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    Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

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    Hi everyone,* I know this is sacrilege asking this question for such a lovely bean...but the OH announced on the weekend they dont like the fruitiness of the Yemen Al-Hajj* *:o .* Can anyone recommend something I can blend with this - I am hoping that with time and patience (and palate training* ;) ) they will get to appreciate the Yemen beans.

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Errr...keep them for yourself? ;)

    Another option would be to roast a little darker. You could also try blending with a mild bean such as a Brazilian or the Peruvian that will smooth out the more prominent flavours of the Yemeni.

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 505A4F5858574345360 link=1302482871/1#1 date=1302483259
    Errr...keep them for yourself?* ;)
    Im with Flynn on that one mich_,

    Its waaay too good to blend!

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Thanks for your replies and...I agree with you! Itll be my special bean - not for sharing. I love it and I cant wait for Andys next lot of Yemeni beans.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Im with Flynn and Talk Coffee, too good to blend but I can see how it could be a polarizing coffee.

    Unique, HUGE and seriously fruity might scare some people off who are looking for more traditional flavours in their coffees.

    Flynns comment about using a milder bean for a base should work. The Yemen is powerful enough to work well in quite small quantities and Ive blend it in the past as low as 10% odd with great results.

    Have a play and you might like the results, besides, it also means your Yemen lasts longer too.
    ...or just get hubby a hand grinder and keep it for yourself.
    ;D

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Common sense would tell me the Yemen is too good to roast too dark which would take away what its famous for, its fruity character.
    When you roast it darker, what you gain in sweetness and roast characters, you lose out in fruity character.
    That means you would have to roast the Yemen just for yourself, and roast a different batch for you other half.
    As suggested by Flynn, The Peru is fantastic.

    Does she drink milk or black?

    Gary at G

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 362C212032243C3636450 link=1302482871/5#5 date=1302523651
    Does she drink milk or black?
    I believe "mich_" is a young lady Gary.... ;)

    For me, if Im going to blend the Yemeni, I tend to prefer using a good Indo bean of which weve had some beauties lately. Further dilution with a good, clean South American bean works really well too and like Andy says, it stretches the Yemeni bounty out a bit further and thats a good thing.... 8-)

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    :o Ooops. My bad for not checking out her profile.
    I had a 50% chance of getting it right ;D
    Sorry mich.
    Let us know how youre going to enjoy this conundrum.


    I look forward to the next beanbay to hopefully have a play with the Yemen. ;)

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 775A5E525F330 link=1302482871/6#6 date=1302525821
    I believe "mich_" is a young lady Gary...
    It could be quite possible that michs other half is a she. :)

    Have to be careful making assumptions these days.

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Thanks for the laugh this morning guys!* :D

    I think what I might do is just roast it for me or as suggested, try it with a clean south american bean. I havent really blended anything to date so itll be an experiment for sure (although I did mix it with Java Kalistat as thats what I had at the time just to see if the fruitiness came through - it wasnt noticed, so it mustve passed the taste test).

    I might also give it some time for the palate to adjust. We havent had big fruity coffees before so it may also be a case of adjusting to the taste and then liking it.

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    You can post blend them. Do a roast of the Yemen. Then another roast of whatever your ahem...other half...thanks for the friendly slappy on the back guys...ooff! would like.
    Then you have different options. Yemen for you. The other bean for your OH, or blend them both and you can still use your single origin.
    Play with your blends over time and see how you both like it.

    Enjoy.

    Gary at G

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 060C190E0E011513600 link=1302482871/8#8 date=1302559353
    Quote Originally Posted by 775A5E525F330 link=1302482871/6#6 date=1302525821
    I believe "mich_" is a young lady Gary...
    It could be quite possible that michs other half is a she.* :)

    Have to be careful making assumptions these days.
    I made no assumptions.... ;)

    Mal.

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    Re: Something to go with Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    I agree that Yemen is best by itself. Nothing quite like it ...

    But I do like to try some of it as a blend with whatever is around that might work.
    Always a post blend though, Yemen gets roasted on its own. (I do blending per shot in the grinder, so its easy to experiment.)

    Recently for the first time I got some Java (the Kalistat) so have been trying the classic "Mocha Java" blend.
    It certainly works very well.

    As youve already had some success with this combination. you could try: day 1 80% Java 20% Yemen; day 2 70% Java 30% Yemen and so on until on day 9 you have a Yemen convert ....



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