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    Java Washed Grade 1 Robusta - October 09 BeanBay

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    I roasted 180g of this in the Hottop, with a certain amount of trepidation I must admit. I didnt hear *any* cracks at all, stopped it about 198C (bean mass probe) which is just shy of SC with Arabica as the beans were starting to look oily but still had heard nothing. Came out about CS8.

    Despite the light colour the smell from the bag was a bit burnt. However the aromas off the grinder were quite surprising - hazelnut, vanilla and chicory. Tried it as a very short double ristretto (10ml) after a day, lots of body but everything was at the back of the tongue, no acidity at all. Today (after 3 days) I tried it in the Aeropress and was pleasantly surprised - it still has a bit of a sharp bite at the back of the mouth but the aromas off the grinder are present in the aroma from the cup, and none of the rubber I was expecting.

    The aromas dont carry through to the flavour in the cup so much so with the sharper bite and aftertaste I dont think Ill make a regular SO of this (no surprises there); but it still makes for a pleasant sensory experience. Ill be interested to roast this again and see if I can track its progress a bit better, maybe take it a bit darker and see if I can get them to crack.

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    Re: Java Washed Grade 1 Robusta - October 09 BeanBay

    Quote Originally Posted by 5643545641445D5D5C505F310 link=1259278943/0#0 date=1259278943
    none of the rubber I was expecting.
    Yeah, dont trust everything you read. Good robusta has no rubber.
    ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5643545641445D5D5C505F310 link=1259278943/0#0 date=1259278943
    maybe take it a bit darker
    Buckets of heat needed both during the ramp and "overrun" at the end... think 5-8 degrees hotter than where you would pull an arabica and you should go close.

    They work really well in a blend that is a little "soft" in milk as most of the rear pallate bite is tamer with milk and they can help drag the other beans flavours through.

    Good fun to play with.

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    Re: Java Washed Grade 1 Robusta - October 09 BeanBay

    Thanks Andy, yeah I was sensing it needed more heat. Maybe Ill try roasting during daytime hours too so I can see the actual colour of the beans rather than just their reflectivity! ::) Should I hear FC / SC as with Arabica?

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    Re: Java Washed Grade 1 Robusta - October 09 BeanBay

    Quote Originally Posted by 2633242631342D2D2C202F410 link=1259278943/2#2 date=1259538577
    Should I hear first crack / SC as with Arabica?
    Yes you will but a lot later.

    In my drum (read: where my probe is and the variables that make all readings between roasters a little different) nearly all arabicas hit second crack at 224 while even with more heat during the profile most robusta beans hit second crack at 230-232.... and at those temperatures you are getting close to char so keep an eye on em and cool them quick.

    Robusta can be quite tricky to get right and the only way you will get good at em is to roast lots to find your roaster zen.



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