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    Hi Folks, I am new to the art of home roasting. I have done a number of roasts using my slightly modified popper.
    I feel that my results have been good, but the feed back from SWMBO is that they are all crap, she is fixated on the Vittorio ORO blend.
    So I guess I am looking for a blend that may go close to the Vittorio ORO blend, so that the crap result may turn into a pass mark at least in her eyes - Cheers

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    Re: Looking for a clone blend

    The Vittoria blend recipe would be secret. All they say is its made from 100% arabica beans from Central and South America

    Even if you knew, its a big ask for someone new to roasting. I would concentrate on improving your technique.

    You say you have modded the popper but how much control do you have? Most poppers roast too quickly to provide good quality roasts.

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    • #3
      Re: Looking for a clone blend

      Thanks for the input, just looking for a starting point, not the exact recipe.
      MY popper mods are; i have adjusted the vents to slow the roast time, fitted a thermocouple to monitor the temp and have made a hand held battery operated stirrer to keep the beans moving.
      And as a side project I am building a Turbo Roaster.
      Cheers

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      • #4
        Re: Looking for a clone blend

        Total guess but I reckon try doing a roast with 60 or 70% brazil, and 30 or 40% Guatemalan. Roast a little bit longer, a little bit darker.


        Then leave it for a couple of months to go really stale before drinking.

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        • #5
          Re: Looking for a clone blend

          Hi, thanks for that, looks like a good starting point, I initially had 40% Brazil, 40% Columbian and 20% Guatemalan as a starting point.
          At least iI dont have to wait 8 weeks to try it, like do my homebrew beer.
          Cheers

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for a clone blend

            Originally posted by 59786376747B6272170 link=1341128326/4#4 date=1341235585
            40% Brazil, 40% Columbian and 20% Guatemalan as a starting point.
            Nothing wrong with that. In other words, give it a try.
            The consistent point in the whole home roasting experience is you are the one driving it.

            You could roast up a batch of Brazilian  as a base for your blends - say 200g. Then roast a 100g or so of 2 or 3 other beans. Leave these to rest for a while. For me, it would be at least a week. Then combine these  3 or 4 beans in different proportions until you find one that works for you.

            You could easily come up with something better than the Oro, and SWMBO will be impressed. You could always keep an empty Vittoria bag on hand and add your blend to it. When the missus expresses appreciation, let her in on the secret.

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            • #7
              Re: Looking for a clone blend

              Then leave it for a couple of months to go really stale before drinking. 
              ouch!
              ;D

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for a clone blend

                I think the key here is to recognise that your wife has become accustomed to the Oro Blend. It is what she expects coffee to taste like and anything else may be an assault on the senses. After all, its said that no one likes change.

                If youre trying to replicate Oro, then you might as well just buy it from the supermarket. However, if you want to convert her, then do it gradually. Try blending 80% Oro with 20% of your own roast for a while, then gradually increase the percentage of your own roast with the Oro.

                Its a sneaky way of influencing change, that might work! ;D

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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for a clone blend

                  Originally posted by 58797272756F1C0 link=1341128326/10#10 date=1341275778
                  I think the key here is to recognise that your wife has become accustomed to the Oro Blend.  It is what she expects coffee to taste like and anything else may be an assault on the senses.  After all, its said that no one likes change.
                  So True, So True, the journey of change has started - Cheers

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