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Topic: Cost of Coffee Beans (12 msgs / 227 lines)
1) From: Andie Z
We tend to think that $100.00 for 3 lbs of some of the best coffee in 
the world is expensive.  I thought so until my brother asked me how 
many cups would that make.  And then, at StarBucks price what would 
it cost?  I don't really know how many cups I get from a cup.  I get 
it green, I roast it, and then I enjoy it.  I don't count it.  This 
afternoon my brother Paul, who is a very critical person, said it is 
probably the best coffee he tasted.
Andie Z 
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2) From: javafool
I have to chuckle to myself when I see the gasp of total disbelief of anyone
who would pay $100 for three pounds of coffee that isn't even roasted. The
chuckle is because the gasp is coming from someone who doesn't think twice
about buying a carton of cigarettes, 10 cups of coffee from the vending
machine, and 3 or 4 six packs every week. Hummmm???

3) From: Thomas Pfau
Andie Z wrote:
1lb =~ 453gm.  20% is lost during roasting so that reduces to 362gm.  At 
7gm/6oz cup, that's about 52 cups.
3lb for $100 comes out to about 64 cents per cup.  Even if you double it 
to fill your mug, it's still much cheaper than *$.
pfau --http://nbpfaus.net/~pfau/

4) From: Wendy Sarrett
:-)  :-)  That's one reason why I brought and brewed my homeroast in a 
"press mug"  when I went to get my car serviced this morning, even 
though there is a *$ accross the street from the dealership!
Thomas Pfau wrote:

5) From: Steve Hay
On 6/16/06, Andie Z  wrote:
Not to reopen a can of worms, but I think I would buy this coffee if it
weren't for the fact that I didn't think I was ready for it, in terms of
both my own personal tastes and also roasting experience.  It would be a let
down to me that I would roast some and then not know if I could do it
better.  At this point, I'd rather someone who could enjoy it more try it
out, and I'll catch it next time it comes around.  (Hopefully, it does come
around again!)
Now, a $100 subscription for 3 weeks of one point each of this stuff,
roasted by an artisan.. Well that I might go for.
Steven Hay
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number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

6) From: Les
Steve wrote:
" Now, a $100 subscription for 3 weeks of one point each of this stuff,
 roasted by an artisan.. Well that I might go for."
Steve, I made that offer to the list.  I would be more than willing to
roast your trifecta if you pay the shipping.
On 6/17/06, Steve Hay  wrote:

7) From: Chuck the Coffee-Geek
Even though my trio is on its way to me now, I'm almost tempted to take 
you up on this.  I have to admit I'm scared to roast such an expensive 
coffee.  Especially since the smallest batch I have done so far in my 
RKDrum is a pound.  I'm not sure if I should start practicing 1/2 pound 
batches, or just roast it all at  once since I am comfortable with that 
batch size.
OMG. What if I screw this up? I can't take this kind of pressure!!!
Les wrote:

8) From: Michael Wascher
Perfect your half pound technique on the lesser beans, then go for the gold!
On 6/17/06, Chuck the Coffee-Geek  wrote:
"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

9) From: Vince Doss
Harvey came on Saturday with the Trifecta. I roasted this evening
(saturday). I left a graduation party to come home and roast coffee. in the
RK Drum;
I first roasted 2lbs of Panama Carmen Estate 1800 to just at 2nd
Then 1lb of La Esmarelda Gesha to City+
I hit 1st crack earlier than anticipated at around 8:00 and backed off the
heat to try to stretch it out. I dumped it at first hint of second and
cooled it quickly.....smells good.
Tom mentioned it is a big bean...I started 460gr and ended 376gr but the
beans are large. going to rest it now

10) From: javafool
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            From 460g to 376g is an 18% loss in weight. That is somewhat
higher than I would have expected. We are now over $60 per pound =
and that doesn't even include the trips from Panama to Oakland, and =
to Florida.
Mine is due to arrive here Wednesday. If I roast the first batch =
evening, it should be ready to drink by Friday and in its peak for the
weekend. I have 4 days to decide the roasting sequence, decisions, =
...  At least by choosing UPS, I will have the experience of several
pioneers regarding how they roasted theirs and how the turned out.

11) From: Jerry Procopio
I ordered my trio last night.  I, also, was antsy about doing less than 
a pound in the RK until Les scolded me a few months back for roasting 
small batches of Lot#30 Harar in my iRoast because I was scared to do it 
in the RK.  Heck, I have a 250 pound stash... and plenty of it is 
replaceable greens to practice with.  So I mustered up the courage and 
roasted a 1/2 pound batch of Lot30.  My, my, my!  There IS a difference. 
  Yes, a 3 or 4 pound roast has more "wiggle room" than a 1 pound roast, 
but the difference between roasting 8 ounces and 16 ounces is 
insignificant.  Just do it carefully.  Pay attention.  Don't get 
distracted by other things.  Then enjoy.  You have the equipment -- you 
have the skill.  Go for it!
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA
Chuck the Coffee-Geek wrote:

12) From: Peter Zulkowski
When I first joined the list and started home roasting, I had the same 
trepidations regarding the ISH beans for about $27.00 a pound.
The first roast in my poppery was wonderful, but I was not so happy with 
subsequent attempts.
They were just not as great as the first try.
It WAS worth it though :)
Chuck the Coffee-Geek wrote:

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