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    Plunger blend

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Does anyone have a favourite blend for the trusty old plunger (not me, i,m old, but not that old ::)). With a shallow wallet to work with, i,d be doing the right thing hopefully if i ask rather than buy a whole range and experimenting.
    Much appreciated.

    Gary

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    Re: Plunger blend

    A lighter roasted single origin is great in plunger/pourover, the lighter roast helps accentuate the different characteristics in the bean :)
    Tried some of my Yemen in the Clever Dripper yesterday, it was brilliant :D :D

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Just go a S.O.

    PNG Wahgi does a really good job in a plunger or the Indian Madekeri (if you have any). I also quite like the Peru Ceja de Selva as a brewed coffee. Some of the current bean offerings are not as well suited to brewed coffee to my palette.

    Donr poo poo the plunger to much with a good course grind, fairly high dose and good technique (check out the manual brew section) you can get a good full flavoured brew with NO sludge.

    Keep the roast light and either before or at the very first snaps of Second crack.

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Thanks for the tip guys.
    Will try the Peru soon after the Nicaraguan is finished. I find you need a high dose around 10gm for 200 ml cup, well, that,s worked for me anyway. I,ll need to banish the Breville CG12 grinder as soon as i can get my hands on the Em 480. Too much fines getting mixed into the coarse grounds.
    Looking forward to trying the PNG and the Yemen at some later date depending on how often i get through each day.
    Might try the Ugandan Masaba AA later today, but since it,s been roasted to C9, might be a interesting outcome in the plunger.

    Gary :)

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Mmmm CG12 Of the horror :o

    Maybe even a little higher dose with a courser grind (and less dust ;) )

    Much as the chat went sideways on ocasion this thread has some info too http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1269335881

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Plunger drinker here during the week and Ive been lucky to try a few of the beans on offer in Beanbay.

    I really like the Peru Ceja de Selva and the PNG Wahgi AA. Another nice one was Ethiopian Harrar and CoffeeSnobs Gold blend (if you didnt want to mix yourself).

    Ive been mixing the Peru and PNG after reading it in another thread and Ive actually been happy with 50/50 although others have said 80/20 is their sweet spot.

    I wasnt a huge fan of the Sumatran Mandheling in plunger in comparison to the others - not sure whether Im putting too much or just havent got the grind right, but its very earthy compared to the Peru and Ethiopian. Still experimenting on it though, I might just need to adjust how much I put in and how finely ground it is!

    Not to go too far off topic, but Ive heard conflicting things about when freshly roasted beans are best for plunger. Are they best as close to the roast date as possible or is it better to let them age for a few days first (I know this will be dependent on the bean, but just wondering in a general sense!)

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Thanks for your input there Tango.
    Will get some Waghi on my next order to Beanbay to go with the existing Peru. At the moment enjoying the Nicaraguan "cup of excellence" as the SO in the plunger.
    In my case i,m using the FZ-RR 700 baby roaster, and i can cup it straight away, but is at it,s best the next day and the day after.

    Gary :)

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    Re: Plunger blend

    I use a 50/50 blend of Colombian (Volcan Galeras Supremo) / Kenya (Kagunya AA) for plunger successfully.

    The Colombian roasted to just before Second Crack and the Kenya into the start of Second Crack.

    Dont drink too much plunger myself, but some mates seem to like this blend.

    Graham

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Quote Originally Posted by 66535C555D320 link=1282471155/5#5 date=1282559261
    Are they best as close to the roast date
    Not really to far off topic as I believe there is some tie up with more typical bean selection and lighter roast depths used for brewed blend or SOs.

    As a general rule I test a new bean or roast level at 2-3 days then decide to leave or drink from there, most light roasts I avoid letting go much beyond 7-10 days as they tend to mellow out in a lot of cases.

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    Re: Plunger blend

    Looks like a good blend there Graham.
    It reminds me of a blend i had a long time ago and it is up til today, my favourite blend for plunger, and that,s a 60/40 of Costa Rican and Kenyan. The brightness of the Costa Rican and the "winey" characters of the Kenyan, excellent synergy.

    Gary :)



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