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Under Developed Kenyan Washed

RoasterAlec

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May 15, 2019
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Conyers, Georgia
Hello,

Out of all of my coffees I’m currently roasting, I have a washed Kenyan that has been particularly difficult to get right. I’m getting overwhelming tomato and vegetal notes and flavors from it which I would assume is underdevelopment, but have yet to crack the code. If I go longer I’m getting darker than I’d like, and it has a tendency to level off and nearly bake. I’m new to the these African coffees and I’m not sure what I’m missing. We’re blending it as apart of our espresso and I’ve currently roasted about 40 lbs (4 batches).
Im on an Diedrich IR-7.
 

Musicphan

Well-known member
May 11, 2014
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Kansas City
Your basics sound fine... my 12K USRC hits 1st at 385 and I drop most SO's at 402. It may be just the coffee - I find a lot of Kenyans tend to be high in acidity and bright. And I would typically say to increase your development time (which generally mutes acidity) but you're already at about a 25% development time.

My next suggestion is following this process for roast development. You basically roast and trier out samples every 15 seconds and cup and find the degree of roast you find best. I get it - its hard to spend the green to dial in coffees but I use Neil's process as a starting point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sct2FWVkmDw
 

Tex_Thai

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May 17, 2019
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Everything I have read, heard and experienced says don't put an acidic coffee, like a Kenyan in an Espresso blend. Perhaps use your Kenyan in a different brew method for best drinking.
Just a thought.
Hope you find what works,
God Bless,
Wayne
 

almico

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Feb 17, 2015
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Try an 8 minute roast. 4:00/2:30/1:30. Use a smaller batch size if necessary.
 
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