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    Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    As this bean starts off a much paler colour than others, should I still be aiming for the CS 9/10 colour, or would it generally come out a bit lighter?

    Im not sure if its the bean or an environmental factor, but the batch I tried to roast in my popper earlier came out quite pale (6-7 maybe) even though I swear it got into 2nd crack.

    The roast did appear to be quite a bit quicker than other roasts I tried over the weekend (Yirg) - but the weather was a lot cooler at the weekend near Cooktown than it is here now in Cairns, so maybe that had an effect too?

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    Re: Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    I always take MM out a lot slower than normal roasts and end up with around CS7 at start of second crack. The moisture content in MM is a lot lower than most beans so a slower ramp to first crack is the way to go.

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    Looks like I will need to do a little work on the popper set up then, thanks.

    /me spies a breadmaker at the local auction tomorrow

    /me also spies a 93 2 grp brugnetti at same auction

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    hmm, shouldnt really reply to myself, but everything at that auction went for more than I was willing to pay.
    The Brugnetti went for $220 - $20 over the limit I had set myself for it. It probably still wasnt worth it as there was a fair bit of rust around the group, and it was generally a bit tatty. Would have been an interesting project though.

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    Re: Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    $220 is ridiculously cheap for any commercial machine - no matter what its state!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 474F40464E1411250 link=1248347268/4#4 date=1248416093
    $220 is ridiculously cheap for any commercial machine - no matter what its state!
    I know, however there were several reasons why I didnt want to go any higher.
    As said there were some pretty obvious signs of neglect.
    I am renting so couldnt get anything done with electrics to get it to work in a home situation
    It would have been a first project
    It is a fugly machine imho
    Posts here and other research seem to indicate it suffers with rust issues
    It was 16 years old
    etc, etc.

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    Yer fair enough. I am renting as well, and plan to buy a new 2000W element in my old 2grp and re-wire it to 10amp.

    But completely understand the fugly comment - I have seen a few Faema Dues and I just cant bring myself to like them (personal opinion!)

    Next time maybe ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 424A45434B1114200 link=1248347268/6#6 date=1248416981
    I have seen a few Faema Dues and I just cant bring myself to like them (personal opinion!)
    Yep, thats fair enough of course but under the bonnet these are superlative machines and if great coffee is your main objective then outside of a LM or similar youd be hard pressed to do better.... 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 270A0E020F630 link=1248347268/7#7 date=1248438874
    Quote Originally Posted by 424A45434B1114200 link=1248347268/6#6 date=1248416981
    I have seen a few Faema Dues and I just cant bring myself to like them (personal opinion!)
    Yep, thats fair enough of course but under the bonnet these are superlative machines and if great coffee is your main objective then outside of a LM or similar youd be hard pressed to do better.... 8-)

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    Yer I have heard that Mal. And it is so disappointing because they are so 90s! ;D Way too much plastic
    I am a fan of the Faema Express - a couple of restos have been done on CS before with fantastic aesthetic results - hopefully the coffee would match! ;)

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    Re: Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    p.s sorry for taking this WAY off topic

    feel free to delete

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    Re: Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    Just letting fellow roasters know, I have found 2 stones in my Monsoon Malabar.

    May save you a few $$$ if you spend a few minutes and check your stash!!! 8-)


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    Re: Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    Quote Originally Posted by 677265656E6D616E000 link=1248347268/1#1 date=1248351068
    I always take MM out a lot slower than normal roasts and end up with around CS7 at start of second crack.
    Roasted some MM for the first time last night (from the July 2009 BeanBay)
    Roasted 500g in pretty much the same way as Greenman described - slow ramp to first crack at 15mins *then pulled about 15 seconds into second crack about 5 mins later - to a CS7 depth. It seemed to want to ramp quickly so you need to watch your climb to first crack. Its abit of a noisy swine so, for a change, I could hear the cracks somewhat clearly.

    Quite impressed with the results (Pic below - much more even than than the flash photograph from my HTC Desire indicates.

    Im going to have to wait for a couple of weeks for this. Followed this with 500g of Mexico Tapachula El Tacana. I reckon these beans might blend well together.


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    Heres the profile I use for MM, which is somewhat longer roast, and a much slower ramp past 160C than I would otherwise use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5D574255555A4E483B0 link=1248347268/11#11 date=1289605326
    Quite impressed with the results

    Im going to have to wait for a couple of weeks for this. Followed this with 500g of Mexico Tapachula El Tacana. I reckon these beans might blend well together.
    Well its 2.5 weeks and I think its only starting to come good now. Next time Ill take this into RSC. Reading other posts suggest thet MM can withstand a much darker roast. I get the spiciness that a lighter roast would provide but it begs for a little more chocolate.

    The 50-50 blend with the Mexican was excellent. I read elsewhere today that MM goes well with A Central American and on the basis of this, I would agree. Anyone tried a bit of MM with a MochaJava blend. I am considering adding 20% to a Harar Longberry + Sulawsei Torajah blend but not sure how it would work.

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    The nicest blend I ever had with MM, was with Sipangan Bolon. The sweet nuttiness worked really well with it.

    I bought 3 bags of MM this time, so will be trying a few more different combinations to see what works..

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    Re: Roasting Monsoon Malabar

    Thanks Borat. I wondered if the earthiness of an Indo combined with the earthiness of the MM might be too overwhelming.

    The MM I had this morning 18 days post-roast was excellent and improving. The acidity was a bit too pronounced for my tastes before today. The spiciness has come through very nicely.

    I have 1.8 bags of MM. I might try two roasts: one pulled at CS7 (just into SC) and the second stopped at RSC and mix them together.

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    speaking of earthiness, I was surprised how earthy the haiti grand cru was, in the first 3-4 days post roast, then backing off toward 7 days. *

    I quite like earthy coffee; the earthier the better... *:D I reckon it gives you a real feeling of where the coffee came from, when you think you can taste the earth it was growing in...



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