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    Bean suggestion for SO or Co-roasting blends

    Hi All

    So keen to order my birthday present / Fathers Day present being a Behmor and greens from Andy. First time roaster unless roasting potatoes counts!
    Sounds like the Behmor ships with Indian Elephant Hills AA so looking for advice of other beans to order (3-4 types). We drink lattes so want beans that will go well in milk but if they make a great espresso also, great as interested to learn and try more too.

    So thinking Iíll try a few batches as SO but will want to get into blending as read some great stuff. Personally thinking that co-roasting will be my go to as can be time poor.

    Iím a bit lost in bean origins so some help with a list of beans to get from different regions would be awesome.

    My list from looking at other threads;
    Indian Elephant Hills AA (comes with Behmor order)
    Peru Ceja
    Colombian Volcan Galeras Supremo
    Ethiopian (not sure which)
    Kenya AAA Bold
    Sulawesi Blue

    Suggest / input to the above or what are better options for beans from beanbay that are good as SO but will work well in a co-roast like KJMís blend.

    Cheers
    MB

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    Hi MB
    Welcome to the wonderful world of roasting!!
    It is a good idea when starting out to roast single origins and learn about the different roast levels and the flavour profiles, body, acidity etc.
    A good way to get into blends is to roast a few singles and then post-blend them and see what you come up with.
    Enjoy your roasting experience
    cheers
    Trevor

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    Hi trevor

    thanks for the reply. Any suggestions for greens to try first either from my list or others in bean bay?

    cheers
    Martin

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    Martin, I would go for the following:

    India EH (comes with your order)
    Peru (easy to roast and works well in blends, as a substitute for the India)
    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe or Gambella
    Sulawesi Blue
    Costa Rica Cafe Hermosa


    If you want to limit the order to 3 (in addition to the India EH) then cut the Peru.

    You will have beans that work as SO, but can also be put into an espresso blend at roughly 30% African / 25% India/Peru / 25% Indonesian (Sulawesi) / 20% Central American. This is basically the 'KJM' type blend that you can find by searching on this site. And then you can have fund with 50/50 blends of African / Central etc.
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    Hi Barry

    thanks for the reply. Are you able to explain how the India EH and Peru can be substituted for each other in a blend as thought they would be different as from different regions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mb21 View Post
    Hi Barry

    thanks for the reply. Are you able to explain how the India EH and Peru can be substituted for each other in a blend as thought they would be different as from different regions?

    Yeh, sure..... you just take one out, and put the other in

    They are certainly different beans, but both work well as a base bean that allows the others to 'shine'. The India will be more effective in bumping up the amount (and darkness) of the crema, if that's what you fancy. As an SO, I would prefer the India (by some margin). But in blends, the Peru just seems to work.

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    Thanks for the laugh Barry, needed that today and thanks for the reply
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