The Brews

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
Medium Light Roast

Well, this is recognizable as coffee. It’s brown for starters. Definitely has some of the malty/grainy flavors that were characteristic of the previous batch. Roast is neither bitter or overpowering. Very bright and smooth. Mild acidity. There are definitely a few green beans that survived the 1st crack, and I think that’s where the grassy flavor is coming from. My grinder needed a few tries to get through it.

This resulted in a somewhat coarser grind than would be ideal for drip. Would recommend using a French press with near boiling water for superior results.

5/5

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
Blonde/Extra Light Roast
Batch: ETH20210902

More like a thick tea than coffee. Nothing resembling roasty bitterness, which – granted – is what you would expect for something so light. When I ground the beans, many of them were still bordering on green. So much so that it broke my conical grinder. I ended up putting the whole batch in the blade grinder.

Not altogether unpleasant. The smell actually reminds me of the mash for beer making; grainy and malty. Earthy. Mildly tangy. Not sour. Almost salty. Yeah… like a smooth, creamy, green tea but with more body.

This was an experiment. One which I do not plan to repeat.

3/5

Mexico Narruno
Nayarita Washed
Med-Light Roast

That’s delicious. This is the light half of a batch I split last week. It had a solid 72 hours to rest post roast which I am finding makes a difference. This is the first time I’ve experienced something that I would describe as fruity in a coffee. Honey-like and maybe a little on the bready side. It’s smooth and mild with a hint of nutty flavor. I will try the dark roast next and see how it compares.

5/5

*Shrugs* It was on sale.

Okay, hear me out… of the options for cheap grocery store coffee, this is decent medium roast. Moderate bitterness, and very little of that metallic flavor often associated with cheaper coffee. Staleness might be a factor here, as it often is for pre-ground and prepackaged coffee. However, the metallized fiber tube packaging will actually keep better than plastic.

Not to say it’s great by any means, but for cheap coffee it’s not bad. The dollars to flavor ratio will keep this on the go-to shelf.

3/5

Mexican Chiapas
Batch: 202106MCH

At first, I thought that I had over-roasted and was ready to toss the batch. Thankfully, the kids pulled me into something before I could do so and I ended up forgetting about it for a couple days. Through additional research, I learned that freshly roasted coffee goes through an out-gassing phase and the flavor profile was vastly improved by this rest.

Roasty and smoky, like chocolate on a s’more that got crispy over the fire. French Roast style that borders on carbonized. A campfire in a mug, but in a pleasant way. My current grinder cuts very coarse, so I had use more than normal in order to get a halfway decent body. Would do again, but would probably go for a slightly less dark roast – maybe full city or Vienna.

4/5

Bali Blue Moon
Batch: 202106BBM

The results of my first home roasting experiment turned out… OK. Very low acidity but also very thin body. Moderate upfront brightness which is pleasant, but generally, I prefer a more robust flavor.

This was intended as a Full City roast, and I think a couple of beans might have ended up fully carbonized while I was attempting to fan the smoke out of my kitchen.

Room for improvement, but still a worthy first-attempt and a fine way to start my day.

3/5

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