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    Help developing my first planned blend~ a photo journey.

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    OK- when it comes to the finer points of coffee tasting and roasting I am somewhat of *philistine. In the past I have randomly blended various beans, but never with any real intention or understanding of the subtleties.

    So I am asking for some help making a planned blend this evening so I can see if I can taste the difference.

    Here is how I have started: I just roasted 400 grams of the Java Blawan estate. Roast time was around 20 minutes- I killed the roast at the first signs of 2nd crack- which continued for the first few minutes of the cooling cycle. I then opened the door to try and speed up the cool down. The result was a CS8-9? medium dark roast (pictures attached) I think it looks quite good? Nice even roast- no oil spotting yet, or chipping, perhaps a few charred bits?

    This will be my base bean.

    For blender beans I have the following on hand:

    Brazil Pulped Natural
    India Madikeri Robusta (enjoying a bit of this in my blends I must say)
    Ethiopian Gambella Sundried
    Peru Ceja de Selva Estate
    Honduras Los Bancos
    PNG Wahgi Peaberry
    PNG Wahagi
    *Tanzania Rononi

    I plan to roast another 800 grams or so. two or three mixer beans?

    Now: does anyone have a master roaster recipe for me? Is my base bean no good?

    If it looks like a good starting point- and If I get a response this evening I will commence roasting and then post the tasting result in a few days...

    BTW- this blend will be for lever espresso machines in the main. I will post a shot of the pull once I have rested the beans for the period of time recommended by the master roaster.






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    Re: Help developing my first planned blend~ a photo journey.

    Hi Jack,

    I see the Brazil or Brazil/Indian or the Peru as potential blend bases.

    I think the Indo will possiblly overpower the others if used as a base....

    Perhaps start with one of the bases at say 50% and then experiment from there...

    Good luck!

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    Re: Help developing my first planned blend~ a photo journey.

    I agree with 2mcm on the base bean

    Out of your listed possible blender you cant go past the Ethiopian Gambella Sundried. Start with a 50/50 blend with the Java Blawan estate for a modern day variation of the ever popular Mocha Java.

    As a base i wouls start with Brazil Pulped Natural or the Peru Ceja de Selva.

    Brazillians and south Americans are a good base to start with.
    Take care using the India Madikeri Robusta when blending with more subtle coffees as sometimes it overpowers instead of lifts.

    Keep up posted :)

    Luke.

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    Re: Help developing my first planned blend~ a photo journey.

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    Thanks for the tips guys....

    as i already had the 400 grams of Java Blawan I went ahead anyhow.... I roasted 400 grams of Tanzania Roponi and 150 grams of the India Madikeri Robusta and blended them all together. Nice looking roast and I start drinking tomorrow. I will look back to this thread at next roast time and use a suggested blend.



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