Gary: Great story, nice to have you on the list. Most of what I drink, 90%, is espresso. ginny
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
Gary, 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: <Snip>
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". Phil On Sun, 6 Feb 2005 16:21:06 -0700, Gary wrote: <Snip>
On Feb 6, 2005, at 7:14pm, Pecan Jim Gundlach wrote: <Snip> 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
Phil Dahlquist wrote: <Snip> 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.
Ben Treichel wrote: <Snip> 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. Phil <Snip>
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 :-) Ciao, Angelo