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Thread: After suggestions as to what to blend with Gambella

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    After suggestions as to what to blend with Gambella

    I've been trying a lot of single origin beans for a couple of years now, and the one I come back to the most is Ethiopian Gambella.

    Recently a friend came over with a 3-bean woodfire-roasted blend (can't recall the regions) and when I tried it I found it a little too hard and a tad acidic (if that's the right description). It also seemed less rounded in body. However I thought rather than waste them, I'd pop half of my Gambella in there to sweeten it up and I loved the result.

    Now I don't want to start roasting 4-bean blends, but I'm wondering if people could suggest a good starting point to introduce one other region to start my own blend? I'm wondering if perhaps Columbian could be a goer as it's been the one I've found to be most similar to this 3-bean blend?

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    Columbians can be great base beans as many of them are pretty well rounded. The Ethiopians tend to be fruit bombs and are great to add with a base.

    I have also used indian and PNG as a base. Monsoons are also good to add to make them super Crema heavy.
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    Try something Indonesian (Java)
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    Just an update, I tried a 1/3 and 1/4 mix of Costa Rican to my Gambella, and it just made it all taste more bland rather than pull it up in another direction. I may as well have added some robusta! On Sat I roasted some new (to me) Columbian, so will blend that in a couple of days and see what that does.

    New machine though as some of you know, so that's had an effect on flavour too.

    Will hit up some Java and Indian soon too, thanks for the suggestions.

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    A good Indonesian varietal is what you need mate...
    I'd suggest the CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay - Green Coffee - Aceh Danau Laut Tawar

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    Thanks Mal will add that to the list to try!

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    Arcade, I generally add it to anything I have going. It adds depth and fruitiness, especially to the cheaper beans. Basically I find it lifts whatever I put with it.

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    My Fruitcake Blend comprises Sulawesi Blue, PNG Mt Ambra and Ethiopian Gambella in equal parts. Produces a tasty cup for espresso, long black or in milk.

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