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Topic: Newbie here! (Greetings from Ecuador, South America) (17 msgs / 305 lines)
1) From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Juan_M._J=E1come?=
Hello everybody, I'm a newcomer to the mailing list, this is my first post
though I've been reading posts for almost a month now, and have been
roasting and visiting sweetmarias.com for over a year now. Let me share a
little about my journey into homeroasting: It all started when visiting a
relative near my hometown of Sangolquí which lies in a valley about 30
minutes from Quito, the  capital of Ecuador, standing 2400 meters above sea
level and 2800 m, respectively (roughly 7500ft). Don't be deceived by this,
the climate down here is tempered, kind of a perpetual springtime. So I wen=
to my cousin's, and found out he had a couple of very healthy and productiv=
coffee trees. I didn't know coffee could grow so high, so I harvested a lot
of berries, took'em home and started surfing the net to find out how to
process and grow coffee at home. Of course, the first hit was SM, entered
and never looked back; I wet processed the beans and roasted way too dark,
and planted some and right now I have about twenty 1 year old plants. Down
here is quite easy to find green beans, not necessarily the best in terms o=
quality, but great to learn how to roast a good batch! My Dad lives in the
Galapagos Islands, so I've had the opportunity to get some beans from the
islands, and so far it's been the best coffee I've had. I've never bought
any beans from SM because I'm too far away and shipping would be
prohibitive, so I haven't been able to compare the Galapagos beans to other
well known and cupped beans, but that is soon to change: my sister is comin=
from Washington DC to visit the family and is bringing my first 5lbs of
world class greens, Harar Horse lot 19. I've been drooling for a month
reading the reviews of the Lot 30, but when my sis tried to order they were
gone! Still I wanted to try a Harar, and Tom's description was enthralling.
Anyways, I've been drinking Galapagos roasted coffee for over 2 years befor=
I got my hands on some greens, and have always liked the flavor profile; bu=
the roasted beans come from the island of San Cristobal and I got beans fro=
the island of Santa Cruz, and it is such a different bean! Never really too=
the time to cup or analyse the flavor from SCristóbal's, but I recall it
being very balanced, sweet and aromatic, and not particularly acid. The
SCruz's, on the other hand, when roasted to City or City+ have such a
prominent brightness, it's almost like lemon coffee, sometimes it makes my
mouth water after drinking it, like a heavy lemonade with a hint of honey,
and a very "coffee" aftertaste that lingers for up to 20 minutes. Of course=
it is not a very selected or well processed coffee, I mean there is manual
harvesting and wet processing, but what I got was dry milled after 3 or 4
days of drying and 2 of resting, no other selection method was applied.
Sorry for getting too long on this, but I needed to share this with people
that would understand what I'm talking about along with the excitement the
arrival of my Lot 19 is causing me, has anyone tried it yet? has something
to comment about it?
Oh well, enough for the day, it's great to be onboard the home roasting
Greetz to y'all

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
Great to have you aboard Bolocho,
Fascinating story.  I haven't tried the lot 19 Harrar Horse, but every
lot from SM that I have tried has been exceptional - I'm sure you will
be pleased.
Mike (just plain)

3) From: Jerry Procopio
Welcome to the adventure!  Nice to have you onboard.
I hope you will keep us informed about your coffee plants.  I have four 
plants, a little over one year old, that are growing in pots since the 
climate here only allows for them to be outside less than six months of 
the year.  Last year they enjoyed our warm humid summer, but as soon as 
the temperatures dropped to into the 50's at night they started 
suffering so I brought them back indoors.  They haven't grown much over 
the winter, but soon will be living outdoors again.
Again, welcome to our wonderful list!
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA
Juan M. Jácome wrote:

4) From: Scot Murphy
On |Apr 16, at 11:37 PM|Apr 16, Juan M. Jácome wrote:
Hello. Juan, and good to hear from you! That was a great post...but  
learn to use paragraphs. :)
Scot "backwards P" Murphy
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is  =
the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
		--William Pitt

5) From: raymanowen
Thank you very much for your very interesting post, Bolocho (Juan). How nea=
is your experience!
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?

6) From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Juan_M._J=E1come?=
Thanks everybody for the warm welcome, I've never thought joining a mailing
list could be so rewarding! I'll try to keep up with the good spirit and
good posting that goes around here. Will do a follow up of my coffee trees
as news develop.
2006/4/17, raymanowen :

7) From: raymanowen
"use paragraphs"
He did. There are two.

8) From: Scot Murphy
On |Apr 17, at 10:34 PM|Apr 17, raymanowen wrote:
But the one was REALLY big.
Scot "that one there was a short one" Murphy
"If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize  
world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be  
until the looting started."

9) From: Woody DeCasere
you are NOT serious right!?!
"Good night, and Good Coffee"

10) From: Scot Murphy
On |Apr 18, at 10:03 AM|Apr 18, Woody DeCasere wrote:
What, me facetious?
Scot "heaven forfend" Murphy
"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people  
maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of  
ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will  
always avail themselves for their own purposes."
	--Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, 1813. ME 14:21

11) From: Jeff Bensen
At 12:37 AM 4/17/2006, "Juan M. Jácome" wrote:
Juan -
Last year a kind soul give me about 3/4 pound of green beans from the 
Galapagos Islands and I was very impressed with them. My log notes from the=
time read:
"Roasted to a near-perfect City+ (temperature ramps: 75 deg/min for 3:00 
{to 300F}, then 40 deg/min for 2:30 {to 400F}, then 10 deg/min until 
reaching 432F; iRoast-1 with a variac and a laboratory grade thermocouple 
probe in the bean mass). Rather than go through a cupping regimen on this 
batch, I opted to carefully brew it one cup at a time in a french press and=
get a general impression of the coffee. I have to say that this is one of 
the more distinctive coffees I've had the pleasure of drinking. I 
predominantly tasted toasted nuts, spices, cocoa and 'earthiness' (in a 
good way). This was a wonderful combination that I have not tasted in any 
other coffee to date, and I absolutely loved it."
What a great bean to have for homeroasting! If Sweet Marias would carry it,=
I would definitely add it to my 'buy list'. If I understand correctly, the=
export of green beans from Galapagos is very limited. I was told it was on=
the order of a hundred or so bags per year.
Welcome to the list :-D
- Jeff Bensen
   (Drinking 50/50 Sumatra Litong DP FC++ & FTO Harar C+ in a press)
   Palm Bay, FL

12) From: raymanowen
"But the one was REALLY big."
One keeps reading, absorbing and processing thoughts. If its REALLY big,
read for a while and have some nectar of the beans, then read on.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Read mine twice. It still won't say much-

13) From: raymanowen
"its" Dull Clod : it's
 If its REALLY big
The Grinder, the Grinder!

14) From: Steve Hay
Long paragraphs bad.
Short sentence fragments good.
That was an interesting story, Juan.
Change of topic:
Me think go coffee vacation plus more.  Where good place not Hawaii?
Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com

15) From: Brett Mason
Juan, all your paragraphs are welcome here!  We're glad to have more caffe
friends in the cafe!
On 4/19/06, Steve Hay  wrote:
Brett Mason

16) From: Bill Morgan
The food is unbelievable, the Zapotec and Mixtec ruins are
magnificent, and the crafts are beautiful.
On 4/19/06, Steve Hay  wrote:

17) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Steve Hay wrote:
Costa Rica is getting very popular, so is Panama.
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers 
exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will 
instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more 
bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

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