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Topic: My first cup of Joe (8 msgs / 164 lines)
1) From: gin
Great story, nice to have you on the list. Most of what I drink, 90%, is espresso.

2) From: Gary
	My first cup of Joe was when I was about three or four years old.
Back then I had some really bad asthma and my allergy/asthma doctor told my
parents that hot caffeine would open up my tubes a bit.  But back then it
was a lot of sugar and cream but I really liked it!  I remember going to
restaurants and ordering coffee and the waitresses laughing at a five or six
year old getting coffee. :-)  Then it kept progressing to less and less
cream and sugar.  Then I got a job as a barista when I was 15 years old and
got introduced to espresso.  (I'm only 18 now) Then I got another barista
job at City Brew in Montana. I'm a barista slash shot trainer and we (the
company) just got into roasting coffee.  I am now the oompaloompa roaster.
I still roast coffee in my garage but I also get to work with two IR
Dietrich roasters now with all sorts of profiling computers and temperature
probes; no set budget for experimenting   Etc.  Kind of takes the old craft
roasting out of play but makes consistency and efficiency perfect with the
computer systems.  Now I just can't be satisfied with out having some
straight espresso, but they have to be perfectly pulled.  So I went from
half, half n' half, and coffee to straight espresso.  Learning to cup and
appreciate all of the subtle, and sometimes overwhelming, flavors and aromas
is awesome and the best job it the world!
-Gary Theisen

3) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
      A most interesting introduction to coffee, and so advanced for 
your years.  My daughter has asthma and her doctor said to avoid 
caffeine.  Wish she had had your doctor.
    Jim Gundlach
On Feb 6, 2005, at 5:21 PM, Gary wrote:

4) From: Phil Dahlquist
Where in Montana are you Gary?  When I'm in Montana fishing the
Bighorn the drive through espresso shop off the interstate in Hardin
is always our last treat before leaving "civilization".
On Sun, 6 Feb 2005 16:21:06 -0700, Gary  wrote:

5) From: John Blumel
On Feb 6, 2005, at 7:14pm, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote:
I've known people with asthma and the advice their doctors gave them 
was that caffeine could be used to help open their airways during an 
asthma attack if they didn't have an inhaler with them. However, they 
were advised to generally avoid caffeine because frequent use would 
decrease their sensitivity to it and reduce its effectiveness at 
relieving symptoms.
Of course, even if this was correct for them, the advisability of 
caffeine use and the frequency of use might vary depending on the 
severity and frequency of asthma symptoms, age, etc., etc.
John Blumel

6) From: Ben Treichel
Phil Dahlquist wrote:
Humph, when I was in young I spent alot of time in the Gallatins, and 
Absorka / Beartooth wilderness.
Hunting, fishing, breathing and stretching. Just any reason was good 
enought to be out there.

7) From: Phil Dahlquist
Ben Treichel  wrote:
It's hard to spend time in the Rocky Mountain wilderness and not feel
a longing to return.  One of my most memorable morning cups of coffee
was on a 4th of July in the Beartooths after waking up to six inches
of snow.  It makes a person forget about missing the fireworks.

8) From: Angelo
My first cup of coffee was not a cup, but a bowl. Italian bread was 
buttered, cut up and floated in a bowl of (very weak)coffee. It was 
presented as "Soupatell" - little soup, in  Italianglish.. It was 
delicious. Much better than any cereal I've had since..
I remember it being served to me while I was still in a high chair...The 
things we "suffered" at the hands of our parents! I would imagine that, 
nowadays, I would be taken away from my parents for child abuse for that 
one :-)

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