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Thread: These beans up to par?

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    These beans up to par?

    This was my last popper-batch. The Heatsnob arrived today, so I'm going Corretto!
    The beans are Yergicheffe. Bought from an Ethiopian guy, who has set up a roastery here but also sells green beans. One half of his profit goes into various social and environmental projects in his native country. This is something that I gladly support by doing my bean-shopping there. The beans are even organically grown, no stamp and all!

    Since this is the only place I've purchased Yergicheffe, I've been wondering how the quality of these compares to other Yergicheffes. They are pretty small overall but vary significantly in size (don't they?) and quite a few of them crack totally open (some of them are almost just an empty shell) when they're roasted. I guess this could be due to the temperature rising too rapidly in the popper?

    I really can't complain about the taste in my espresso cup, so it's mostly just because I'm curious.

    What do you think:

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    All 3 photos don't look uncommon for Ethiopians at all. Most of the coffee grown in Ethiopia is heirloom (or heirloom-esque) so they tend not to be big fat South or Central American like. This means the sizing varies a bit as well (although you can get well sorted beans). Not uncommon to get a number of beans exploding when roasting, which you can discard if you want along with any of the other ugly looking ones, but most of the time I really can't be bothered and find it difficult to notice a flavour difference.

    Having said all that Andy does has have a very well sorted/processed Yirgacheff in store at the moment which reduces a lot of the above examples from the extra special handling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knastoer View Post
    This was my last popper-batch. The Heatsnob arrived today, so I'm going Corretto!
    The beans are Yergicheffe. Bought from an Ethiopian guy, who has set up a roastery here but also sells green beans. One half of his profit goes into various social and environmental projects in his native country. This is something that I gladly support by doing my bean-shopping there. The beans are even organically grown, no stamp and all!


    Since this is the only place I've purchased Yergicheffe, I've been wondering how the quality of these compares to other Yergicheffes. They are pretty small overall but vary significantly in size (don't they?) and quite a few of them crack totally open (some of them are almost just an empty shell) when they're roasted. I guess this could be due to the temperature rising too rapidly in the popper?

    I really can't complain about the taste in my espresso cup, so it's mostly just because I'm curious.

    What do you think:

    grøn.JPGristet.JPGdetalje.JPG
    Morning Knastoar,

    Pretty gnarly looking batch of Yirg you have there, have never had anything as rustic from Coffee Snobs, but as they say beauty is only skin deep, if your enjoying the the coffee your making with them that's all that matters.

    I currently have three different Ethiopian varietals in my cupboard, they are all much cleaner looking than those in your pic.

    The Heat Snob made the journey pretty quickly, once you get the Coretto set up with the temp under control you should see your roasts even out a quite a bit, they will certainly be a lot easier to control.

    Good luck with the set up, if you have any questions only too happy to assist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knastoer View Post
    Bought from an Ethiopian guy, who has set up a roastery here but also sells green beans. One half of his profit goes into various social and environmental projects in his native country. This is something that I gladly support by doing my bean-shopping there. The beans are even organically grown, no stamp and all!
    Sounds great to me mate...
    Maybe this chap sources the beans from people/farmers he knows back home. Might be worth talking to him about them...
    As Yelta says though, once you get your Corretto set up and running and with some experimentation behind you, you will find it much easier to control your roast batches, to the point where you can easily replicate roast profiles that you have discovered work very well in the cup.

    Onward and upward from here "knastoer"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhatEverBeansNecessary View Post
    All 3 photos don't look uncommon for Ethiopians at all. Most of the coffee grown in Ethiopia is heirloom (or heirloom-esque) so they tend not to be big fat South or Central American like. This means the sizing varies a bit as well (although you can get well sorted beans).
    New word in my vocabulary. And reading on his homepage, indeed they are heirloom. Nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Pretty gnarly looking batch of Yirg you have there, have never had anything as rustic from Coffee Snobs, but as they say beauty is only skin deep, if your enjoying the the coffee your making with them that's all that matters.

    I currently have three different Ethiopian varietals in my cupboard, they are all much cleaner looking than those in your pic.

    The Heat Snob made the journey pretty quickly, once you get the Coretto set up with the temp under control you should see your roasts even out a quite a bit, they will certainly be a lot easier to control.

    Good luck with the set up, if you have any questions only too happy to assist.
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    Onward and upward from here "knastoer"...

    Mal.
    So...I guess the answer is that they're seen better, but they're not uncommonly bad.

    Many thanks for your replies and your support! This is an extraordinarily pleasant place to be. Cheers!

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    Don't know why you'd be interested, but I just feel like linking to this gentleman's website Edit: as linking is a violation of forum rules, you’ll have to Google for Impact roasters, Denmark, instead. Sorry about that and thanks 338!
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    They're not bad at all. I've seen much worse from other Ethiopian...picked them out because they looked horrible...
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    Interesting story Knastoer and only having 3 single origin beans makes it believable this is the real thing. You may want to suggest people google Impact Roasters Denmark as external links which aren't sponsors aren't allowed here.
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I’ve never seen anything as bad as those photos Samuel has posted above, but I’ve certainly seen worse than your lot there Knastoer. They’ll go better in a Coretto for sure once you’re up and running and get used to it. And as long as they taste good who cares what they look like?!
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