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Topic: Unique Gems on the SM List (16 msgs / 361 lines)
1) From: Les
Someone emailed me off list about some of the less obvious Gems
currently offered.  So here is my list of sleepers that are currently
offered.
A real hidden gem is the Nicaragua Limoncillo Estate Var. Java.  Here
is a coffee with the complexity of a good Indonesian coffee with
origin characteristics of a Central.
The Dry Processed Ethiopian coffees, the Ghimbi, Sidamo and
Yirgacheffe.  If you like a good Harar Horse these are worth a try!
As long as we are in Africa, the Rwanda is outstanding!  Both of the
current Kenya offerings are nice and complex and very balanced for a
Kenya.  If you like a good Central you should like these.
The Oaxaca from Mexico is just great coffee.  If you missed out on the
Brazil CoE  Nazareth Dias Pereira give the El Salvador -Finca El
Carmen a try.  I did a blind cupping and liked the El Salvador better!
So why do I share all of this?  I need to go on stash reduction and I
am a nice guy!
Les
Oh I forgot if they are gone I won't be tempted either :>)

2) From: Woody DeCasere
Thats great thanks, i just got my latest shipment yesterday, included were
the  Yirg, Nic Limecillo, and the OXaca, looking forward to roasting some
up, and he El Salvador is a Gem
On 6/1/06, Les  wrote:
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"Good night, and Good Coffee"

3) From: Spencer Thomas
On 6/1/06, Les  wrote:
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Based on Les's posting, I ordered 2 lbs each of 6 of his recommendations (so
as to fit in the "Harvey" box.)  One of them was the Mexican.  I have to say
that in the past, I haven't been wild about Mexican coffees, but I decided
to give this one a try.  I'm glad I did.
I roasted Monday evening in my hot-air popper.  I took this one just to City
(although a bit past Tom's recommended "light City").  I tried it on Tuesday
and it was ok.  I smelled it yesterday, and it had intensified a bit, but
the Kenyan that I roasted at the same time was much stronger, so I brewed it
instead.  This morning, I pulled out the Mexican, took one sniff and almost
fell over from the aroma.  I brewed a pot (Capresso drip), and from the
first sip, I was in love.  I couldn't put good names to the aromas I was
getting from the cup, but when I looked at Tom's description (particularly
the "flavor quality analysis" star graph), I agreed with it 100%, right down
to the "nutty-malty aftertaste".
Give this coffee a try.  It's light-bodied, but full of bright, clean
flavor.
It's still on the "greens list".  Buy some!
=S

4) From: Chuck the Coffee-Geek
That reminds me of one of my botched roasts from 2 years ago.  I make 
one pot of coffee for the office every day, once I fill my cup, the 
unwashed masses can have the rest.  My first Mexican roast was so under 
roasted it just tasted bad.  The office trolls quickly renamed it 
Mexican Ox caca.
-Chuck
workin' with a bunch of ingrates...
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5) From: James House
Haha...office trolls...i have to remember that one...
On 6/15/06, Chuck the Coffee-Geek  wrote:
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6) From: Jared Andersson
While trying to order 10 lbs of the Harar lot 30 some time back I accidental
ordered Ghimbi.  My brother ordered the Harar and has since been begging me
to give him more of the Ghimbi for some of his lot 30.  This Ghimbi is one
solid coffee.  The Harar is very special but for me the fruit is over the
top for daily consumption.  I could make the Ghimbi my every day coffee and
have not gone through 10 lbs of anything so fast.  Of course I love novelty
too much for any coffee to be my daily coffee but still this is my biggest
dark horse of the year.  I just looked at Sweetmarias and realize Ghimbi is
out.  Well maybe next year.  Jared
On 6/15/06, James House  wrote:
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7) From: Rose Lee Geiger
While I have yet to come up with any Coffee words of wisdom to pass along to
all of the Coffee Officianados on this list, I have the strongest urge to
put my two cents worth in regarding the Unique Bems on the SM List . . . if
nothing else, it might bring about a few Ha Ha's!
1. We just received two of those WONDERFUL little hand blown, Bodum
glass insulated coffee cups, and they are fantastic!  I guess they're
primarily used for Espresso, but we think they're great for regular coffee.
They're fun to hold, and they definitely keep the coffee's temperature up
long enough to drink 7 ounces.  We like the glasses so much, we're thinking
about ordering the 8 oz. size.
2. When I told Maria that we were interested in Kona coffee, she suggested
that we try the Mexican bean from Oaxaca, since it is less
expensive with very similar taste.   So when we read Spencer Thomas's post
about roasting his Oaxaca beans in his air popper, we REALLY got excited.
3. Which brings me to my THIRD point . . . I found a WEST BEND POPPERY II
popper on EBay, bidded, and got the bid . . .(actually, there were two or
three listed on EBay) our popper should be arriving in a couple of days.
SO, Now I think I'd better get with the program here, and order my Oaxaca
Beans . . . and Hope with all my heart, since it will be our first attempt
at roasting, that it doesn't turn out to be OX CACA!
Rose
On 6/16/06, Jared Andersson  wrote:
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8) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 6/16/06, Rose Lee Geiger  wrote:
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Rose,
Ebay is an ok place to get poppers (I got a couple there, including
the Poppery II I still use exclusively for roasting, with a switch to
the heating element already installed), but it's fun after that to
haunt the thrift stores in your area, prowling for poppers in general,
but especially for the two heavy-duty, no-longer-in-production
dynosaurs: the West Bend Poppery (I've seen only one in a thrift store
and now own it) and the Wearever Popcorn Pumper. You will know the
"right" Popcorn Pumper because it will have an on/off switch, an it
will be very heavy, about twice what a Poppery II or a more recent
vintage Popcorn Pumper weighs.
Also, it's a good idea to have a back-up popper or two; you never know
when the one you are primarily using will bite the dust!
Happy roasting,
Brian

9) From: Tara Kollas
"Based on Les's posting, I ordered 2 lbs each of 6 of his recommendations
(so as to fit in the "Harvey" box.)  "
I frequently buy based on Les' recs and I'm always happy.  I got 5 pounds of
the Indian peaberry (can't remember it exactly) - it's amazing.  And
produces almost no chaff.  I can't tell you how happy that makes me.  It's
sort of stupid, but I hate dealing with the chaff, and my hottop doesn't
seem to get rid of the chaff very well (or, rather, the chaff tray is
somewhat dinky).

10) From: raymanowen
Rose,
Nothing you receive from SM's will "...turn out to be OX CACA!" or Caca of
any type, unless you positively don't like coffee. In that case,
-My Condolences-
But, you're here. So this epithet does not apply. I apologize.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Did I mention- Kyle Anderson, Baratza Pres, is a Prince? Back on my list,
Solis and Baratza!
-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

11) From: Steve Hay
On 6/16/06, Rose Lee Geiger  wrote:
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Rose,
Your input is always welcome, at least in my book.  Not that I am old hat by
any stretch of the imagination, but from other experiences, people learning
and starting out have just as much to offer as the more experienced people.
A fresh perspective is very valuable.
As for these Bodum cups, I've been eyeing them for a while and I might just
pick them up.  Very very nice; the only thing holding me back is that I'm
moving soon and I might just wait until after the movers have a go breaking
all my stuff.. :)
-- 
Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

12) From: Rose Lee Geiger
Thanks Steve!  What a nice fella your are!  Let's face it, I guess everyone
likes it when they're made to feel welcome  . . . Thanks to the likes of
you, I am beginning to feel at home.  I read almost everything that comes
in, (I read a lot of it out loud to Grand Dad John . . . until he tells me
to be quiet) and I think I've visited all of the recommended links . . .
some of it is so far over my uniformed-about-coffee head I sometimes wonder
if I will EVER make it into the "CSA."  But I'm also beginning to realize
there are many different yard sticks for measuring that absolutely PERFECT
cup of coffee, so membership in the "Association" probably doesn't matter
all that much.  Maybe we can make another association called the "WCSA"
(Wannabe Coffee Snob Association).
        Right now, John and I are enjoying a piece of Mike
McKoffee's (HIGHLY Recommended!) Pineapple, Macadamia Nut, Coconut, Rum
Upside Down Cake . . .  along with a cup of SM's Roasted Uganda Organic
Bugisu . . .(we've nick-named it "BUGGY SUE" . . . )  Believe me, along with
using really HOT water, and drinking out of those wonderful little insulated
glasses, we think we already died and went to heaven!  John keeps saying,
"We don't NEED a Burr Grinder, Coffee Roaster, and a Technivorm coffee
maker."  Hmmmm, maybe he's right!  Just that much more money to use for
buying SM's already-roasted coffee.  Unfortunately, he knows once I get
started on a venture, it's not easy to stop me until I think I've done the
best I can do.  (I had to give up golf a long time ago!)  The West Bend
Poppery II Popper arrived today!  WOW!  I can't WAIT to get some green
beans!  I don't think I've ever even SEEN a green bean!
         Thanks again . . . and don't hesitate going for the insulated
glasses . . . aside from being a joy to hold, they're crystal clear . . . so
pretty to look at, AND they feel so SMOOTH on one's lips.  PLUS, it's fun to
see the little white "Bodum" label pop up on the bottom of the glass when
you drink that "Good-to-the-last-drop" drop.
         Nana Rose and Grand Dad John
On 6/17/06, Steve Hay  wrote:
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13) From: miKe mcKoffee
Rose, as a co-founder of and writer of the 13 CSA steps (meaning
plagiarized) I can say with total (lack of) authority you're a CSA member
when you say you are. However, should you allow someone to say you're not a
CSA member and not rail vehemently against them then you're not a member.
Unless you alternately choose to simply ignore then as unCSAworthy
themselves, which is also a perfectly acceptable response to absurdity.
Warning! Warning! Warning! Beware the Slippery Slope! If you are the type of
person you say you are who will not quit until it's the best it can be take
heed! Coffee is so complex The Journey NEVER ends! Hit delete to anything
from THE List! Run if you still can! But it's the Journey not just the
destination that's so enjoyable so all is as it should be.
Also, you might feel left out hearing of Gatherings held here and there not
close to you. But take heart for a couple of reasons. First attending such
things too soon and being exposed to coffee experiences previously unknown
can cause major slope slips. Second, soon if you choose, you'll be hosting
one yourself!-)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Pacific Northwest Gathering IVhttp://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must">http://home.comcast.net/~mdmint/pnwgIV.htmURL 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.
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Rose Lee Geiger
	Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2006 1:34 PM
	
	Thanks Steve!  What a nice fella your are!  Let's face it, I guess
everyone likes it when they're made to feel welcome  . . . Thanks to the
likes of you, I am beginning to feel at home.  I read almost everything that
comes in, (I read a lot of it out loud to Grand Dad John . . . until he
tells me to be quiet) and I think I've visited all of the recommended links
. . . some of it is so far over my uniformed-about-coffee head I sometimes
wonder if I will EVER make it into the "CSA."  But I'm also beginning to
realize there are many different yard sticks for measuring that absolutely
PERFECT cup of coffee, so membership in the "Association" probably doesn't
matter all that much.  Maybe we can make another association called the
"WCSA" (Wannabe Coffee Snob Association).   
	        Right now, John and I are enjoying a piece of Mike
McKoffee's (HIGHLY Recommended!) Pineapple, Macadamia Nut, Coconut, Rum
Upside Down Cake . . .  along with a cup of SM's Roasted Uganda Organic
Bugisu . . .(we've nick-named it "BUGGY SUE" . . . )  Believe me, along with
using really HOT water, and drinking out of those wonderful little insulated
glasses, we think we already died and went to heaven!  John keeps saying,
"We don't NEED a Burr Grinder, Coffee Roaster, and a Technivorm coffee
maker."  Hmmmm, maybe he's right!  Just that much more money to use for
buying SM's already-roasted coffee.  Unfortunately, he knows once I get
started on a venture, it's not easy to stop me until I think I've done the
best I can do.  (I had to give up golf a long time ago!)  The West Bend
Poppery II Popper arrived today!  WOW!  I can't WAIT to get some green
beans!  I don't think I've ever even SEEN a green bean!   
	         Thanks again . . . and don't hesitate going for the
insulated glasses . . . aside from being a joy to hold, they're crystal
clear . . . so pretty to look at, AND they feel so SMOOTH on one's lips.
PLUS, it's fun to see the little white "Bodum" label pop up on the bottom of
the glass when you drink that "Good-to-the-last-drop" drop.  
	         Nana Rose and Grand Dad John

14) From: Barry Luterman
"Abandon hope all ye who enter here"
Warning! Warning! Warning! Beware the Slippery Slope! If you are the type of
person you say you are who will not quit until it's the best it can be take
heed!

15) From: Rose Lee Geiger
OH MY GOODNESS!   I feel like we've just been given an official invitation
to join a group of dedicated travelers on this Never Ending Quest for Koffee
Nirvana!  Thank you! Why am I throwing caution to the wind?  I get the
feeling that we SHOULD beware of this slippery slope . . .but as Grand Dad
John put it yesterday, Rose . . . I think you're OFF again!
           You are so right about the "Gatherings" Mike. . . We both enjoy
reading about them, and admittedly with some small pangs of envy . . . but
to tell you the truth, what I'd REALLY like to do, is to join Tom and Marie
on their next trip to KONA!  (Actually, ANY of his "cupping" adventures
would be delightful!)   But John would want to go too, and SOMEbody would
have to stay home with the dog!
Thanks Again!  Rose, John, and Nikkee-Tu (who's wondering why the water in
his water dish is beginning to smell like coffee)
On 6/17/06, Barry Luterman < lutermanb001> wrote:
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16) From: Ed Needham
Now that's some funny stuff there...
...and true.
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