Mistakes happen. It’s a part of life. It’s a part we think we can avoid by being careful of our actions but you know eventually it will happen.
It’s been awhile since I’ve roasted. It’s not because I didn’t want to but because I’ve been so busy working on the site and other things that I just haven’t had time to.
I bought a new Behmor to keep up with the coffee orders and was roasting up a sample batch of a coffee I hadn’t sampled yet. I wanted to roast up some Ethiopia Sidamo Natural Guji Grade 3 to a nice light roast to bring out the
“Berry toned, floral acidity and medium-full body, with elegant, lively flavor notes of sweet spice, jasmine and a berry zest
but I ended up hitting the start of the 2nd crack.
I didn’t realize what had happened until it was too late. One minute I was listening to the 1st crack and the next I realized it was already into the 2nd crack. No pause between the two. I’ve heard of this happening where the 1st crack will roll into the 2nd crack but I’ve never experience it first hand.
What really has me bummed out is I ruined the coffee. Or did I?
Before I wrote off this batch completely I made a cup to see what I could find. In the cup, I noticed a sweet but intense spice appeared in the coffee. I also notice some ever so slight smokiness underneath the spice note.
I definitely ruined the coffee but not near as bad as I thought.
I decided not to do a home roast review. Instead, I’ll be heading back to the roaster and getting another batch roasted.
To all home roasters out there:
Watch out for the rolling cracks.