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    Ethiopian Gambella

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    I roasted some of this today and I found a lot of pearls in it and the beans were very uneven is size roasted to CS 10. *I have attached the roast profle. *Any comments appreciated.



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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    Hi Stan
    I roasted 500gm of this today and had a similar result, other roasts tend to be very even in the corretto but this bean is very different.

    Any others out there have a similar experience with this bean?

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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    Yep, weve noticed the same unevenness.

    We even picked out the quakers/pearls from one batch and immediately cupped them side-by-side with the "normal" beans. The quakers didnt taste under-roasted by any means, and they actually had a lot more complexity of flavour - including a lovely Harrar-like blueberry note. From that point on we decided to leave them in!

    We really like this bean. Best profile (on our Corretto) is quite a deep roast, taken ~3mins past the first snaps of 2nd - into rolling 2nd. Very big and balanced SO.

    Cheers
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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    Dirty, uneven roasting beans tend to be my favourites, and the Gambella Naturals are amongst them. *Hows that fro a generalisaation? ::)

    Stan, from what I can make out on your graph you might like to try stretching out the time between FC and second crack, then stop the roast on the cusp, or barely into second crack. I find this brings out a lot of fruitcake flavours - perfect for Christmas! :)

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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    Thanks for the info.
    I have roasted this bean once before but didnt remember the uneveness of the roast.

    It will be just in time for the xmas week.

    Mal

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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    Quote Originally Posted by cuppacoffee link=1220165296/0#3 date=1229227489
    Stan, from what I can make out on your graph you might like to try stretching out the time between FC and second crack, then stop the roast on the cusp, or barely into second crack. I find this brings out a lot of fruitcake flavours - perfect for Christmas! :)
    Geez, Youve got better eyes than me Den... :o

    Support what Dennis has described above. You dont want to go too far into Second Crack with these and even then, you want them to coast into the first few snaps of SC, wait a bit for a few lazy snaps to keep happening and then dump and cool. Youll get Christmas Cake (and Pudding too) after a few days rest, so make sure you time it (the roast) right for opening on Christmas Day..... 8-)

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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    This was a long time ago and I have roasted two more loads of this in recent times.

    I now have a longer ramp to first crack and about 4-5 minutes to second. I stop most of my roasts just on second crack as I like them a bit darker. The last two roasts of this bean have been outstanding. I am still learning to control the temp with my corretto but most of my roasts now going from between 18 - 20 minutes depending on the bean with first crack about 14 minutes.

    Whilst I watch the temp and listen for the cracks I now finish the roast more by sight as I am looking for particular CS colour and also I like to wait for the beans to turn glossy (Oils starting to appear I think).

    I find that they suit my taste and the wifes at this level. And as most married men know if the wife is happy every thing else is secondary ;D ;D

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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    Stan I roasted this bean some time ago from what I remember the best way is long and slow roast and finish before 2CR just as Dennis said.If you go to fast with this one it will oil right up and wont taste that good.

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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

    I roasted 500g yesterday. second crack came on quicker than expected. CS 9>10. A little uneven. Feedback appreciated :)


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    Re: Ethiopian Gambella

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buschy link=1220165296/0#8 date=1229727367
    second crack came on quicker than expected.
    I find they have a tendency to do this - will run away quite quickly if youre not prepared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buschy link=1220165296/0#8 date=1229727367
    A little uneven.
    Just a little? Id say mine are very uneven and considered normal for this bean. They all taste great though - try and hang on to them for Christmas and theyll be divine with your pudding! :)






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