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Thread: Ethiopia Bensa Sagara

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    Ethiopia Bensa Sagara

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Roasted 300g of Bensa Sagara a few days ago, did a ten minute roast to a lively first crack and quickly cooled them for filter brewing.
    Greens had a fruity aroma and when unloading them from the cooler they a fragrant fruity aroma.
    Ran them through the Clever dripper today 30g to 400ml water and 1m30sec brew time.
    Very clean and sweet with velvety mouthfeel, lovely stonefruit flavours and a nice finish.
    You have done it again Andy!!
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    I'm loving this one too, I actually have a Brazen filter of it beside me at the moment.

    Smells amazing.
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    This is definitely another Ethiopian stunner - up there with the Sidamo Ardi and Biftu Gesha!
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    Have been enjoying it as cold brew this week, the flavours really stand out!!
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    I learned about these Ethiopians with the Sidamo. I bought 5kg of that when it came out, now it's out of stock and may not make it back this season. I'm in danger of running out.

    So I bought 5kg of the Bensa Sagara based on Andy's write up and now I've worked my way through two 333g batches I bought 5kg more. It'll make a rather handy substitute as and when I run out of Sidamo.

    Now up to 52 varieties in the cupboard, totalling 103kg. That's about two year's supply so I'd better reign it in... yeah right. Until a new variety lands.
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    Into some of these beauties. I did a relatively gentle ramping profile (for an Ethiopian) and dropped a little before second crack at around 215.5. While I wasn't expecting the huge fruit I'm hearing about with this type of profile, I did get a creamy, thick body (almost like the latest batch of Waghi!) and a lovely smooth choc bomb in the cup, but without any hint of the baking I'd expect from a slower roasted Harrar. So I'm thinking it's like a combo of and early-peaking Yemen and some Gambella without the fruit-cake! Great bean for a true Mocha Java explosion

    Next time I'll try to explore a faster roast and lighter drop…
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    I just roasted it at 100% from start, dropped to 50% at first crack and 25% at rolling first crack, dropped it about 20 seconds short of second crack. Makes a great flat white. Bought some more. I'm heading overseas in a few weeks, might take a few bags with me to go in the Flair.
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    Anyone having this as an espresso?

    I find myself using high ratios and longer brew times to balance the acid to sweetness,

    Really liking this one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 392392 View Post
    Anyone having this as an espresso?

    I find myself using high ratios and longer brew times to balance the acid to sweetness,

    Really liking this one!
    I ended up doing a faster roast of this bean (well, faster than the one I roasted earlier!) and certainly found it now had lots of lovely sweet, fruity acidity as espresso. I always use pretty slow pours anyway, and they certainly responded well to this bean. Not quite Yirg-like citrus flavours, but more stone fruit. And makes a lovely milk based brew too!
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