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Topic: My Coffee Story - Two more Questions. (3 msgs / 74 lines)
1) From: Rstyler49
I forgot to ask these important questions.  
WATER TEMP -  
Is there any agreement on this subject?  I remember hearing that the best 
temp is around 170 Fahrenheit.  The belief that a higher temp makes a more 
bitter or stronger cup.  But recently I have read a few articles that say a 
higher temp produces a better cup.  Which is it?  
I now boil my water and hand spoon it over the grounds, when I make a single 
cup.  I noticed it gets "stronger" than when I brew by machine (Krups), for 
several cups.  But I wonder if it has gotten any "better tasting?"  
COFFEE BEAN FRESHNESS - 
Many of the shops where I buy my whole beans swear their beans are fresh, but 
when I smell them before buying they smell stale.  Is this sense of freshness 
a relative matter with an individual, similar to experiencing a better 
quality and comparing it to an inferior one, or do you people find that many 
shops do sell stale coffee?
Rob

2) From: Steve
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Hi Rob,
Sorry to hear about your stay in the hospital. I 
can't imagine a few days let alone years. I will count my 
blessings.
 
Freshness is probably the number one reason most of 
us roast, aside from we like to tinker with things.
 
Roasted coffee is like any other perishable, it's 
risky business. Keeping it fresh and selling it before it's stale is hard to do. 
So most shops will push the limits and maybe further. Inconsistency was one 
reason I searched out home roasting. You have to figure when someone like 
Starbucks opens a bag of roasted coffee and throws it in a drawer it's downhill 
from there.
 
steve
http://www.seametrix.com/coffee/icecoffees.html 
 

3) From: Mike DeZelar
On Tue, 19 Jun 2001 11:11:32 -0700, Steve wrote:
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That, and the fact that I think Tom sells better coffees than anything
I can buy locally, and I can control how I want it roasted.  I don't
see any local coffee shops or roasters offering St. Helena, do you?!
;-\
-- 
Michael DeZelar        Elk River, Minnesota, USA
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