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    Mix and Match Multiple Roasts

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Weve settled into a comfortable routine consuming *2 x 200gm roasts per week in my barbecue rotisserie roaster.
    The drawback is being stuck on single origins and only wondering what a blend may taste like.
    But with 200 gms being the minimum viable roast for critical mass, the procedure makes it impossible to roast, say, 3 or 4 varieties and THEN blend them--theyd go stale by the time all are consumed.
    So, against my better judgement, I decided to blend first, and then roast them all together.
    Ive had as much as 7 different bean types stirring away in that rotisserie. That works out to a shade under 30 grms of each variety to comprise a 200 gram batch.
    The result? -- Very pleasing. May I say first up the roasts are extraordinarily even. Impossible to pick out one bean from another by the colour--all are evenly hued.
    Grind? --No special consideration for the different beans, just grind as per usual and it all comes out in the wash.
    Taste?--Again, very pleasing. And always interesting to see how all the flavours come together.
    Crema?--Always lots of that, specially given no beans are more than 4 days old.

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    Re: Mix and Match Multiple Roasts

    Nothing particularly wrong with preblending. Some would suggest premixing the beans and letting them rest together but I store all my beans in the same place so they should be pretty even in moisture content.

    You do need to give some consideration to the normal roasting time and level of roast of each bean as mixing big-slow-dark roast beans with small-fast-light roast beans obviously wont deliver the desired result.

    I almost always preblend two and very occasionally three beans when Im not doing SO and have had good results. It is a bit of a compromise, but as you note, I dont want stale beans at the end of the batch.

    Blending is an art in itself so doing them two at a time in different ratios can be quite a learning experience.

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    Re: Mix and Match Multiple Roasts

    Hi:

    I find just roasting the beans separately then blending them by just mixing them in a bowl before going into the grinder, just great. The advantage is that you get to taste different blends all the time and if you dont like what you have done then just change the mix. I have Malawi, Java, Sumatran and Indian beans at the moment. I love the Malawi bean, fantastic. I blended it yesterday 70% with 30% indian and it was fantastic. This morning I did a 50% Malawi/25% Sumatran/25% Indian. Not quite as good. I am going to stick to about 70% Malawi as it tastes so good it really doesnt want blending at a lower level.

    The amounts I use are just probably about three doubles worth at a time, not much.

    If I want say a latte rather than an espresso then I tend to use some more Indian robusta for punch. If I just have a soft Malawi/Java blend then it makes outstanding espresso.

    Good fun.

    Grant

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    Re: Mix and Match Multiple Roasts

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    I just read the thread again. Yes I see the problem where you have a minimum quantity. I do 80 - 120g in my popper at a time which is ideal. You may want to invest $20 in a popper plus $2.50 for the campbells pea and ham soup. Empty the can into a bowl, microwave and enjoye lunch and a coffee. After lunch snip the can 6x30mm sliver and fit into top of popper.

    Voila, great little popper and the can just sits there quite securely and the unit makes great coffee. It is also very quick. I have found it does the beans very well, although it is sure to give you a different flavour profile.

    Grant



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