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    Nicaragua Matagalpa Diamond Microlot

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I roasted 2 batches of this on Monday 25/6 in the Gene Cafe, I did it by feel, not sticking to my usual routine.

    I just sampled and espresso from the 2nd batch which was roasted lighter, CS8-9, 16.3% loss in mass. I was stunned at how silky and smooth it was, nice pleasant acidity, some chocolate, stunning coffee.

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    300g in the Gene.
    Set the temp to 238.
    First crack at 12:38
    Rolling first crack at 13:27. Dropped the temp to 232 at this point.
    Pulled at 16:16.
    251g post roast, 16.3% loss in mass.

    Im very glad I ordered 5kg of this in greens. Thanks Andy, stunning coffee.

    Cheers
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    Thinking of roasting some of this tonight. Has anyone tried this in a latte/flat white, either as a SO or in a blend? Was thinking of going equal parts with either of the Brazils, the Columbian VG and the Nicaragua.
    Barry O'Speedwagon

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    Try it as an SO first. You might find it doesn't need blending. I tried it with milk and the chocolate cuts through well but felt it was wasted, it's so nice black.

    Cheers
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    I just roasted some of this yesterday. On the Behmor 350g 1LbP3C. End result 291g. Similar loss of mass to javabeen 16.86%. Pulled at first signs of second crack and cooled externally. Looks and smells amazing at about CS8-9. Can't wait to try it. By the way it's sold out in beanbay!!! Unfortunately I only bought 2.5kg!!

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    Thanks guys. Did a SO roast (in the i-Coffee) so will try that first. Just short of CS9, with a bit of 2nd crack action going on as I pulled it.

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    Just gave this bean a go in a coretto. I came up short with about a CS7 or so. Smells great and quite an even roast. Hoping it still cups alright as an espresso or long black given the lighter roast. Will let you guys know.

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    Wow cs7. Will be interested in your feedback. Keen to see how it goes in a pour over if you have one.

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    I just love this bean too - have been drinking it all month, heaps of dusty complexity and great in either espresso or with milk

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    Hey Java, will let you know. I'm still getting through my beans from St Ali after a recent trip to Melbourne. Probably cup it in a few days and get back to you. It came up much lighter than i'd hoped but should be interesting. The Ethiopian harrar turned out much better the following roast.

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    Took a while to get back to you all. I gave my light roast a go in the french press. Not to my liking but then again i'm not the biggest fan of the french press. It was quite bitter with a light body. Definitely roasted too light for me.

    I did however give this another go and roasted to about cs 9 -10, much nicer. Very chocolatey and smooth. It cuts through milk nicely. As espresso it's quite bitey but smells beautiful off the grinder! Definetly wish i bought more of this one for my milk coffees!

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    Just found a couple stones mixed with this bean.
    Might be worth checking before you put it through your grinder.

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    Quite warm in melbourne so I just tried this in an affogato and oh my god! It's a must, what a fabulous combination. The chocolate stands out and the coffee flavour works so well with the vanilla ice cream.

    Try it if you get a chance, it's sure to delight friends and family.

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    I've roasted this one a number of times and have decided it is only a blender.. Too bland and does nothing for me as SO in latte - my taste buds. Glad to see others are enjoying this bean but plenty of other CS beans are higher up my list like MM and Tanzania Uru\Yirg

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    Well I certainly can't describe this bean as bland from the roasts I've been doing. It has quite a bit of complexity and if roasted right you can get acidity and choc.

    But fair enough if you need to blend it, all good. Thats the beauty of home roasting, each can roast for their own palate.

    Javabeen.

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    I've haven't had a bland bean from beanbay, ever, just different ones.
    I've stuffed up some roasts but it was me, not the bean.
    I haven't tried them all either and I certainly have some favourites, Uru being one of them.

    Looking forward to seeing if commanda starts her suggested thread of favourite beans from 2012,
    should be an interesting read.



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