Top 5 Blending Tips For Home Roasting
We are continually amazed at the creativity and innovation our customers share with us about their roasting processes and “hacks”. We are often asked how we assemble our curated blends and if you can do this at home. Short answer – YES!!
But where to begin? Here are 5 easy tips to help take your home roasting experience to the next level through BLENDING. We are including a few classic blend recipes, links to recommended beans, and some special prices to help get you started.
- Choosing Beans: Try to combine beans that have different but complimentary characteristics. For example, Costa Rica beans are medium bodied, have great aroma, and often exhibit bright citrus and chocolate flavors. Sumatra beans produce coffee that is heavy bodied, and generates earthy flavors. Blending them produces a complex cup that captures the best elements of each bean. A typical restaurant or coffee shop “House Blend” is 50% Costa Rican and 50% Sumatra.
Try this “House” blend:
Finally, stick with only 100% Specialty Grade Arabica beans in your blends. Avoid the temptation to blend lower quality Arabica or Robusta beans to save money – you’ll only lose flavor.
- Roast Together or Separate: Do you roast the beans together in one batch or separately? Both methods are fine, and it really depends on the blend. Let’s construct a classic “Breakfast Blend” which consists of 50% Costa Rica, 25% Ethiopian, and 25% Colombian. If you roast them all together and follow your roast profile for Costa Rica to Medium Dark (Full City) which goes just into 2nd crack, you’ll notice that in the finished product the Costa Rican and Colombian beans are a bit lighter than the Ethiopian, which produces a deep flavored cup of coffee. It has a hint of “roasty” or nutty flavor from the darker Ethiopian bean. This element complements the brightness of the Costa Rican and the smoothness of the Colombian. But there is nothing wrong with roasting them separately to different roast levels and combining when you grind. It’s all good.
Try this Breakfast Blend” blend:
- Toss the Playbook: Have you ever heard the story about how 3M post-it notes were discovered as the result of a “mistake” in experiments that were trying to produce stronger adhesives? And the iconic yellow paper – it was just leftover stock? Well, we had our own “Eureka” moment. We were testing medium roast (City Roast) samples of some potential new offerings and had leftover Mexican Chiapas Cristal and Papua New Guinea Kainantu Organic sitting on our kitchen counter. Marty was making coffee the next day and, on a whim, combined them 50/50 in the grinder – and the result was outstanding! Smooth, easy-drinking, and robust without any of the tartness you often experience at lighter roasts. We haven’t named this one yet, so we offer it to you as “Eureka Blend”. Have fun with this one and experiment with different ratios and roast levels.
Try this “Eureka” blend:
- Share Your Results: As you experiment and develop your own personal favorite blends, we’d be happy to share your results with our customers. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include them on our website and in future newsletters. You will notice at the bottom of each page there is a “Leave a reply” (comment) section. Share your special blend on this blend page or on the page of the bean you are using. This will help others try new ways to blend their favorite bean!
- Buy ready-made. Still too much to think about? No problem. Try a prepackaged blend and use that to learn. U-Roast-Em has developed several curated blends that you can roast right out of the bag.
Comments and Questions: As you start your blending journey, feel free to contact us anytime with thoughts or questions and we’ll do our best to provide guidance. Voice/text us at 612-518-6080 or email us at email@example.com. We also respond to messages on our Facebook/Instagram pages within hours (usually minutes).