Mystery Cup: Sample X...
Coffee X: The Mystery Cup --
Barry explains... "The Ethiopian
has a very floral taste to it, but only moderate body and a
very tea-y sub taste. in order to fill it out a bit, i started
playing around and came up with the following blend:
2 parts Ethiopian Yrgacheffe
2 parts Brazil
1 part Guatemala Huehuetenango Huixoc
"This gives a good amount of the Ethiopian floralness, but filled out
with body, and the very pleasant caramelly aftertaste of the Huehue.
"I tried a couple of other blends too, but didn't like any as much. I
tried 2 parts Ethiopian, 2 parts Sumatra, and 1 part Guatemalan, but the Sumatra
stomped all over the Ethiopian. I also tried 2 parts Ethiopian, 1.5 parts
brazil, and 1.5 parts Guatemalan, but that yielded an interesting but not
satisfying "double peak" of acidity (the Ethiopian and the
Huehue are each pretty acidic, but have different flavors). [I tried the
"Twin Peaks" blend in St. Louis, and I like it. -dec] I
also tried 2 parts Mexican [a coffee that ultimately didn't make the grade
for the Challenge], 2 parts Sumatra, and 1 part Costa Rican, and while it
had a similar acidity/body profile as the other blend, it totally lacked
any sort of interesting flavors."
"Somehow B, which I found really unpleasant on its own, plays its
role very nicely here."
"Liquor, flower, and tangerine notes from A, B & D, very
balanced with spice and nut flavors."
"Lingering and pleasant with a citrusy grace note."
"Zippy, a little floral, citrusy without blatant fruitiness."