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Topic: Tom posted new arrivals! (10 msgs / 180 lines)
1) From: Gene Merritt
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Check the new arrivals on the SM sight, Tom was busy!

2) From: Alchemist John
Sumatra TimTim Blangili Longberry - I love the name and review.  It 
goes on the list for new year ordering.
At 07:25 12/24/2005, you wrote:
John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

3) From: Mike Chester
The problem is that Tom makes them all sound so good and I can't have them 
Another Mike

4) From: mIke mcKoffee
Indeed! Guess I'll be up to 5 Sumatras. (wondering why thoughts of an East
Indian Dim Sum serinaded by a Drummer Boy in a Viking Longship came to
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

5) From: Sandy Andina
Dang. Can't order till Monday. Servers will probably go blooey when  
everyone tries to order at the same time.
On Dec 24, 2005, at 9:52 AM, Alchemist John wrote:

6) From: Spectrum
Exactly!  And I thought that reading the reviews would help me NARROW down 
my choices? Oh well, I don't have much of a stash right now, so I guess it 
can't hurt.

7) From: mIke mcKoffee
If you aren't careful you can come close. Before going into the stash
reduction mode a year and a half ago peaked at 63 different greens weighing
in over 250#! (just this month hit git down to goal of 100#)

8) From: Alchemist John
There are people here that do like it all (I was going to say "drink 
anything", but that is so far from the truth) from SM.  Not me, I 
rarely drink Mexicans and CR's, and never Guats, for instance.  Tom 
rarely has more than 70 coffees up, so that is only a little more 
than a coffee a week.  You really could have a new coffee every week, 
and if there is more than one person in the household drinking 
coffee, you could easily sample all the coffee's Tom.
Mulling it over, that would make for an interesting "subscription" 
service.  1 lb of whatever is new in stock, probably in something 
like 5 lb minimums to save on shipping.
At 08:46 12/24/2005, you wrote:
John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

9) From: Lynn Kerby
On 12/26/05, Alchemist John  wrote:
I think I qualify there.  Of the 50 or so coffees I've bought from SM
in the past 6 months, only 1 or 2 have been "not to my liking".  I
*love* variety, so I generally have 5-7 unique coffees roasted and
often have cups (or pots) of 2-3 each day.  Then there are the
espresso blends....
Right now with the new arrivals and my excessive stash (down to right
at 200# currently, though a complete physical inventory w/scale is in
order) I'm trying to learn how to hit the 1# or 2#  buttons more
frequently than the 5# or 20#.  It is nice to have reserves of coffees
that I loved, but Tom keeps bringing in new offerings that are also
(and all so) wonderful.  I've gone through some of the same issues
with fine wines; it sure is nice to have a case or 2 of something
wonderful but there is only so much room in the cellar. Even at a
bottle a day (only 30 cases/year), it takes a long time to move
through inventories to make room for new aquisitions.  Better to be
more selective and buy smaller amounts.
Learning to exercise restraint....
Lynn Kerby
San Martin, CA

10) From: Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary
On 12/27/05, Lynn Kerby  wrote:
Here's a powerfully opinionated perspective:
I believe that each person likely has her/his own "variety threshold."  Tha=
would be the number of varieties that can be roasted, experimented with, an=
enjoyed to the max over a period of time. Like lots of people, I exceed my
threshold, which is just fine, because the "adventure" of home roasting new
beans can outweigh the merits of exploring deeply a particular crop. IMO,
even after Tom's fine review, it takes a substantial number of roasts
(within a fairly limited amount of time--not spread over 8 months) to find
that sweet spot of profile, bean potential, personal taste, behavior in a
blend, and so forth.
Perhaps, if many of us had stayed with the 3-5 oz roasts we began our
roasting with, we'd be in a better position to learn about the many
different coffees we purchase.  However, the trend seems toward larger
batches of 8 oz to a pound +.  This requires at least 2-5 lb purchases if
you want to triangulate optimal roasts (i.e., risk under-roasting slightly,
possibly over-roasting, and altering your ramp)  in order catch that
personal sweet spot of "just right."   Unless the average homeroaster is
drinking a whole lot or giving lots away, we should recognize this limit.
Personally, Like Lynn, I'm drifting toward "much" more carefull and larger
selections, and trying to recognize the trade-offs of holding many
varieties--many bought on impulse.  I do not believe there will come the da=
when I look at the current offerings and think, "I should have bought more
last time because there simply isn't any good stuff available now."
Heat + Beans
    all the rest is commentary

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