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Topic: The best Commercial Coffee Roasters - Reply to Rob, et al (2 msgs / 98 lines)
1) From: Tony
To Rob (and all others who think this hobby is rocket science...):
I have been roasting my own beans now for about three months. I did it by
reading a little on the internet, finding a Poppery I and a Fresh Roast in
thrift store and dove right in. The rest. they say, is history.
If Rob or others like him want to continue to search for the "perfect"
boutique roaster, more power to them. Personally, I have no reason to go
back to store-bought roasted beans, for the following reasons:
1. Absolute, Numero Uno reason for home roasting: I get a better product far
CHEAPER than I can otherwise buy.
2. I get espresso, that for me anyway, is just this side of heaven. The
crema I get with my home roast cannot be compared with ANYTHING I could buy
from someone else, unless they could guarantee that it was less than two
days old.
3. It's convenient. I can roast whenever I want, as much as I want and
always have fresh beans to brew. Even my oldest stuff, at 1 1/2 to 2 weeks
old is better than most beaneries sell. If I'm out, I can roast a small
batch and grind and brew as soon as the beans cool. Is it "ideal"? Perhaps
not, but to me it tastes great and it's fun.
I can be boarderline O.C. about some things, but I don't keep a log, I don't
write down minutes and seconds, and I don't "cup" my roasts. For those who
do, more power to them. If that's what rolls their socks up and down, I say
GRRRREAAT!
I have had only ONE batch in 3 months that I had to toss. All else, though
maybe not the best by some standards, has been FAR better than ANYTHING I
could buy. Every roast is roasted by sight and by sound. Each one is
different. I cannot duplicate specific roasts consistently over time, but at
this point in my hobby, I DON'T CARE. Maybe someday I will.
Coffee roasters are people who like to do things themselves. I roast my own
coffee. I also make my own soap and cut my own hair. I save money by doing
things myself, and have fun to boot. I would rather search for the $5-7
bottle of wine that tastes great, than spend $50-100 per bottle on some
connoisseur's list. Just me understand, to each his own.
Roast in an oven, over fire, in a Popper, in a roaster, keep logs, check
time, cup roasts, who cares? JUST HAVE FUN. If fun for some is driving to
their local "favorite" roaster and buying their weekly pound of beans,
fantastic. JUST HAVE FUN! Life's too short.
My wife's family has been in the coffee business for 200 years (Friele Caffé
in Bergen, Norway). Both of her grandfathers were coffee brokers. She was
born and raised in Brazil. She prefers MY coffee to all others, and that for
me, is what counts. It's that "honey, can you make me a cappaccino" at 10pm
that is so gratifying.
After roasting my own, I have so much more admiration for the small roasters
that can get it right, and even more contempt for people like Starbucks and
Costco, who can take perfectly good beans and screw them up. (I know,
because I can buy roasted coffee from Costco that tastes terrible, but I can
roast THEIR green beans and get a wonderful cup. What's wrong with this
picture?)
Enough. I need another cuppa!
Cheers!
Tony Reynolds
(Who thinks that Tom's Monkey Blend is pretty special...)
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2) From: Steve D - Kc4rkf
I do hereby nominate the following post as "post of the week". Well said! -
Steve D


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