This mornings Coffee

Aug 2004
2,237
Today I am cupping some Rwanda Masaka
a rich but smooth coffee!
It has hints of nuts & honey.
This batch I roasted just into second crack.
For those of you that don't home roast the beans go threw 2 steps.
First is when the water leaves the bean & the bean makes a loud cracking sound. Then a few more minutes into the roast the sugers start to crackle, that is known as second crack.
I often roast only to first crack (light roast) My wife likes a darker
roast and for her I will roast into second crack.
Well I hope everyone is enjoying a fine cup of coffee today!
CC
 
Oct 2005
1,719
Whoville
I'm gonna used this thread to post what I brew every morning. That said, this morning I had a Vienna Roast. It was dark and a bit oily bean. It smelled so good when it brewed. It woke me right up (I'm not really a morning person.)


I'm really looking forward to roasting my own. I'm waiting for my first shipment of green coffee beans to come in. I can't wait.
 
Feb 2005
1,896
Cedar Key
Keep us posted Brenda - I'm keeping my eyes open for a Poppery also and I'll just have to live vicariously through you until then...
 
Sep 2003
8,798
Puerto Rico/NYC
This morning, I went for a Freedom Press of Mocha Java. After that, early this afternoon, I used some left over Mocha Java to make a blend of about 62% Mocha Java, 38% Colombian Supremo. Both beans came roasted from Oren's, and were ground in my Zassenhaus 151 Box grinder, over 14 years old, and about 550 pounds later, still going strong.

Oren's usually roasts what I would call appropriately for the bean. Sometimes it's fairly dark, at other times it's on the darker side of what would still be called a light roast.
 
Jul 2005
2,529
MI
I'm into the last of the Kauai Peaberry. Just picked up a new coffee pot, and the coffee is FANTABULOUS!!!
 
Jan 2006
752
Kansas City
I tend to like a medium roast, what SweetMarias.com seems to call "city roast". Is this a common term, or one they have coined on their site?
<--- still very new to "fine" coffee! :oops:

and is it hard to roast to just past first crack? also what would be the best roaster for someone starting out?
 
Jun 2005
3,147
F*ing Jersey
Started the morning with Costa Rican Tarrazu compliments for Capt! What a great tasting and smooth roast. Looking foward to brewing another pot to have with a cigar.
 
Oct 2005
1,719
Whoville
Sumatra Mandheling

I brewed up a pot of the Sumatra Mandheling. It was really nice to have a cup after work. Wow! I'm gonna look into getting some of these beans raw (for when I get a new roaster.)

I went ahead and used the French Press. I like to make my brew strong then, add hot water if needed. It was perfect. I used two tablespoons of beans per 6 ounces. I use a blade grinder and buzzed it for about 15 seconds. It had a beautiful aroma. I added the hot water and stirred with a wooden chop stick then, let it sit for five minutes, exactly. I slowly pressed the plunger down then, poured the coffee into two thermos'. It was a strong, full bodied coffee with a rich aroma. I could see a tiny bit of the natural oils from the coffee that made a beautiful caramel swirl resting on the top of my cup. It was a smokey brew with complex flavors. I look forward to brewing another pot. Thanks, Kelvin!
 
Feb 2005
1,896
Cedar Key
I brewed up a pot of Capt's Costa Rican Tarrazu - wonderful aroma and nice dark color - glad we sent enough for at least two pots
 
Sep 2003
8,798
Puerto Rico/NYC
La Minita Tarrazu and Sumatran Mandheling, two of my all-time favorites, with the La Minita probably being No. 3 on my favorites list, but No. 1 if you asked me what perfect coffee is. Getting ready to go upstairs and brew a Freedom Press of La Minita as we speak, as a matter of fact.
 
Jul 2005
425
Austin, Texas
I bought four pounds of various types of Kona (including peaberry), and started drinking it this morning. Roasted last night before bed, let the beans sit overnight, and ground them up after waking up. Not bad coffee, but I have to say, I still prefer the Yirgacheffe, which has become the standard against which I measure all coffees 8)
 
Oct 2005
1,719
Whoville
I brewed up a single cup of New Guinea Fair Trade. It's a little weaker than I normally make it but, still drinkable. I'll need to use more beans for the next time.
 
Sep 2003
8,798
Puerto Rico/NYC
About halfway through a delicious Freedom Press of La Minita as we speak. The sun is shining, it's closing in on 50 degrees, WHERE'S WINTER?!?!?!?! Oh well, it's still a beautiful day to be alive and in Dutchess County, up on a hill, . . .

with the hippo cat beside me on the couch, . . .

squirrels and birds rummaging around outside, . . .

Praise The Lord, and hello to everyone at AmBack. There's just no better way to start the day for me than a nice, piping hot Freedom Press of pure black coffee, with just a tiny touch of unheated, unfiltered upstate Noo Yawk honey stirred into each mug's worth. :D
 
Oct 2005
1,719
Whoville
I brewed a pot of the Costa Rican Tarrazu. It had a nice aroma that filled the kitchen. The Costa Rican was a mild brew with hints of nut (to me, at least.) I drank it black and also had a couple of sips of it with cream. The cream brought out more of the flavor (which I thought was strange.) I look forward to another pot. I'll brew the next pot a bit stronger (more beans, less coffee.)

Thanks, Capt!
 
Jul 2005
2,529
MI
How funny Brenda, I brewed a pot of the New Guinea this morning.

I haven't been sleeping well lately, got alot going on here. I woke up early this morning (5am) and couldn't fall back asleep. Coffee was programed to brew at 530, so I cancelled the auto brew and started brewing. Since it was going to be awhile before the coffee was done, I jumped into the tanning bed for about 12 minutes. Ah!! What a way to wake up. When I was finished tanning, I sterilized the bed and headed out to the kitchen for my coffee. Poured a cup and looked for something to watch on TV. Nothing on, so I finished my coffee and headed to the firehouse early.... Of course, I took my thermos full of that wonderful coffee from Brenda!!
 
Jan 2006
752
Kansas City
Since it was going to be awhile before the coffee was done, I jumped into the tanning bed for about 12 minutes. Ah!! What a way to wake up
So, Capt....do you wear one of those thongs when you tan? :shock: :p .......


Now THERE is an image forever burned into all of your minds!!!....have a great weekend
 
Oct 2005
1,719
Whoville
We brewed some half-caf coffee this morning.

Half Organic Fair Trade Peruvian Coffee from the Gadsden coffee roaster in Arivaca Arizonahttp://www.gadsdencoffee.com/
with half decaf coffee from Costco. The coffee turned out really well.[/url]
 
Jul 2005
2,529
MI
Since I have not been sleeping altely, I have been following the same ritual. Get up at 5, jump in the tanning bed, and drink almost a whole pot of coffee. This morning I made a basic 8 O'clock, original roast. I tell you what, for 12 bucks for over a pound, you can't go wrong. I love this coffee. Maybe in the next pass, I will include some in each box so those who haven't had it, can try it. I have been laying off the cigars lately, not smoking at all. Kinda miss it, but right now I don't feel like wasting a good cigar since I can't enjoy it...