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Topic: Coffee Roasting in Houston (4 msgs / 227 lines)
1) From: Gene Smith
After receiving Mike womer's kind Stir Crazy offer, I thought I'd better 
mention to any newbies from the Houston area that we have a small 
homeroaster list going for folks in this area who would like to communicate 
and occasionally get together.
You can find us at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HoustonHomeroasters/We just managed our first get together at Manny's, a Greek cafe in the NW 
part of town.  Three of us, Dave Ballard, Jamison Smith and myself spent 
several very pleasant hours testing out the products of Manny's Cimbali 
espresso machine.
We started out with Capuccinos, and then Manny pulled himself an espresso, 
so I had to try one, because I was pretty sure I've never had a really 
decent shot.  Turned out to be true.  I drank the first half unadulterated, 
so I could savor the basic flavor, and then added just a bit of sugar.
So *that's* what espresso is supposed to taste like!  Making no claims to 
any godshot experience...just a really good cup of coffee.
My companions turned up their noses at adding sugar, but Manny sweetens his, 
too, so I figured, as a fellow Mediterranean, I was entitled.
At that point I was beginning to feel I should speed up my wingbeat rate and 
hover around some nice flowers, so we all got back down to earth with gyros 
sandwiches.
We are pledged to try again in a month, venue to be determined, and any 
folks from the greater Houston area are certainly invited.  Come to think of 
it, if you want to fly in from Alaska...or anywhere in between...you're 
invited, too!
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

2) From: Mike Womer
Thanks Gene, I'd enjoy that very much. I'll just have to be really careful and not try to 
match espresso shots with the veterans. It would probably turn out as badly as the one 
time in my relative youth that I tried to outdrink a bunch of Aussies. The dreck I was making
from the big red supermarket cans was so bad I had pretty much tapered down to
nothing... now I can't even finish my 16 oz thermos of SM's offerings (on top of the 16 oz car mug)
without getting the heebie jeebies! Gotta train back up.
Re your Stir Crazy situation, my wife considers herself a master of the Houston resale/
thrift shop scene. Judging by the cancelled checks she may well be right. I'll get her advice
and maybe even turn her loose. The danger is she may want me to go along. I'll have to
consider this very carefully.
I'll check out the local group's site.  
Thanks and happy roasting,
Mike Womer

3) From: Tom Ulmer
Qu pasa Brett?
I missed the exit for this one and thought that Blue Dogged Democrat =
Gene
had risen up again...

4) From: Brett Mason
Skeering me with that, ya know!  I must need coffee...
B
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com


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