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    Roasting Ethiopians

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    GDay All

    Ive just roasted some Panama Boquete & Ethiopian Limmu. *The Panama was a very even & uniform roast (CS9). *Although the Limmu was OK, it wasnt as even in colour (CS5 to CS7). *Ive also noticed this when roasting other Ethiopian beans as well, such as Harrar & Yirg!

    Do South American beans tend to roast more evenly as a rule? Or do I need to change my approach to roasting the Yirg, Limmu & Harrar? *:-?

    Thanks

    Andrew 8-)

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    Re: Roasting Ethiopians

    Yo S-dog,

    South and Central American beans TEND to be wet-processed and/or meticulously graded, compared to Ethiopians which TEND to be dry-processed and ungraded. What this means is that most Ethiopians (in my experience as well as yours) appear very uneven in the roaster (as well as having differing sizes of beans and some beans - called quakers - which never progress past ~CS5). Weve found that the differences in colour largely even out by the time you reach second crack (ie. no more than 1 CS-point difference, no counting quakers).

    FWIW, when we roasted a different Limu, we found that you need to aim for at least CS8 to avoid an overly sharp acidity dominating the cup... this Limu might be different. We loved the Limu we recently ran out of at about CS10 - roasted into rolling second crack, 2-3 mins past the start of SC. It was a fruity choc-fest.


    As for whether youre roasting them correctly, tell us how youre roasting them? What kind of FC and SC times did you have for the Ethiopian roasts?

    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Re: Roasting Ethiopians

    Hey Stuart

    The first crack is around 9 to 10 minutes. *I still find it hard to hear the second crack a lot of the time, & I go more by colour! *I normally stop the roast between 15 to 17 minutes.

    Andrew 8-)

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    Re: Roasting Ethiopians

    Hey Andrew, depending on the quantity youre roasting, you might be getting to FC a little early, which would account for some of the uneveness youve experienced. Slow this down by 2 or 3 minutes and dont worry if it takes 18-19 minutes from start to finish.

    cheers!

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    Re: Roasting Ethiopians

    Thanks Cuppa

    You are probably right! I roast anywhere from 300 to 500 grams. I might try easing back on the temp initially to extend the time to FC!

    Andrew

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