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    Laos Dong Hua Sao

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    Hey all,
    i am thinking of getting some of this with my next order, just wondering if anyone has tried it yet. And have any views on roasting profile or just anything in general to say about this coffee? :) ...I must confess I have not tried a coffee from Laos before.


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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    Havent tried the said coffee, but I have travelled in the main coffee plantation area in the south of Laos and remember the fresh coffee being quite nice. It was not preppared as espresso though.

    Im keen to know anyone thoughts too, might get some myself :)

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    Havent tried it yet, but roasted some on Sunday to the start of 2nd crack. Will likely crack this bag tonight or in the morning as Ive just about run out of my Java Ijen bag. Will report back.

    The Laos has a VERY strange smell when green, while roasting, and also roasted. Im looking forward to it, but at the same time, Im a little apprehensive, not knowing what to expect.

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    Ok, follow up to my reply before: I just opened the bag again tonight, and it still had a different smell to any other beans Id roasted. Cant describe it unfortunately, but not unpleasant.

    Had it in a Picollo, and it was definitely one of the smoothest beans Ive ever tasted. Nutty aftertaste, easy drinking, and absolutely NO bitterness at all at that roast level, which surprised me heaps. Im thinking it would be best drunk black as it seems to have a very low acidity - will test this theory tomorrow.

    Amazing considering this was roasted in a Behmor, and its only two days post roast.

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    Has anyone else cupped this since my last post? Im thoroughly enjoying it - probably my second favourite bean now (first being Ethiopian Guna Limmu and third being Java Ijen Sundried).

    It seems perfect taken about 5 seconds into second crack, but interested to see if anyone has used it in a blend, or tried it at a lighter or deeper roast level.

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    i took the plunge on 5kgs of it so i will test it and post with thoughts when it lands. :) From your observations RichardM I am looking forward to it, got to say it is sitting at a very nice price too.

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    So my bag of goodies had arrived on Tuesday when i got home from work (fantastic as always Andy..Thanks greatly).

    I left the bags of Laos Dong in my room. I walked in an hour or so later and i now know what RichardM means when he talks of the "smell", my room was pungent with the scent of these beans...it is like that normal grassy green coffee smell..but with a big hint of something like sugar cane or sugar syrup. i think it is actually quite a pleasant smell. And i think this sweetness transgresses over into the roasting and the cup.

    So being the impatient person i can be, i fired up the Behmor and did a 300g batch just into very start of 2nd crack.

    This morning i pulled out the stove top maker and gave it a run, and i have to say i cant wait to try this coffee as an espresso, i am not sure if it is just the stove top maker that brings out the sweet notes. it is that same sugar cane style sweetness present again. over all a very nice mid bodied coffee, no real acidity to it...i guess this is not a massive surprise when you look at the beans...they have the lightness of Monsoon malabar.

    I look forward to hear others thoughts, i am a big fan!

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    They have similar appearance to the monsooned malabar but not the flavour. First thing I noticed about the Lao beans were that you required a really fine grind. When I say fine, I mean really really fine. I roasted mine to the start of rolling second crack so Im not sure if its different when roasted lighter.
    The monsooned malabar had always required the finest grind of all the beans I have but when I set it the same as the monsooned malabar, it literally gushed out!
    Another thing I noticed was the crema was quite light in colour but very fizzy (like pouring a can of coke into a glass). The crema makes up majority of the shot at the start but dissipates rather quickly. Not sure if it was too fresh (not rested long enough - I poured this nearly a week post roast).
    Flavour-wise, it was also quite different from my other coffees, has a nutty sort of flavour (Im thinking hazelnut). I have all my coffees with milk so my taste descriptions are with milk. I rather like this one I must say, more for the variety perhaps, but Im glad I got this one.

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    Quote Originally Posted by 1B3022013A102625273026263A550 link=1301374106/7#7 date=1302217192
    Another thing I noticed was the crema was quite light in colour but very fizzy (like pouring a can of coke into a glass). The crema makes up majority of the shot at the start but dissipates rather quickly. Not sure if it was too fresh (not rested long enough - I poured this nearly a week post roast).
    Ive found (after roasting my third bag of this) that grinding even finer to get a ~60mL double extraction in around 35 seconds seems to really bring out the flavour of it too on my machine. Not sure why, as that would taste way overextracted on most other beans. Anyone else feel like trying that out to see if they get the same results in the cup that Im seeing?

    Tis an odd bean this one.

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    Hi All,
    Just a friendly warning to be a little bit careful with this coffee... I found a perfectly coffee bean shaped and sized rock in my grinder this morning after it started making horrible noises.

    I should have seen it when I roasted it, but the shape and size were perfect.

    Obvioulsy this could be the only one to get through, but thought I should let you all know just in case.

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    Picture just for fun. You sneaky little....



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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    certainly can understand how you missed that one* :(

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    Wow that is one of the coolest Cameleon stones i have ever seen. ;D

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    Re: Laos Dong Hua Sao

    Sorry to revive an old thread. But Im absolutely loving this bean! At around CS9-10, its ticking all the boxes. :)



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