it works with respect to the different bean densities and sizes in a popper..

    Cheers
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    Hey Kev , just letting you know im still regularly doing your blend roasts mate and everyone seems to be inpressed ( even the missus ! )
    l tried using even amounts of the Indo and Harrar just for a change and it was quite nice too :)
    lm thinking of getting some Yemen off Andy and trying that both in the blend and as a SO

    Thumbs up to the blend Kevin.......youve done well mate
    itd be great to see some more open discussion on more succussful blends too hey

    Cheers Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by 424344090 link=1287301980/139#139 date=1306656641
    If youve got any of the Ghimbi that was on beanbay though - that is a ripper alternative!

    Im a bit curious as to how this works in a popper though - did you co-roast them all together or seperate runs for each bean type.* I dont popper anymore - so I cant try this myself!* Just curious how it works with respect to the different bean densities and sizes in a popper..
    Hey Kevin,

    Luckily a few weeks ago I was miraculously browsing beanbay and suddenly 2.5kg of Gambella Sundried popped up - turns out Andy came across an odd bag while moving some greens and I luckily snagged it!!

    Ive got about 1kg of Ghimbi left and I thought that would be the next Ethiopian Id try. How does the Yirg go with the KJM blend?

    I co-roasted them all together (pre blend) and surprisingly it worked well. Even roast colour with the only slightly lighter coloured ones being the Gambella. Having said that though, I think I might have pulled mine a bit later than what you do as when I dumped the roast, the beans were just entering second crack.

    Cheers again for sharing mate.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 40757A737B140 link=1287301980/138#138 date=1306636195
    Roasted in two batches in a popper and dumped and cooled on second crack.
    Im interested to know how long your roast of KJMs house blend took.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4851240 link=1287301980/142#142 date=1306808792
    Quote Originally Posted by 40757A737B140 link=1287301980/138#138 date=1306636195
    Roasted in two batches in a popper and dumped and cooled on second crack.
    Im interested to know how long your roast of KJMs house blend took.
    First crack was at around 3:20 and then dumped as the roast entered second at around 7:50. The second batch was a bit quicker and I dumped that at about 7:30 - typically popper times!!

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    Beaut Tango
    Im going to try the 80gm batch see if I can get results closer to yours
    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 64515E575F300 link=1287301980/141#141 date=1306657347
    Ive got about 1kg of Ghimbi left and I thought that would be the next Ethiopian Id try.* How does the Yirg go with the KJM blend?
    Well, Mrs. KJM doesnt like it. The Yirg makes its presence felt so you get that lovely (or not so lovely!) yirg punch.

    I think the description was something along the lines of "not as smooth as the one you normally do".

    But I liked it!

    You can only do it and see if it appeals, Im afraid.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 515F495B09083A0 link=1287301980/140#140 date=1306656919
    l tried using even amounts of the Indo and Harrar just for a change and it was quite nice too
    lm thinking of getting some Yemen off Andy and trying that both in the blend and as a SO

    Thumbs up to the blend Kevin.......youve done well mate
    itd be great to see some more open discussion on more succussful blends too hey
    Yemeni = lovely. Period. In any way ::)

    Ive done a fair few batches with assorted Yemenis and they do have a fair impact - massively big and lovely. But I prefer to keep them as a SO. I just cant bring myself to do anything except SO roasts with them now. Far too precious, IMHO ;)

    Like I said earlier - I posted this because there seemed to be a dearth of information. Seemed to go against the grain to not share...

    Cheers
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    Re: KJMs house blend

    kjm i would love to have a crack at your famous recipe ,
    i am not up on all the beans and their origins yet ( read newbie ) .
    i have the peru ceja de selva but what in your learned opinion out of the following list of other beans i have in my small bean stock would be best suited to come close to your recipe .

    yemen sanani mocca
    brazil daterra sweet
    costa rica las pavas
    Guatemala - Camona Cup of Excellence
    Indonesian Sumatran Gayo Speciality
    El Salvador Maragogype
    ugandan masaba AA
    india mysore A
    Bali Shinzan God Mountain
    monsooned malibar

    didnt think i had that many until i started writing them all down .
    thanks
    johno

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54455858200 link=1287301980/147#147 date=1307139395
    i have the peru ceja de selva but what in your learned opinion out of the following list of other beans i have in my small bean stock would be best suited to come close to your recipe .

    yemen sanani mocca
    brazil daterra* *sweet
    costa rica las pavas
    Guatemala - Camona Cup of Excellence
    Indonesian Sumatran Gayo Speciality
    El Salvador Maragogype
    ugandan masaba AA
    india mysore A
    Bali Shinzan God Mountain
    monsooned malibar

    didnt think i had that many until i started writing them all down .
    thanks
    johno

    Firstly - learned - you must be kidding. I still feel like a new-kid on the roasting block ::)

    The Ceja can be substituted with Daterra for an almost equal cup (in this blend anyway). The Costa Rica Ive used - I prefer to use the Hue, but hey - give it a go! The Bali Ive also used, and liked, but a friend discovered I had some and pleaded for 250g roasted a week so she could re-live her mountain experience on Bali.. So I dont have any of that left!

    The Yemeni or the Ugandan work just fine for the "Ethiopian" in the blend. I love the Yemeni, but prefer to save it for a SO cup... The Ugandan seemed to give me an increased chocolate note (according to my tasting notes, which are a bit on the brief side).

    The Gayo is one of the Indo beans I regularly use.

    But dont listen (?? maybe read might be better!) to me - you can have a lot of fun playing about. The Mysore (youve gotta love a coffee that has mysore nuggets as a component! - although that might not have quite the meaning in the US as it does here ;D) is also an interesting sub for the Ceja base.

    Texas eh? Hmmm... Seems Ill be stopped at most international borders now... ;)

    Cheers
    /Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by 09080F420 link=1287301980/148#148 date=1307174503
    Texas eh?* Hmmm...* Seems Ill be stopped at most international borders now...* ;)
    Thats Texas S.W. QLD.... ;D

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