Time frame: November. Pls begin posting in November. Late arrivals can post past Nov but let's see if we can focus for roasting together and fine tuning the roasts in November.
Coffee to be roasted:
Guat Huehue (WP) from Tono Sanchez: http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee/centr ... =side#4013 (Note, to save money, you may want to order December's coffee at the same time, a WP Yirge from the Gedeo Kochere Region selected by TomC. http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee/afric ... =side#3977 ) (Edit 7 Nov - the Gedeo Kochere is now sold out. Join us about mid-Dec for Jan and Feb selections).
Approach: Roast and cup. Suggestions:
- * Out of the gate, stay away from Tom Owen's notes. Trust your palate and learn to cup or evaluate your coffee. Find others with whom to cup - learnings go up exponentially.
* Once you have a couple of runs at the bean, go back to Tom's notes and see the points of similarity or departure at different roast levels. His notes are excellent "common points" to which we can refer.
* Try several approaches to the roast. Keep good notes to provide back to the group on what worked and what you are learning. Time to first, what kind of heat application you used, time spent in first crack, time dumped, what kind of prep you are roasting for (pourover, espresso, etc), chaff amount.
* Pay attention to elevation, processing (WP, DP, or semi-washed), variety (Bourbon, Caturra, etc), bean size, bean condition, learn harvest schedule for the region, smell of the green, fragrances while roasting, etc.
* How does the bean cup at each roasting level. Any learnings from that?
* Make sure you explicitly state your roaster and charge size.
* Hold some greens back and apply what you have learned from others.
- * Cup using SCAA protocol (http://www.scaa.org/PDF/resources/cupping-protocols.pdf) or
* Evaluate at 4-5 days of rest, preparing the coffee with your typical preparation or
* Any system you devise. Elaborate on your method. Here is just a sample template for those who are new to this and might want a starting point: Roast and Learn Together - General Discussion
* Lots of tutorials out there. Review a few and try what works for you.
* How does the coffee compare in brewed preparation vs espresso? What learnings do you have to share back on varietal, roast depth, etc from the bean?
For commonality, please use Sweetmaria's definitions on:
- * Roast levels: https://www.sweetmarias.com/library/con ... gree-roast
* General language: http://www.sweetmarias.com/library/glossary
Enough already. Let's get started. We will structure as we go and our processes will change and improve as we gain experience together. Remember: Our goal is to learn, not debate. Our goal is to include all, not exclude. Behmor folks as well as SF-1 people are roasting. Find ways to encourage one another, not discourage. Don't be bashful. Jump in there.
Note for international participants: If SM's doesn't ship to your country, I will order at cost (plus $.50/lb) and ship internationally (at cost). 7-8 days to Asia and Europe; 10 days to Middle East. PM me by 10.29.13.
Who's in? Happy roasting, B|Java
BoldJava, St Paul, MN
Tamarian. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
JavaMD, Puyallup, WA
Hankua, Jax'ville, FL
Lewis_ph, Tacoma, WA
caffeinatedjen, Traverse City, MI, cherry country
Dregs, 'burbs of Chi-town, IL
DynamiteID, Boise, ID, Bronco Blue country
Bean2Friends, Michigan City, IN
TomC, Bay area, CA
Germantown Rob, Phillie, PA