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Topic: Alternate local sources? (10 msgs / 300 lines)
1) From: Mike Tenold
Someone mentioned local coffee roasters as sources for greens.  I tried that
in my little hometown recently.  I should have brought my own scales with me
because 5 Lbs. in the store ended up as 3 Lb. 13 Oz. of beans when I got
home!  Anyway, I got to try out some Columbian SWP decaf, and it was pretty
good.  The first decaf I've roasted in years.  Anyway, the reason for this
post was the Ethiopian yirgicheffe I've got at DeKalb Farmers Market in
Atlanta-which are very nice at a city roast in my RK drum/Weber grill combo.
By the way, cut out the squabbling!  It doesn't belong here.  
Mike T. in Milledgeville GA.

2) From: Brett Mason
We probably shouldn't discuss other green coffee vendors on list...
BUT - I need to tell you all what a great place Sweet Maria's is...  I
have been watching my pennies because I buy a lot of coffee.  You may
imagine my surprise when I ordered three 20lb bags from Tom and Maria
for my Christmas Blend.
The prices were a bit lower because I was buying 20lb bags.  Still,
the prices seemed high compared to the somewhat larger volumes I had
ordered elsewhere in the past.
But this was Christmas Blend, and I really wanted the best.  So SM it
was, and Java Djampit, Brazil Fazenda and Costa Rica Carmelita Estate
were the selections...  (Yummy, sipping now)
The email from Maria was the most amazing.  She was crediting my card
because of the additional 15% discount when people buy three 20lb
bags...
Amazing.
You may not know of the amazing price and quality bargain we get at
SM, but I encourage you to push the limits here first before walking
elsewhere.  I have come the long way to only buying at SM, and I am
trying to save you some travel.
Perhaps others have experienced similar?
White Christmas here in Iowa,
Brett
  Still Zassin around the Christmas Tree...
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Brett Mason
HomeRoast
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3) From: mike.lapeyre
Mind if I ask, but how much is shipping on 60 lbs of coffee?  Did in come in 3 boxes or one big azz box?
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4) From: Brett Mason
Was about a 66lb box....  maybe 12"x18"x18"...  I also had some
Cafeeza and a 24oz pitcher in there...   The 60lb came to less than $4
per lb including shipping...
Actual shipping - maybe $35...  I just look at the overall total.  And
I sell for $10 per lb....
Cheers,
Brett
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Brett Mason
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5) From: Jeffrey Bair
Ditto Brett. I've bought elsewhere trying to save a buck. I'd say one out o=
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didn't deserve to see the inside of my roaster.
So far with Tom and Maria every single item is dead on, and the least
favorable (to my taste) has been easily as good as my best find elsewhere.
So, maybe I save 50 cents a pound on greens elsewhere and end up throwing
out 40% of it. Somehow it didn't seem like such a deal afterwards.
Happy holidays to all on the list and thanks for your great advice and
overall generosity in sharing information and your experiences. This has
been my first year as a homeroaster and I truly believe the advice I've
gained here has accelerated my learning by years.
BTW, for those of you that dislike your inbox being clogged with off topic
banter, especially unfounded political BS, I'll be happy to send you an
gmail invite off list. Gmail has a thing called "rules" which is pretty
cool. Once you figure out who the one or two repeat offenders are (people
who bring little or no coffee value but create lots of non-coffee spam in
your inbox) you can create a rule to move their email directly to your tras=
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bin, bypassing the inbox. That's assuming you get individual emails instead
of the digest form. With Gmail, I'd highly recommend the individual
messages.
I can send invites or instructions to any who'd like to see (email me off
list, of course). I've had our recent instigator on spam filter for months.
I only even saw the jingle bell song because it was quoted in someone's
reply. I almost unsubscribed a few months ago because I get so fired up
about that stuff, but I didn't want to miss out on all of the good
discussion. Then I discovered the rules system, and it's been all good sinc=
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then!
Maybe if we all put them on spam filter then none of us will reply to their
silly little calls for attention. If none of us reply, maybe they'll go spa=
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up someone else's listserv!
All the best for a safe and happy holiday season and fruitful new year
filled with lots of excellent coffee from Tom and Maria!
Jeff
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6) From: Brett Mason
Hi all,
I agree with Jeff in almost all cases.  Problem is I also have some
opinions, and am pretty certain I have made the TO TRASH rule on at
least half the list...
Be quick to forgive, and slow to TRASH, as you might miss something...
I think the family theme is the real deal - we are all 100% right, and
everyone else is a little wrong (100%).  Don't let it get to you, and
DO take some steps to thread your email...
I think very highly of Mike, Ginny, Major Cary, and all, but I also
know some hot points...  I consider them friends and fellow
travellers...
See if you can help me out of the TO TRASH lists, OK?
Thanks,
Brett
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
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7) From: Brent - SC/TO Roasting
Jeff and Brett make good points.  Another option is to set up rules
and use them only when things are fugly.  Everyone on the list makes a
great contribution.  But there are times when it's all just too much. 
So, those are the times I like to filter things a little.  When it
appears things have calmed down, I turn the rules off so I get the
benefit of everyone's knowledge.  Even though, personally, I'd prefer
folks take things off list under their own initiative.
Gmail can do it; Outlook can do it; Thunderbird can do it.  Just check
your friendly "help" section for info.
--
Brent
Roasting in an SC/TO & i'Roast2
And probably lurking in a few hit lists and kill files, too.
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8) From: Sandy Andina
For my espresso blends I get "Greenline" regular and decaf (the green  
versions of Red Line Blend) from Metropolis, four and a half blocks  
from me in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. They sell quite a bit of  
it, as well as Sidamo and Yirg to the Ethiopian restaurants in the  
'hood that feature tableside roasting ceremonies. But I get my single  
origins (and Donkey, Puro Scuro, and occasionally Liquid Amber when I  
am jonesing for some robusta and monsooned beans) from SM! (Only  
s.o.'s I buy elsewhere are the ones SM doesn't have).
On Dec 22, 2005, at 8:12 AM, Mike Tenold wrote:
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www.sandyandina.com

9) From: Sandy Andina
If you are using a Mac, Mail for OS X has the same thing.
On Dec 22, 2005, at 10:12 AM, Jeffrey Bair wrote:
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10) From: Rick Copple
Brent - SC/TO Roasting wrote:
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Yes, pretty much any email program worth its salt can do this. I'm not 
aware of any I've run across that can't.
I also use the threaded feature in Thunderbird to help gather threads 
into one section so I can see whether I want to read the whole 
conversation or not.
Saves a good bit of time. :-)
-- 
Rick Copple
Marble Falls, TXhttp://blog.copple.us


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