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    Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    just tasted this 2 days post roast after having the Tarrazu.
    First impresions are impressive for such an early roast.
    I used it in a latte and could taste the apple and I thought it had a good body with memories revived of the nicaraguan COE.
    Highly recommended.

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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    I agree this is nice even as an espresso. It produced a lot of oils after the roast for me so the grinding was quite different but all in all very good.

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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    Roasting tonight, will be back next week with results. :)

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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    How did you go about roasting it?

    I did a batch the other night and pressed the cool button as soon as it got to 2nd crack (on the behmor). Ive never taken a bean to 2nd crack before so itll be interesting to see what the results are like.

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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    I decided to do some Las Brisas tonight as well.

    Ill let you all know what I think next week after 5 days resting.

    special pants this is how I did mine.* I know Mal in the wrong place but he did ask* :-*

    23.2 degrees start in popper
    0-8 minutes got up to 181
    8-10 minutes up to 193 with first crack happening at 9:30 minutes 191 degrees
    10-13 minutes still climbing to 196
    13-15 minutes finished at 207.5 degrees
    15-16 minutes down to 62
    16-17 minutes down to 39 and pulled

    got a very slight sweet smell (I dont get much smell at all from my roasts normally)

    photo is with flash


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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    Cheers Shapeshifter.

    Here are my thoughts on the beans Ė my beans reached 2nd crack during the behmorís cooling phase:

    Roasted beans had a pleasant scent to it. I didnít have to change my grind settings from my last batch of beans (which was the Santo Domingo beans). Nothing different about the extraction and crema Ė both were good.

    I made myself a latte using a restretto pulled from a double basket. I thought it was quite wholesome and roasty. There was a hint of sweetness to it.

    I donít have the words to describe the taste, but here are some comparisons. Smoothness was similar to the Peru & PNG beans that was offered on the site a couple of months ago. It wasnít punchy as the Domingo beans. There was none of the lemon taste that I got from the Ethiopian Yirg Special Prep. It didnít taste Ďashyí which was something I was scared of (first time Iíve had a bean that reached 2nd crack). All the things Iíve mentioned so far are good things.

    I love beans that have chocolate notes to itÖ I couldnít really pick up any with the Nicaragua. The chocolate notes was a stand out in both the Ethiopian Gambella and Ghimbi beans

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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    My OHs comments on this bean is that "its just coffee" ;D

    He likes his chocolate/cocoa flavours and doesnt like anything fruity or sweet. There was nothing that stood out in the flavour and that it was a smooth coffee.

    I felt pretty much the same, its definitely smooth but nowhere near as smooth as a Tanzania bean.

    Oh this was with milk.

    I tried it as an espresso and there was nothing fancy about it.

    I feel that it might be better blended with one of the stronger beans to balance it out.

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    Re: Nicaragua La Gloria Las Brisas

    Quote Originally Posted by 445F564752445F5E51435245370 link=1307861155/6#6 date=1311991359
    My OHs comments on this bean is that "its just coffee"*
    Thats exactly how I feel about this one. I use it as a base bean when blending. Theres nothing wrong with it...but nothing special either. For my mouth, its TOO well rounded - but I dont like "smooth" blends either.



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