me. esmeralda. lunch.

July 6, 2006 – 1:48 pm

annnnd, we’re live-blogging the lunch-hour roasting of a quarter (to the gram) of our esmeralda spoils. because, you know, this blog’s coverage of the runup to the actual consumption of said delicacy has been way too low key.

1:44 p.m. – the one good thing about small-time air roasting devices: it allows us to divide each pound of premium panamanian decadence into four uber-mini batches. i split them last eve, like a mother sea otter counting whelps. nursed them into separate and pristinely clean baggies, i did. it can be confidently stated that only three whole beans were spilt in the entire transfer process. all three were retrieved.

1:56 p.m. – hmmmm. some serious parchment remnant on a coupla these babies.

1:59 p.m. – we detect serious citrus roast smoke. or maybe that’s the nearby reservoir of laundry detergent.

2:02 p.m. – rather large beanage. roasting very evenly, btw. first crack should be fun.

2:04 p.m. – hints of first crack. now a roll to it. very clear and snappy, and rather early in the process considering the lengthened roast curve i chose for this batch. some serious large cojones, these suckers.

2:05 p.m. – as the smoke drifts outdoors, the clouds break for the first time all day and the sun busts a grin. as if to say, “ah, whoa. what IS that groovy waft?”

2:09 p.m. – nice, distinct rest between cracks. nerves are taut for hints of second, before which we will — under great stress — press the “cool” button.

2:10 p.m. – cooling. whew. looking very nice and city-plus-ish, this roast.

2:11 p.m. – prepare the vac seals! also: the blogwife can turn the dryer back on. it’s in the same room and all, you know. must have an unadultered voltage source for the roast. stability being of paramount importance…

2:15 p.m. – only 48 hours’ rest now, precioussss.

2:21 p.m. – join us tomorrow, when this blog will hammer out a gripping real-time account of coffee cherries in the midst of the dramatic patio-drying process — before your very eyes.

2:57 p.m. addendum – arrrggghhh. it’s a good thing we used this cast iron skillet under the gram scale. we dropped a bean! thankfully, it has been recovered and returned to among its degassing brethren. this whole roast-a-rare-coffee-during-lunch thing is just way too stressful.