Monthly Archives: February 2012

Tanzania TEC grind

Next up is the Tanzania TEC grind.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in coffee


Grind colour…

I learnt something new today.

On Crema at present we have a discussion happening about what is the best way to describe our roasts.  There are many ways world wide that people describe roasts, from the CS1-12 numbering, the American City, Full City terms, just to name two examples.

During this discussion a few of our professional roasters have weighed in on the debate and have said something that I have never heard about before or considered that was important.

I’ve always thought that the colour on the outside of the bean was the same colour as the inside = WRONG!!!

The colour of the grind is actually more important than anything else to our professional roasters, it really does tell them what the taste will be like.

So from the above I will now be adding photographs of what the grind looks like from my roasts, here is the first one of the Honduras Minas at five days post roast.

Please excuse the photo, I didn’t realise that there was a smudge on the lense, I’ll redo another one and replace it when I drink it next.

Oh and for anyone interested it appears that the Crema members have chosen to go with Light/Medium/Dark and first and second crack times to describe our roasts.

I will still use the CS card in some photographs but will also be stating what depth I think the roast is and as always times.


Posted by on February 26, 2012 in coffee


Little bit of roasting

I’m sure I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again:

There is just nothing like the smell of freshly roasted coffee filling the house 🙂

Today I roasted four beans:

Tanzania TEC

Guatamala Huehuetenango

Costa Rica Finca La Candelilla – 100% Geisha

Honduras Minas de Oro

I’ll put the basic roast profile I follow and photos in the beans section.


Posted by on February 21, 2012 in coffee


Today is the day the BES900 gets it’s new handles!!!

They arrived and are gorgeous.  AM outdid himself with these 😀

Made from Purple Heart they are divine and have a sheen that has to be seen to be believed.

I’ve only put up a couple of photos to start.  I’ll do more when I have a hand to take photos and hold lighting and the handles at the same time 🙂


Posted by on February 10, 2012 in coffee


How I love roasting :D

I haven’t roasted for quite some time, once I do it I realise how much I miss roasting.

My pedantic self making sure I get exact temperatures at exactly the right moment!!!

Thanks to Jeff and his suggestion of a slightly different profile to what I was using I got the following:

This is the Brazil Sweet Collection from Bean Green.

As it got to first crack it was indeed very sweet smelling.

First crack happened at 13:30 at 198 degrees.

Second crack happened at 17:00 at 220 degrees.

I pulled it at 40 seconds past 17 minutes.

I think I pulled it just in time, there is a very slight darkening happening I’d say I pulled it just before I got oil exploding to the outside.  I think next time I would only go to 30 seconds past second crack at the most.

Time will tell though once it’s in the cup 😀

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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in coffee