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    Blending with the Yemen

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    Hi all,

    I managed to bag the last 2,5kg of Yemen - which is going down way too fast. Can anyone suggest good beans to blend with the Yemen? Its by far my favourite SO - but with the body it has I'm sure it could go well as a base in a blend. Any suggestions along with ratios? I tried blending similiar tasting beans recently - combining a Sumatran with PNG and the combination of two heavy cocoa beans didnt seem to work. Seeing I only have 1kg of Yemen left I dont want to waste it experimenting.

    My options are: PNG Wahgi, Niguragun Diamond, Sumatran, Indian Monsoon, Panama Huacal.

    Big fat creme on the Yemen:

    Extracting the Yemen - YouTube

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    I blended some Yemen with the Sulawesi blue (one batch 50/50, the other with a Brazil base 50% Yemen 25% Sula 25%)...haven't tried them yet. You could try Yemen / Sumatra as 'mocha java' substitute. Maybe if you roast those two and the Indian separately, then you could play around with a few blends (e.g. one with just the Yemen / Sumatran, one using the india as a base, and with other two in smaller quantities). I'm a sook and drink most of my coffees as lattes / flat whites.

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    Re: Blending with the Yemen

    Panama base 40%, Sumatran 25%, PNG 10%, YEMEN 25% pre-blended and taken to first snaps of second crack.

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    Greenman is pretty much on the money with this. That recipe gives you something that has the Yemeni in there as a kicker to get you a very nice deep taste.

    I have done quite a few "KJM Blend" batches with the Ethiopian beans sub'd out for Yemeni. This gives a very impressive "big" taste to the blend, but pretty much any blend I've done with my beloved Yemeni beans tends to lose the special magic contained!

    The only blend I ever did which kept that special taste was a Yemen/Yemen blend I resigned myself to just enjoying them as a SO. Having said that - the addition of just a tiny bit doesn't so much nudge a blend in flavour - more like a big kick in the ar$e. Even a 10% addition will completely warp the taste. It was that observation that lead me to keep trying to eek out my initial stash of Yemeni. Every time I added small amounts there was a "Wow" note in my notebook! But this morning when I scan that same notebook for Yemeni blend info to post here - after the initial "Wow" notes all I see is "Not Yemeni!" (with either 1, 2 or 3 "!"'s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    Panama base 40%, Sumatran 25%, PNG 10%, YEMEN 25% pre-blended and taken to first snaps of second crack.
    Thanks greenman, blended it last night - we shall see how it develops. Actually roasted the Yemen separate to the others - took it to CS10 and then did the pre-blended mix afterwards. The pre-blended mix went to around a CS9.5 (pulled as it started to smoke - maybe a touch late), thanks for the input.

    I have heard that the Indian is also a very "heavy" bean - lots of body and creme so I'm guessing it would work similiar to the Yemen in a blend. The Niguragan and Yemen are by far my favourite SO's but looking at my beans options I'm short on base beans - off to bean bay I guess! I normally drink milk based, but since sampling the Yemen I have switched to Risretto almost exclusively for this bean.

    Barry; let me know how your blends work out?

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    Hi Paulvin,

    In milk quite liking the 50% Brazil / 25% Yemen / 25% Sula. Thinking i could easily drop the Brazil to 40% though.

    The 50/50 Yem / Sulawesi doesn't really do it for me in milk, but with a tight short pour makes a very nice ristretto. The idea of the KJM style blend that greenman refers to above appeals to me.....particularly using centrals as the base. Might make some tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    Panama base 40%, Sumatran 25%, PNG 10%, YEMEN 25% pre-blended and taken to first snaps of second crack.
    Drinking at the moment a blend of Honduras montana 40%, Sulawesi 25%, PNG 10%, Yemen sanati 25% pre-blended and taken to the first snaps of second crack as above, thanks GM

    Highly recommended very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman View Post
    Panama base 40%, Sumatran 25%, PNG 10%, YEMEN 25% pre-blended and taken to first snaps of second crack.
    +10! to this blend! drinking this right now - one week post roast. Only change to the recipe was I roasted individually for a total of 300g. Its a bit difficult to roast 90g at a time so my suggestion is roast 200g Yemen and split it into some SO and the rest for the blend. The Panama was done by itself but the Sumatran and PNG were combined. Profile was to just after second crack; CS10 for the Sumatran/PNG, Yemen to CS9.5, and Panama CS9.

    One pull of the lever, around 20ml of shot combined with 100ml milk - bliss. My absolute favourite blend. - Thanks greenman!



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