Home Coffee Roasting - Sulawesi Grade One Toraja & Rwanda Butare Bourbon.
Sulawesi Grade One Toraja - "At Full City".
My Sulawesi Grade One Toraja roasted to a "Full City" roast has a flavor in there that I can't quite point out, but if it's too strong, I might not like it. Sweet Maria's desription is, "At Full City or darker; deep-toned character, low-acicity, syrupy body, funky foresty note." I'm wondering if the description that I don't care much for is the "deep-toned character" or "syrupy body". I think I recognize the "funky foresty note" and I enjoy that flavor. Maybe it's just the roast. I'll be trying to test different roasts on this to see if I can get more of the "funky foresty note" out of it without making that other flavor too strong.
Rwanda Butare Bourbon - "At City+".
I roasted this to the suggested "city+" just after 1st crack and I think I began to hear some 2nd cracks pretty quickly. These green beans are smaller than most of the other beans which could explain the quick progression from 1st crack to 2nd. Sweet Maria's describes it as, "at City+ Mandarin and Lemon Citrus brightness, bittersweet chocolate undertones and balanced coffee flavor". My tastes recognize the "mandarin and lemon brightness" as well as the "chocolate undertones". It's a great tasting coffee on the lighter side. It could be due to the lighter than usual roast for my preferences. Next time, I might try to roast this to a Full City+ or something and see if I can get a bolder flavor.