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    Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" beans?

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    I had a bit of hesitation writing out this thread simply because individual tastes are so diverse. Im looking to expand my bean stash but specifically Im after beans that would be considered more "interesting" than what you would use as base beans. Just as an example of my taste preferences, my favourite 3 "interesting" beans at the moment are:
    Ethiopian Harar (roasted to before SC), Rwandan Cyangugu (roasted into first snaps of SC) and Kenya AA (roasted into SC as well). I also like the Ethiopian Sidamo and Brazil Ipanema Conquista but would rate them after the first 3 mentioned.

    What would you suggest to get if I were after more "interesting beans"? Again, one mans "interesting" may be another mans "one-dimensional or dull" but please feel free to pen down your preferences.

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Howdie!

    My 2 cents worth would be: Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala.

    Although most Colombians are fairly sweet rather than bright (well the few that I have tasted are) but I really enjoy a decent Costa Rican.

    Happy Sipping.

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    It really does depend on your definition of interesting.

    A few weeks ago I roasted some Ugandan Mt Elgon and the taste to me was ashy.
    That could be considered interesting.
    I didnt really like the taste.

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Costa Rica seems to appear a lot when the word "interesting" is mentioned. Guatemala looks to be a good prospective too.

    I tried Ugandan Bugisu a while back (it was already roasted), and I didnt like it all that much but my mum took a liking to it. not sure about the Mt Elgon.

    Keep em coming guys....


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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    I am really keen to try the latest Tanzanian Arumeru from Beanbay.

    The first lot I had I have been doling out really carefully because they are just a great bean, the aroma knocks your head off and the flavour is great.

    Andy reckons this lot is better than the previous so that is going to be an interesting comparison.


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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Quote Originally Posted by NewToEspresso link=1195976903/0#3 date=1196030181
    I tried Ugandan Bugisu a while back (it was already roasted), and I didnt like it all that much but my mum took a liking to it. not sure about the Mt Elgon.
    The Bugisu is one of my favourites but you need to be careful not to roast it too deeply..... fairly explodes on the palate with plenty of berry-like qualities, good body, mild acidity and a lingering dark chocolate finish. Lots of friends and relos hang out for this one too....

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Perhaps an alternative way to add to this list...

    What beans would you list as one that is:
    1. a GREAT bean to be drunk as SO in a milk drink AND
    2. be a good blend-rescue bean ie. a good bean to add to another bean which is a little one-dimensional as SO.

    A good example would be, I had some El Salvadorian beans which I thought was a bit one-dimensional. It just lack something when I had it with milk. When I added Eth harar to it or Rwandan Cyangugu to it, the blend was very nice in a milk drink.

    Any beans you would nominate in that category?

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    I know that the Kenyan AA have been getting good reviews as a SO but I prefer it as part of a blend.

    And this will create a stir, but prefer Yirg as part of a blend as well.

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Indian Mysore Nuggets
    Most PNG varietals
    Most Africans
    Bolivian (havent seen this one in ages Andy ;) )

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    In terms of country of origin, I have to say Ethiopia seems to be very well represented given beans from their different regions almost all seem to warrant a mention: The harar is up there with the best of them, Ive tried the Sidamo and its very nice, the Yirgs and Limu I havent tried but apparently have no shortage of supporters...

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Quote Originally Posted by NewToEspresso link=1195976903/0#6 date=1196053209
    Perhaps an alternative way to add to this list...

    What beans would you list as one that is:
    1. a GREAT bean to be drunk as SO in a milk drink AND
    2. be a good blend-rescue bean ie. a good bean to add to another bean which is a little one-dimensional as SO.

    A good example would be, I had some El Salvadorian beans which I thought was a bit one-dimensional. It just lack something when I had it with milk. When I added Eth harar to it or Rwandan Cyangugu to it, the blend was very nice in a milk drink.

    Any beans you would nominate in that category?
    PNG Kimel.

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean


    Bolivian (havent seen this one in ages Andy)
    Interesting point Nunu, neither have I. Its not appearing in any samples coming through the different brokers either. There must be a story in there somewhere, I just dont know what it is? Politics/climate/shipping... one or all I expect.


    Interesting coffee?

    In a word: A F R I C A

    Diverse process, great flavour, big aroma and pizzazz!
    Floral, fruity, winey, chocolate, acidic, sweet... Africa has them all covered.

    Im sure there are some bad African coffees but Im having trouble thinking of one.
    ;)


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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Are you saying that all Africans would make this category ie. Tanzanian, Malawian etc...?

    Any other suggestions?


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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean


    Best suggestion is just do it!

    If you take bean suggestions from everyone you will end-up with a compromise coffee, the same thing that commercial blends suffer from.

    The more you roast, the more you blend, the more chance you will develop the blend that suits YOU and YOUR TASTE the best.

    Thats the real reason that CSrs are so passionate about their coffee.

    :)

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Say, how would the Guatemalan Huehuetenango SHB fare in this regard?

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    Hey everyone

    I also like the Ethiopian Sidamo, and definitely consider it different myself. When I say different, I mean that it has a unique sort of flavour that no other bean replicates. I also happen to consider the Peru Segunda beans most enjoyable and unique.

    Ever tried the monsooned beans? Malabar I think ..? Cant remember, apparently theyve got something unique and special about them.

    I dont really find my Huehue to be a really unique bean - dont get me wrong its absolutely beautiful, and its the hardest damn bean Ive ever roasted which is fun.. but to me its more of the fantastic classic coffee flavour... I think of it as a bean that would make someone who doesnt drink a lot of coffee want more coffee!! If you get my drift..

    Im wondering about the yirgs etc, I still havent had a chance to try any - also the yemen beans too. coffeehit (one of our sponsors) have some yemen, its fairly pricey but it could be worth it?

    I heard also that some of the beans from Nicaragua had a distinctive flavour.. havent tried them myself though.

    Happy hunting!

    Rolley

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    Re: Suggestions for "Interesting" or "Bright" bean

    I second the monsooned malabar i tried one a whinle ago and it was definatley interesting! Sumatran manhelding"blue batak" is another good one it also blends well with the kenya aa.



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