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    Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hello all,
    Ive been having a ball roasting for a little while now, im using a corretto setup and i love it, ive only gone through about 15kgs of beans from different regions around the world, the question i really have is this, what would the ledgendary blenders on this forum suggest i try with these beans currently in my posession:

    Peru Ceja De Selva Estate (Greenbay)
    Mexico Organic (Di Bella)
    Brazil Santos Mogiano (Di bella)
    Monduras (Di bella)
    Indian Robusta (Cant remember)

    I know its a big ask and i have tried them all as SOs, just looking for some inspiration to start trying my hand at blending.....

    I like milk based drinks, but really enjoy a tasty espresso shot thats not too bitter or sour.

    Hope you can help me ;)

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    I just mix a bunch of beans together generally 2 types sometimes 3

    I note the amounts in percentage terms and start drinking

    Either I like or I dont but I keep on trying just for fun

    Most of my home favourite blends were accidents

    Remember you are blending to arouse your taste-buds and sometimes others may not agree

    Mix & blend away

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Any inclination toward which two KK? i was thinking a base of monduras with some Mexico Organic and a tiny bit of Indian Rob?

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Apart from the Indian Robusta all are South American beans

    Give it a go as a 50 gram blend
    I think Monduras should be Honduras :-/

    Info from a book given to me as a gift
    General flavour profiles of

    Brazil:
    Bold, big flavour, can be nutty, low acidity depending on quality processing method & region

    Mexico:
    Light bodied and nutty much variation

    India:
    Soft, spicy, rich buttery caramel flavours. Good body

    No info on the other countries on your list

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Quote Originally Posted by 042029292A2A1004203C22204F0 link=1249348813/3#3 date=1249357802
    Brazil:
    Bold, big flavour,
    :o

    As a general rule I havent found that. What book is that from KK? :-/

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Quote Originally Posted by 69484343445E2D0 link=1249348813/4#4 date=1249358949
    As a general rule I havent found that.What book is that from KK? *:-/
    Dennis this is the name and author of the book
    Jill Adams
    BARISTA
    a guide to espresso coffee

    Reading the preface it was first published in 1954

    So maybe the methods of coffee growing & processing has changed a little since then * :-/

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Hi ws, as KK says, roast em up and mix em up, you could use some Ethiopian, PNG and Indo beans to add some variety to your stash.
    Experimentation is what its all about--enjoy gm :)

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Quote Originally Posted by 486C656566665C486C706E6C030 link=1249348813/5#5 date=1249359401
    Reading the preface it was first published in 1954
    I dont think that Jill had been published in 54 and at very most was a mere glint in an eye ;D

    Might have been more like 2004 I think KK...

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Quote Originally Posted by 663921373C373B3232313139353A540 link=1249348813/7#7 date=1249360681
    Quote Originally Posted by 486C656566665C486C706E6C030 link=1249348813/5#5 date=1249359401
    Reading the preface it was first published in 1954
    I dont think that Jill had been published in 54 and at very most was a mere glint in an eye *;D

    Might have been more like 2004 I think KK...

    2mcm
    You could be right
    She may have been born in 54

    Reading again it says copyright 2006

    Do you know her Chris ??

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Yes KK,

    Jill Adams runs William Angliss Coffee Academy in Melbourne (Site sponsor) and is one of the best palates I have met so far....

    I worked with/for Jill for a few years and still do the occasional master class session there...

    2mcm

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Thanks Guys for the tips, i know this is prolly a cupping question, but is the best way to determine a beans flavour profile drinking espresso? or can you water it down etc etc?

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Some people use both methods

    If you want to try cupping come to Veneziano on Saturday 8th or 22nd of August and give it a go

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1247196461/6#6

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Thanks KK, i will try to make it, busy month, but i am keen to learn a bit about cupping thats for sure, i will make it down there at some stage, thanks for the link!, tell ya what, the coffee snob calender is a busy one!

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    generally speaking youre mentioning beans which perform well with milk due to the low-end characteristics, and some of the top notes will come through. Id look at adding Ethiopian, Tanzanian, Costa Rican or PNG beans to your stack to provide some high end to blend with. 10-15% robusta might add a bit of kick to a blend, the Brasil is a good base for a lot of things, so you could try 80% brasil + 20% other.

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    Re: Suggestions for a novice blender, well virgin really!

    Thanks CH, ive just ordered some ethiopian Harar star and Sulawesi Tana Torajah Kalosi, looking forward to the pickup!



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