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

Hank Perkins hankperkins at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 15:22:49 CST 2011


I was hung up on Kona coffee for a long time.  It does best when
roasted to a light roast.  I would pull it once C1 ends.  I never like
it if I roasted it all the way to C2.

On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM, William Copeland <bcope999 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>   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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