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    random thoughts on blending

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    not sure if htis has been discussed, it flicks around in my head occasionally but is so impractical that I would never bother doing it in practice...

    Anyway.

    1) Simplest way to blend: Throw your mix of green beans in the roaster and roast them all together. Probably the most common way.

    2) More complex: Roast each SO separately to optimise the profile, mix after roasting.

    3) Even more complex: Keep each roasted SO separate, grind to unique optimum fineness, brew together.

    4) Even more really pointless: Brew each SO individually roasted and uniquely ground bean to the optimum extraction settings, mix in the cup after brewing.

    Does anyone get past stage 2?
    (I could imagine 3 is possible for a commercial manufacturer producing pre-ground packaged coffee.)
    4 would ideally require a dual group machine with individual temperature and pressure settings, and OCD...

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    Oh, and one more - Can you (would anyone ever) "blend" by mixing the same bean, but ground to different fineness?

    eg, your ideal grind setting for a bean is say "5". What happens to the flavour if you grind part of the coffee at "7" and part of it at "3"?

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    Matt, youve got way too much time on your hands. :)

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    You left out roasting the same SO to different levels. Then blending. :)

    This one I have done, mainly to dilute some good beans that I took too dark. Worked out quite well as it turned out.

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E2C2B2B2822214D0 link=1261092825/3#3 date=1261103818
    mainly to dilute some good beans that I took too dark
    I think ima have to do this with the Indonesian God Mountain i roasted yesterday...it was a fairly dry bean and i went off color and ended up with it tasting a little bit too dark so ill thin it out with some more but this time pull it just after second crack.

    As for Matts thoughts on blending....

    I sometimes roast a couple of premixed blends but more often my blending comes about from 3 or 4 different SOs i have in the cupboard at any one time or using the last of them to finish them off.

    I can see your angle on grinding each SO to its optimal grind size but im fairly sure that a blend works as 1 cohesive bean once combined together...so the right grind for a blend is the optimum one and the likelyhood of using different grind setting for each individual bean could lead to over..underextraction .

    I could be wrong though?...

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    How about
    5) prepare each SO seperately into separate cups and take a sip from one, holding it in your mouth, take a sip from the other and blend them in your mouth???? :D

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    Quote Originally Posted by 352D356A2C302A3D3D580 link=1261092825/5#5 date=1261453854
    How about
    5) prepare each SO seperately into separate cups and take a sip from one, holding it in your mouth, take a sip from the other and blend them in your mouth????
    works better if sb else does this then spits it into your mouth.

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    Re: random thoughts on blending

    Quote Originally Posted by 183421210A1E3C3B32550 link=1261092825/0#0 date=1261092825
    2) More complex:Roast each SO separately to optimise the profile, mix after roasting.
    So far i think i have tried this one. Result was quite good.



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