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    Bali Gunung Agung

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    I made my first BeanBay purchase recently, the BGA. The first small batch I roasted to around CS7-8, most recently I blended 2 roasts - CS10 and 8 50/50. I just can't seem to get it to taste good. There are many possible variables of course - new espresso machine, new grinder, dodgy backyard barista skills, but by both mine and my wife's admission the Aldi coffee we had before I got the BGA was better. Same machine, grinder & barista. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbadan View Post
    I made my first BeanBay purchase recently, the BGA. The first small batch I roasted to around CS7-8, most recently I blended 2 roasts - CS10 and 8 50/50. I just can't seem to get it to taste good. There are many possible variables of course - new espresso machine, new grinder, dodgy backyard barista skills, but by both mine and my wife's admission the Aldi coffee we had before I got the BGA was better. Same machine, grinder & barista. Thoughts?
    How are you drinking it? Espresso or with milk? It's not a bean that I'd fancy straight up...though it has a decent mouth feel. I've roasted it to CS9-10, but usually added to a blend with African / Sth American friends.

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    With milk. Maybe I'll buy a coupla other varieties and try some known blends. That way I'll be able to narrow down the variables a bit.

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    Maybe have a go at the Brazil Pulped Natural and basically any of the Ethiopians (Gambella, Yirgacheffe or Sidamo). Try 4/3/2 (African/Sth American/Bali) and it might just work well....but you'll work out what proportions appeal to your palate.

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    Out of interest, how are you roasting the Bali bean?

    Roaster type, roast profile, etc...

    Mal.

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    I use a Coretto with the ozito heat adjustable gun but it's early days. I haven't been taking notes on roast profiles but it's usually around 10-12 mins to FC (gradually ramping up the heat) then another 5-10 mins to finish with the heat around 50%. To judge the finish I go by colour, switching off the gun a little before I get what I'm after.

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    How long after roasting are you using your beans? Try spelling beans for about a week after roasting. They may then be at their best for another 2 to 3 weeks.

    Barry

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    2-3 days. Actually now you mention it, it did taste a bit better this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbadan View Post
    2-3 days. Actually now you mention it, it did taste a bit better this morning.
    Therein lies a fair bit of your problem, Dubbadan. Best to leave til at least day 6, preferably a bit longer for many beans. Doesn't mean you can't try them beforehand, of course, but temper your expectations of a 2 day old bean.

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    Better get roasting then. Thanks for the advice.

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    Roasted some Sulawesi Blue and India Malabar Gold yesterday. Just out of interest, I chucked some in the grinder this morning, 50/50 blend. It tasted better than the matured Bali beans. Maybe it's that my roasting skill has improved, or maybe it's just a personal taste thing. Probably both actually.



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