Well, last night was my roasting night. Of the five batches, I had two beans that weren’t actually enough for a stable roast. If you’ve never roasted in a popper, too little bean mass is a concern in addition to the overloaded roast. The results are opposite: too little = too fast and flatter tastes; overloaded = burnt beans, uneven roast overall.
So, I had to pad the Cameroon Caplami Java with something. I looked, and I had a bit of the Java Monsooned Arabica. Roasted it up to a Full City, just under or a few snaps into second. The other blend was some Mexico Chiapas with some Tanzania AAA Songea. That was roasted to a City+, a bit lighter than the former. We’ll see what they’re like in a few days. This morning was the Rwanda Kinunu, which is a wonderful, easy, full bodied cup, no matter the roast and rest levels. Such a bean as this is why I’m loving all the African varieties.
On other items, shortly, I hope to cover up my Miquelrius notebook, mentioned formerly here. I have a small supply of leather that’s a few generations old. I’ve been moisturizing a couple of sheets with hopes to use them. My first test drive will be for something like this. It’ll be nice to try, and use something bought by a great-great grandfather. Then, I’ll move to build a replacement for my Lee Valley Portable Office. The vinyl cover is starting to wear. And it would be way cooler to carry the homemade leather version!
Solo Deo Gloria,