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CBC Blend: Ferdelance


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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.

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  • CategoryCBC Blend
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
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Created by Russ as the perfect single shot, our own Ferdelance blend is one of our favorites for espresso––plenty of crema and lots of nutty richness. While its namesake isn’t precisely straight from Central America’s deadly viper, this mix is still high octane, and it packs a potent, complex bite!

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.

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Customer Reviews

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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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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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April 16, 2022

Ive been roasting this blend for a few years now, after trying beans from all over the world, this ended up being my do everything go-to-bean, along with Brazil Daterra sweet blue... i dont know if they changed the blend, maybe just a new harvest this year, but this bean blend isn't nearly as delicious as it used to be...

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August 31, 2020

Fantastic blend that gives a perfect combination of taste, texture and appearance. Was so impressed after my 2nd batch I ordered 25#. I take it to a full city range, let it mellow out 7-8 days and use specifically for espresso.

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August 13, 2020

Wow, this is an outstanding cup of coffee!! 1st blend purchase, intending to roast for latte loving drinkers per the description, that ain’t happenin’. Roasted FC in my Behmor 1600 Plus AB 4 days ago, prepared drip in the Behmor Brazen, drank it black & am blown away!! Rich, full-bodied, chocolate, creamy, sweetness in the Carmel feel. I don’t do milk based drinks nor espresso machines ... this is a terrific cup of coffee. Purchased 10#, ordering another 25# now because we’ll go through my initial bag in no time!! CBC has such excellent service to go along with high quality products. Thank You

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December 14, 2021

I have been roasting beans for more than a decade, and decided to try out Ferdelance when my longtime favorite bean was out of stock for many months. The results were outstanding. We use this for espresso shots as well as milk based beverages. Highest recommendation.

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October 7, 2021

This is my go to coffee for my morning espresso. When made as cappuccino or a Latte it tastes like hot chocolate. This is one bean I can consistently roast. My wife even agrees. I sure would like to know the composition of the blend.

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May 6, 2020

Always keep a bag of this in stock. Always roast between city and full city. My bean dump is between 395 and 399 degrees on a Hottop roaster. Always nice chocolate notes for me. Brew in a Chemex. Also good in a Bialetti Moka pot when brewed slow enough to prevent bitterness; creating an intensified dark chocolate taste. My favorite coffee to drink.

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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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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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December 24, 2022

I buy this blend on a regular basis. Does everything well and easy to roast. Two thumbs up from me!

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September 5, 2021

While I don't drink espresso, the descriptions intrigued me enough to give the Ferdelance a try. Really glad I did. Roasted to Full City, brewed in a Behmor Brazen. I didn't tell my wife what she was drinking so as to get an un-biased impression. The first comment she had was, "it's very balanced". Makes perfect sense, it's a blend. Nothing dominating, just really good. Notes of nuttiness along with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth, nice mouth-feel. Pleasant, subtle after-taste. Great every-day coffee that most everyone would enjoy. A steal at $7/lb.

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August 28, 2020

This is my first time roasting an espresso blend and I'm really impressed! The taste is just as described - chocolaty, nutty, buttery. Great way to start the day! Can't wait to try several other CBC Blends. I'm sure they're great too.

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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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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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    April 9, 2007

    not sure about Dave [email protected]

    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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    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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    April 6, 2023

    By far this Ferdelance blend is the best tasting coffee used for espresso that I’ve had!

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    March 15, 2023

    A sur[rising blend. My first cup seemed somewhat harsh and more bitter than I expected but it grows on you. I now really look forward to my morning cup. It's a flavor that's difficult for me to characterize - - just a good, satisfying cup of coffee. I can see this becoming my go-to bean

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    March 27, 2022

    First time to roast.

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    March 20, 2022

    My wife andI love it!

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    October 20, 2021

    It's forgiving when over or under roasted. Great crema, very rich flavor

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    April 12, 2021

    I recently purchased 3 lbs to try out. It came out perfect! The taste was delicious. Roasted to a French roast it was great, also roasted a dark roast batch which was great! I will be buying 10lbs this time! Thank you.

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    April 11, 2021

    I got into coffee roasting with the idea of trying all sorts of coffee varietals. Certainly, I will continue to do that. However...this is my favorite coffee experience recently. It's incredible for both pour-over and espresso. It's great at multiple roast levels. It's a wonderful experience!

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    December 15, 2020

    This is the espresso blend I have been looking for. I love the flavor at a medium roast. Simply delicious.

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    October 23, 2020

    Very smooth and well balanced. I roasted it dark for my Delonghi coffee machine and it tastes great.

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    July 15, 2020

    I have never left a review on a coffee bean store. This is m y first time. Once I ran out of my other green beans I decided to buy from CBC. A friend recommended it who doesn't roast or drink coffee anymore but used to buy from CBC all the time. Needless to say I bought my first ten pounds. THIS ESPRESSO BLEND is the BEST blend I have ever tasted!! It is smoooooooth! Not bitter, it is just amazing! I know everyone ends the roast where they like it, and I like mine DARK, so even when I roasted the snot out of it, it came out ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! CBC will be my go to from now on!!

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    July 11, 2020

    This is my third order! I love this blend! Rich in flavor! Thank goodness it comes in 10lbs! ❤️❤️❤️

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    July 6, 2020

    excellent blend! roasted at FC+, it carries some heavy weight and crema,which is surprising given the look of the beans. Complex flavor, rich body. Molasses and nutty profile.

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    June 11, 2020

    We roasted it dark and mixed it 1:2 with dark roasted Guatemalian. Delicious!

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    May 13, 2020

    In the words of Larry David.. it’s Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good! This Espresso Blend was just what I was looking for. Dark, chocolate, molasses, nutty flavor. Well balanced shot. This blend has awesome crema, that holds up when making lattes cappuccinos, etc. I’ll happily order this again.

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    May 8, 2020

    This is my second 10lb order and it definitely will not be my last! The best espresso blend I’ve tasted. It’s rich and wonderfully flavored! So fresh! And I love roasting my coffee beans.

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    February 18, 2020

    Great tasting!

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    January 10, 2020

    Just getting into home coffee in general, but coming from my newbie experience this is the best espresso I have had yet!! I roasted it light and dark and loved both...

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    October 26, 2019

    Great blend and a good to. This is my first experience roasting so I can’t compare but I can say this will be a reliable go to in the future that won’t disappoint

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    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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    March 28, 2019

    Awesome blend

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    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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    December 11, 2018

    Great espresso blend

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    August 30, 2020

    I had been buying my green beans elsewhere...they had a good blend. My last order from them had old beans in the blend. There is little wrong with old beans; except, they have an unfavorable after taste that lingers and I as a customer shouldn't pay full price for them...which I ended up paying! It just didn't seem ethical...I thought I was buying fresh beans. Anyway, I bought this blend and roasted my first batch. It makes an excellent espresso!!! I will buy more!!!

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