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The Cup

The Cup   When making coffee I have used a v60 for the past few years, occasionally mixing it up with a french press or possibly a shot of espresso, but my preferred method is a pour over.  When making my coffee I use between 20g and 25g of coffee with a 16/1 ratio.  For example, if I use 25g of coffee, I will use 400g of water. The ideal water temp should be between 199 degrees F and 205 degrees F. No worries, if you don't have temp control, just bring to a boil and let sit one or two minutes after boiling.  This step is important. I recommend a burr grinder that actually cuts your coffee beans to...

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The Roast

This section is all about the roast, I try to share some basic ground work and elaborate on things that influence the flavor in the bean.    Wet hulled coffees felt a little more forgiving when roasting, they took heat well and seemed to respond less aggressively when changing variables such as heat and air flow.  The washed coffee seemed to be influenced much more easily to variable adjustment and created larger swings in temps. Internal temp of roaster The temperature inside the roaster, often displayed through roasting software, used to dictate roast levels Bean temp Temperature of bean, when inside roasting machine, used to gauge level of roast Rate of rise temp The bean’s internal temperature that indicates how...

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The Bean

Wet hulled coffees Washed coffees     When I started this journey into roasting, I was encouraged to focus on five staples in Southeast Asia. West Java, Sumatra, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Sulawesi are the five. Focusing on those five should give me a great foundation to roasting and understanding these coffees from Southeast Asia. The current Roasters Journey Box features beans from Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea, and I am focusing on those two beans in this blog post.  Both these coffees use the same process to remove the outer layers of the Bean, so they roast in a similar way as well. The process method of being washed is gaining focus because it has the opportunity...

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