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    ^^^^^^
    That's cool Musicphan, is there anything you would change, do differently on my blend? Recommend that I try. So many beans, so many ratios, so little time!!!!!
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    Last edited by Tex_Thai; 05-17-2019 at 01:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katalinajameson View Post
    As for me, I like Brazilian blends.
    I second the question someone else asked - why?
    The one thing I will say about Brazilian coffees: I’ve lived in Brazil, and there’s a generic “Brazil” scent that seems to linger everywhere - on clothes, in markets, fields, etc. it’s kind of a dirt-like smell. It wasn’t pungent or anything, but every time I drink a Brazil coffee I can taste it, and it instantly brings back the memories of my time spent there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tex_Thai View Post
    ^^^^^^
    That's cool Musicphan, is there anything you would change, do differently on my blend? Recommend that I try. So many beans, so many ratios, so little time!!!!!
    God Bless,
    Wayne
    Reduce the # of beans... most of my blends are 2/3 coffees. For example, I love Guat coffees because of their chocolate notes... however, I find them best paired with a Colombian because of Brazil lacks acidity (not bright / but some acids bring out the flavor), sometimes I add in a touch of Sumatra for additional body. It really depends on the beans - it's hard to generalize about origin flavors. For example, in Colombia they have all diff growing regions - some are much sweet, some more acidic, some are super balanced. That's why I suggested brewing and really getting to know what your coffee taste likes before mixing into a blend.

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    ^^^^^^ Thanks, I will try that, I have Guat. beans on hand, but not Colombian.
    Thanks, God Bless,
    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyCoffee View Post
    A question about blends: do you blend first then roast or roast first then blend? Does it make any difference? Also do you use real whole hazelnuts when you roast hazelnut coffee?
    You can do either - pre or post blending... and people have a variety of opinions on this. Flavoring is usually added post roast by a flavor concentrate.

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    Hi WhyCoffee, I have tried both pre and post blend, and mine is only limited experience, but pre blending was WAY better. The argument remains that different beans need different roast times/profiles to bring out their best, so one should post blend. However, it does not work out that way for me. The flavors of the blend mesh much better, for me by blending the beans first. Try it both ways and let us know what you find.
    God Bless,
    Wayne
    PS my wife prefers her hazelnut to come from a squirt or three of sweet hazelnut flavored syrup into the coffee just as it is being served. YMMV.

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    ^^^^^^^
    Agreed WhyCoffee on all counts. Can take the boy outta Texas, but can't take the Texas outta the boy!!!! Lived overseas since '92. And lived in Thailand for 18 of those years.
    And we know our fried rice too over here.
    Still a Texans fan. God Bless,
    Wayne

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    Pre-blending doesn't work great when you have two beans of different density... for example - if you had a high grown Ethiopia bean and a lower grown Natural/Pulped Natural Brazil. The Ethiopian will be much greater density which wants lots of heat up front and then slow down the heat. A low grown Brazil would like soft heat up front and gradual heat through the process. In that situation, it would be best to roast separately and post-roast blend. However, if all of the beans are say Central or Central/South America I personally pre-blend.

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    Perhaps I should state more clearly what it is I am trying to do. I want to make/roast a blend that will be a really good, drinkable straight double shot espresso. But my wife and daughter like to add it to milk and ice for a tall drink with tiramisu or hazelnut syrup. Actually I love it that way too but without the syrup, LOVE the chocolate taste it gets with iced milk. BUT, diet wise I most often need to drink it black, most often as a longo.
    Any ideas what blend I need that can be double purpose like that? I have the following beans here and available to roast/blend: All Arabicas (well I have a small package of Robusta but would not serve that to an enemy!!!!!!) Thai Chiang Mai, Brasilian F. Rio Preto Red Bourbon, Rwandan, Ethiopian Sidama Deri Kochera, Sumatran Mandelhing, Guatemala Finca el Rincon, Yemen Mocca Sanani, Indian Monsooned Malabar, and some Costa Rican La Pastora, yellow honey which is too acidic for me.
    From that great selection I should be able to make an awesome blend. Any suggestions, ratios, family recipes??????
    I find the Thai and Brasilian beans make a great base. The Sumatran beans add great body. The MM beans add something I really like, not sure what?
    Right now about 20% each Thai, Brasilian, Sumatran, MM and either Eth. Sidama or Rwandan make a great drink with milk. But are not making the drinkable espresso or longo that I can enjoy black.
    Thanks, God Bless,
    Wayne
    Last edited by Tex_Thai; 05-23-2019 at 02:54 AM. Reason: more

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    Try 50-60% of the Guat Rincon (excellent Finca... what I'm drinking right now) 30-40% of Brazil, 10% Sumatra for crema... that should hold up with milk and give you a nice espresso. Roast about halfway between 1st & 2nd crack.

 

 
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