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Topic: The Quest (10 msgs / 149 lines)
1) From: alfred
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We all seek the perfect shot, the perfect roast and the perfect brew.]
But, like Forrest Gump said, it's like a box of chocolates.
"You never know what you're gonna get"
To solve my dilemma with no time to rest the beans properly, I chose an =
El Salvador CE San  Jose..
Took it into second crack to a Full City or slightly more.
This morning, after 15 hours, it was a bit raw as a straight espresso =
but magnificent in the afternoon as a cappuccino.
The Holy Grail?
I;m still lookin

2) From: David Lewis
At 3:20 PM -0700 10/30/04, alfred wrote:
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I didn't see it mentioned on that thread, but Yirgacheffe is a coffee 
that, to my taste, is actually much better with little rest; the 
delicate aromas seem particularly fugitive and largely gone in three 
days or so. I find it delicious.
Best,
	David
-- 
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men 
who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without 
thunder and lightning."
	Frederick Douglass

3) From: AlChemist John
And once you find it, it is gone, so it is a never ending quest.  Like 
trying to get to the horizon...
On that note, I found it yesterday morning.  Found my last bag of Poco 
Fundo, roasted it 12 minutes, 448 F.  Rest two days.  Pulled the most 
amazing shot.  Started flowing equally from the whole PF basket, right into 
a perfect cone of deep reds and browns, with small cream highlights.  1.5 
oz in 24 seconds.  80% crema.  It had the aroma of freshly ground coffee 
that I associate with really great shots, and it did not disappoint 
me.  Silky, full flavors dancing all over my palate.  I think I am to much 
of an agnostic to know if I have a god shot, but I do know this was 
fantastic.  I have to go turn on the Gaggia now....
Sometime around 02:20 PM 10/30/2004, alfred typed:
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

4) From: Jeff Oien
Another Poco Fundo rub-ber in-ner. You guys have to stop doing this to 
us who don't have any unless you want to give some away.
JeffO
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5) From: Ron_L
On Sun, 31 Oct 2004 07:06:42 -0800, AlChemist John  wrote:
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Ooooo... I just roasted some Poco Fundo this morning...  I can't wait
until Tuesday (38 hours)!  How far did you roast it, John?  I went
about 20 seconds into second crack...
...ron (Is it Tuesday yet?)

6) From: AlChemist John
Oh, that is the same bean that has had its praises sung before, isn't 
it.  Sorry about that.  I would have sent some, but that was the last of it.
Sometime around 02:01 PM 10/31/2004, Jeff Oien typed:
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

7) From: AlChemist John
For me, 448 F is shy of 2nd.  2nd happens 450-455 for me.  I would never 
take a brazil into second.  The just are not dense enough to take it IMO 
and go ashy.
Sometime around 03:30 PM 10/31/2004, Ron_L typed:
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

8) From: Ron_L
On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 06:00:02 -0800, AlChemist John  wrote:
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I guess I'll see how it turns out...  Tom's notes mentioned roasting
this coffee to anywhere from full city to vienna, so I picked a spot
in between.
...ron

9) From: Edward Spiegel
At 8:28 AM -0600 11/01/04, Ron_L wrote:
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I agree with Tom's assessment -- of course, it all depends on one's own preferences. I have enjoyed several Brazils in the range from the first snaps of second to vienna (which for me is somewhere between 20 and 40 seconds into second). I tend to prefer Brazils as part of a blend and mostly use them for espresso.
Just my .02,
Edward

10) From: Les
I checked the Stash this morning.  I still have 7 pounds left!  I am
not sharing!  Last chance on the run on the Mexican Hildalgo.  I am
ordering more tomarrow.  I need bags for Christmas presents, so I need
to order coffee too!
Les
On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 05:55:58 -0800, AlChemist John  wrote:
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