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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianB View Post
    10 days in the bag, I just want to open it to see what all the fuss is about!
    Good luck!
    I'm just about to crack into my 2nd bag too, at 12 days post roast – guess we'll see! My earlier findings were a thick, cocoa-like espresso, but not a lot of Ethiopian-like acidity or fruit (like I'd expect from a Gambella) but maybe the rest will add some new elements
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    The rest has certainly changed these beans — I'm still assessing the benefits
    At 3-7 days I was getting a gelatinous cocoa espresso but not a lot of flavour as such, and a very chocolately flat white. Now, there is still a cocoa-like base, but the body is a little lighter, it has slightly more acidity and some aroma has developed as an espresso, with possibly subtle hints of sultanas or dried fruit.
    Through milk — surprisingly —*it is less chocolatey than it was, more milk rather than dark chocolate. We'll see how it goes the next few days.

    Just a question for the connoisseurs – are these the sorts of results you'd expect? Should I be hunting for other things by roasting lighter or faster?

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    No Matt, that sounds about right to me...

    The intensity of flavours continue to evolve quite a bit until by the end, most of the fruitiness is much more subtle but still retains loads of sweetness and dark, rich cocoa. One of the rare varietal of beans that is great in the cup, right to the last bean...

    Mal.
    (Don't know about the connoisseur bit though - )
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    Thanks Mal
    Sounds like I’m on the money then. I might have to roast some of the Harrar Andy sent up in my packages yesterday - that could make a lovely blend!

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    Mmmm, Harrar....

    Another great coffee. Personally, I wouldn't blend with Ismaili beans. I don't know that you would get the best from both varietals that way. Probably still make a great brew in the cup but each bean might mask the intrinsic flavour nuances of the other. I guess if you could roast each separately, then post blend small amounts subsequently to various ratios, you might hit on something that promotes the best of each bean and not lose anything.

    Sounds like another experiment coming up Matt...

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    Bag cracked on day 12, sampled, closed again and back in the cupboard......
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    I am drinking a bag at the moment and it is lovely dark cocoa flavours . Exactly Mal , my experience is this bean is good til the last shot . Doesn’t fade with age . Enjoying one as I type




    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    No Matt, that sounds about right to me...

    The intensity of flavours continue to evolve quite a bit until by the end, most of the fruitiness is much more subtle but still retains loads of sweetness and dark, rich cocoa. One of the rare varietal of beans that is great in the cup, right to the last bean...

    Mal.
    (Don't know about the connoisseur bit though - )
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    I'm actually drinking the Ismaili from a couple of years ago (hope this is not too off-topic). Managed to wait til day 11 before opening, and is probably at Day 19 now...still getting better...even in milk.
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    Roasted my first batch of this bean this morning, I have not Yemen beans previously so interested to see if i find it matches the hype! I will leave it for a week before trying it based on the comments in this thread!
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    Ooooh, pulled my first shot today, rested for 12 days
    1.6 yield (might be a little tight);
    This is really good! Great cocoa and body!
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    Weakened and pulled my first espresso at 5 days post roast. I was amazed by the spiciness, which turned into a stong sense of chiili and a definite chilli heat aftertaste!! Is this usual? I cant imagine it in a milk drink with so much spice!

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    Give it more time mate and you can drink it any way you prefer...

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Give it more time mate and you can drink it any way you prefer...

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    Yes, including as a double Jalfrezi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArnhemR View Post
    Weakened and pulled my first espresso at 5 days post roast. I was amazed by the spiciness, which turned into a stong sense of chiili and a definite chilli heat aftertaste!! Is this usual? I cant imagine it in a milk drink with so much spice!
    HILARIOUS!! What an idiot! I had soaked one of my home smoked habanero chillis in the espresso glass to rehydrate it the other day, obviously didnt wash it out properly and there was some residual chilli oil!!

    Today it tastes much better! Fantastic in fact. Mind you, I could be onto something with the chilli espresso!

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    Hah, good one mate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArnhemR View Post
    HILARIOUS!! What an idiot! I had soaked one of my home smoked habanero chillis in the espresso glass to rehydrate it the other day, obviously didnt wash it out properly and there was some residual chilli oil!!
    Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chilli, has a log Kow of about +3, meaning it is about 1000 times more soluble in oils / non-polar solvents* than it is in water.

    Best way to remove it without going into major chemistry is to scrub the surface with straight detergent and then wash the detergent off. Or wash it off with fresh coffee, your choice.




    *Kow is the octane / water partition coefficient, the standard way of assessing the degree to which solutes prefer non-polar or polar solvents. Technically the "o" is octane but the differences between that and other non polar solvents / oils are small.

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    Yup, I am usually pretty careful, I grow and process a lot of chillis so the contamination is usually something I am aware of, in this case I just clean forgot what I had done, probably just rinsed the espresso glass!

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    Ok, well its a week old now, I think its worth the premium, I cant remember drinking a better coffee, it is an amazing espresso, so balanced, never ending mouth feel, no bitterness at all. My wife drank her first espresso in her life without sugar - she always has about half a teaspoon in her coffee. I have sold a couple of 200g parcels to friends who I know only drink espresso so I will be interested to get their feedback. I certainly know what all the fuss is about now!
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