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    Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

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    Wow is an apt descriptor of this one.

    I was instantly amazed by the fruity aroma of the bean even when green.
    I continued to be amazed by the aroma coming from the bag i roasted last week and now ive cracked it open and put it through my machine, im incredibly excited.

    Im no cupping expert and often struggle to decipher flavours but through milk id describe this one as bright, almost wine-like acidity, yet with a huge amount of fruity sweetness.
    Very well balanced, despite a lot going on.

    Thats probably a contradiction to experienced cuppers but its exactly what i tasted.

    Next step is to try it as an espresso and as a pourover, and then ask myself why i didnt buy a second bag of it. :-[

    Id be interested to hear what others think of it.

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 1616165C0 link=1300837644/0#0 date=1300837644
    why i didnt buy a second bag of it
    Because we wanted to make sure plenty of others could share the joy :)* Well, that and Andy mentioned this is "the first of 5 different regional Yemen beans" and the stash wouldnt cope with that much more excitement* :-/

    Still waiting for my Sunday Roast of this and a 50/50 with the Java Ijen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3D2D2F3C2B374E0 link=1300837644/1#1 date=1300844587
    Well, that and Andy mentioned this is "the first of 5 different regional Yemen beans" and the stash wouldnt cope with that much more excitement* Undecided
    Ah, i forgot about that.
    Now im extra excited.

    Ive only had two Yemeni beans now and theyre both easily in my top 5 in terms of beans ive personally roasted so if the the other four varietals are even half as good as this one and the Bani Ismail, were in for a treat.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3D2D2F3C2B374E0 link=1300837644/1#1 date=1300844587
    Still waiting for my Sunday Roast of this and a 50/50 with the Java Ijen.
    Id be interested to know how it goes in a blend.
    Personally though, i dont think i could use such an amazing SO in a blend.

    If you get great results from the blend i suppose i could combine the bag ends from this one and the Java Ijen i roasted on the same day so i can get a nice sample of how it works in a blend, especially in a traditional Mocha Java blend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 030303490 link=1300837644/2#2 date=1300846805
    Id be interested to know how it goes in a blend.
    Personally though, i dont think i could use such an amazing SO in a blend.
    Im going to roast some this weekend too ;) But dont think it is a waste of a stunning Yemeni to blend - I replaced the Ethiopians in my (KJM) blend with some Baini Ismaeli and it is absolutely lovely (IMHO!) I dropped a bag off to Fiefy today - and am waiting for a real experts view on how it is.

    But - using it in a blend can stretch it out too! Which cant be a bad thing!

    /Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7071763B0 link=1300837644/3#3 date=1301038224
    But dont think it is a waste of a stunning Yemeni to blend
    Id probably agree if i had a couple of bags of the Yemeni beans but sadly i only got one of each.

    On the other hand, im loaded with delightful Ethiopian beans (i got a couple bags of the superb Harrar and also the Ghimbi), so ill use those two with the two Javanese beans and see what works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5F5F5F150 link=1300837644/4#4 date=1301107551
    (i got a couple bags of the superb Harrar and also the Ghimbi)
    Ahhhh!! Ghimbi!! Niiice! My favorite Ethiopian!

    The Al-Hajj Boaan really smells as a green, I have to say. I hope to get to it tomorrow!

    /Kevin

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    All I can say about this Fantastic bean is.... Wow!

    Absolutely magic in the cup and a real toss-up between this beauty and the Bani Ismail as to which is now my preference. Just sipping on a wonderful espresso as I write this and I have to say, I think it pips the Bani Ismail because of some extra complexity with the spice-mix dancing on my tongue.

    Has some similarities with the Ismaili but definitely more fruit, more soft spiciness and about the longest dark chocolate finish Ive ever experienced.

    An absolute beauty.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 6845414D402C0 link=1300837644/6#6 date=1302254191
    longest dark chocolate finish
    great description Mal, ive spent all week having a drink of this bean wondering what that finish is, sometimes i am a real dinlo when it comes to figuring out the flavours.

    like the gambella sundried i felt this one evolved as time went on, and enjoyed the last of the bag the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0C252016042C2C3B3A490 link=1300837644/7#7 date=1302259462
    like the gambella sundried i felt this one evolved as time went on, and enjoyed the last of the bag the most.
    Seems to be a pretty common denominator of beans from these regions denki.

    Im going to roast two lots tomorrow and leave one of the bags for between 10-14 days before opening. Should be very interesting (and delicious).... :D 8-)

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Just roasted some on Monday night! Now Im pacing up and down the coffee machine waiting for a few more days so I can crack it open :)

    Had a cheeky sniff sniff this morning. The fruitiness is extremely prominant.

    Hopefully I will be able to get some of that long dark chocolate finish :)

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    YOU DONT HAVE TO WAIT! :D

    I had my first ristretto before the beans had even cooled. Fantastic, if a bit bubbly.

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Im really struggling to not roast some of these beans on each roast day.

    Must make the bag last. :(

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 24090D010C600 link=1300837644/8#8 date=1302274997
    Im going to roast two lots tomorrow and leave one of the bags for between 10-14 days before opening. Should be very interesting (and delicious)....*
    This bean just keeps on getting better and better.... Im up to day 16 post roast still going strong - had my best one yet today. My first experience with Yemeni coffee very dark bold flavours, leaves you wanting more. Reminds be a bit of a SO version of Wow. although I havent had Wow in a long time.

    Mine comes from Talk Coffee. For us non-roaster coffeesnobs, Chris gives us an opportunity to try various special SOs which would otherwise only be available as Green through beanbay. In the last 2 months I have had the privilege of trying Yirg special prep, Ghimbi, and this Yemeni. I know Andy (and other sponsors) all have various SO coffees on offer - but I always keep a sneaky eye on the Talk Coffee page to see what special SOs Chris has on offer. Thanks Chris ;). The only problem is unlike green you cant stash!! Maybe I should just start roasting. ;D

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    I have been a bit slack in not reporting back how this stuff worked out.

    "Wow".

    That says it all. Along with the Mocha Ismaili this is the top of the pile. Today, because I have an extremely sore throat and coffee is good for that, I was forced to make a 50/50 blend of these two Yemenis. I recommend that to anyone!

    /Kevin

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 1110175A0 link=1300837644/13#13 date=1314258434
    I was forced to make a 50/50 blend of these two Yemenis
    Forced to blend 2 Yemeni beans?
    Lifes tough!
    ;D

    Quote Originally Posted by 383F34343F2E2E5A0 link=1300837644/12#12 date=1313882732
    This bean just keeps on getting better and better
    Yep, amazing coffee. The hardest thing for me is keeping enough Yemen coffee roasted for it to age. My wife is a like a drug dog and can sniff-out my stash in a minute.

    Maybe I need a safe?

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 052A203D440 link=1300837644/14#14 date=1314263620
    Maybe I need a safe?
    Theres room at my place. ;)

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 0E0F08450 link=1300837644/13#13 date=1314258434
    Today, because I have an extremely sore throat and coffee is good for that, I was forced to make a 50/50 blend of these two Yemenis.
    I feel a sore throat coming on...

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Roasted 500g of this in the KKTO today, i am having problems with it as I cant hear the cracks, C1 or C2 so I am flying blind (deaf?) a bit, but aimed for a fairly light roast to bring out the African characteristics.

    I ground a shot on the Pharos and chucked it in the Izzo Lever straight out of the bean cooler! Amazingly smooth espresso, incredibly balanced for such a fresh extraction. No dominant flavours at all, tasted a bit bland if anything.

    The roast was pretty uneven looking with a range of colour that surprised me a bit.





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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 696F627B636F770E0 link=1300837644/17#17 date=1314338782
    The roast was pretty uneven looking with a range of colour that surprised me a bit.

    Dry processed / and uneven bean sizes in bean batches are unique for this anomaly

    If 98% of the beans roasted as per normal expectations, then it stands to reason that its the remaining 2% of beans are defective or just have something different then the rest of the batch

    Also as you dont uncouple the pots to dump the roasted beans in the cooler due to the vacuum system
    You can spread a thin bead of HT silicone at the rim contact area of the 2 pots for greater heat retention

    Quote Originally Posted by 696F627B636F770E0 link=1300837644/17#17 date=1314338782
    I cant hear the cracks
    This may work
    Try listening at a small distance 1 or 2 meters
    Sound travels and being close may hinder the sound

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 654A405D240 link=1300837644/14#14 date=1314263620
    Forced to blend 2 Yemeni beans?
    Lifes tough!
    Theres nothing worse.. ::) I also cordially extend an invite for you to store your roasted stash at my place.. Ill tidy up a spot in the cellar right now!

    Just bought the Haimi - so Ill be able to try all 3 now ;D

    /Kevin

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 484E435A424E562F0 link=1300837644/17#17 date=1314338782
    , i am having problems with it as I cant hear the cracks
    I doubt you got close to 2nd crack (from the photo) but you should have heard 1st crack.

    Quote Originally Posted by 484E435A424E562F0 link=1300837644/17#17 date=1314338782
    No dominant flavours at all, tasted a bit bland if anything
    That will be your light roast. The Yemen is very high grown and is very dense, try a darker roast... CS9-10 for best results.

    Quote Originally Posted by 484E435A424E562F0 link=1300837644/17#17 date=1314338782
    pretty uneven
    Dry process beans have a mixture of densities, wet processed beans float the cherry and remove the floaters resulting in a cleaner looking roast.

    Dont get hung-up on the odd few beans, chew on the lighter ones and they will typically taste like corn flakes and add very little difference to the end cup.


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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Quote Originally Posted by 6748425F260 link=1300837644/20#20 date=1314521769
    I doubt you got close to 2nd crack (from the photo) but you should have heard 1st crack.
    I am sure i didnt! I rarely roast into C2, usually aim for just prior to.

    That will be your light roast.* The Yemen is very high grown and is very dense, try a darker roast... CS9-10 for best results.
    Aghh...I thought it was better to roast Africans lighter to bring out the fruit and acid rather than darker. Thank you for that, I will try it a bit darker next time. Mind you it is incredibly smooth as roasted!

    Dry process beans have a mixture of densities, wet processed beans float the cherry and remove the floaters resulting in a cleaner looking roast.

    Dont get hung-up on the odd few beans, chew on the lighter ones and they will typically taste like corn flakes and add very little difference to the end cup.
    Aghh...again! I had not yet learnt of the difference between dry & wet processed beans.

    Thats a really helpful post Andy, I have struggled a bit with getting my confidence with the KKTO - ironically at least partially because the combination of the Izzo Lever and the Pharos hand grinder is so damn forgiving that near everything pours well and tastes great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56505D445C5048310 link=1300837644/21#21 date=1314530203
    I am sure i didnt! I rarely roast into C1, usually aim for just prior to.
    Dont roast to 1st Crack? :-)

    PS: C1/C2 is pretty unreadable for a newbie... We dont charge any more for you typing the whole word.
    ;)

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    Whoops! fixed now.

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Iam drinking the second 250g of this Al-Hajj Boaan, it is really delicious, I gave some to my friend but he only has a hand grinder and a french press, can someone suggest what proportion for grind and hot water for two users ?

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Just went into order this one and noticed its no longer available.

    More coming?

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    Not wishing to steal Andys thunder but with the strife in the Yemen right now and the financial embargos, I suspect the answer is no.

    Andy & I had a brief chat about getting coffee out of the Yemen at Fiefys birthday bash. He wasnt all that encouraging. Ive looked at my little stash and am trying to figure out how to make it last till supplies resume!

    /Kevin

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    Im so glad I stocked up on this, still got 4kg left :D

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    Re: Yemen Al-Hajj Boaan

    And checking out greenbay, the Yemen beans must be going out the door real fast... Amazing what a bit of instability and potential trade embargoes can do to a country..... Im holding 3kg of Yemen Mocha Sanaani in my stash :)



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