[Homeroast] KONA - Mediocre Taste - how do you know if it's technique or beans

William Copeland bcope999 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 15:12:42 CST 2011

   Kona coffee tends to be milder than a lot of coffees.  Maybe that is part
of your response.  In Hawaii, at Hula Daddy's and Kona Joe's places, I found
it to be somewhat mild, but a fresh, rich flavor.       Bill Copeland

On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 2:04 PM, <jsutton at sutton.org> wrote:

> First Roast efforts:  How do you know if mediocre flavor is roasting
> technique or mediocre bean crop?
> 1.  Third batch on my First Popcorn popper roast attempt
> - Lion's Gate Farms Kona green beans from their website
> - first crack at 3m30s, finished at 5m10s
> - first sound of second crack at 8m10s; immediately cooled beans
> - probably Full City roast
> - set aside 27 hours
> - ground beans in new Costco Capresso burr grinder; make 4 cups to taste.
> I'd describe the taste as mild and flat, unexciting, no bitterness.
> Wife said she detected an after-taste.
> Q1: How do I know whether this disappointing experience is due to current
> crop quality or my popcorn popper roasting Inexperience?
> Q2:  Advice for me as a NEWBIE roaster?
> Q3.  Advice for roasting KONA coffee?
> My PopperyII  mods can be viewed here: popperyii.blogspot.com
> It's been suggested I try to extend the time to first crack considerably
> by modulating the heater coils power.
> Jim
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