Moka Kadir blend for fiesta!


Time to celebrate, as my city is celebrating its fiesta in honor of its patron, St. Michael the Archangel. Just timely that I have one great blend for the occasion — SweetMaria’s Moka Kadir Blend. Courtesy of Michelle, my cousin Tipoy’s wife, who asked me to give her a one-on-one tutorial on basic photography. They’re from California, on vacation for the fiesta and to celebrate the first birthday of their daughter Ariana.

The big day is tomorrow, and there’s a lot of reasons to celebrate — Dad just came home from the hospital, our daughter Kara also came home from college, after dealing with the floods in Manila.
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Behmor drum on my rotisserie

The fine-mesh Behmor drum. I love those blades stirring the beans more for a more even roast.

The fine-mesh Behmor drum. I love those blades stirring the beans more for a more even roast.

I’ve played around with various coffee roasters. But my roaster of choice now is the oven toaster with rotisserie.

Because I could not buy a drum for it, I had the drum made by a local tinsmith. But I wasn’t happy with the workmanship — too heavy, looks ugly, some damage on the screen that some holes are too big. It’s so difficult to close the lid to pour the green beans in, and difficult to open to pour the roasted beans into the colander, especially with hot temperatures. So aside from the rotisserie, I also use my old Whirley Pop popcorn popper for smaller beans from Ethiopia and Yemen.

But then I ordered the drum for the Behmor from Sweet Marias. Particularly, the small grid drum, so I would have no problem with the small beans.
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Chinese coffee beans


My first time ever to try Chinese coffee!

China, we all know, is a H-U-G-E country. Some of its parts are in the colder part of the globe with snow during winter. So coffee just can’t grow there. I’ve been to Beijing once, towards the end of winter, and I still remember our guide saying, “It’s a beautiful morning. It’s warm.” And it’s something like 5 degrees Celsius! In the evening we were like -5 Celsius, we had to run from the bus to the auditorium where they hold those acrobat shows.

But on China’s southern part, it’s warm there, so coffee can grow in that tropical part. The province of Yunnan, in particular, has been known for its coffee. But China, like my beloved Philippines, is just not in the world coffee map yet. Maybe they’re not exporting yet, or maybe they’re not producing good enough coffee yet.

So I was so excited when my high school classmate Linda L. sent me a kilo of Yunnan beans, which she said she liked when she roasted it herself. (The package, sent via post office, actually also contained a smaller bag with supposedly Hawaiian Kona beans. But I doubt it’s true Kona, coz it was sold at a much cheaper price. I’ll test the “Kona” later …)
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