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    Hi,

    I have access to some raw Mandheling and yellow bourbon beans and Id like to have a go at some blending. I like my espresso medium-to-full body, sweet, buttery with a bit of bitter chocolate after taste. Will I be able to achieve that taste profile using combination, or either of those two beans. Perhaps I need other varieties?
    Id also appreciate your feedback on roasting profile.

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    To give a profile we would need to know what sort of roaster are you using?
    If you are new to roasting you might be best to stick to single origin, or roasting the beans separately and trying different blend ratios until you find a taste you prefer.
    Welcome to CS Im sure you will learn a lot from all of our passionate coffee obsessives!! ;) :)

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    Thanks for the friendly welcome. I am going to be using a hottop. I have tasted the SO beans individually, and whilst they are sublime on their own right, they werent as interesting as some of the other blends I have tasted in the past.
    Id like to leverage the experience of the forum members to give me some pointers instead of starting with clean canvass, especially that I know how I like my espresso to taste. It is a reverse engineering exercise if I can call it that way :)

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    Welcome to CS

    Taste is such an individual and subjective thing that it is difficult to say what tickles your taste buds

    You need to go to a cupping workshop or cup the beans you have and note the flavour profiles

    Most of my great blends are experimental accidents *::)

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    Welcome.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    This thread (up at the top of this category) is a good place to start... http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1177985940 supplied by one of our professional roaster Site Sponsors. There is also a lot of practical advice to be found on Sweet Marias about blending (and pretty well everything else to do with home-roasting too) and well worth researching... 8-)

    Cheers :)
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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    i think my original query may have been misunderstood. I was looking for advice re a specific taste profile and what beans might produce that profile: medium-to-full body, smooth, hint of chocolaty aftertaste espresso. Surely only select varieties can produce that. At this stage, I have access to Mandheling and yellow bourbon beans. Have I got the right beans to begin with, perhaps I need other varieties?

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    I have come across several varieties of Mandheling beans and all taste a little different than the other

    For me
    The bean that has a syrupy medium to full body is Yemen Bani Ismail
    The bean that has the most chocolate flavour is Nicaraguan High Grown Bold

    However a Mocha Java may be what you are describing

    Try 30% to 40% of a Yemen or Kenya origin beans with the Mandheling you have for the remaining percentage if its not chocolaty enough add a small percentage of the yellow bourbon

    Important note when mixing
    Yemen & Kenya beans to be 12 to 14 days post roast

    Mandheling and yellow bourbon beans to be 6 to 8 days post roast

    So that means you need to stager the date of your roasts

    Have fun
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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 4F45515159484E555F5D3C0 link=1242548669/5#5 date=1242637667
    I have access to Mandheling and yellow bourbon beans.
    Gday again symmetrica.... :)

    Just for your info, "Yellow Bourbon" only refers to the particular cultivar used. In order to have a better idea of what to do with these beans, we really need to know the crop origins... as much info as you can get would be a good start ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57737A7A79794357736F71731C0 link=1242548669/6#6 date=1242735934
    Try 30% to 40% of a Yemen or Kenya origin beans with the Mandheling you have for the remaining percentage if its not chocolaty enough add a small percentage of the yellow bourbon
    Thanks, KK, thats exactly the kind of info I was hoping to get. How much acidity will I end up with the Kenyan or Yemeni as I read somewhere they impart sourness. Id be striving for maximum sweetness and smoothness.

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 1934303C315D0 link=1242548669/7#7 date=1242738694
    Just for your info, "Yellow Bourbon" only refers to the particular cultivar used. In order to have a better idea of what to do with these beans, we really need to know the crop origins... as much info as you can get would be a good start
    Thanks, Mal. They are dry processed of Brazilian origin, but unfortunately I have no more specific info than that.

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    Re: help me with my 1st blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 696377777F6E6873797B1A0 link=1242548669/8#8 date=1242813123
    Thanks, KK, thats exactly the kind of info I was hoping to get. How much acidity will I end up with the Kenyan or Yemeni as I read somewhere they impart sourness. Id be striving for maximum sweetness and smoothness.
    Thats why I recommended those resting days
    The Mandheling is buttery & chocolaty
    The Brazil bourbon should be chocolaty and not acidic *

    However it also depends on how you have your coffee
    If you have your coffee with milk the steamed milk will naturally make the coffee sweeter

    KK






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