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Ferdelance Espresso Blend CBC Blend


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While this espresso blend did not derive its name directly from its namesake's deadly viper inhabiting Central America, it is a high-octane espresso that will bite you straight up! Ferdelance developed and refined his (rather complicated) blend over many years to be the only espresso for him, but best as a pure shot.

It's a potent blend (roasted dark), but also sweet when roasted lighter, and develops a thick crema, even though there is no robusta in it. Deep and rich-flavored with heavy body and the balance you might expect from a blend so long in development.

Roast it lighter and enjoy a creamy chocolate espresso drink with a dominant nutty taste, or take it to the limit and get the bittersweet end of the spectrum. Very versatile and quite complex.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:4
  • Body:6
  • Aroma:5
  • Complexity:6
  • Balance:5
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:heavy bean
  • Buttery:heavy bean
  • Fruity:-
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:-

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by on May 23, 2018

It's great to be able to say that my recipe for the blend I created is still as close to the original as possible. It's difficult as coffees change from year to year. I developed this espresso blend many years ago and I am proud to say it still lives up to my standards and taste. I am enjoying a double shot as I type this.

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by on October 10, 2007

This is a great coffee. I roast it greasy black. Smooth and creamy. Very uplifting on a groggy morning. I love this stuff!
Remember the most important thing about home coffee roasting: YOU are the boss! therefore YOUR taste rules!!

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by on April 23, 2018

I have been roasting my beans since 2007 and have never had a bad cup of coffee since that initial batch. I am relatively new to roasting green blends since I was always attempting to roast the single origins and then blend them after roasting. CBC Ferdelance Espresso Blend kind of changed me somewhat. I roast 320 grams of this blend in a Behmoor 1600+ roaster at he 1 pound setting to about 15 seconds into 2nd crack. Cool, bag, and let them develop for 72 hours. I use 17 grams of beans for a double shot and then add the steamed milk. It starts my day. I'm not one to describe all the complex aromas and flavors of the drink, just that this blend is for me- perfect!

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by on October 22, 2007

Roasted to FC .......excellent... don,t feel the bite..... but bitter sweet still enjoy it as double shot anytime of day.....thank goodness it comes in the 5lb bags....Dave
Thanks, Dave - different roast profile - same result! Hmmmmm, maybe we've got something here?!

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by on July 30, 2007

This was also my first attempt at home roasting. I actually blended the dark roast and the lighter roast together. What an experience!!!! Every swallow is a different taste. It is an amazing coffee.

Thanks; not only did you discover a wonderful coffee blend, you also discovered two important subtleties about roasting, and coffee in general.

  • 1 - is single varietal blending, doing exactly what you did: combine different roast profiles of the same coffee - this "trick" brings out and combines little nuances you would never get in a single roast.
  • 2 - is to nbever give up on a coffee at first taste; they all DO change slightly as they cool - just an fyi.
    Welcome to the Wonderful World of Home Coffee Roasting!!

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  • by on June 19, 2019

    Really enjoyed this one. Had to roast it to a darker level to get the profile I liked the best. I've used it in my French Press and my Aero Press. Both are very tasty.

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    by on March 28, 2019

    Awesome blend

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    by on February 18, 2019

    Ferdelance Blend is my first order from CBC and I'm impressed. So far I've been experimenting with cutting the roast around 2nd crack: I get chocolate, bittersweet, almond, and a trace of berry at the end in taste. Rich and full body. Pretty amazing crema, still going strong to end of the pound of roast. I'm pleased with the consistency of the green beans, they've been well picked and screened. Highly recommend if you're looking for a solid espresso go-to blend.

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    by on January 17, 2019

    I buy Ferderlance 5lbs. at a time to roast in a wood fired oven. This blend is consistent and makes a great dark roast coffee. Second crack in the oven takes about 15 minutes and the whole household gets on me when we run out. Truly enjoy roasting the beans, sharing, and of course drinking.

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    by on December 11, 2018

    Great espresso blend

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    by on August 15, 2018

    amazing coffee, roasting to ~1-min after 1st crack it delivers crema, chocolate, nuttiness and some of the best shots I ever pulled out of my bezzera. there is very little acidity (brightness), but tons of body and dense complex flavors. like others here, the ferdelance blend was one of my first exeriences in home roasting, living in a major city with great access to good coffee, I thought home roasting is not necessary; needless to say I am a total convert not least thanks to these fantastic beans.

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    by on July 5, 2018

    I have been roasting for several years and have tried many beans from the Coffee Bean Corral. I always end up coming back to the Ferdelance Espresso Blend. It is very forgiving if you over roast, but I do prefer it a little lighter. I typically start the cooling cycle before second crack, but if I go a little to long, all is not lost. I have used this blend with great results, in a Jura S9 superautomatic for several years. I recently switched to a Ceado E6P grinder and a Expobar Brewtus IV semi automatic. The results are outstanding.

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    by on February 25, 2018

    The flavor and aroma is amazing. My roommate spent more time smelling his mug than he did drinking. This is one of my favorites. I stop it just as the oils start showing. Next time, I think I will try blending a med roast and dark roast together, as Lori did previously. Sounds interesting.

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    by on August 8, 2017

    This blend was my first experience with home roasting, and has stayed one of my 2 absolute favorites I've tried. It makes a beautiful, well balanced cup that is almost syrupy it has such a robust body. It makes a great cup of espresso and is virtually without peer when made with a French press (I used 12 tablespoons of coarse grounds in a 1 L French press). The coffee has such a robust body that someone told me it reminded them of drinking a cafe Americano more than a traditional cup of coffee. NOTE: I roasted using a stovetop popcorn popper on the sideburner of a gas grill, in different batches I have roasted this from the beginning of the 2nd all the way through about 60 seconds after fully through the 2nd crack (always with fantastic results), and have brewed using both an espresso machine and a French press.

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    by on July 23, 2017

    This coffee may have changed my life. When I decided to mess around with roasting, I got a cheap green bean off Amazon just to make sure it would be something I stuck with. That made an okay cup, but I knew they were lackluster beans. After finding roasting was a process I enjoyed, and I decided to use the coffee matrix here to pick out a few beans to try. The profile of this one looked so perfect, I bought 7 pounds in my first order. I originally was roasting this for espresso, and it made the best cup of espresso I've ever had, even using a relatively cheap espresso machine. The espresso was so good it was outshining the best espresso I'd had in Italy. Then I bought a French press, and that was when my life changed. This bean makes the PERFECT cup of French press coffee (for my taste). It has a thick, incredible body to it and a rich flavor. Plus if you like a bold cup of coffee, I use 10-12 tablespoons of this in a French press and it makes the boldest/strongest cup I've ever had, while avoiding being overpowering. It's absolute perfection.

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    by on March 30, 2014

    Roasted this to 2nd crack. Very dark but not burnt. The next morning I put some beans in the grinder and made coffee.It was ok but I was looking for that kick, well all I can say is the longer it sits after roasting the better it gets, even the smell. This is a great coffee all around and ill buy more

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    by on September 10, 2007

    Roasted well into the second crack - guesstimate FC++. Brewed it once in the Brikka and it was ok. Have brewed it twice in a single-cup, shower-head, swiss-gold, mug-top, five buck brewer.....YUM! The sweetness and complexity were a winner. Those five pounds won't last long.

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    by on April 9, 2007

    not sure about Dave

    a perfect example of one of the basic tenets of coffee: each person's personal taste is all that matters!! aka "one man's trash is another man's treasure"

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    by on March 23, 2007

    Great stuff, I am new to the home roasting and this was my first product that I roasted. I used the air popper method and it turned out great, for coffee and espresso. This was the best hot beverage I ever had. Coffee matrix was right to the T!!!

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    by on February 11, 2007

    Excellent. As stated.....but I found it smooth,and very creamy pleasant tasting no problem with the "Double Double"....I am sure we will have to try this in the summer as well.. Dave

    Dave, I'm not sure who you are, but with your appreciation of good coffee, any chance you're looking for a job? plenty of free coffee!

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    by on December 17, 2006

    WOW, your description is dead on. It is a really complex yet well balanced espresso. i pulled a shot and i didn't think the crema would stop, and it passed the "sugar test" which is where the sugar is supported by the crema, rather than sinking to the bottom. Then for the real test...the taste... it is very clean, sweet(sugar not included)yet has an enjoyable tartness(fruity) to it, and as i mentioned it is complex, i tasted, everything from chocolate to nuts and back to buttery. It reminds me of some of the espressos i had in Southern Italy. I liked it best roasted into the second crack as the beans had a nice and oily sheen to them. Thank's to Ferdelance(is that his real name?) for coming up with a blend especially for espresso, i have tried many different blends, and while some have been good, it seems you always have to roast it to a certain roast. This one seems to be good at a lot of different roasts, which is good if i am not paying close attention to the roast and end it early or roast it longer. Superb!!!!

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