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    Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

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    Ive been browsing this blending subforum for awhile, and it got me thinking. Everyones busy trying to describe their blend to other people, and what better way then to let other people try it themselves?

    You know in the good ol days when people werent spoilt by television, there existed things such as book share clubs, where enthusiasts could share their books with other people.

    I would like to propose a Bean Share Program!

    Like a typical book sharing club. But instead of books, why not share beans?

    Ill mail you 200gm of my blend if youll mail me 200gm of yours.

    Well share notes on this forum and collaborate in CoffeeSnobs.

    To prevent fraud every members post can be searched, and you sorta know if youre dealing with a real coffee snob.

    AustPost is cheap, and i figure you could easily pack 200gm of beans into a standard C5 envelope, flatten it to comply with regulations (under 2cm thick), and use standard AustPost service. $2.75 australia wide.

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    how would you seal 200gm inside the envelope? degassing? i like the idea though :)......you may not get away with $2.75 though......

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6064425B5B5E415659370 link=1271583851/1#1 date=1271586364
    how would you seal 200gm inside the envelope? degassing? i like the idea though :)......you may not get away with $2.75 though......
    Well envelopes are porous. A foil bag (the $0.70 ones on bean bay) should fit nicely and flatten out appropriately. With delivery in under a week (3-5 days interstate), the beans should arrive just in time when their flavours are about to peak (> 1wk post roast).

    Ill have to experiment. Perhaps the 500gm foil bags, filled with 200gm beans, will flatten to be thinner than 2cm (austpost limit for regular standard mail).

    Alternatively, freezer bags, sealed just by twisting, and one or two pinholes to let gas out. These should flatten and take all the flat space in the envelope used.

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    When i roast and store in sealed foil lined bags with valves, they blow up like balloons, especially for my favorite blend at the moment, after 3-5 days you would be recieving a basketball :o, and i wouldnt like to have my blend evaluated if it wasnt stored in sealed bags.....i personally think posting them in anything but sealed one-way valve bags would ruin the flavours that i enjoy most out of my blend ::)

    Dont get me wrong... i like the idea, i really do, i think it will just cost a bit more.... ;)

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    I think this kind of thing is a great idea.

    Some of us had a go at it a few years back.
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1096529571/0#0
    OMG - More than 5 years ago!!

    We did it in a variety of ways. The most cost effective from memory was a glad sandwich bag with a pin prick or 2 in it, inside an Aus Post tough bag
    http://auspost.com.au/personal/packaging-materials.html#tough-bag

    Under $5 in total from memory.

    Its really cool to see how others roast.

    Go on... get into it!

    Brett.

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    200g in a 250g bag end up being 3cm thick.

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    I also like the idea of this...if you figure out a cost effective way to do you can count me onboard :)

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    Im in ;) Someone PM me an address and Ill PM mine.....lets get this going :D

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    Sorry guys, im currently ironing out some consistency issues in my roasts.

    Will send out PMs when i have the time to do proper roasts :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 223D35262B2E2A2A470 link=1271583851/8#8 date=1271851961
    Sorry guys, im currently ironing out some consistency issues in my roasts.

    Will send out PMs when i have the time to do proper roasts :)
    doesnt mean we cant start [smiley=evil.gif] Some one PM me an address!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    500g coffee pouches are the way to go. 250 g fits perfect, complies with length/width of auspost. i actually only apply 1.65 worth of stamps, it really only weighs 255g, i send coffee multiple times a week all over aus like this.




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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    very interesting......so you just put the address on a sticky label or something and the $1.65 worth of stamps too?

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    sure do, i normally just write on a piece of paper 10x5cm sticky tape it to the front.. three 55c stamps straight on next to it. in the mail as normal post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4B434F4E676D6C020 link=1271583851/12#12 date=1272439770
    sure do, i normally just write on a piece of paper 10x5cm sticky tape it to the front.. three 55c stamps straight on next to it. in the mail as normal post.
    That is a great idea. Im so looking forward to this.

    Recently finished a few more reasonably consistent roasts. THe cool weather helped alot. I think it had to do with heat and humidity last time. Oh well...

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    Bassway and i are starting this off :D im still deciding what im going to roast....prolly my "Sully Blend No.3"

    My plan is to send the beans with a breakdown of the beans in the blend, and a printed Roast profile with notes.

    Should give an idea of what i try and aim for in the roast, and it will be interesting to see if others get the same results in the cup!

    Exciting!!! :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4D454948616B6A040 link=1271583851/10#10 date=1272268686
    500g coffee pouches are the way to go. 250 g fits perfect, complies with length/width of auspost. i actually only apply 1.65 worth of stamps, it really only weighs 255g, i send coffee multiple times a week all over aus like this.
    I put the beans in a large freezer bag, sealed, pin hole and put into an envelope 22cm x 32cm. The flat height was about 1cm.

    Took it to the Post Office. They charged $5.70!!!
    I said it is in the correct specs. She picked up the envelope, all the beans went to the bottom and said "See, oversize. Parcel size - $5.70 please." Buggar. >:(

    Next time I will seal at several points to keep the width the same.

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    sorry i should have mentioned that i tape all around the edges to keep width consistent! mailing stuff can be expensive!

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    Roasting 630gm of Sullys Blend for you as I type Wayne(well 200g are for you, the rest is for me to devour :D).....lookin good ;)

    [edit]All done, heading off to pay the church tonnes of money to marry my fiance and i in 7 weeks....and to send your beans!!!(the church isnt sending them, austpost is ;D)

    Ill post pics of your actual roast and the profile up on the web somewhere tonight and post the link here, ill PM you the roast details.....

    Cheers
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    And.....its on its way :)

    here is the link to all the roast info click here

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    Got the low down on the post costs etc and got a sheet with all the sizes prices etc

    I asked the girl what the options were, told her the situation we had, she recommended "large letters by ordinary post" flattening the package less than 20mm* and no larger than 260 x 360 mm and it must weigh less than 250g, this will cost us, as stated above $1.65.

    *Must be less than 20mm or it will be rejected

    The other option is prepaid bags, they cost $5.70 and you can have any dimensions and weight up to 500gm.

    So, in the future, what i think i will do is order a few (20?) 500gm coffee bags with no zips, no valve, place 200gms in one, and heat seal sections off so the contents dont move around at all, place $1.65 worth of stamps and a sticky label with the address details on it and chuck it in the post box....as stated above by IAMlion. This MAY present a problem with degassing as there is no where for it to go, well see i suppose.

    The package i just sent to Bassway cost a total of $5.70, that was 200gms of beans in a 250gm coffee bag heat sealed inside a post bag.....will be cheaper next time ;)

    Looking forward to getting Bassways beans :D

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    Good to see things are getting started!

    I recently solved my roasting issues.



    Currently working on my next blend.
    50% Brazilians.
    30% Aged Monsooned Malabar (1 week post roast)
    20% Ethopian Harrar Longberry

    Well see how it goes. Ill be up for the next round of bean sharing in a fortnight.



    WSully, maybe you could put some pin sized holes in the heat sealed bag, and tape over the hole with small pieces of cloth band-aids, or micropore tape. Something breathable.

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    Got Bassways beans today, 200gms of his blend and a BONUS 200g of Yirg!!! thanks mate!

    Both look to be around CS8, so slightly lighter than i tend to roast, which is good really especially for the yirg....have removed both from freezer bags and chucked them in heat sealed foil coffee bags, will wait for 24 hrs till i try them and ill report back here.....

    Thanks Wayne, you should have yours monday id say ;)

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    I tell ya, Bassway is trying to kill me, caffeine overload :D

    Received his second installment of beans,

    Yirg - Never had the pleasure of trying this bean, purely through circumstance, out of my control.....

    Opened the bag, not too much aroma, and the same off the grinder, set my generic start point on the grinder and dosed up 18g for a shot, too slow, very thick, bitter....loosened off the grinder a tad, 18g again, poured beautifully, blonde at about 20 sec, stopped and devoured.....
    B-E-A-Utiful!!! One of the best single origin short blacks ive had, so so drinkable, no bitterness or sourness, creamy acidity just wish i had a 200gm basket to pull 150mls of it :D Great Roast Wayne!
    Did not even try it in milk, way too good a bean to destroy with milk!

    Opened second bag of Bassways blend containing:
    33% Peru
    33% Waghi
    33% Brazil
    Aroma was immediate milk choc off the whole bean and same but stronger off the grinder, tightened up the grind a bit from the yirg, and pulled a lovely shot, tasting, very thick, very strong body, low acidity, not too much there really, but i had a thought.....
    Made a double shot latte in a 210ml glass, Wooooow!, buttery milk chocolate, with a sweetness that lasts till the next sip!

    So Yirg, now i know what everyone is on about, no wonder its the worlds most sort after SO

    Blend, great double shot latte or cappa!

    Thanks Wayne


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    Get into this people, its tonnes of fun!

    Im sending Bassway some MM tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0501273E3E3B24333C520 link=1271583851/22#22 date=1273638829
    Get into this people, its tonnes of fun!

    Im sending Bassway some MM tomorrow!

    I am willing to give this bean swap a go

    I am also willing to roast on demand using the KKTO roaster of any bean I have available (compiling an updated list now)

    PM *or post a reply if interested * *;)

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    AM might like some MM, hes been whinging that he cant roast it like Vs, theres a challenge for ya KK! Replicate a Full size commercial drum roaster, and make AM smile!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4145637A7A7F607778160 link=1271583851/24#24 date=1273641674
    AM might like some MM, hes been whinging that he cant roast it like Vs, theres a challenge for ya KK! Replicate a Full size commercial drum roaster, and make AM smile!
    I have done 2 excellent MM roasts
    I followed the tricks I read here
    Roast it slow

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    Quote Originally Posted by 43676E6E6D6D5743677B6567080 link=1271583851/25#25 date=1273642352
    I have done 2 excellent MM roasts
    Yep ive had some great success too, same method, send some to AM, hell love you forever! hang on!, i think he already does :-*

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    Quote Originally Posted by 644049494A4A7064405C42402F0 link=1271583851/25#25 date=1273642352
    Quote Originally Posted by 4145637A7A7F607778160 link=1271583851/24#24 date=1273641674
    AM might like some MM, hes been whinging that he cant roast it like Vs, theres a challenge for ya KK! Replicate a Full size commercial drum roaster, and make AM smile!
    I have done 2 excellent MM roasts
    I followed the tricks I read here
    Roast it slow

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    Let my taste buds return and when I think I understand them again..

    I will be interested in the bean / blend share approach..


    KK - Ya can prove it to me Saturday morning re the Much Maligned MM..


    Then we can play and mod the 1600 prior to delivery :D ;D ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7C535A584F705C535C5A58505853493D0 link=1271583851/27#27 date=1273642825
    Let my taste buds return and when I think I understand them again..
    I will be interested in the bean / blend share approach..

    KK - Ya can prove it to meSaturday morning re the Much Maligned MM..

    Then we can play and mod the 1600 prior to delivery
    If I roast some MM now how can I trust you to let them rest / degas over 10 days B/4 consuming :o I know you to well ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 290D040407073D290D110F0D620 link=1271583851/28#28 date=1273644057
    If I roast some MM now how can I trust you to let them rest / degas over 10 days B/4 consuming **I know you to well **

    KK

    My special SO Yerg is down to about 5 double shots left and getting stale (wife even dumped her own efforts....) yet the crema looks great in the pour.

    Thus will be roasting some good old standby PNG Waga AA to night..

    Will start drinking it in the morning and should have enough for at least a week ;D

    Thus ya MM will get at least 7 plus days to sit ;D

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    The weather has been quite conducive to popper roasting latetly.

    Also looking forward to doing a DMM monitored roast (so i can stop consistently without risk of over-roasting)

    Anyone up for a bean share? I will be roasting the Monsooned Malabars this weekend. So the rest of the beans will be roasted the following weekend. Will post on Monday 24th May.

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    30% Aged Monsooned Malabar (1 week post roast)
    20% Ethopian Harrar Longberry
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    Quote Originally Posted by 614E4745526D414E4147454D454E54200 link=1271583851/29#29 date=1273648928
    Thus will be roasting some good old standby PNG Waga AA to night..

    Will start drinking it in the morning and should have enough for at least a week

    Thus ya MM will get at least 7 plus days to sit ;D
    Your Monsooned Malabar is roasted AM
    This will cost you a PID fitting consultation :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6662445D5D5847505F310 link=1271583851/21#21 date=1273638757
    Great Roast Wayne!
    No worries! And thanks for the feed back.
    Roast charts attached.




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    Incoming Bassway:

    200gm of a 700gm roast, Indian Monsoon Malaba AA roasted slowly to the first snaps of second crack, cooled within 2 mins, will post Profile in this post tonight ;)

    Im sending the below package with only the address and $1.65 worth of stamps on it, see how i go ::)


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    Quote Originally Posted by 61454C4C4F4F7561455947452A0 link=1271583851/31#31 date=1273727404
    Quote Originally Posted by 614E4745526D414E4147454D454E54200 link=1271583851/29#29 date=1273648928
    Thus will be roasting some good old standby PNG Waga AA to night..

    Will start drinking it in the morning and should have enough for at least a week *

    Thus ya MM will get at least 7 plus days to sit * ;D
    Your Monsooned Malabar is roasted AM
    This will cost you a PID fitting consultation * :D

    KK
    Just had some good times with Jack from Barazi Bezzera Coffee Machines and was good to be able to talk technical about Electronics etc and not just Board Jockey stuff..

    Shame they are not on the better side of town ;D

    Further more a shame there is no real coffee place that has a selection of parts and technical support on site.. The espresso Dr is in teh valley... But focused on their core job..

    BOT.

    I was singing about the Monsooned Malabar to Jack and he expressed an interest...

    So if ya want... Put 1/2 of my batch to teh side and in the next week... Ya can drop some in to him.

    PS. See ya in the morning... approx 8:30am..


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    Bassways blend has arrived!

    That was THE most awesome smelling mail I have ever received.

    Got a thousand words to write along with about 200 pages of journals to read tonight. Will brew some in my Piao I tonight...but espresso only tomorrow.

    Piao I: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1273678021

    Review pending.


    Thanks bassway! My beans will be sent on the 24th (monday).


    Heres some coffee pron pictures.
    1) fully clothed.
    2) naked.
    3) glam.






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    Quote Originally Posted by 48575F4C414440402D0 link=1271583851/35#35 date=1274424542
    Bassways blend has arrived!

    That was THE most awesome smelling mail I have ever received.

    Got a thousand words to write along with about 200 pages of journals to read tonight. Will brew some in my Piao I tonight...but espresso only tomorrow.

    Piao I: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1273678021

    Review pending.


    Thanks bassway! My beans will be sent on the 24th (monday).


    Heres some coffee pron pictures.
    1) fully clothed.
    2) naked.
    3) glam.
    Like that last shot... What camera ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7E51585A4D725E515E585A525A514B3F0 link=1271583851/36#36 date=1274425715
    Like that last shot
    Great depth of field, is it macro?

    PS Bassway, has the MM turned up yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4A4E687171746B7C731D0 link=1271583851/37#37 date=1274427545
    Quote Originally Posted by 7E51585A4D725E515E585A525A514B3F0 link=1271583851/36#36 date=1274425715
    Like that last shot
    Great depth of field, is it macro?

    PS Bassway, has the MM turned up yet?
    Nice shots, artistic! Even hid my hand writing that some call "chicken scratch"!

    Not sure WSully, will check tomorrow morning and PM if so.

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    WARNING Warning

    Something we often dismiss until it happens... We all know about it but like Electrons until they bit ya...

    Familiarity breads contempt.

    STONES and I dont mean kidney stones and trouble going to the little room..

    BLOODY STONES....

    In the last week I have used; My beans, AlexTom, KK.....

    In-particular yesterday I was having to sample use all three.. Sorry KK, the MM has a few days to go yet... Saving it for my own very special day... I think almost exactly 14Days from roast. Ya could not have times it better...


    Any way STONES..

    Went to have a good old cup of Joe and - WTF .......... WTF ... (note teh second one is Why the face...

    The first is as it was. What The F@#5K

    Will strip down this afternoon... Any one got an idea of costs Burrs for a K3 Touch :( :( :(

    And now... While I want the other Grinder to match my DCM... The K3 Touch is not that old and works well.. A trade maybe, but thats another story..

    WARNING... People do their best..

    If ya sharing beans it is a little like unprotected sex.....

    Visually inspect and check for unwanted additional items. Ya only getting a few g so it should not be hard. And it stops any of that Blame game or another feeling Guilty.

    Pissed of puppy, lack of sleep, need coffee, need meds, desire a cig, champix is causing intense dreams/nightmares, need more coffee :-X


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    Depending on what type of stone you may be fine AM. Most will go through a grinder, it is the nails and metal that really hurts em. Things like concrete can go through and do no damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7C7F6C6C7B721E0 link=1271583851/40#40 date=1274491033
    Depending on what type of stone you may be fine AM. *Most will go through a grinder, it is the nails and metal that really hurts em. *Things like concrete can go through and do no damage.
    I agree with Barrel
    Hardened steel against a rock
    Steel wins :D

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    Ah you were a grand master of paper, rock, scissors too then KK ;D

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    [QUOTE=5A7E777774744E5A7E627C7E110 link=1271583851/41#41 date=1274493174]
    Quote Originally Posted by 7C7F6C6C7B721E0 link=1271583851/40#40 date=1274491033
    Depending on what type of stone you may be fine AM. *Most will go through a grinder, it is the nails and metal that really hurts em. *Things like concrete can go through and do no damage.

    NO DAMAGE
    ... Errr I would suggest you re phrase that...

    I agree with Barrel
    Hardened steel against a rock
    Steel wins * :D

    KK
    Some of teh smaller river stones in concrete ?

    Will the grinder keep running yes... Will it have some flat spots and or edges taken off YES..

    Is one event going to cause a problem... Err NO...

    Is every grinder and burr set teh same NO...

    KISS and Quality...

    Do not let it happen, Proactive rather than reactive for all parties..

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    AngerManagement, hope ur grinder is ok....after reading your post I actually screened bassways beans on a saucer before grinding em :p *Have you noticed any difference in the cup or has your grinder been stuffed?
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    Initial impression of bassways blend:

    By chance, the first shot came out beautifully. Havent really dialled in the grinder but one shotglass of beans (~9g) + WDT + bench tap + NSEW light tamp + firm tamp (note no levelling) made an acceptable (25ml) shot in 50s. A tad overextracted, will dial down in later shots. Puck solid post extraction with no signs of channeling despite a 7mm tamp depth (above first groove on pullman tamper). These beans are easy to work with and they expand properly when infused. No overdosing necessary.

    [edit]Bassways blend taken as a slightly overextracted ristretto: 3.5 *Medium body. Low brightness. Chocolaty with some smokey overtones/aftertaste. Taste does not linger on palate compared to some blends ive ordered online.[/edit]

    I suspect that this blend will work well in milk just from the whiff off the grinder. It has that smokey/chocolaty flavour that cuts through milk and a faster shot should bring out more brightness. Further review pending.

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    (1) bad: Spit it out and toss the shot.
    (2) drinkable: If im desperate for coffee I will drink it...somewhat reluctantly though.
    (3) acceptable: Hmm, i wont mind having this every morning.
    (4) good: I like it. Will buy some beans if I happen to drop by again.
    (5) very good: I particularly like them.

    Most of the coffee i roast myself gets between 2 and 3. If i make coffee in a hurry before work in the morning, its typically a 2 or 2.5 which is why it becomes a milk based drink. If I spend a bit more time on it its usually a 3. 4 is usually achieved by signature blends of coffee specialty stores like many of the site sponsors. 5 is if I particularly like a blend. Note that all ratings are extremely subjective and what floats my boat may not float yours :)


    Thanks for the compliments on the pictures =D
    They were taken with a 6 year old DSLR. What made em pop was not the camera, it was the lens that was used. It was taken at f/2 with a 25 year old, solid metal, manual focus 50mm Nikon AIs. The crop factor makes it a portrait lens on a digital SLR. I picked it up used for only $200. A little gem of a lens it is...

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    The blend that I sent to ezralimm and KK was:
    44% Sumatra Mandheling
    33% Wahgi Peaberry
    23% Bolivia Caravani
    Roasted 18/05.

    It was one of those what is "left in the bag" blends, with the Bolivia to fill it out. I like it, still a bit young. The acid from the Peaberry cuts through nicely.

    WSully, the MM beans arrived Friday and I tried them today. Nice, great roast! It was what I expect from a Malabar Monsoon. Straw, tobacco, leather, mushroom.
    Strong flavour, I couldnt have one after another.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2122303034223A430 link=1271583851/45#45 date=1274512822
    WSully, the MM beans arrived Friday and I tried them today. Nice, great roast! It was what I expect from a Malabar Monsoon. Straw, tobacco, leather, mushroom.
    Strong flavour, I couldnt have one after another.
    Thanks mate 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 544B43505D585C5C310 link=1271583851/44#44 date=1274508719
    AngerManagement, hope ur grinder is ok....after reading your post I actually screened bassways beans on a saucer before grinding em :p *Have you noticed any difference in the cup or has your grinder been stuffed?
    Sort of OT but not..

    1: Made 3 quick mods to the MaCap 5 in case..

    2: Just pulled the K3 T *to pieces...

    Not as bad as I first thought... Ya can see a good few shiny spots and the edges at those points are not 100%

    Like as if ya had a small centre punch and decided to have a few random shots across both burrs.

    No need to replace Burrs... But too many stones or some other foreign matter and not so good.

    Love that MM... The stuff from KK should be ready in a few more days.

    AM

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    [edit]bassways blend review

    shot details: 9g, 25s, 30ml. WDT+NSEW. Beautiful 100% crema as extraction finished.

    sugar test: pass.

    + milk 150ml, cappuccino: < 4.0> Very suitable for milk based drinks. It has just enough of that smokey flavour to cut through the milk (right roast level) without it being too noticeable. Crema tastes wonderful mixed with microfoam with no harsh overtones! I like it.

    straight espresso: <2.0> I found it excessively bright as straight espresso. Maybe its my palate. Probably just my personal preference. I much preferred the (overextracted) ristretto yesterday.
    [/edit]

    This is one fine example of how a beautiful shot may not be as nice tasting as it looks. With the WDT + NSEW + Volume based dosing, I could replicate it 9/10 times in a row. Now matter how much I tried, the standard espresso equation (25s, 30ml) did not produce good tasting espresso to me. The shot looked perfect, with speckled crema and nearly 100% crema upon the end of extraction (stabalized to about 50% in a few minutes).

    The extra brightness in the cup was a complete no-no for me hence the 2.0 rating. This is my personal taste so please dont take it too hard. I feel that these beans are more suitable for ristrettos. Will be trying it out later today, or maybe tomorrow morning.

    Note that the beans taste absoloutely fantastic in milk.
    1) The perfect crema mixed in with the foam in a cappuccino and tasted excellent WITHOUT ANY HARSH OVERTONES that is very common in some blends (ie. the crema doesnt taste very good).
    2) It was well roasted enough and that showed. Smokey yet not burnt. It cut through milk well, helped by the extra brightness from the standard shot.

    For these two factors I give it a <4.0> in milk based drinks.


    Got 100g left =D

    Its been a caffeinated weekend for me *:o


    Bassway, your beans are going to be sent this afternoon. ETA Wednesday.


    =D

    Further review of bassways beans used in ristrettos *and long blacks pending.

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    (1) bad: Spit it out and toss the shot.
    (2) drinkable: If im desperate for coffee I will drink it...somewhat reluctantly though.
    (3) acceptable: Hmm, i wont mind having this every morning.
    (4) good: I like it. Will buy some beans if I happen to drop by again.
    (5) very good: I particularly like them.

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    Re: Blend Share Club (like a book share club)

    Whats bassways roasted on date elzra?



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