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« Reply #25 on: 14/03/2015, 09:18 AM »
Well my mixing and matching randomly has at last paid dividends! I've found a blend that both myself and SWMBO like in milk :coffee2: A bit of Daterra, some Wahanna Estate with some of the Yirg Dumerso goes nicely with our lattes.

But I couldn't hold out any longer, I had to roast up some of the Yirg and Wahanna Estate as SO.

I almost nailed it with the Yirg, just lacking a little bit of clarity with the berry flavours. Mind you it has been my best effort to date. As a long black through the Aeropress at work it is fantastic, especially as it cools. The flavours just balloon out of it and fill your mouth. As an espresso I've only managed once to get it close to an intense version of the Aeropress, and it was delicious. And unfortunately at the end of the bag!

The Wahanna on the other hand just seems a bit meh. I've only had it as an espresso so far, and while the initial taste was nice, it was over far to soon. I found it to have a bit of a winey kind of flavour, a fair bit sweeter than what I was expecting. I'll take some to work and see what it's like through the Aeropress.
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« Reply #26 on: 14/03/2015, 10:03 AM »
I'm not a big fan of the Wahana despite some moments of mind-blowing flavours.  I had to consistently and persistently fiddle too much with grind settings to get optimal results.  Having said that I'm now wondering what the latest batch is like...,  >:D
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« Reply #27 on: 15/03/2015, 05:39 PM »
Others raved about the wahanna ages ago but I only really had one decent roast out of it.  All the others were meh as well.  When I did nail it (can't remember what I did) it was really nice.  Last of the bag though and I moved on to other beans that I knew I could get results from.

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« Reply #28 on: 02/04/2015, 02:23 PM »
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  :pan  :laugh: I've got to sit down and work out how much to roast of which bean to get my blends that have worked best  ;D

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 :coffee2:

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?
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« Reply #29 on: 02/04/2015, 04:58 PM »
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  :pan  :laugh: I've got to sit down and work out how much to roast of which bean to get my blends that have worked best  ;D

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 :coffee2:

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?

If you like a mocha Java blend grab a nice Yemen and a couple of Indonesian beans and have a go at that classic. 
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« Reply #30 on: 02/04/2015, 05:02 PM »
Thanks Brett, haven't thought of trying my hand that one!☺
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« Reply #31 on: 03/04/2015, 11:21 AM »
Great thread folks.
Having just read it through from go to whoa and with only trying pre-blend roasts just a few times in my roasting history, can't recall that the results were anything outstanding and stayed with roasting SO's and post blending.
However, since recently reading Scott Rao's Coffee Roaster's Companion and this thread, plan to go down that road (soon) again.
He recommends;
Blending the green coffees a few days before to equalize the moisture contents;
Use beans of a similar size and density;
And of the same processing type (ie: washed or natural).
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« Reply #32 on: 03/04/2015, 09:03 PM »
That's some interesting information there Kevohere, might add that to the to do list of roasts ;D Working out the density could be the interesting part though! :doh:
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