Blend Your Own Personal Coffee
If you walk into any high end tea shop they will create a personal tea blend just for you. However, it is almost impossible to get a coffee roaster to create a personal roast just for you. However, you can do it yourself
Coffee roasters blend coffee beans for a number of reasons:
Consistency The most common reason for blending coffee beans is create a recognized profile. Yuban coffee this year tastes the same as Yuban coffee last year even though the beans are different varieties and come from different origins. Average coffee drinkers want each cup of coffee to taste the same. We have had visitors complain because our coffee doesn’t taste like the coffee they are used to at home. Commercial blenders try to achieve the same coffee profile year after year.
Dump Bad Coffee Blending bad beans with good beans is a way to get rid of poor quality coffee. A blended coffee should taste better than each of the component beans taste separately. Using good beans to hide bad beans does not create a better tasting coffee. Just like using flavoring, it only covers up a bad coffee.
Create a Better Coffee Creating better coffee is the true sign of a master roaster. Blending coffee is an art. A great roaster can take two or more good beans and create an outstanding coffee.
Here are some tips on creating your own personal coffee.
Find a base coffee that you like. Brew it and then cup it. Rate each of the characteristics of the coffee on Aroma, Acidity, Flavor, Body, Sweetness, and Aftertaste. Determine which attributes you want to improve.
Look for a second coffee that is strong in the attributes that your base coffee is weak. For example, if the coffee needs more acidity, then look for coffees with higher acid like Kenyas. If the coffee needs more body look for high body coffees like Sumatras or Ethiopians. If it lacks flavor look for coffees with the flavors you like e.g. citrusy coffee from Guatemala.
When you find that coffee brew both coffee separately. Spoon some of the base into a cup and add a spoon of your second coffee into the cup. Taste it. Is the coffee moving in the direction you want? Add or subtract your second coffee until you get the attributes you want.
Keep a chart of the number of spoons in the cup. Stay simple, don’t try mixing three or four coffees at first. Work on two coffees until you get the hang of it. Most coffee cuppers cannot detect a coffee that is less than 25% of the blend. So if you blend four or more coffees you are pushing the 25% limit.
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee LLC is a boutique farm in Kona, Hawaii that grows, processes and roasts its own current crop coffee beans. We grow 7 different varieties of coffee and process them using 4 different methods. We roast date every bag of our coffee.
In 2014 we won the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition. In 2015, we won the Hawaii Cupping Competition. In 2016 we came in Second in the Hawaii Cupping Competition and First in the Kona Coffee Competition. In 2017 we came in Second n the Hawaii Cupping Compeition and in the Kona Coffee Cupping Competition. In December 2016, Coffee Review rated our Laura’s Reserve SL-28 as Number 3 in the top Thirty Coffees of 2016. In 2017, Laura’s Reserve SL-28 received 97 points from Coffee Review and was Number 2 in the Top 30 Coffees of 2017.
nce you get a personal blend that you like mix your roasted beans in the same proportion and enjoy.