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    Re: Ethiopian Harrar Longberry

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    First time poster :), but have lurked here for a while. I gotta say I love this bean. Got my Variety pack from Andy today, and after doing some reading this morning about this bean, greenmans description had me craving it all day :) So was hoping it came in the variety pack. It most certainly did, YIPPEE!! And along with the postman, my Mum paid a visit, with a fresh sponge cake and cream YUM!! for arvo tea. So the pressure was on, and I couldnt wait to give the longberry a whirl. And even though it was only roasted on the 18th, it didnt fail to disappoint. A wonderful accompaniment to a sponge cake and cream with fresh picked strawberries. I think Ive found my new after dinner/Dessert coffee. Thanks to all whos description of the flavour of this bean, your SPOT ON!! fruity choc is what I smell and taste. Also thanks to Andy for his prompt service and speedy delivery, and wonderful coffee. I doubt this one will get a chance to Age. Oh well, Ill just have to order some more :) 250g just aint gunna cut it.

    Cheers Mick ;)

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    Re: Ethiopian Harrar Longberry

    Have now had 3 250gm cooks of this bean, it has to be one of my favorites of the many Ive tried. Hope this one is a regular (as can be) on Green Bean Bay... ;D

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    Re: Ethiopian Harrar Longberry

    Andy, the Harrar is possibly my favourite bean and the way you roast it is just the best.

    Every time I order the Longberry, I can smell my precious coffee beans coming as the delivery guy walks down the hall to my office.

    I do have to contain myself and let them rest 1 or 2 days before trying, but I am never disappointed.

    You stay classy Mr Freeman 8-)

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    Re: Ethiopian Harrar Longberry

    Ah shucks, thanks Andreas.

    I know what you mean though, with 50+ satchels in the van on roast day I can smell which ones have the Harrar when I unload at the post office.

    Stunning and unique and it has quite a following of people who have "found their zen bean".

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Ethiopian Harrar Longberry

    Tastes like nothing else. Thats why I love Ethiopians so much.

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    This is definitely a great coffee for starters out like me in terms of cupping and learning to sense different flavours etc. The berries in this are overwhelming as an espresso (in a good way) and they shine through milk. I can taste it in my froth...love it. I left it resting for 9 days before opening the bag....absolutely love it.

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    Further to my last post - are there any other regular beans on offer that have such powerful and easy to determine characteristics? I'm thinking for a newbie coffees like this are the way to go.

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    Just roasted this bean on the 9th - two days ago. It produced a lot of chaff that's for sure. I found it very easy to roast. I roasted it to about CS 8.5-9 and the evenness of color was quite uniform. Although I will not throw it in the grinder until tomorrow, I am blown away by the sweet fragrances emanating from the bag within the storage container. I have several other beans in there as well all in their own one way valve bags too, but can only smell the longberry. It smells really nice as too does my kitchen. Can't wait to try it!
    Last edited by Mariner; 11th August 2012 at 03:45 AM. Reason: iPad spell checker

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    Curiosity got the best of me. My brew is only 2 days old and I just couldn't resist it. This coffee actually smells and tastes of blueberries! I thought everyone was having me on, I mean, how can coffee smell so.....floral and like fruit! I got a great shot - flavours still need to develop a bit, to be sure, but wow. Still too zesty with milk of course (yes I tried it). The pour was thinner than many others but certainly not overly so. I dosed on the lower side and managed a good pour on the first shot (read a few of the previous posts and backed the grind off slightly). Again, I read Greenmans previous post about blueberry aromas and flavors and thought my leg was being pulled.......not so. Can't wait for this to mature - I feel like such a newb!
    What a truly wonderful caffeine delivery method this bean is!
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    Does anyone have a good roasting profile for this bean that has worked well on a corretto? I'll be getting DMM soon and am keen to have a go at mimicking a known good profile to produce lots of fruit flavors.
    Cheers

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    Finally got my hands on these beans and roasted to CS8/9 (1st snaps of 2nd crack in the Behmor then hit cool). Let them sit in the bag open for a few hours and then sealed them up. 2 days on and poured a double espresso. I now understand the blueberry comment. One of, if not the best cup I've ever had at home. I couldn't help but grin like a Cheshire cat. I need to buy a lot more of this bean.

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    I don't have any record of trying this bean before, but I am certainly glad I did. I liked this almost as much as WOW.
    I have not been grinding any coarser than I normally do and if anything, the pour is a little bit slower than normal. Nice looking pours however producing a rich fruity intense palate. I can't relate to the Blueberry (I just went and ate some supermarket Blueberrys we had in the fridge to see if I could recognise the flavour) but then I struggle with wine descriptions too. This is great as a shot and also works for me in a Piccolo Latte. I feel it has a shorter palate than WOW (which I tend to use as my yardstick).
    I first tried it at 3/4 days after roast and again at 10/11 days. Similar results but even better at the later pours.

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    I am one of those apparently odd people that hate this one. The only bean Andy roasts that I don't like at all! Stopped buying the sample pack as it might get in there. Yirgacheffe, now there's a proper Ethiopian.
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    'Proper' Ethiopians? Wouldn't say that too loud.................8-0
    I'd be looking very closely at your next order of 'proper' Ethiopians, those sneaky Harrars might try and infiltrate and sabotage your roast
    and don't be surprised if the Sidamos, who might be feeling a bit left out and confused as to whether they are 'proper' Ethiopians or not,
    provide some tactical backup.;-)
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    Yea.. Harar is pretty iconically Ethiopian, not to say you MUST like it.

    I did order some of this brown a long time ago, if memory serves me correctly I got a bit of an acrid/chemical taste initially because the brew temp I was using was too high. I remember wondering if there was something wrong with the batch, the machine or maybe I just didn't like it.

    After learning to temp surf the temperature down I was able to get the blueberry and grapefruit cup out of it.

    Not saying everyone has to enjoy it, but if your not getting those notes it may be the brew method. Of course if you can describe exactly what you don't like about it you could completely prove me wrong

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    and not to say there isn't Harrar and Harrar as well. Different beans, different washing stations, different roasts, different brew methods and yes, different temps...........
    richard_m_h, I don't like everything either, we all have our own tastes, I was just taking the mickey 8-)

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    Its actually the blueberry flavour I don't like. Just my palate.
    My other favourites are the Tanzanians. (bring them back, bring them back, bring them back)
    I drink double espresso from a Europiccola and get most of Andy's beans right.
    Mickey taking is fine with me.

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    My second crack worth.

    To improve any meal add bacon
    To improve any desert add raspberries
    To improve any coffee add 25% harrar

    ... well.... not any but MOST coffee... you know what I'm getting at.

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    Got some Ethiopian Harrar Longberry from beanbay delivered today. I agree it smells beautiful and very strong. My first shot I timed 2 x 30mls in approx 30 seconds from an 18g basket, tasted a bit bitter on its own.

    Didn't have chance to pull another shot due to kids, the new PM and State of Origin all kicking off at the same time!

    I'm still learning my new Silvia and getting to grips with it as only had it a week so any tips to getting the best out of these beans greatly appreciated.

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    Practice definitely makes perfect, or at least much better.

    Today i adjusted the grinder a bit (tried a bit coarser), pulled some more shots which came out too fast and tasted a bit to acidy. So dialled in the grinder again back a bit finer and hit jackpot. Shots tasted nice and when i added milk had a beautiful smooth drink. Exactly what i was looking for.

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    Roasted some Harrar last night... and finally got the blueberries! Incredibly clear from the aroma of the grounds... beautiful subtle notes out of the cup. Quite amazing and I'm really glad that I finally got what everyone's been talking about!

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