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    Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

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    Hi all, Im after some suggestions on which beans from the current bean bay would be suitable to blend with the Sulawesi Torajas from last month? It will be primarily for milk based drinks and a plunger grind as I am doing a roast for my wedding next month as part of the wedding lolly bag thing but should have got 7.5kgs of the Sulawesi but didnt manage to. I have a corretto cobbled up which seems to be working well

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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    I did a blend of Nicaraguan Santa Rosa 60% Sulawesi Toraja 40%, makes a lovely espresso, smooth, chocolatey. Fc 13min sc 19min pulled just into rolling second.
    I love the Sulawesi as a so, its so intense!!!
    A Colombian or Brazil would probably be good to blend with.

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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    Gday ausdb....

    It all comes down to a matter of taste really. For instance, I really like a good N.E. African bean blended at about 30-40% with most Sulawesi/Mandheling beans. Makes for a very interesting and broad carnival of flavours across the palate. If you prefer a slightly more subdued and less festive experience, then a 50/50 blend with any good Central or South American bean will make a very nice cuppa.

    For purely espresso drinks, youd probably get the best out of the bean by taking it to the start of Rolling Second Crack (RSC) and then pull the roast. Dont roast too quickly though, have found for my palate, that I enjoy the espresso more when the time to reach RSC is kept to more than 5 minutes from the end of Rolling First Crack (RFC). Thats just me though and you should experiment to see what suits you. For other brew methods such as Plunger, Syphon or AeroPress I have found that pulling the roast before the first snaps of Second Crack (SC) are even heard at around CS-9 but you still get a better result in the cup when the time between the end of RFC and pulling the roast is still held to at least 5 minutes or so....

    All the best, :)
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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    Cheers Guys,
    I am fairly new to this whole roast at home thing a mate got me on to it here but my only attempts so far to try out my correto have been with some unnamed columbian beans I sourced locally in Perth. Flavour wise it has not been stunning but better than pre roasted at least and it has helped me practice roasting. I might hedge my bets and get some of the Ethiopian and also the Panama,
    Thanks very much for your help

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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    A little OT, but this doesnt happen to be the same ausdb as from AHB? cant be too many of you over in perth ;D

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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    Considering that youre seeking a blend for milk, Id suggest keeping the Sulawesi ratio quite high (say 75%), and adding 25% of the PNG Andys got on offer (still plenty left as I type).

    The Sulawesi alone will easily cut through the milk (if you like earthy choc notes, take it just beyond SC to about CS 9-10). Although I havent tried the particular PNG origin currently on offer, Ive found all the PNGs Ive tried tend to smoothen a blend with big body beans like the Sulawesi. They tend to balance each other in the cup - sweet honey, yet with grunt.

    Id also suggest roasting the PNG separately, as Ive found the flavours are optimal when roasted just before SC strikes - about CS 8. Beyond SC into rolling, and the result is a bit ashy on the palate.

    And if all else fails, just roast & keep the Sulawesi un-blended ... its superb alone both black, & in milk. ;)

    Tony

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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sammus link=1221549778/0#4 date=1221612271
    A little OT, but this doesnt happen to be the same ausdb as from AHB? cant be too many of you over in perth *;D
    Sprung!

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    Re: Sulawesi Toraja with sep 08 bean bay?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1221549778/0#5 date=1221623349
    Considering that youre seeking a blend for milk, Id suggest keeping the Sulawesi ratio quite high (say 75%), and adding 25% of the PNG Andys got on offer (still plenty left as I type).

    The Sulawesi alone will easily cut through the milk (if you like earthy choc notes, take it just beyond SC to about CS 9-10). *Although I havent tried the particular PNG origin currently on offer, Ive found all the PNGs Ive tried tend to smoothen a blend with big body beans like the Sulawesi. *They tend to balance each other in the cup - sweet honey, yet with grunt.

    Id also suggest roasting the PNG separately, as Ive found the flavours are optimal when roasted just before SC strikes - about CS 8. *Beyond SC into rolling, and the result is a bit ashy on the palate.

    And if all else fails, just roast & keep the Sulawesi un-blended ... its superb alone both black, & in milk. ;)

    Tony
    I should have just got 10kg of the Sulawesi last month and done it as a single origin, I thought about getting some of the PNG after doing some further reading but ended up getting 5kg of the Volcancito and 2.5kg of the Limmu as wife to be is holding the financial reigns quite tight. I think its probably best if I roast them all separately then muck around with either blending them or just distributing them randomly to the guests, there wont be too many CSers at the wedding so they probably wont know :o
    Cheers for the advice again



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