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    Your favorite blend

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Taste is subjective, I dont think theres such thing as the best,
    so Im going to ask, whats your favorite coffee? (both single origin & blend).

    and where about do you get it?

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    OK, Ill bite - but on the understanding that my coffee palate is in its absolute infancy...

    I currently get all my coffee through Cosmorex, see <<<====== sponsors

    My fave blend is Cosmos "Blue Blend" - I find it not too startling straight up and cuts through milk nicely. New to coffee wife finds it a little sharp straight (how she takes it).

    My (our) fave SO is Guatemalan Antigua - stunning, smooth, with an almost sweet aftertaste that lingers for ever. Wife loves it straight up and I double it into a 250 ml cup as an extraordinary flat white.

    Only other SO tried thus far are Sumatran Mandhelling, Kenya AA, and Monsoon Malabar bought here green and roasted fairly dark by a mate. Ive njoyed all of the above and found the MM very nice...but the Guat still tops it.

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    Hi afton,

    As a rule, I drink mostly milk coffees, and I tend to favour clean, deepish flavours, with or without an acidy balance. Thats just for some self-disclosure. ;)


    SOs that are great:

    - Daterra Sweet Collection and Peaberry that weve been trying out are firm favourites.

    - Ethiopian Harrar is amazing if you nail the roast (better, IMO, stopped before SC) and really great as an SO in milk (where the blueberry notes transform into a buttery, shortbready, butterscotchy note which is the greatest single flavour component Ive yet experienced).

    - Sumatran Mandheling is also an outstanding SO, with a really chunky low-down flavour profile that still manages to be clean and smooth (not musty etc).


    Blends weve tried that have worked:
    Most of those were derived from cupping sessions, after which we evaluated what would work in a blend.
    - 40% Brazil Daterra Peaberry or Sweet Collection, 25% Panama Boquete, 15% Ethiopian Harrar, 10% Ethiopian Limu.
    - 50% Panama Boquete, 50% Ethiopia Harrar.
    - 60% Brazil Daterra PB, 40% Ethiopia Limu.
    [NB. all these beans were roasted to SC +/- 60 seconds (CS9-10), except the Ethiopians in the first blend, which were pulled halfway between FC and SC (~CS8).]


    Blending with such good quality beans is, of course, a little pointless. Theyre all good as SOs! But it is fun to blend, and the above blends seem to add something extra - over and above the flavour of the components.

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    As an SO i love Indian Tiger Mountain
    and for a blend i do
    1/3 kenyan AA
    1/3 Brasil Santos
    1/3 Colombian
    then add 5% indian cherry robusta

    Makes for a full flavoured drink in latte

    Mal

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    Hey, ive been playing around with ITM too. Dont see anything special with it as a SO (a bit too earthy for me), but works well when blended with brighter beans IMO.

    40% Peru Grace Villa (roughly CS9)
    40% Indian Tiger Mountain (CS10)
    20% Ethopian Harrar Longberry (CS10)

    *color may be a bit off. the CS membership card i got seems to have a slightly blueish tint to it and its difficult to judge the CS roast level. The PGV was taken to what if purchased in shops would be called a City/Medium Roast. The ITM and Harrar were roasted to be slightly darker. Not french roast, but a nice dark brown (full city?) roast.

    I find the combination above suitable for pretty much anything, if a little sour taken as straight espresso. Works great in a macchiato or pseudo cortado (about 2 parts espresso to 1 part milk), other milk based beverages, or even a simple plunger.

    For some reason, cappuccinos made with this blend taste even better when the milk is not heated too much (~50 deg) and towards the end of the cup when the coffee is starting to approach room temperature.

    Due to time constraints, ive been drinking more plunger coffee than usual lately. I find that the PGV is the best for that as a SO... while the Harrar and ITM just dont taste so good as a SO... then again, maybe its my noobish roasting technique (~8min roasts)

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    I like this

    50% PNG Wahgi AA
    50% Nicaraguan High Grown Bold

    KK

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    My fave blend currently, is a really simple one....

    ~60% High Grade Sulawesi/Mandheling - Roasted to about CS9
    ~40% Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Harrar or Limu - Roasted to about CS10 (Stopped after Rolling SC gets going)

    Leave them both to degas separately and rest for about a week, blend thoroughly then brew..... Beautiful 8-) ;D

    Mal.

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    Quote Originally Posted by Koffee Kosmo link=1216069525/0#5 date=1221304762
    I like this

    50% PNG Wahgi AA
    50% Nicaraguan High Grown Bold

    KK
    Sounds good...but I cant bring myself to blend the Waghi...I only have 1kg left. *I think this is my favourite all round bean.

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    My number one so at the moment is the Sulawesi Toraja from last beanbay, roasted to just into rolling sc and some oil on the beans they have been making amazingly intense espresso and flat whites.
    A blend I have favoured recently is a Nicaraguan Santa Rosa/Harar Blue Horse 60/40 lively espresso, lovely latte with a caramel crema and great flavour.

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    Havent blended much to date.

    PNG Waghi, Mandheling and Yirgacheffe the best SO experiences thus far. Most successful blend to date:

    40% Brazils
    40% Mandheling
    20% Harrar

    The Harar adds a lovely depth in colour to the crema and a little bite to what is otherwise a sweet, smooth blend.
    :P

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal link=1216069525/0#6 date=1221308426
    My fave blend currently, is a really simple one....

    ~60% High Grade Sulawesi/Mandheling - Roasted to about CS9
    ~40% Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Harrar or Limu - Roasted to about CS10 (Stopped after Rolling SC gets going)

    Leave them both to degas separately and rest for about a week, blend thoroughly then brew..... Beautiful 8-) ;D

    Mal.
    I roasted 350g of the Sulawesi and the Yirg three days ago. In roughly a 60/40 blend this is already tasting great. I should really wait a couple of more days...but whoever manages that?

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    Quote Originally Posted by smokeydeck link=1216069525/0#10 date=1223630005
    I should really wait a couple of more days...but whoever manages that?
    Know the feeling Smoky.... Youve gotta be strong ;)

    Mal.

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    Re: Your favorite blend

    Quote Originally Posted by Koffee Kosmo link=1216069525/0#5 date=1221304762
    I like this

    50% PNG Wahgi AA
    50% Nicaraguan High Grown Bold

    KK
    dito for me its also nice to add a bit of Kenyan to this, Im a bit short on Kenyan but have plenty of the others.



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