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Topic: Horse Play (4 msgs / 93 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
I'm new to roasting, having just worked my way through the 8 1/2 pound 
sample packages that I got from SM with my iRoast-2. I ordered a whole 
lot of the Horse Harrar, and just got it in the mail (yay for less than 
2 weeks all the way to Alberta, shipped USPS).
I decided to get the Horse because I enjoy African coffees, in general, 
and this one seemed, from what Tom wrote about it, and from what I read 
on Coffee Geek to be a real treat at various degrees of roast, and with 
various amounts of resting time.
The game now is to sorta systematically check it out. I figure that I 
will want to try different roast levels, and different profiles 
(thinking short and longer periods of time between 1st and 2nd crack), 
as well as the various resting times.
Does anyone have an idea what an organized way to explore this 
interesting bean might look like? As I said, I'm using an iRoast-2.
Vicki

2) From: raymanowen
Hello, Vicki-
Greetings from south of the border!
None of us could presume on your palate more than to say- "Read the
suggestions of Tom Owen of Sweet Maria's." Each of the varieties he buys has
got to strike a favorable chord on the palate of a pretty exclusive group of
consumers.
Ginnie referred to some some Horse one time, so I looked it up on Sweet
Maria's site. I was really drooling from Tom's description, and got two
pounds, I think. Really dazzling coffee, I was having a lot of fun trying to
match Tom's roasting and aging notes. Start There.
A couple of baby steps into trying different roast levels, grinding and
brewing methods, I noticed a certain Bad Phenomenon- THE TWO POUNDS WERE
EXTINCT. And I was just starting to have fun. Nyet!
"Two pounds," used in the same sentence as "sample," is a grammatical error.
You'd better already know exactly how you're going to roast and brew it.
Still, your enjoyment will be truncated because  "Extinct" is the new Secret
Word if you pull the lever too many times.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On 6/6/06, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita WurliTzer- 1976

3) From: Vicki Smith
The Horse review seems to indicate a wide range of possibilities. I'm 
interested in figuring out how to best try a whole lot of points on the 
continuum in an organized way by manipulating things like roast 
time--after all, there are several different ways one could get to full 
city (or any other place) right?
This is, no doubt, either my slightly OCD personality kicking in, or too 
many years of playing with spreadsheets and being married to an 
accountant ;).
I'm pretty sure I'll know when the beans sing to me, I guess I would 
like to feel I was learning something about roasting on my way there.
Thanks, Ray, from north of the border.
vicki
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4) From: Vince Doss
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Ahhhhhh spreadsheets...
(Note: I am not familiar with your roaster or its ability to vary temp or
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This is something I had in mind but got frustrated and just went for it with
my drum.
Good Luck!
Vince


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