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Slamdunk1128
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Posted Fri Jun 27, 2008, 10:26pm
Subject: The best Latte/Capp Espresso Blend
 

Well I am new to roasting, and a few days ago I did 40% Kenyan Tatu Pea berry ( probably the best beans of the bunch), 40% Sumatra Mandeheling and 20% Indian Monsooned Malabar as an espresso blend.  But I was wondering, what would be the best kind of the blend, and the best blend for Capps and Lattes?  Thanks so much.

 
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Posted Sat Jun 28, 2008, 10:07am
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Good ol' Sweet Marias Blending Basics tip sheet is always a good read if you haven't gone through it yet.

It's been a while, I don't know if he references blending for milk drinks or not in there, but I'm not a big fan of milk drinks so I would be a horrible person to ask what cuts through best and what doesn't.

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Posted Sun Jul 6, 2008, 7:46am
Subject: Re: The best Latte/Capp Espresso Blend
 

Slamdunk1128 Said:

Well I am new to roasting, and a few days ago I did 40% Kenyan Tatu Pea berry ( probably the best beans of the bunch), 40% Sumatra Mandeheling and 20% Indian Monsooned Malabar as an espresso blend.  But I was wondering, what would be the best kind of the blend, and the best blend for Capps and Lattes?  Thanks so much.

Posted June 27, 2008 link

Okay, lets review your question, and before I begin, please note that I'm not trying to be mean or snappy.

Right, so here we go:


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Slamdunk1128 Said:

Well I am new to roasting, and a few days ago I did 40% Kenyan Tatu Pea berry ( probably the best beans of the bunch)

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If it's the best, why are you blending it?



#2 Why is your blend the way it is? Why those proportions?

My suggestion is that you roast all the coffees separately. Then you can take your base coffee (say its the kenyan) and then add things to the mix at each brew, accomplishing what it is you what. Don't get anxious if you want a really great blend!

That's my two cents.
Best of luck!
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Posted Mon Jul 7, 2008, 1:54am
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I've tried blending 3-4 beans with mixed results. Lately I've stuck with 2 beans and have had some great coffees.
My latest is 50% Colombian Bachue and 50% Ethiopian Harar Blue Horse roasted to just past the start of 2nd crack.
It makes a great americano and lattes have a wonderful chocolatey/caramel flavour and the Harar really cuts through the milk.
Tried another today 1 day post roast, 50% Nicaraguan Highgrown bold 50% PNG Bunum Peaberry, made a very smooth subtle flavoured latte so should improve with a few more days degas.
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Posted Mon Jul 7, 2008, 12:29pm
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Sorry it took so long for me to respond, but I thought I clicked email notification, i guess i didnt..

Anyway I believe that blend was  a recipe on a website, so that's why I did it.  The thing was that I really shouldn't have blended the tatu-- big mistake!  It was a good blend, but not as good as the tatu by itself.  

Greeneye-- those blends sound interesting.  I was actually looking to do some kind of coffee for Café Cremes too.  Unfortunately I don't have any of the coffees you mentioned!  

I do have these, hopefully some kind poster will tell me a good blend with them :
Java Pancoer Gov. Estate
Guatemalan Huehuetango
Kenya AA Kangongo Estate
Panama Boquete, La Berlina Estate (We tried a city and a city+ roast and it was terrible)
Honduras La Mora Estate
Timor Maubesse
Ethopian Yirgacheffe Peaberry
Kenya Tatu Estate Peaberry
Colombian Popayan Supremo
Sumatra Mandheling
Uganda Bugisu AA
Indian Monsooned Malabar AA Gold

 
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Posted Tue Jul 8, 2008, 5:32pm
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What about:-
Colombian Popayan Supremo as a base 50%
Ethiopian Yirg PB 20%
Sumatra Mandelhing 30%

Guatemalan Huehue 50%
Kenya AA 25%
Timor Maubesse 25%
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Posted Tue Jul 8, 2008, 6:43pm
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OK that's sounds good.. I unfortunately won't be able to test it any time soon because were going on vacation in a few days. ( I will be forced to remember the life I had before I owned an espresso machine!)  But thank you so much, I will try it when i get back!  Tho I do have a question..
What would be the difference between the two blends in terms of taste?

 
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Posted Tue Jul 8, 2008, 6:51pm
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30%- Java
30%- Sumatra
20%- Uganda
10%- Malabar
10%- Kenya/Ethiopia

If you find that it is too "deep" and heavy then move the lower percentages to higher ones.  There are a lot of substitutions that could be made here as well.  I've personally done this very blend with good success.  All the beans I used were from Sweet Marias.  The Java was Pancoer, the Sumatra was Classic Mandheling, the Uganda was Bugisu, the Malabar was "Elephant" and the Ethiopian I used was Idido Misty Valley.  Good stuff.

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Slamdunk1128
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Posted Wed Jul 9, 2008, 6:52pm
Subject: Re: The best Latte/Capp Espresso Blend
 

So how did you come up with those percentages?  Isn't  it better to have less beans in a blend, so you can better taste each bean?

I suppose you can see how new i am to roasting, with these silly questions!

 
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ThatCoffeeGuy
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Posted Wed Jul 9, 2008, 7:04pm
Subject: Re: The best Latte/Capp Espresso Blend
 

No, not silly at all.

Well this blend started as a straight shot of Java, but it was lacking so I added Uganda (it was 70 Java/30 Uganda) but I still felt it was lacking (lacking brightness), so I added Ethiopia, then wanted some of that "dirty fruit" as I have come to call Sumatra, then to boost the crema for latte art and such, I added the Malabar.  Basically I just kept finding things I wanted, so I would add something that I figured would add what I wanted.  If I wanted it brighter/more acidic I would things like Kenyas and Ethiopias.  There are no wrong answers, just your preferences.  These days I usually pull SO (single origin) shots anyway, I like to compare different regions more than combine them all together.

-Bry

 
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