Well I've had some wins and loses recently. The loses have been my blends, and the wins have been the SO roasts! So this weekend I'm going to sit down and do some post roast blends. Time to start with the next bunch of experiments. But only after I finish the next programmed run of roasts
I've got to sit down and work out how much to roast of which bean to get my blends that have worked best
The wins have been rather good, and I must thank Intense Coffee (Graham K) for his spreadsheets, starting off with the DTR one, which has helped me get a better coffee more consistently. It's changed a few habits I had, and has opened up a few more variables for me to play with over the next few months. Now I've got to learn more about the beans themselves!!!
As for the loses..... Well they haven't really been loses. They've been and interesting learning experience. For example, I now know how overpowering an Indian Monsooned Malabar can be with other beans if there's too much in the blend. While the first few drinks have been good from each bag, the flavour has gone down hill from there rather quickly. The flavour become rather 'meh' a few days after opening the bag up (I heat seal my zip bags after I fill the up with beans).
Now that my stash is below 10kg again, I'm thinking of ordering 10 or so kilograms each of three or four beans and having a slightly more serious play. I may even get to the point of cupping
Mind you I do like roasting and then tasting the results in my preferred beverage
Has anyone got a suggestion on which beans I could get to have a more serious play now that I have a better understanding of what I'm doing?