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« on: 13/05/2011, 07:56 PM »

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I was really a huge fan of African beans but of recent times I have been finding a love for centrals, if you haven't yet give them a go.

KK and others may have heard me for  some time now say that the results from the African beans, for some reason, do not appeal to me...

But I respect that to another , they could be the best.

I've tried several costa rica, nicaragua, brazil beans, and they all just seem flat to me.

Maybe it's my roaster (Behmor) that isn't giving as much of a good result with them??

African's are just wonderful to me.

Would suggest the issue is more one of Different NOT that one is better  ;D

Be it a HT / KKTO / Behmor / Pan / Hot Air . Direct heat  or some other method...

They all pull different results just like cooking the same meat on an Open fire / BBQ / gas / Electric..  It ends up cooked but different :-)

 



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« Reply #1 on: 13/05/2011, 08:03 PM »

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I was really a huge fan of African beans but of recent times I have been finding a love for centrals, if you haven't yet give them a go.

KK and others may have heard me for  some time now say that the results from the African beans, for some reason, do not appeal to me...

But I respect that to another , they could be the best.

I've tried several costa rica, nicaragua, brazil beans, and they all just seem flat to me.

Maybe it's my roaster (Behmor) that isn't giving as much of a good result with them??

African's are just wonderful to me.

Would suggest the issue is more one of Different NOT that one is better  ;D

Be it a HT / KKTO / Behmor / Pan / Hot Air . Direct heat  or some other method...

They all pull different results just like cooking the same meat on an Open fire / BBQ / gas / Electric..  It ends up cooked but different :-)

Perhaps I should have phrased that "Maybe It's my roaster that may suit african beans more for some reason".

I know they'll all give a different result. Maybe I should blow the dust off the popper and see what they're like in that.

So back on the topic of the new thread.... My favourite beans thus far are:

Java Ijen Sundried
Ethiopia Guna Limmu
Laos Dong Hua Sao
Indian Monsoon Malabar
A few PNG beans

I just have never enjoyed a straight Costa Rican, Nicaraguan, or Brazilian bean....yet. I mean, I'll drink them, but to me they're just....coffee. Nothing special about them.  I do have ~10kg of Central beans, so use them in blends when roasting for other people, but I'll need to use them up at some stage, or the missus will make me justify why I need more beans when I already have ~30kg in the cupboard.
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« Reply #2 on: 21/05/2011, 05:12 PM »
Palate is an amazingly complex topic.

You may find that your preferences shift (or drift) over time.

Cupping some 20+ coffees a week I tend to experience different phases in terms of what are my favorites. Nothing stays a favorite for too long and the more different coffees you drink, the harder it becomes to play favorites.

Sometimes, it's a combination of what my mind (memory reference data, calibration, etc.) remembers, what my heart wants it to be and then what is actually happening.  This can be confusing.

I've cupped coffees (espresso style), put them aside for a week or two, then picked them back up and enjoy the coffee with a completely different view and opinion. Yes, this is part bean development, but it can also be affected by what's happening to your palate at that time - palate exhaustion or just plain tainted.

As an example - Sumatrans can really divide opinions. Sometimes they are right on the money, other times their funkiness can be off-putting.

There is something to respect in a clean, bright cup from a CentAm - it may lack distinctive character or wild notes, but it can be pure and true to a classic flavor formula.

Equally, it can be just as rewarding to enjoy a left field African with intense winey syrupy essence or a wild grown PNG from the "side of the road in Mt Hagan".



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« Reply #3 on: 19/06/2011, 11:22 AM »
I've seen you in at Veneziano's AM.
Africans a plenty in the blends mate  ;D
Happiness is not a destination
It is a way of life
and a good coffee of course

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« Reply #4 on: 19/06/2011, 12:44 PM »
Good thanks mate.

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and a good coffee of course

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