Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I have been behind with my coffee posts lately. I haven't posted since February! I will definitely get back to posting about coffee starting next week. This post is about the trajedy that took place Monday April 16th at Virginia Tech. As a Hokie myself (BSE '99) I feel the pain of the Hokie nation. Blacksburg, VA is such a peaceful and beautiful place and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is an amazing school. I don't know any of the victims or those affected but Hokie nation really is one giant family. You really have to be a Hokie to understand that. I really can only say two things to my fellow Hokies; VA TECH WILL RISE ABOVE THIS AND BECOME STRONGER AS A RESULT OF THIS TRAGEDY AND....


Monday, February 19, 2007

As Promised -

Here are two more reviews. The Misty Valley is unbelievably good coffee and SM's decafs taste like regular. The decafs are great for the afternoon.

Idido Organic Dry Processed Misty Valley
Ethiopia Natural Dry Processed Sidamo WP Decaf


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

been slackin'

I've been neglecting the blog as of late. With grad school, a four month-old, and work, I've been going crazy. To top it all off, my Gene Cafe roaster is out of commission, waiting on a part (it's on the way). I'll post more reviews by weeks end.


Wednesday, January 3, 2007

GC Profile Experiment update 1

Well the first two cupping reviews for the GC profile experiment are in. I have to say Batch 1 (Eddie Dove's profile - http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/) is out in front with a slim lead. Here's the log:


Monday, January 1, 2007

GC Roast Profile Experiment

I recently ran a temperature profile experiment with two batches of the same bean on my GC to see if I could notice a difference. I really wasn't one to put much stock into the notion that a temperature profile and ramp can affect how a bean brews up. I mean no one I know has a temperature profile to cook steak or chicken...

My preliminary results are beginning to convince me that I couldn't have been more WRONG! See the notes on Batch 1 vs. Batch 2.

I have also attached a review of a Guatemala San Marcos - Finca Maria Elisa that I severely under roasted. The coffee had a lot of sour notes in it. I hate when I screw up a great bean. It's like I've betrayed to coffee gods or something...(okay, not that bad but Sweet Maria's beans deserve better than to be ruined by my developing roasting skills)!


Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sumatra Classic Mandheling

I roasted a Sumatra Classic Mandheling, from Sweet Maria's of course (www.sweetmarias.com). I tweaked my profile to 300 for 5 min, 435 from 5 to 10.5 minutes, 458 until the end of the roast. I didn't have too much luck with this profile. Since I roast under an open window and it's in the 30's on a daily basis in where I am in upstate NY, the third stage in my GC needs to be 460 or higher (no greater than 470). The bean tastes a little baked for my tastes. I'll have to reorder this and try again...