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  • Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

    I just roasted another coffee (Guatemala Huehuetenango)

    again, I used 2 different method

    1. start with 150 for 5 mins, 250 till FC, 230 till finish, time is 19:30 (SC about to happen)
    2. start with 250 till FC, 225 during FC, 230 till finish, time is 18:40 (SC about to happen)

    anyone wanna take a guess again? which one will be good, I will go and do the cupping tomorrow 8-)

  • #2
    Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

    Gday Pulo....

    Probably just me but I found that these seem to work best in the cup if you allow the beans to head into Second Crack(SC) for about 30 seconds and just when the Roll starts to get going, dump them and cool immediately. Flavour seemed to be fairly well developed after 5-6 days rest in a 1-Way Valve bag and peaked after 7-8 days. This is all subjective of course and only addresses the peculiarities of my palate. Might be worth a try though just to see how you like it....

    Cheers mate,
    Mal.

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    • #3
      Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

      thank you, I will try it later. But the question is does that mean it still undeveloped before SC? I read the article and it was saying after SC, the sugar will be caramelised, and it will transfer to body. And after SC, isnt the favour will be reduce?

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      • #4
        Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

        The cupping result came out pretty similar, smooth acidity, sweet finished, but the 2nd methods aroma is more than the 1st one. I will try it after few days 8-)

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        • #5
          Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

          Good stuff mate.... 8-)

          The name of the game is experimentation. You wont know what youre missing out on unless you experiment a bit, keep good records of your roasts and cupping impressions for future reference. Theres really no wrong way to roast if the end result in the cup has your taste buds tingling. Without good record keeping though, you wont know what you did and may find it hard to replicate.

          Seems like youre doing a good job though mate. Stick to it and have fun... ;D

          Mal.

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          • #6
            Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

            Id guess #2 to be "better". Hue should be a hard bean, which likes lots of heat before first crack, and not so much after first crack.

            My guess is that youll taste some sweet chocolate syrup in there! Sounds great.

            #1 might taste more fruity/flowery. Still good though.

            CHAD

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            • #7
              Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

              Had a play with this yesterday seedlings and you are so right, it was very hard to control heat after FC. Then my :-[ heat gun blew out ...........

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              • #8
                Re: Gene Cafe - About Guatemala Huehuetenango

                Youve got to be a bit careful with beans of this character though, "SHB" and "SHG" varieties, as it is all too easy to apply too much heat too quickly with the end result that a lot of the beans will not be evenly roasted all the way through. Disregarding where in the roast cycle you prefer to dump and cool, I believe a much more successful roast outcome is achieved when you kind of sneak up on First Crack(FC) rather than blast the beans with loads of MJoules.

                Dont know how best to do this with a Gene Cafe as I use a Corretto but I think if you try varying the profile such that you continually but slowly increase the amount of heat until you have an actively rolling FC (depends on batch size to a large extent - the larger the batch size, the earlier you should taper off the applied heat) and then allow the beans to coast towards Second Crack(SC) and stop the roast at which ever point suits you. These are really hard and tough beans and do benefit from a specific roasting approach to get the best out of them. Experiment a bit to find out what works for you.... In the cup of course

                Mal.

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