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Topic: The impossible request (3 msgs / 91 lines)
1) From: Stephen Jones
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Brazil it really is! 
A quick story in this regard.  We have friends who are very kind to us and
our children, so the last time I went to pick up our older son at their
house I asked the wife if she and her husband drink coffee (yes), and would
they like to try some coffee that I've roasted (you roast your own coffee?
Oh my).  So I took them some Yemen Ismaili.  The wife thanked me, and asked
me if I knew how to make vanilla flavored coffee.  I said that I didn't (I
passed over the fact that I have no desire whatsoever to learn how to add
flavor to any coffee).  She then said: "Oh, that's ok.  We'll just add a lot
of vanilla flavored creamer to this coffee."
Oh well.  From now on, though, I'll think of other thank you gifts for them.
Stephen Jones

2) From: Lesley Albjerg
I know Mike McKoffee will shutter!  However, here is my secret for "gift coffee."  Around the first of December I go through my stash and pick out all of my least favorite coffees.  I need around 10 pounds for Christmas Roast Gifts.  Between Dec. 17 and 20, I roast these and put them in the nice half pound valved bags from Sweet Marias and give them as Chrsitmas Gifts.  I feel good in two ways.  I am getting rid of stuff I don't really care for.  They are getting better coffee than they can buy anywhere.  A third benefit is that it makes room in the stash for the new gems that are coming along.
 
Les
Stephen Jones  wrote:
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Brazil it really is! 
A quick story in this regard. We have friends who are very kind to us and
our children, so the last time I went to pick up our older son at their
house I asked the wife if she and her husband drink coffee (yes), and would
they like to try some coffee that I've roasted (you roast your own coffee?
Oh my). So I took them some Yemen Ismaili. The wife thanked me, and asked
me if I knew how to make vanilla flavored coffee. I said that I didn't (I
passed over the fact that I have no desire whatsoever to learn how to add
flavor to any coffee). She then said: "Oh, that's ok. We'll just add a lot
of vanilla flavored creamer to this coffee."
Oh well. From now on, though, I'll think of other thank you gifts for them.
Stephen Jones

3) From: Allen Marsalis
At 02:39 PM 7/13/2004 -0400, Stephen Jones wrote:
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 >She then said: "Oh, that's ok.  We'll just add a lot
 >of vanilla flavored creamer to this coffee."
 >
 >Oh well.  From now on, though, I'll think of other thank you gifts for them.
 >
Don't do that Stephen!  I used to do a lot of things I wouldn't admit
on this list.    But the path to good coffee can be a very winding
road..  Sometimes we need a crutch before we build up experience to walk
without one.  Believe it or not, some folks believe that flavored coffees
are "gourmet"!  (Heh, I wonder what gave them that idea!)
Here's a couple of fun examples of using adulterants that I'll admit to.
Go rent the Dune DVD series.  (Not the old version but the newer one). Take
a piece of cinnamon stick and put it in with your ground coffee and brew.
Then watch DUNE and imagine that you are sipping "spice" coffee. (don't
worry, your eyes will not turn blue)
Other more plain examples include Cafe au lait while visiting Louisiana
or a cappuccino while visiting an Italian restaurant.  These are the type
of events that led towards the place I am today (Proud to call myself a
homeroaster - albeit still a newbie).
Nowadays my stomach can't handle dairy in the morning so I like my morning
coffee black.  But after dinner, I want something rich (espresso) and if
I have a sweet tooth, I still love a cappa with a little chocolate in it.
My point is that I suspect that at this rate in another 12-24 months,
that I won't be drinking anything but straight ristrettos!  But wow what
a journey to get there!  Thank you all for your patience.  :)
Allen
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