Roasted Coffee Images of Suggested Degree of Roast for Panama Gesha (aka Geisha to some)
These are images of my preferred roast for each lot. Please note that these are taken under strong light with a macro lens. So color representation in the pictures might seem lighter than the same roast under normal household lights.
But if you can look at your roasts under a good, strong balanced light, these images might compare well. Also, noting surface texture and the amount of bean expansion can be a good visual aid in roasting.
(these images are quite old so take that into account – technology changes!)
Lot 2: The highest price in the auction (or any coffee competition in 2008!) $125/Lb !
City roast is what we define as the earliest palatable stage that the roast process can be stopped and result in good quality coffee. City roast occurs roughly... ...more. 428 f , stopped shortly after 1st An audible popping sound heard during roasting. In coffee, one refers to "first crack" and "second crack," which come from two different classes of chemical reactions.: An audible... ...more had ended. Very modest bean expansion, strong surface texture, patchy. Best aromatics at 12 – 18 hours rest, more balanced cup after 72 hours rest.
Esmeralda Gesha is a long-bean Ethiopia selection with unique cup character.: Gesha (often wishfully misspelled as Geisha) is a long-bean Ethiopia cultivar selection with unique cup character. It is... ...more Lot 3: Very Limited A peaberry is a green coffee "bean" that has a rounded form: Coffee is the dried seed from the fruit of a flowering tree - each fruit having... ...more Lot, 150 Lbs only. $66/Lb
City+ roast is an ideal roast level that occurs roughly between 425 and 435 degrees Fahrenheit in many coffee roasters with a responsive bean probe where First Crack... ...more Roast. 433 f , stopped after 1st crack has ended, and a modest time has passed. In the A roaster with a rotating drum that provides agitation to the beans, while a heating element (typically either electric or gas) provides heat. The metal drum conducts heat... ...more I use, this is about 20-30 seconds. In a A popular electric drum roaster designed for home use, with variable batch sizes (from 1/4 pound to 1 pound) and a smoke-reduction system. It has been modified and... ...more it might be slightly longer, depending on the curve, and in an air roaster it might be shorter! Modest bean expansion, somesurface patchiness, but a little more even color than Lot 2. Best aromatics at 12 – 18 hours rest, more balanced cup after 36-48 hours rest.
Lot 10: The Gold Standard Esmeralda Gesha $17.70/Lb
City/City+ Roast. 431 f , stopped after 1st crack has ended, and a modest time has passed. In the drum roaster I use, this is about 20-30 seconds. In a Behmor it might be slightly longer, depending on the curve, and in an air roaster it might be shorter! This has a lot of surface texture, and the crease remains fairly tightly closed (little bean expansion or “puff”). There was another roast I did to 434 f that was my favorite, but I didn’t get a picture of it. So going a tad darker than this image is good. But we are talking a matter of seconds in the roaster. This is the sleeper lot, comparing well to last years Esmeralda Gesha we had, but a bit better I feel. It’s from a late harvest picking.
Lot 5: The “Budget Lot” $10.50/Lb
A coffee that has been roasted to the brink of second crack.: A coffee that has been roasted to the brink of second crack. The internal bean temperature... ...more. 439-441 f , stopped after 1st crack has ended, and a generous amount of time has passed to allow for further roast flavor development … but no 2nd crack has occurred. This lot can take a little more roast, and it still has a very potent Gesha Flavor Profile implies a graphical impression of a particular coffee, whether it be an artistic portrait or data graph of the perception of flavor compounds. In the case... ...more. It seemed to have even more surface texture even though it had more roast (texture tends to smooth out with more roast).
Guatemalan coffee is considered a top quality coffee producer in Central America. Due to our proximity to Guatemala, some of the nicest coffees from this origin come to... ...more Acatenango Buena Vista Roast Picture
City+/Full City Roast. 437 f , stopped after 1st crack has ended, and a generous amount of time has passed to allow for further roast flavor development … but no 2nd crack has occurred. Remember, this photo is taken under very strong light, and would appear darker to the eye under normal household light.