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Topic: URO - Unidentified Roasting Object (8 msgs / 239 lines)
1) From: Matthew Price
Howdy All;
I bought 5# of the Uganda and did a couple of trial roasts Tuesday
night.  On the first run with the Pumper, at about 2:30 I heard a
solid, single crack and thought it might be an outlier from 1st crack.
 When I looked into the chamber there was what looked like a white
piece of foam.  I didn't mess with it until after the roast was done. 
Once the beans were in the cooler I pulled the piece out and it
appears to be some kind of popcorn.  Either the kernel was lost and
came to the sound of the pumper or somehow my green bugisu had
something odd in it.
I am sure that a corn kernel would have caught my eye in the green, so
I am not really sure what this might have been.  It looks like one of
those kernels that doesn't open all the way up, what my mother called
an 'old maid'.  The hull that remained attached is much darker and
thicker than the popcorn I am used to seeing, while the inside is as
white as usual.
I've found some of the usual defects before like stones, twigs, bugs
and grass but never anything like this.
Does anyone else know what this might have been?
Matthew

2) From: Robert Avery
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Funny you mention that Matthew, I had a similar experience myself. I =
have an IRoast and was watching the beans do their thing and bingo bongo =
!!!!   ... Two kernels of popcorn appeared .... Either Tom's folks are =
enjoying themselves on break or the Boy's from Africa got their Red =
Cross package ... By the way ... the corn was excellent, Later, Bob

3) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Yep - Uganda is a wierd one and you notice the higher than average 
defect score I gave it. We were seeing red beans occasionally in the 
Uganda, and sometimes corn. What you are seeing is probably corn but 
too thick hulled to pop. I see that in the Probat sometimes. As 
metioned, theres some broca damage to the Uganda too, but not much, 
and the critters are long gone (happens on the tree, then the coffee 
is wet processed which will "clean" anything
Tom
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4) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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 I usually find , on average, one kernal of corn per lb. in
the organic, Sipi Falls Bugisu. It used to throw me off,
the first few roasts of it, by the very early "first crack'
pop, which is always the corn. I don't mind it, compared to
the sizable stones that can show up in Harar and Sumatran.
 Charlie
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5) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I actually think the corn and beans are kinda neat (well, in 
moderation) - it reminds you of the people on the other end of the 
supply line. You find corn and beans because when coffee is not being 
dried on the patio, they use it for their sustenance crops, for food 
production. Coffee is their cash crop. In a perfect world, it 
combines to form a sustainable agricultural lifestyle for them. 
Bleive it or not (and this might be a shock!) low coffee prices are 
just a PART of the equation. Access to fair agricultural loans is a 
huge issue. Health care and education access, and other rural quality 
of life issues are as important as personal income. Anyway, I am 
getting sidetracked (again) but ...
Tom
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     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom

6) From: Robert Avery
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Tom ... ya .. you are right. Sometimes we forget how the other half =
lives. Actually lower than the other half. It was kind of neat like you =
say, couldn't wait till the roast ended to try the popcorn. Like I said =
before it was good. I had to try it. Sort of a additional reward for =
doing a good roast. Like Cracker Jacks, Later, Bob

7) From: Rob Stewart
I was once looking down through the glass Roasto top when...   POP and 
it was a pop corn kernel, now popped and on top of the beans. I wondered 
if it was Tom's practical joke.
Rob
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8) From: Les
Matthew,
I have taken old poppers apart to clean them up for coffee and found 20 or=
 
30 old maids behind the chamber. One could have worked its way through 
during the roast. Africans don't eat popcorn. They don't eat corn at all. T=
o 
them it is cattle food. When I lived there they thought I was really weird=
 
eating corn on the cob.
 Les
 On 9/15/05, Matthew Price  wrote: 
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