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    Default 12 Roasters Challenge

    I'd like to run a little competition in 2017 to reward those who push the boundaries of taste and wish to improve their palates.

    The idea is simple: Try a different roaster each month

    Start a thread with the roaster whose beans you're drinking in January and update this thread at least monthly (or each time you try a new roaster), listing the roaster and beans you have already enjoyed and the beans you are currently drinking.

    Add any tasting notes and a photo of the bag also.
    Add any likes / dislikes too, so that we can all explore different beans.

    Each person who completes the challenge will get a special badge assigned in 2018 and will go into the draw for a prize.

    Trying the beans from the forum sponsors is a great place to start.
    We also have a few new roasters coming on board shortly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    I'd like to run a little competition in 2017 to reward those who push the boundaries of taste and wish to improve their palates.

    The idea is simple: Try a different roaster each month

    Start a thread with the roaster whose beans you're drinking in January and update this thread at least monthly (or each time you try a new roaster), listing the roaster and beans you have already enjoyed and the beans you are currently drinking.

    Add any tasting notes and a photo of the bag also.
    Add any likes / dislikes too, so that we can all explore different beans.

    Each person who completes the challenge will get a special badge assigned in 2018 and will go into the draw for a prize.

    Trying the beans from the forum sponsors is a great place to start.
    We also have a few new roasters coming on board shortly.
    So as not to feel alienated, I take it there will also be a category for decaf drinkers?
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    Decaf is coffee , well kinda .. plus always people looking for decaf options to explore . be a good thead to have
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    @dfk41 This is a coffee forum and decaf coffee counts. I have had some great decafs in the past year that you would be hard pressed to tell were decaf.
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    So have I which strikes the question, does decaf have a particular taste, or not, as the case might be. I have tried to introduce decaf as a topic a few times, but I always get the impression people think of it as the poor mans relation, as indeed I did! I am going to start a new decaf thread as see if it goes anywhere
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    I think I'd be up for this, as we drink both 'normal' and decaf.

    I think the stigma decaf gets isn't just from drinkers as a 'poor man's relation', but can also be from some roasters (one roaster I spoke to said it wasn't as nice as normal caffeinated coffee, and was more difficult to roast as it was dryer so prone to catching fire!). Also many roasters only offer one decaf option, two at the most. Though emailing them might yield more that they don't mention on the web.

    It'll certainly make it a challenge to get folks away from their usual go-to roaster and try something different. I'm guessing a comparison can be got from different roasters using the same beans as well to see how their profiles vary?
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    Isn't this what the "In my cup" thread is for? Right enough not many using it these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Step21 View Post
    Isn't this what the "In my cup" thread is for? Right enough not many using it these days
    Right enough, but in that thread you can use the same roaster most of the time (Has Bean SSSS for eg.) so not not really a challenge, where as this one gets you looking for different roasters.
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    A nice idea, but I tend to find a roaster that I like and then work through their range.

    So although I am likely to try lots of different beans, I doubt that they would come from more than half a dozen different roasters over the year.

    I don't really get through enough to be able to truly spread the love AND show a bit of loyalty to the roasters that I like.
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    I am terrible at making decisions, the month would be over before I picked a roaster.

    Would it be too complicated if we expressed interest, went into a pool, then drew lots as to which roaster to try that month?
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