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    I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    And did my first blend - it could either be awesome or a dismal failure but, hey, it will be a learning experience!

    The blend:-

    50% Aceh Gaja Mountain
    50% Sulawesi Tana Torajah Kalosi

    No method behind the blend, just felt like throwing two different types of beans together and seeing how it worked.

    I wok roasted both beans together and they roasted really nicely as a mix - both low chaff, hit first crack around the same time and took them *just* into second crack.

    The proof will be in the pudding (or tasting) in three days time, I guess!

    Keep your fingers crossed for me!

    Cheers
    Di

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Great to see you getting in there Hoyks, Ill keep an eye out for your tasting remarks in a few days!!! :)

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Thanks, GM, itll either kill me or cure me...

    Im in the middle of reading John Doyles Barista Techniques book at the moment and its quite inspiring me to do/try lots of different things.

    Actually, what it also has done is made me desperately want to try a coffee cherry just for the taste of it - he likens it to tasting a bit like a lychee and, given that I love lychees, Ive now got a hankering to find a ripe coffee cherry. Dont think Im going to find any of those little beasties handy to me, though!

    Ill report back...

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Quote Originally Posted by 446375677F0C0 link=1252225514/2#2 date=1252238625
    Actually, what it also has done is made me desperately want to try a coffee cherry just for the taste of it - he likens it to tasting a bit like a lychee
    I wonder if that could be a market for this product
    I am sure it could become a marketable resource, such as -

    Coffee Cherry jam
    Canned coffee cherry flesh

    I wonder what farmers actually do with them??
    Possibly fertilizer

    KK

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    "I wonder what farmers actually do with them??"


    The wet process farmers who are more savvy in terms of sustainability tend to use it as fertilizer although you need to cut it with something to neutralize the acidity. *Of course the not so savvy let it flow straight into the river....

    The dry process folks sometimes it as fuel and there is a great machine for converting them into electric power to run the rest of the plant. *

    I know some folks who are working on the cherry as a source for bio-fuel. *

    Not sure about a coffee cherry jam, worth an experiment if you have a tree in your backyard. *

    Hoyks, if you live in county NSW a tree will grow just fine in your climate. *Ian at Skybury Plantation is happy to sell plants (or was four years ago last time I knew him) and they can also be found at a number of specialist nurseries. *As a tree they love the aussie climate, although my attempts to raise one in Melbourne met with little success. *Too much rain!

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Thanks Liberty, I might go down that path just as an experiment - start it down here in Newcastle and then transport it up to Queensland when we move at the end of the year and see how I go with it.

    If nothing else, itll be a nice plant for my garden!

    Cheers
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    Tasted a coffee cherry on the weekend. Was encouraged to do so by the person I was grabbing some seedlings from, and was quite sweet to be sure. It wasnt something you rip and tear, for me it was just little nibbles.

    Let us know how the blend went, I have had results ranging from average at best to quite tasty when doing bean changeovers in the grinder....I just generally let my new beans mix through with whatever was in the hopper.

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Well, currently sipping on my first blend made into a latte, six days post roast, and Im very impressed.

    Not as nice tasting as some retail blends, but certainly not the most offensive drop Ive ever had!

    Heres a very inexperienced breakdown of it, after my tasting...

    Fruity notes at the beginning - dont ask me which fruity notes, just be happy that Ive worked that much out! - and chocolaty notes at the end. Cuts through the milk extremely well and not a hint of sourness or bitterness.

    Im very proud of myself - Ill have to give this another go soon!

    Cheers
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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A6D7B6971020 link=1252225514/7#7 date=1252727341
    Im very proud of myself
    Im proud of you too.

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Great stuff Di.

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Quote Originally Posted by 567167756D1E0 link=1252225514/2#2 date=1252238625
    Actually, what it also has done is made me desperately want to try a coffee cherry just for the taste of it - he likens it to tasting a bit like a lychee and, given that I love lychees, Ive now got a hankering to find a ripe coffee cherry.Dont think Im going to find any of those little beasties handy to me, though!
    Hey Di,
    At the Maitland Aroma Fest there was a stall at the East end called Ethica Coffee. They had a Coffee Tree branch on their table with ripe & unripe fruit on it.
    The lady there had only just brought it back from PNG.
    Shame you didnt have the desire back then.
    Maybe in 3 years time, when my coffee plants mature, you can taste my fruit.. :D

    I have done a blend too recently, which I think is an absolute Cracker!!
    80% PNG Ethica + 20% Java Robusta.
    I only have 250-500gms about every 2nd month, but look forward to it every time!

    Mrseca.

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Quote Originally Posted by 283736202624450 link=1252225514/10#10 date=1252794153
    They had a Coffee Tree branch on their table with ripe & unripe fruit on it.
    The lady there had only just brought it back from PNG.
    So I guess this was smuggled into our country. >:( Kind of ironic given some of the statements on their website and that theyve taken the name "Ethica".



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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1A3B3030372D5E0 link=1252225514/11#11 date=1252803212
    So I guess this was smuggled into our country. * Kind of ironic given some of the statements on their website and that theyve taken the name "Ethica".
    Bloody stupid with coffee >:(...God knows what else came in with it...

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    Re: I Finally Took the Plunge!

    Good on you Di! My husbands favourite SO is the Aceh, and Ive read somewhere here on CS that the Sulawesi is one of your favourites...

    As the Aceh is a great mid-range coffee I reckon it could handle both a unique aromatic + a stronger full-bodied combination in a 50/25/25 ratio.

    We like it too much as a SO and have too little a stash left to play around with it yet. Waiting for it to reappear in Beanbay.



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