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Topic: Roasting as Therapy (12 msgs / 340 lines)
1) From: Michael Smith
Hey all,
Been lurking awhile, but had to post this thought. 
Tonight I went down to the basement to get a tool to
fix the sink that was leaking in the kitchen and to my
great surprise and frustration found water running out
the bottom of the hot water heater.  Grrr...  Get the
hot water heater shut off and start cleaning up the
mess.  As I'm mopping the floor the circulator pump on
the boiler for the heating system kicks on and
promptly throws a spring off the coupler between the
motor and the pump.  Double grrr...  Get the boiler
shut off.  Finish cleaning up the hot water heater
mess and then proceed to fix the pump on the boiler
(good thing I had some spare parts laying around!). 
By this time I was wound up pretty tight.  I went
upstairs and roasted a 150 gram batch of Guatemalan
Huehuetenango in a whirly popper.  Standing there
cranking, smelling the roast and listening for the
cracks was quite therapeutic.  The stress just seemed
to go away as I cranked.  Next time I'm all wound up,
I'll try roasting a batch to relax.
Mike "Javahead"

2) From: mIke mcKoffee
Wow, and I thought I hated plumbing! I agree, roasting coffee can be quite
relaxing.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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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.
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3) From: DJ Garcia
I'm with you, dude. For me roasting is therapy, as is the drinking
thereof :-) ...
DJ
In bad need of therapy

4) From:
The more I roast, the more I like 1 or 2 pound capacity and no automation. =
I
agree with you all- it's therapeutic. I enjoy roasting a pound for The
Critic and me and a couple more for my friends with new grinders...
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
--
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the
Wichita WurliTzer

5) From: Stephen Carey
I am swamped at work.  I have two major productions, one in two 
weeks, just under, really, then when I get back from San Diego, I 
have one here in DC - something very new to us, a show in our home 
town, I love it.  Still in a hotel for a week, but it just feels 
nicer, plus no planes, which is what I feel like I live on at times.
So, I am swamped, so many details, two large teams and I am almost 
overwhelmed.  Well, it hit me, I am not focusing very well, it feels 
like it is too much when I know it isn't.  I need a break, a true, 
fun distraction - roasting it is!!.  So I am going to work until 
1:00, maybe 1:30.  Go home, where I have a full office, so if an 
emergency comes up, no big deal.  I am going to roast and roast.  My 
partner is at our house in Costa Rica handling some business down 
there (oh how tough), so I need my break.
My therapy will be an afternoon and night of roasting.  Roasting for 
me, for my friends, for my Mom (hers first for I have to hit Fed Ex, 
Saturday delivery - she is worth it).  These will probably be my last 
roasts before my new grinders get here, so I am excited by that 
also.  I believe that I will be able to slip back into work on 
Sunday, to catch up a bit, then be ready for a crazy few weeks.
Does anyone else use roasting as therapy?

6) From: Lisa Carton
YES!
roasting IS great therapy!
After a day full of clients (i am a psy=
chotherapist in private practice) it feels GREAT to hang out on the porch (=
especially now with the wonderful Vermont  fall breeze!) and focus on the g=
reat smells emanating from the RK!  oh yeah!   Surfing the temp knobs, mmmm=
m, smell THAT........ok......yep, hear that beautiful rolling first crack..=
....nice......ease back.....smell some more...chocolate deepening.....honey=
 emerging......time to take it out and dump it into the cooling bin.....spr=
eading the beans over the screen....more great smells....aaaah....heaven on=
 earth! Then the crunch.......oh yeah! Life is GOOD!
 
~~~~> Come=
 see my Coffee Blog at http://lisabeeen.blogspot.com   
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Original Message ----
From: Stephen Carey 
To: =
homeroast
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 11:14:18=
 AM
Subject: +roasting as therapy
I am swamped at work.  I have t=
wo major productions, one in two 
weeks, just under, really, then when I =
get back from San Diego, I 
have one here in DC - something very new to u=
s, a show in our home 
town, I love it.  Still in a hotel for a week, but=
 it just feels 
nicer, plus no planes, which is what I feel like I live o=
n at times.
So, I am swamped, so many details, two large teams and I a=
m almost 
overwhelmed.  Well, it hit me, I am not focusing very well, it =
feels 
like it is too much when I know it isn't.  I need a break, a true,=
 
fun distraction - roasting it is!!.  So I am going to work until 
1:0=
0, maybe 1:30.  Go home, where I have a full office, so if an 
emergency =
comes up, no big deal.  I am going to roast and roast.  My 
partner is at=
 our house in Costa Rica handling some business down 
there (oh how tough=
), so I need my break.
My therapy will be an afternoon and night of ro=
asting.  Roasting for 
me, for my friends, for my Mom (hers first for I h=
ave to hit Fed Ex, 
Saturday delivery - she is worth it).  These will pro=
bably be my last 
roasts before my new grinders get here, so I am excited=
 by that 
also.  I believe that I will be able to slip back into work on =
Sunday, to catch up a bit, then be ready for a crazy few weeks.
Doe=
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7) From: Gregg Talton
Absolutely.  After 12 hours (usually closer to 14 hours) of caring for
neurosurgical patients I come home and roast.   There's something
therepeutic about watching the Gene Cafe go 'round and 'round...
Gregg
On 9/14/07, Stephen Carey  wrote:
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They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me
sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days. - Garrison
Keillor

8) From: Eddie Dove
Lisa,
That was a great read!  I'm glad to see that even psychotherapists can
hear the beans talking to them.  I feel much better now ...
Perhaps you could prescribe such to your patients ...
Eddie
-- 
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 9/14/07, Lisa Carton  wrote:
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9) From: Lisa Carton
hey eddie---don't tell anyone i hear voices from the beans.......they may n=
ot understand!
well, unless they're on this list, of course.........
=
 
~~~~> Come see my Coffee Blog at http://lisabeeen.blogspot.com   =
----- Original Message ----
From: Eddie Dove 
To: homeroast
Sent: Friday, S=
eptember 14, 2007 1:20:47 PM
Subject: Re: +roasting as therapy
Li=
sa,
That was a great read!  I'm glad to see that even psychotherapists=
 can
hear the beans talking to them.  I feel much better now ...
Per=
haps you could prescribe such to your patients ...
Eddie
-- 
Vita =
non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gen=
e Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 9/14/07, L=
isa Carton  wrote:
>
>
> YES!
> roasting IS =
great therapy!
> After a day full of clients (i am a psychotherapist in p=
rivate practice) it
> feels GREAT to hang out on the porch (especially no=
w with the wonderful
> Vermont  fall breeze!) and focus on the great smel=
ls emanating from the RK!
> oh yeah!   Surfing the temp knobs, mmmmm, sme=
ll THAT........ok......yep,
> hear that beautiful rolling first crack....=
..nice......ease back.....smell
> some more...chocolate deepening.....hon=
ey emerging......time to take it out
> and dump it into the cooling bin..=
...spreading the beans over the
> screen....more great smells....aaaah...=
.heaven on earth! Then the
> crunch.......oh yeah! Life is GOOD!
>
>=
>
>
> ~~~~> Come see my Coffee Blog at http://lisabeeen.blogspot.co=m
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10) From: Homeroaster
Yes, I'm also a therapist, and roasting and building roasters is part of my 
personal treatment plan.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

11) From: Robert Gulley
My father is suffering the effects of alzheimers now (he's 87), and 
today was particularly trying because in his paranoid state of mind 
he now thinks my step-sister is plotting against him and that I have 
joined her (often he doesn't actually know who I am). I came home 
frustrated and upset. Then I realized I was needing to roast some 
coffee for the weekend, and for that time, in those moments of 
actually watching the roast (only my fifth roast), the tension melted 
away and I was able to enjoy the process - my first real moment of 
pleasure in the entire day.
So yes, for me too, roasting is therapy!
RG
At 05:58 PM 9/14/2007, you wrote:
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12) From: Lynne Biziewski
It's definitely therapy for me, also.  Robert, my heart goes out to you
during this trying time for you.
My mom (rest her soul) showed some early signs of dementia. Funny thing is,
she became extremely sweet along with her memory problems (she was always a
tough lady who wouldn't hold back ANYTHING) - never reached the stage of
forgetting who I was, though, and much of what you are experiencing.
It's great that you discovered roasting - I find it is extremely
therapeutic.
Lynne
On 9/14/07, Robert Gulley <2bopen4all> wrote:
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