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This sounds great. You are probably right about the summer being a bad =
for most people. I am a bit anxious because I have an immediate need =
some help, but mostly on my espresso making skills.
As far as the gathering is concerned, count me in to help in any way. =
also looking forward to seeing your CCR.)
It was I who organized the last two SF Bay area gatherings. The last =
exactly a year ago and was in Berkeley at Robin's house. The first one =
house in San Jose and was approximately two years ago.
The first one was a combination of a large lunch feast with an =
determine the possible detection of differences between various storage
and resting times of roasted beans. I had roasted around 14 batchs of
coffee on subsequent days and then divided them and stored them using =
dessication, normal atmospheric pressure dessication, nitrogen, argon, =
simply valved bags.
The second one at Robin's was more informal and was a potluck snack =
espressos made with beans roasted by various methods and brought by many
people. I also demonstrated the (unfinished) prototype of my computer
controlled roaster for the first time. Tom and Maria from SM were there.
have some photos on their webpage but have the year incorrect; it was =
The next step is to conduct a large group tasting (NOT cupping) of =
coffees all roasted from the same bag but varying each segment of the =
Since they will all be the same coffee bean, the differences in taste =
because of the difference in the roast. We will want to have each =
very clear descriptive notes about each to see if we can find a good
among all people tasting. Since my Computer Controlled Roaster (CCR) =
completed and is accurate and repeatable within seconds, it will be =
prepare the roasts for this experiment. Look athttp://www.computercontrolledroaster.com
I was thinking of later in the year for this, possibly September. From =
then many people are taking vacations or travelling. I would like to =
coordinate this with Tom and find out his availability and also his
recommendation for bean(s) to demonstrate the effects of varying the =