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How To Make Your Own Coffee Blends

Blend Formulas and Roastmaster's Notes

We all know that home coffee roasting is great, whether you’re big into single origin green coffee bean varieties, or custom blends, you know it's gonna be good if it's freshly roasted! Here are the formulas we used for the blends we called "First Mate's Blend" and "Four Stripe Blend". Does home coffee roasting get any better?

First Mate's Blend Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Medium body, lively, a little chocolate perhaps? Makes a good morning coffee.
  • 1 part Sulawesi
  • 3 parts Colombia or Guatemala 

Four Stripe Blend Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Excellent body, smoky, formulated for dark roasting.
  • 1 part Guatemalan 
  • 1 part Nicaraguan
  • 1 part Colombian
  • 1 part Sumatran Mandheling

Classic mocha java

  • A timeless classic of wet and dry processed coffees
  • 1 part Yemen Mocha (or Ethiopia Harrar)
  • 1 part Java (or Sumatra)

 

Some other drip blends that we find work well

Drip #1 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Good body, chocolate undertones, medium acidity
  • 50% Colombian
  • 25% Guatemalan Huehuetenango
  • 25% Sumatra Mandheling

Drip #2 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Weighty, berry undertones, nice acidity
  • 65% Sumatran Mandheling
  • 35% Ethiopian Harrar

Drip #3 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • A "house" blend—nothing too sharp—mild and pleasant, very drinkable
  • 40% Peru 
  • 40% Colombia
  • 20% Costa Rica

 

Here are a few blends we find make great espresso

Espresso #1 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Deeply flavored, smoky, Seattle Style
  • 40% Sumatran Mandheling
  • 25% Java
  • 15% Colombian
  • 10% Ethiopian Sidamo (or Harrar)
  • 10% Monsooned Malabar

Espresso #2 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • More of an Italian style
  • 35% Brazilian
  • 35% Sumatran Mandheling
  • 20% Ethiopian Sidamo (or Harrar)
  • 10% Guatemalan Antigua (or Huehuetenango)

Espresso #3 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Very mellow—no rough edges.
  • 25% Guatemalan
  • 25% Costa Rican
  • 25% Colombian
  • 25% Sumatran Mandheling

Espresso #4 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Smoky, a hint of sweetness
  • 33% Brazil
  • 33% Java (or Sumatra)
  • 33% Papua New Guinea
  • Toss in a little Indian Monsooned Malabar for a little twisty funk!

Espresso #5 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Classic Italian Style Espresso
  • 4 parts Brazil
  • 3 parts Sumatran Mandheling
  • 2 parts Panama
  • 1 part Costa Rican

Espresso #6 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Slightly sweeter version of #5
  • 4 parts Brazil
  • 3 parts Sumatran Mandheling
  • 2 parts Honduran (or Nicaraguan)
  • 1 part Ethiopian Sidamo (or Harrar)

Espresso #7 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Italian style, with more acidity
  • 4 parts Brazil
  • 3 parts Sulawesi
  • 2 parts Ethiopian Sidamo (or Harrar)
  • 1 part Kenyan AA (or other East African coffee)

Espresso # 8 Roasting Profile Recipe

  • Smoky Seattle/West Coast style
  • 2 parts Papua New Guinea
  • 2 parts Ethiopian Harrar
  • 1 part Panama (or Nicaragua/Honduras)
  • 1 part Yemeni (or Sumatra Mandheling)

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