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Topic: no horse (9 msgs / 325 lines)
1) From: Kelly G. Wilson
The horse harrar was a real favorite this past year: complex, intense,
primitive. I loved it on it's own--just a smidge into second crack. It was
delightful blended with some monsooned malabar: this blend is definitely not
for kids, the lovely funk from the MM combined to make something out of this
world--a press pot delight. And as it cooled---ahhhh. And now, SM is out. I
have maybe a pound left and I am sad.
Tom - go find another one like that. OK?
Kelly
Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
205 Peabody
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-5256
Cell:     (662) 816-5189
Fax:     (662) 915-5398
email:   kwilsonhttp://www.olemiss.edu/working/kwilson/kwilson/UniversityWebPage/Kelly%20Wilson.htm
"One draught of Lethe for a world of pain?
An easy bargain; yet I keep the thorn,
To keep the rose."
John Erskine (1906)

2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
You know, I have already cupped lots of new crop Harar Horse and they 
really aren't "there" yet. They have no bright end on the cup, good 
winey-ness, light body, too much wet-earth flavor. There have been 
years when the very first Harars were good, and there was a Organic 
Oromia lot last year like this, but usually you have to wait. I did 
"reserve" quite a few bags of a lot based on a pre-shipment sample 
that was really nice, but thats a 50-50 chance, and it wouldnt be 
here for 6 weeks or so anyway. I reject at least half of these 
"promising pre-ship" lots in general.
This is really a tough time for me because we are out of so many 
origins and I just have to bite the bullet and stick to my creed: if 
its not good, we dont stock it. I have passed up so many Mexican, 
Costa, Guat etc samples it is unbelievable. Its not that what has 
been offered is bad, its just not the really good mid-crop stuff yet, 
and in general Guats and Costas of a really high caliber will be 
rarer this year due to lower production and higher demand. So I have 
reserved abgs from some very promising shipments (including a really 
neat Huehue that we are having extra-special hand-preparation done at 
the Las Pastores mill in Antigua!). I have been cupping at least 20 
Kenya auction lots per week and this is going well. We have won 4 
lots so far in the auction, and lost out on only one we bid on. Those 
will start to arrive in about a month. Mexican samples have been 
especially bad so far, but that just indicates what is to be 
expected, namely: LOW GROWN COFFEE SUCKS! I think we all know that. 
What is hard to remember is this: all the so-so Harar Horse, and all 
those so-so Tres Rios Costas, and San Marcos Guats, are sold out - 
all that coffee is finding a home rapidly. Frankly, I think that's a 
shame... and if more coffee buyers held out for the truly good cup 
quality, the price differential for quality would skyrocket. The 
coffee trade has so many holes in its feet it is amazing it can limp 
along at all.
Tom
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            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thomspon Owen george

3) From: DEchelbarg
Very interesting note, Tom.  I'm new to this and having a grand time.  My 
U.P.S. guy knows what S.M.'s is now.  Thanks for all you do to bring us a quality 
product.  Without this new hobby of roasting, it would be hard to survive an 
Upper Peninsula winter!
Dave Echelbarger

4) From: john roberts
Keep your standards high... we appreciate it, and it's nice to see a few
posts actually about coffee.
My stash of decaf HH is almost depleted... rip
JR

5) From: Lesley Albjerg
TOM,
STOP THE APOLOGIES!!!  Your latest offerings are simply stunning.  The Brazil Sitio Araucaria is the most complex and tasty Brazil I have ever had.  The Rwanda Masaka    "Seven Lakes" is amazing.  I just got my 5 pounds of the new PHG and I am sure it is going to be outstanding.  18 years ago when I started homeroasting I was a happy camper to have 3 varieties in my stash and elated to have 5.  I currently have 7 Brazilians in the Stash!  It will be down to 6 after tonight as I will be roasting the last of my Peaberries.  Tom it is a pleasure to know what ever I order it is going to be good.  Those who complain should sample some poor horse.  You could label it "Dead Horse." :>)
 
Les  
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee  wrote:
You know, I have already cupped lots of new crop Harar Horse and they 
really aren't "there" yet. They have no bright end on the cup, good 
winey-ness, light body, too much wet-earth flavor. There have been 
years when the very first Harars were good, and there was a Organic 
Oromia lot last year like this, but usually you have to wait. I did 
"reserve" quite a few bags of a lot based on a pre-shipment sample 
that was really nice, but thats a 50-50 chance, and it wouldnt be 
here for 6 weeks or so anyway. I reject at least half of these 
"promising pre-ship" lots in general.
This is really a tough time for me because we are out of so many 
origins and I just have to bite the bullet and stick to my creed: if 
its not good, we dont stock it. I have passed up so many Mexican, 
Costa, Guat etc samples it is unbelievable. Its not that what has 
been offered is bad, its just not the really good mid-crop stuff yet, 
and in general Guats and Costas of a really high caliber will be 
rarer this year due to lower production and higher demand. So I have 
reserved abgs from some very promising shipments (including a really 
neat Huehue that we are having extra-special hand-preparation done at 
the Las Pastores mill in Antigua!). I have been cupping at least 20 
Kenya auction lots per week and this is going well. We have won 4 
lots so far in the auction, and lost out on only one we bid on. Those 
will start to arrive in about a month. Mexican samples have been 
especially bad so far, but that just indicates what is to be 
expected, namely: LOW GROWN COFFEE SUCKS! I think we all know that. 
What is hard to remember is this: all the so-so Harar Horse, and all 
those so-so Tres Rios Costas, and San Marcos Guats, are sold out - 
all that coffee is finding a home rapidly. Frankly, I think that's a 
shame... and if more coffee buyers held out for the truly good cup 
quality, the price differential for quality would skyrocket. The 
coffee trade has so many holes in its feet it is amazing it can limp 
along at all.
Tom
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"Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Mariahttp://www.sweetmarias.comThomspon Owen george you Yahoo!?
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee

7) From: Lesley Albjerg
TOM,
STOP THE APOLOGIES!!!  Your latest offerings are simply stunning.  The Brazil Sitio Araucaria is the most complex and tasty Brazil I have ever had.  The Rwanda Masaka    "Seven Lakes" is amazing.  I just got my 5 pounds of the new PHG and I am sure it is going to be outstanding.  18 years ago when I started homeroasting I was a happy camper to have 3 varieties in my stash and elated to have 5.  I currently have 7 Brazilians in the Stash!  It will be down to 6 after tonight as I will be roasting the last of my Peaberries.  Tom it is a pleasure to know what ever I order it is going to be good.  Those who complain should sample some poor horse.  You could label it "Dead Horse." :>)
 
Les  
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee  wrote:
You know, I have already cupped lots of new crop Harar Horse and they 
really aren't "there" yet. They have no bright end on the cup, good 
winey-ness, light body, too much wet-earth flavor. There have been 
years when the very first Harars were good, and there was a Organic 
Oromia lot last year like this, but usually you have to wait. I did 
"reserve" quite a few bags of a lot based on a pre-shipment sample 
that was really nice, but thats a 50-50 chance, and it wouldnt be 
here for 6 weeks or so anyway. I reject at least half of these 
"promising pre-ship" lots in general.
This is really a tough time for me because we are out of so many 
origins and I just have to bite the bullet and stick to my creed: if 
its not good, we dont stock it. I have passed up so many Mexican, 
Costa, Guat etc samples it is unbelievable
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Finance Tax Center - File online. File on time.

8) From: Steve McKinney
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I couldn't agree more.  I'll be the first to admit that I am sometimes
disappointed when a particular favorite runs out before I can order =
more,
but this is always more than offset by the excitement of picking =
something
new from Tom's always changing and always excellent selection!
 
Steve

9) From: Ben Treichel
DEchelbarg wrote:
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Not if the Packer do well!!
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