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    First impressions of Columbian Pensilvania

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi All,

    Firstly, I better point out that I am not an experienced "taster" of coffee and as such will not succumb to the temptation of using adjectives that I often see repeated on other websites but dont necessarily understand or feel able to qualify.

    That being said, I will put forth my first impressions of the above beans recently received:-

    Roast -
    These green beans certainly make their presence felt as soon as the bag is opened... A wonderful rich complexity hits the nostrils almost immediately and theyre not even roasted yet!
    They can certainly take on a very dark roast without ill effects. I currently use a couple of poppers to roast with, with most roasts completed at approx. 8 1/2-9 minutes. With these beans though, at this stage of the roast 2nd crack hadnt even started.
    2nd crack actually started at around 10 minutes and the roast was stopped after a rolling 2nd crack just commenced at about 10 1/2 minutes. The ensuing aroma was absolutely fantastic.
    Beans were allowed to rest for 48 Hrs before brewing and this wait was a most difficult task I can assure you.

    Taste and Aroma -
    The aroma while grinding was one of the most intense I have experienced from a Columbian and was reminiscent of recently ground cocoa with a very prominent spice laden pungency.
    After brewing with the Mokita, this aroma was still present but in much more intense form. This translated into an initial flavour that absolutely filled the mouth with a smooth, molten dark chocolate feel, that transformed slowly into a clean very pure coffee flavour that lingered on for more than an hour.

    It is now my intention to use this bean as the basis for a number of simple blends that I enjoy and will report back on those at a later date.

    Absolutely great bean, would recommend to anyone seeking something with a bit more oomph than the typical quality Brazilian Santos that one would generally use as the base bean. Cant wait for my next cuppa. All the best,

    Mal.

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    Re: First impressions of Columbian Pensilvania

    The coffee was obviously good, if youre writing a report about it at 3:44 in the morning. *Did you get any of the Decaf beans ;)

    Sounds like I shoud try this one out on the weekend as well. Well done to those who picked another winner !

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    Re: First impressions of Columbian Pensilvania

    Quote Originally Posted by poundy link=1108572279/0#1 date=1108590134
    The coffee was obviously good, if youre writing a report about it at 3:44 in the morning. Did you get any of the Decaf beans ;)

    Sounds like I shoud try this one out on the weekend as well. Well done to those who picked another winner !
    Hi Poundy,

    Yeah, I keep pretty peculiar hours to put it mildly. I work from home so standard 9-5 hours dont really apply. Anyway, enough of that.

    Sorry, didnt get any Decaf this time round. Ive never used it before and thought I would read what other peoples impressions of it were before commiting to 2.5Kgs or more next time around.

    I must admit though, I really do like a good Columbian and this is a very good one. I do like Brazils as base beans too but havent found one in recent times that has enough interesting character to consider using again. I missed out on the Brazil Bourbon beans and I understand that they are a more complex alternative to the standard Santos and Cerrado varieties.

    As with "sharkboy", Im pretty keen to try some simple blends with the Sumatran Mandheling too as this has a really interesting fragrance in the green, some of which must surely translate to the final roasted product. Hmmm, decisions decisions. Cant think of a better pastime.

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: First impressions of Columbian Pensilvania

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    Im a big fan of Colombian beans. I enjoy the results when they are blended with Kenyan AA/PB or the PNG Sigri PBs. Usually just a simple 3:2 blend, although with the arrival of the Sumatran Mandheling Ive made a couple of different blends. Ive had a little trouble accessing Brazilian beans so much of my blending has been based around Colombians. I got hold of some Brazilian Blue Washed Screen 15 this afternoon, so Ill give them a go as a base for blending.



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