Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: bland ethiopian

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    62

    bland ethiopian

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all.
    Im only very new to roasting but the flavours and crema im getting is like WOW! Best decision i made to get the starter pack from here!
    But i have ethiopian and roasted it to around cs 8-9 and the flavour is nice. Not like coffee im used to. But like... Well rather bland. Definately more fruity then chocolatey but not a strong flavour. Is there any advice anyone can give me to improve this guy?
    On a side note.... Peruvian.... Mmmmm haha

  2. #2
    Senior Member NakiChap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Perth , WA , Australia
    Posts
    352
    Maybe give the ethiopian a few more days rest time for the flavours to develop,

    You could possibly roast a little bit darker CS 9

    I find 8 days post on they taste great.

  3. #3
    Senior Member GregWormald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,286
    Ethiopian (and most beans) do taste best after a few days and up to a couple of weeks post roast.
    Since I only drink espresso--well, ristrettto--I like my beans roasted to CS 9 or 10. I find the lighter roasts to be a bit bland and 'acidic' unless really well aged. I have some Australian that only tastes good to me after 3 weeks.

    Ethiopian beans range widely. What bean is it? Many Ethiopian beans are on my 'most favourite' list.

    Greg

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    62
    Thanks for the advice everyone. Ill do a darker roast and let them sit a week before the first try
    Oh. They're Ethiopian gambella sundried
    Hopefully i can work these tricky beans out Haha

  5. #5
    CoffeeSnobs Owner Andy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Internet
    Posts
    16,845
    Blog Entries
    1
    Yep, another vote for darker too... the Gambella can be an amazing coffee and should be a lot of things but rarely would I expect them to be "bland".

    I'm sure with a bit more roast time you will find a totally different coffee.

  6. #6
    Senior Member tasadam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Near Devonport, Tasmania
    Posts
    278

    bland ethiopian

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    ... the Gambella can be an amazing coffee
    +1. I have fond memories of it.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Stan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Just North of Brisbane
    Posts
    943
    +1 for darker. Gambella is a very forgiving bean and to me is best at CS 10. It is one of my favorites.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Sydney, Australia, Australia
    Posts
    14
    yep, no way would I call this bland

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    158
    I have the same issue with "nice but a bit bland" with both the Gambella and Yemen when I go too light (before or at the first snap of second crack) - but push them into 2nd crack and you've got a fabulous espresso!

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    979
    Try using a lower dose and finer grind to extract a bit more out of the coffee too.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Bosco_Lever's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    QLD
    Posts
    442
    Quote Originally Posted by muppet_man67 View Post
    Try using a lower dose and finer grind to extract a bit more out of the coffee too.
    A finer grind will result in a lower dose volume.

  12. #12
    Senior Member trentski's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Altona, Melbourne
    Posts
    1,581
    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Quote Originally Posted by Bosco_Lever View Post
    A finer grind will result in a lower dose volume.
    only if you dose by weight rather than volume, I dose by volume



Similar Threads

  1. Suggestions for Da Bland Blend
    By NewToEspresso in forum Blending Room
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 1st April 2008, 05:05 PM
  2. Ethiopian Sidamo
    By javabeen in forum General Coffee Related...
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 5th March 2007, 09:51 PM
  3. Ethiopian Yirgacheff
    By TC in forum General Coffee Related...
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 15th April 2006, 05:42 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •