Remember last week, I wrote about a roasting that I did on some Yirg? It was ugly, but I was hoping it would be delicious. Well, I am happy to report that on my fourth roasting attempt, I was finally able to reproduce the delicious Yirg results that I got the first time I roasted it! After going too light, then too dark, I finally hit it right on!
Unfortunately, that was a small batch that I roasted, though, and I’ve already drank all of it! You see, I was tired of wasting good coffee beans when I wasn’t doing a good job of roasting, so I decreased the batch size until I hit on the proper results! And, I did it!
Like I said, those beans are gone already, but I just finished roasting a little over a half pound, and they look quite good too. As a matter of fact, I am expecting this latest batch to be my best yet. They just have a “good look” about them, so I am confident. And, this time the beans will last me for a lot longer, since it’s a bigger roast.
I was very close to buying a coffee roaster recently, because I was tired of my poor roasts. Problem is, I enjoy the pan roasting. It is challenging, and it is just something that I find kind of fun. Putting beans in a machine and pushing a button doesn’t appeal to me as much as roasting on the stove top, so for now, I am going to stick with what I am doing. I will, most likely, get a roaster someday down the road, but for now, I want to perfect my pan roasting technique.
So, just to reiterate, I’m happy to report delicious results on the Yirg! How do you tell if it is good? Well, for me, it has a hint of a Chai Tea flavor to it, and some fruitiness to boot!