Introducing a new adventure… Roasting with blends.
Roasting with blends will be a new installment to The Coffee Adventures. I’m bringing you good or bad my blend concoctions and my thoughts.
First up, The Odd Couple
You may have heard me talk about The Odd Couple quite a bit on Twitter. Well, now you can read my full review here about it.
The Odd Couple is a half n’ half blend consisting of beans from Ethiopia and India. The name was a perfect fit after I realized I mixed an odd batch of beans together. So, the name stuck.
This blend is “odd,” but after one sip, it’s a blend you can’t ignore.
When you first smell the coffee, a berry note springs out from the cup, and behind that is a hint of nuttiness and spice. Okay, so maybe it doesn’t sound odd yet, but the taste is something to talk about.
First, your tongue is struck with a berry note, and then from out of nowhere a wave of acidity hits your tongue. A nutty and spice note come quickly after mixing with the berry note creating a wake up call to your palate. Even a cinnamon note could be detected.
This blend was an instant hit for my taste buds, but how would it hold up to other people’s palates? I sent out samples to my various coffee testers and received surprisingly good comments.
Only one of my testers said I should mess with the ratio a bit more, but all in all it was good.
So, I decided another experiment was to be done.
Sure, the coffee was delicious and interesting, but I thought that maybe I could make the coffee taste even better by messing with the ratio. I would soon find out that would not to be the case.
For my recent batch, I did a 60% Ethiopia and 40% Indian bean ratio.
Trying not to change the ratio drastically didn’t matter. The little difference made this batch turn out to be an awful mess. It’s like the beans attacked each other.
I learned my lesson. Don’t mess with something that was already good in the first place.
And as @BCDodge_me told me:
Just a 5% can change the whole profile of any blend