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    Fiefys Blend

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    Im enjoying a cap of this as we speak. Day 5, Andy recommends it at day 10 so these tastings are very preliminary.

    What can i say it tastes exactly as a cap/latte should. Rich full coffee flavour not overly acidic or dark, (thats the best notes your going to get from me on a milk based drink.) :P You can tell that only high quality beans have gone into this blend.

    This is one of those coffee that are just as enjoyable to grind as to drink. The kitchen is still filled with a lingering aroma, hopefully it lasts into the day. My best amateurish description is dark nuts with citrus these carry through in the cup to my amaturish pallete the roasted nuts remaining in the finish and the citrus becoming more specific to lemons.

    It took me a couple of shots to dial this in and after doing this I am very sympathetic to the shots that Chris was wasting on saturday. It requires a very fine grind and in my first couple of shots I found it particularly sensitive to dose. Before pulling the shot that nailed down a nice espresso pour, I looked at the coffee as I loaded the portafilter and thought surly this is going to choke miss silvia. To my pleasant surprise a few seconds later dark drips started coming through building to a viscous drippy pour. It seemed to blonde relatively early but at this stage im blaming my technique rather then the beans.

    As an short black there is a very pleasant simple lemon aroma which carries into the cup, There is a stable crema and its acidity is not punching me in the face in the way it did at the BeanBay pickup a couple of days ago. Hopefully some mid palette flavors come through a bit more as it ages.

    If I were looking for a cafe blend this would be high on the list of contenders. It really does poke its head out of the crowd and screams "house blends dont have to be chocolate bombs and spicy fruit" (as much as I enjoy coffees of that ilk.) It would take some time for me to get bored of drinking this.

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    Re: Fiefys Blend

    Im addicted to the blend too. *I got my order this morning with superior delivery service...(Thanks to Andy)
    It is tempting to just open the bag and make my favourite caps and macs, but I noticed the instruction on it says...recommend after 10days. * ;)

    It *requires a very fine grind. This is one of those coffee that are just as enjoyable to grind as to drink. *The kitchen is still filled with a lingering aroma, hopefully it lasts into the day.

    "Very fine grind" sounds right to me. I experienced very nice pouring shots for milk base and best espresso out of it!. *Grind as to drink is the best...I enjoy its aromatics off the grinder and in the cup! *::)



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    Yes, its gone back in the cubbord for a couple more days before I gobble it all up. Lucky I have plenty of other stuff to keep me going for the time being.

    Any other notes on it Fiefy? Your a bit more familiar with it then me, Anything else to look for in it?

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    fiefy espresso blend SA barista comp

    Hey guys,

    Just sampled my delivery of the SA barista comp blend from "fiefy".

    Really like it. Pumped out a really well bodied double ristretto... Amazing.

    Id be interested to hear what others thought..?


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    Re: Fiefys Blend

    If I want to experience this blend, do I have to buy Fiefy named or can I prepare the blend myself? are the bean types shared information, etc..

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    Pretty sure it is one of those, I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you type things.

    From my understanding, a lot of cupping and trying different combos went into the making of this blend. *And Andy knows the profile to roast it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 63607373646D010 link=1253490590/5#5 date=1254097077
    Pretty sure it is one of those, I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you type things.

    From my understanding, a lot of cupping and trying different combos went into the making of this blend. *And Andy knows the profile to roast it too!
    Not sure if this would necessarily be the case. As it is a competition blend its often to the competitors advantage to describe their knowledge of the blend they are using to the judges. Andy? Fiefy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 62617272656C000 link=1253490590/5#5 date=1254097077
    Pretty sure it is one of those, I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you type things.
    ;D Pretty much.

    Yes, its only being offered as a roasted finished product and yes, we are keeping the contents a secret.

    Its pretty rare for a competition blend to become available for general sale but we thought we would allow CSrs to access it.

    Quote Originally Posted by 63616665636F6C756D6E000 link=1253490590/3#3 date=1254050297
    Just sampled my delivery of the SA barista comp blend from "fiefy".

    Really like it. Pumped out a really well bodied double ristretto... Amazing.
    Great! I had a double shot this morning too and it was full of plum (like a dark blood plum) with a bright finish. Really nice, very different and a bit of a standout from the competition "norm".

    Enjoy!

    8-)

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    I require a link to buy this blend! :)

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    Click on "Buy Brown" in the top corner of the screen and follow your nose... ;D or if you really want a short-cut:
    http://beanbay.coffeesnobs.com.au/ViewProduct.aspx/356-fiefy

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    Re: Fiefys Blend

    Cheers Andy :D I look forward to trying it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 657D78786D7C576569663E3F080 link=1253490590/2#2 date=1253621811
    Any other notes on it Fiefy? Your a bit more familiar with it then me, Anything else to look for in it? *
    Espresso, with very fine grind, 28 ml @ 30sec, flavour profile as Andys comment! *::)
    In Cap/Latte, you should find raw cocoa and a little bit fruity finish. *I prefer my cap make with double ristretto in 150ml cup. (Try this and let me know if you like it too ;) ) *

    I will open the bag tomorrow. *Ive been waiting so long (10days) for this cup of coffee! *:P

    Quote Originally Posted by 5A676A7B7C697A080 link=1253490590/10#10 date=1254142474
    Cheers AndyI look forward to trying out it out
    We would love to hear your comment very soon. *;)

    Quote Originally Posted by 2C2E292A2C20233A22214F0 link=1253490590/3#3 date=1254050297
    Just sampled my delivery of the SA barista comp blend from "fiefy".

    Really like it. Pumped out a really well bodied double ristretto... Amazing.
    Two thumbs up for CS! 8-) It is amazing!

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    In due time Fiefy! XD But my comment wont drop till at least a couple of weeks, buy it with my next pay, wait till it arrives and is at optimal time to rest.. haha! How many bags does it take to send that delicious aroma through the air from the grinder!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 704D4051564350220 link=1253490590/12#12 date=1254144935
    How many bags does it take to send that delicious aroma through the air from the grinder!
    You will surprise...as soon as you start the grinder...the delicious aroma will hit your nose! *;D


    Andy!...I had coffeeSSS (espressox3, capx3, macx2) today. It was fantastic!!!! :-*

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    I was thinking this morning that the smell off this coffee reminded me of a rich fruit cake, as that is what I smelt. At first I thought it was like a caramel toffee but a second whiff brought more fruit to the nose...

    I had a first shot as espresso but finished it with a bit of milk and had a second shot just for a flat white and was taking so long to savour it, it went cold on me!

    So, I drank it cold and was then left wondering how it would be as a cold press...

    My photos up in the Art Gallery today are both of Fiefys blend...

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    Absolutely loving Fiefys blend. Started pouring it on day 4. Its now day 7 and it is getting more delicious all the time - rich, chocolatey and spicy. *

    Interested to note comments that some have required a very fine grind. I have not found that and have found it very easy to get a good pour.

    Thanks Andy and Fiefy :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5545494952477941474A260 link=1253490590/14#14 date=1254573506
    reminded me of a rich fruit cake,
    Yeah, I can see that. What was plum and bright acidity for me could easily be plump sultanas and citrus zest (ergo fruit cake).

    Quote Originally Posted by 4B47545F44260 link=1253490590/15#15 date=1254879437
    Absolutely loving Fiefys blend. Started pouring it on day 4
    Happy to share in your joy Marie.

    Day 4 is pretty early, it drinks fine then but will be too volatile for competition with way too much crema. As you have found, over the week the crema settles down a little and new flavours start to appear. Its a lot of fun experiencing a coffee develop which is why we usually tell people to try all coffee early, and then every day or two to find where you like it best.

    The day 10-12 was where all the planets alligned with this particular blend, the flavours were at their peak and the crema was perfect for competition latte art.

    Enjoy the journey as much as the destinaion!
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    Thanks, Andy. *Happy to enjoy the journey, plus cant drink a kilos worth in a couple of days at home!!! *:P

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    Good advice. I find that with varying roast profiles, and also different blends, there are different peaking times for flavour, aroma, crema development etc. I find that with slower roast profiles, and higher airflow during roast, that we get coffees that need 12 to even 14 days to be at their best ! Whereas with faster roasts we find that the coffee settles earlier. Ready from 7 days onward, and peaking from 10 to 14 days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5679736E170 link=1253490590/16#16 date=1254882787
    Happy to share in your joy Marie.

    Day 4 is pretty early, it drinks fine then but will be too volatile for competition with way too much crema.As you have found, over theweek the crema settles down a little and new flavours start to appear.Its a lot of fun experiencing a coffee develop which is why we usually tell people to try all coffee early, and then every day or two to find where you like it best.

    The day 10-12 was where all the planets alligned with this particular blend, the flavours were at their peak and the crema was perfect for competition latte art.

    Enjoy the journey as much as the destinaion!
    Cool

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    I have to agree with you there.. I found with this blend in day 4-5 the coffee was still very gassy and really covering the profiles of this blend.
    I had mixed results with this blend due to trying to get the right dose and battling with the beans at its very fresh stage.

    I have purchased another 1kg and will only want to make conclusive comments once I have extracted consistent espresso with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757D70757A140 link=1253490590/19#19 date=1267445982
    I have purchased another 1kg and will only want to make conclusive comments once I have extracted consistent espresso with it.
    When did you purchase the new bag? You may need to check with Andy whether it is the same roasting profile as last batch (Australian Championship). We had developed a new profile of Fiefys blend when we went to Thailand National Championship couple weekends ago.

    Waiting to hear your comments! ;)

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    When did you purchase the new bag? *You may need to check with Andy whether it is the same roasting profile as last batch (Australian Championship). *We had developed a new profile of Fiefys blend when we went to Thailand National Championship couple weekends ago.

    Waiting to hear your comments! *;)

    Yeah I purchased it about March 1st, Im pretty sure it has changed because it tastes entirely different.

    These are some quick notes I have written when tasting it

    Espresso -

    Fruitish tones with slight stone fruit notes.. Also has a good cocoa finish and medium-high body. Has a crap load of crema for latte art as well.

    Drinks well as an espresso and VERY well with milk.

    I like that there is a lot going on. After many ristrettos, piccolos and strong lattes I have come to conclude that Iím now a big fan of the blends as I used to be a big single origin boy. I still love the single origins as strait espresso but I feel that it generally lacks the complexity you get with a well executed blend like yours.

    I also tried this blend back in December and I would have to say the current batch I got seems a ton better. It seems more balanced as the last batch I got in December seemed a little too strong and overpowering as a strait espresso.

    Cold Brew Ė

    With cold brew was an interesting one the below is the flavors I got out of it.

    Smokey Initial smell possibly from the darker roast(I would LOVE to try this with a lighter roast for cold brew. One can only dream[ch61514] )
    Underneath the roast I got a blueberries fused with lychees when swirled around a wine glass. Yes I like to drink cold brew in a wine glass 8-) (Lead crystal wine glass of course).

    Fruit flavors enhanced greatly, drinking with a little sugar.

    Overall I enjoyed it as a cold brew coffee as well.


    Only Criticism I have is that unfortunately I canít go through 1kg fast enough :) to have it mostly in its peak.

    Thanks for sharing this coffee blend with us here.





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    This was my first order of this blend and I really like it. I had ran out of beans two days before I received my kilo of this blend so I was into it straight away(I think it was day 3 post roast). Early on my brews were ordinary until I reduced the dose(day 5), after that it was hello mumma. Its now day 11 and as you can imagine this just gets better. Will definitely get this again.

    Cheers Andy + Fiefy ;)

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    Glad to hear that every like and enjoy Fiefys blend! ::)

    There are more to go...if you like the blend, I reckon you should try the current one. We just developed the blend for Pura Milk Latte Art competition at CafeBiz10 last weekend and it was absolutely beautiful.

    Pls ask Andy about it! 8-)

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    +1 for congrats on this blend....I was originally miffed that I had to buy a kilo....but now I am looking forward to the changing flavours that start developing over the 2 weeks ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !

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    As a regular of Espresso WOW, I got my special Fiefy blend today. Just opening the satchel is a joy. Aroma immediately evident. Very much looking forward to cupping this blend.

    As for waiting for day 10....dont think I can. And if its at its best from day 10 to 12, that means I would have to consume a kilo of coffee in two days.......

    ....I will do my best 8-)

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    Tried this at day 6 post roast. It reminds me of what a good Cafe coffee should taste like, you just enjoy it rolling around in your mouth, swallow, but cant wait to take another taste, makes a super tasting latte. Ill try and hold back for 10-12 day post roast ;D ;D

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    Opened Fiefys Barista Blend at 6days post-roast (I know its meant to be best at 10-12 days). Its now day 9. While Ive not poured a bad coffee from this, it hasnt really grabbed me yet (but who knows what will happen over the next week).

    Can anyone who has tried both Fiefys Barista Blend and Fiefys Organic @ Origin Latte Art comment on their similarity re taste (I dont care about latte art). Any other suggestions for a bean/blend for lattes (I tend to make them on a double ristretto base and a fairly small amount of milk....but bigger than a piccolo)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7B7D617F7A657978160 link=1253490590/27#27 date=1327384181
    Opened Fiefys Barista Blend at 6days post-roast (I know its meant to be best at 10-12 days). Its now day 9.* While Ive not poured a bad coffee from this, it hasnt really grabbed me yet (but who knows what will happen over the next week). BOSW
    Thanks for trying the blend.* :)
    The blend develops beautifully after 10 days. I hope you will enjoy it!* *;)

    Quote Originally Posted by 7B7D617F7A657978160 link=1253490590/27#27 date=1327384181
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    Can anyone who has tried both Fiefys Barista Blend and Fiefys Organic @ Origin Latte Art comment on their similarity re taste (I dont care about latte art). Any other suggestions for a bean/blend for lattes (I tend to make them on a double ristretto base and a fairly small amount of milk....but bigger than a piccolo)
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    The both blends are very different in flavours;

    - Barista blends has an earthy tone with sweet plum & berries finish. It is a wow in black!* 8-)* I also love it with milk too; acidity in the coffee cut through the milk well make it sweet with berries lingering finish. ;)

    - Organic @ origin has a sweet dark cocoa. It was designed for Latte art Competitions. So with milk base coffee, this blend is a killer!!!* ;) I also have it as black too; big body, good mouthfeel and acidic lift in the mouth, beautiful.* ;D

    Enjoy the coffees!* ::)

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    Thanks very much Fiefy. Sounds like I might be more suited to the Organic blend. Having said that the Barista blend seems to have opened up a little even b/w days 9 and 10.
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    Sounds like Fiefys blends are pretty popular. Im going to be in Adelaide for a couple days next so cant wait to try your coffee! Esp giving the kopi luwak a go! Cant quite post in the Good Coffee Where thread just yet :)

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    Just checked in @ fiefys..

    1 macchiato down... All I can say is WOW..

    Latte has just rocked up while Im eating & I cant wait to devour it :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6A79447F4241414C2D0 link=1253490590/30#30 date=1329302678
    Sounds like Fiefys blends are pretty popular. Im going to be in Adelaide for a couple days next so cant wait to try your coffee!

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    Look forward to having you in the cafe! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25360B300D0E0E03620 link=1253490590/31#31 date=1329875443
    Just checked in @ fiefys..

    1 macchiato down... All I can say is WOW..

    Latte has just rocked up while Im eating & I cant wait to devour it :)
    Thanks for dropping in today!* ;)

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    OK. Having tried (and loved) the Fiefys Barista Blend, Im now up to Day 11 post-roast on the Organic @ Origin blend. I think it slightly outpoints the Barista blend (for me). A bit more chocolate than I recall from the Barista. Only problem is I now have three favourite latte beans, this one, Espresso Wow (latte with double ristretto base) and Cosmorex Rio Gold. Hmmm. Not a bad problem to have though.

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    So things start to develop from day 10 or so, but when does the coffee start to deteriorate, and when do you reckon its passed its use by date?

    Thanks!

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    Hi Paulos,

    Well, I ran out of it at about day 23 (24?), and was not noticeably deteriorating by then....perhaps the chocolately flavours were a bit more obvious as others subsided. Andy (Bean Bay) should be able to give you a heads up if you email him.
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    I switched over to this blend from Espresso Wow for a bit of a change. Compared to EW I find it a little smoother and very enjoyable. Not that I didn't enjoy the EW to begin with



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