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BonsaiDoug
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Posted Fri Sep 27, 2013, 1:36pm
Subject: Question for those who make their own blends
 

I'd like to experiment with my own blend for espresso. For those already doing this, is it better to mix the green beans and roast together, or roast separately and then mix?

Or does it really matter?  What's been your experience?

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Posted Fri Sep 27, 2013, 3:50pm
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I have always roasted separately as every bean roasts different and you may want darker/lighter or faster/slower than other blend components.
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Posted Fri Sep 27, 2013, 4:13pm
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Most generally roast separately and that's what's held me off from roasting my own, I don't feel like roasting 3 different parameters one after another on something like the Behemor (just saying 3 as espresso blends I buy are always 3 beans or more). Otherwise if you mix the greens and roast as is you'll have beans that aren't reaching their right roast.
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Posted Sat Sep 28, 2013, 1:09am
Subject: Re: Question for those who make their own blends
 

As you're experimenting with blending, you need to roast separately. If you roast three different varieties (or even the same variety three different ways) you can get multiple blends and easily adjust the blend from cup to cup. Also, you get to know what the single-origins taste like.

If you roast them altogether you're obviously stuck with a whole batch - not necessarily a bad thing but you won't learn about blends as quickly as the above method.

I do my blending in the bean hopper just prior to grinding.


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Posted Sat Sep 28, 2013, 2:16pm
Subject: Re: Question for those who make their own blends
 

Thanx... roasting separately does make sense.
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