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Topic: The early roast (66 lines)
1) From: Ray Owen
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Subj: Listen to the powerful Liszt Ad Nos and Roast Coffee?
How can one roast coffee successfully-
   1. At 0100 hrs (1am)-
   2. Whilst listening to the Franz Liszt Ad Nos, a very high energy
      piece played on the world's largest pipe organ-
If I may be allowed some editorial license- it's not all a simultaneous 
occurrence.
It's a matter of multiplexing or timing and one other small detail- 
computer speakers. There's no worry of delaminating the plaster or 
having to rip up the lease and vacate the premises with such a tiny 
fraction of the original sound pressure levels. The biggest system is 
but a suggestion of the reality.
But roasting in the cool quiet of the evening- with nil turnpike rush or 
barking dogs, just listening to the beans as they begin to snap and 
crackle. What's better than that? Inhaling the fragrant aroma as the 
beans cool in a colander and I start a second batch.
That done, and the beans relax a little, the first batch hits the 
grinder, then the French press pot. That stupendous aroma- but you know!
Sleepy time for the second batch in a Gerber's baby food jar. Screw the 
lid on straight, and you maintain a good seal. Same goes for Mason jars 
and bigger batches.
When water at a full boil (201F in Denver) hits the pot for a 5-minute 
visit with the finely-divided beans, things really begin to happen which 
culminate in the first decanted sip. All previous aromas were mere 
suggestions of reality. Nectar of the gods!
Sorry, choir! How, Now, you say, at 1am? It's the buzz. In the 
Philippines, the expression is, "Masarap. Ayos na ang Kasunod,"-One good 
drink deserves another- with reference to San Miguel beer, the 
first-ever beer I drank, at 23 years old. Nectar!
This shouldn't be called "coffee," the way that word is profaned nearly 
everywhere it's used. This is the Nectar of the Coffee Bean. Sip it, 
taste it, study it and enjoy it. Who would adulterate it with Syrups, 
Sucrose and bovine lactate? Only those that feel the need to ameliorate 
their Vile Sludge.
I could break into the quiescent batch now for another Nectar Fix. But I 
really wanted to let them sleep for another 15.5 hours. A fresh roast is 
mere minutes away, even though it's only 16F and snow flurries outside. 
I've done it before, but it's grim until you actually start doing it.
The ambient temperature has no effect on the popper or the Aroma Roast I 
use- they're inside a microwave cabinet I cannibalized for the HV power 
supply parts. (An easy KW @ 2000 or 4000 volts for an audio or amateur 
radio amplifier) Not about to mod my pristine Thunderbolt with a 
4CX800A, but the DX-100 might get a huge dose of Viagara with a pair of 
4X150A's.
CQ 25, CQ 25 - I digress.
 Cheers and 73 -Ray
"... When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" . . . Virgil Fox


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