There are several reasons why i home roast. #1 Best damn coffee in the world period, i may be delusional, but ill put my coffee against any ones, most of this is thanks to Tom and Maria and the great job they do getting us the best available coffee. #2 a distant #2 is it's cost effective which blows my mind, best coffee ever and i am getting it for how much??? #3 the experience of it all, i really enjoy watching the beans go through the transformation from raw to roasted, smells great, is fascinating to watch and then after a patient wait drinking the goodness you have crafted #4 the ability to share great coffee with friends and make believers out of them those factors in mind, i don't see spending $100 on 3lbs of coffee, if i wanted to spend that much i would go to *$ and buy a ventricle skinny half calf or whatever to each his own, but don't try to make someone feel less of a citizen because they wont buy the overpriced coffee. Maybe if i had a huge disposable income i would say why not and pull the trigger and chalk it up to the experience. -- "Good night, and Good Coffee"
1. Because it's fun--and alchemy. I love to play with my food. 2. Control, control, control--over variety, degree of roast, and above all freshness. 3. Cost--cheaper than its only equal (pro-roasted from nearby roasteries)--half the price and perfectly fresh. 4. The smell is AWESOME. 5. The taste is even better. On Jun 17, 2006, at 12:44 AM, Woody DeCasere wrote: <Snip> Sandy www.sandyandina.com
I home roast because it gets me off to a great start every day. This morning, a very rich Ethiopian FTO Yirgacheffe cofftea is getting me started. I can't afford a yacht, a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion, or a lot of other outrageously expensive luxuries. But even Bill Gates and Oprah can't buy finer coffee that I enjoy every day.
I home roast because it is so much fun and of course home roasted coffee is the best. I have been able to roast and taste coffees from all over the world. I get up in the a.m. and look at several batches of coffee I have roasted that are in vacuum sealed jars. The jars are numbered, so I get out my log book and match them to the roasted bean jars. I feel like a kid in a candy store trying to make a decision which beans to grind and brew. I grind the beans I have chosen, measure the amount of grinds I'll need, boil the water and then pour it over the beans in my swiss gold one cupper. Then I enjoy, the taste, the smell......... Really I enjoy the whole process to make my morning cup of coffee. I also roast so I can share this great pleasure I have for home roasting with my family and friends. I use my Chemex when I have company over, as well as giving some of my roasted to family and friends. Everyone I have shared this experience with gets as excited as I do about h ome roasting..............
I roast because I save so much money: 1. I have invested less in roasters than Folger's has... 2. I have less espresso equipment than Starbucks does... 3. I have fewer coffee makers than my company with its 17000 employees owns... I should be able to retire with all the money I have saved... Back to the BBQ, to roast again... Brett On 6/17/06, conradarms wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
On 6/17/06, Woody DeCasere wrote: <Snip> Here is why I home roast. #1: It produces the best coffee I've ever tasted, period. I've not tried Tom's preroast, nor some of the other places that offer fresh coffee solutions, but my home roast beats out anything I can find in the store, and in many coffee houses (certainly all the ones in my area right now). #2: The price is not much more than buying regular whole bean coffee, even after the necessary expenditures. It might even be cheaper. Since it only takes a few minutes to do it up, its worth the extra effort. #3: I am obsessive over all things regarding flavor, whether it is alcohol (scotch, beer, wine), regular liquids (coffee, tea, mate), or foods (Thai, Indian, Sushi). Therefore, it fits a part of my personality. #4: I am an engineer who doesn't get to do any real engineering at work. It is fun to do some at home. Coffee roasting presents some interesting challenges that are fun to work through. #5: I am an idiosyncratic bastard. By this I mean that for some reason, I like to do just about anything different than most people. Its not like I try to be this way, it just ends up working out this way somehow. You know that old idiom about putting pants on one leg at a time? I've been known to do simultaneous pants-putting-on. -- 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."
1. I home roast because it is fun. 2. I home roast because even though it is simple most people are in awe that I can roast coffee and it tastes better than anything they have ever had. 3. I hope roast because I can enjoy a fine delicate Kona or Central American, or I can go to a rustic DP from Ethiopia or Yemen and everything in between. 4. I home roast because I am in control of my coffee, not some guy at the coffee shop. Tom offers us about 70 coffees all the time and he isn't the only broker. That you could get through all he has is beyond me, but I have enjoyed coffees from other places. 5. It is a hobby that can be enjoyed on and off through the week without having to go to a place to enjoy it. It is cheaper than golf or trap shooting or tennis. 6. It is a passion that can be shared with family and friends. Dad got a half pound of Carmen Estates 1800 meters for Father's Day. 7. I have made many good friends on this list. Les On 6/17/06, Steve Hay wrote: <Snip>
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Why do I home roast? For the coffee, of course! I can have world-class coffee, better than = anything I can buy, right in the privacy of my home. It's an interesting hobby that is really quite inexpensive compared to = airplanes, boats, fast cars, weird lifestyles, etc. It's got = everything; technology, art, self-expression, mystery, even a little = voodoo thrown in to boot. Oddly, I don't find many converts to homeroasting. While many people = enjoy my coffee, most of them express the same sentiment: "That's an = awful lot ot trouble for a cup of coffee!" ...and that's just for the = process of brewing it in a french press! Philistines! Barbarians! = (Actually, just average people with a different set of priorities.) I = do secretly get a little annoyed when I hand someone a fantastic cup of = Ethiopian Harar and they pour milk in it, but I pride myself on not = allowing them to hear me grind my teeth... I don't feel I have to justify a damn thing to anyone but myself and in = serious cases, my wife. I work, I have always worked, I take care of my = responsibilities and tolerate and encourage my partner's quirks and = foibles, and enjoy her tolerance of mine. Besides, she likes my coffee! We both go by the principle that when you stop making new plans or = learning new things, you're giving your body permission to begin the = death process. We're not wealthy in terms of monetary income, but in = terms of the freedom we grant ourselves and each other to pursue our = dreams we are wealthy (and grateful) beyond measure. I did purchase one of the Panama Auction Sets. I don't feel that it = makes me a better citizen, or a better anything. I bought it out of = curiosity on the one hand, and out of respect and admiration for what = Thompson Owen is contributing to the homeroast coffee industry on the = other. He stepped up and plunked his money down and I wanted to help = cover his bet in appreciation for all the pleasure he's given me over = the years. (now if I can just work up the courage to roast it...) Respectfully, Michael Wade
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Mine is in the hottop now, and its at about 287 degrees F. I'm reading these letters for encouragement. Good thing I'm a good "touch typist". I'm staring at the time, the temp, and the color while constantly sniffing as I type this! I did want to be sure to join with Michael in thanking Tom and Sweet Maria's for this opportunity -- and all the others. If I hadn't found Sweet Maria's, I wounder how deeply I would have gone with this. Probably not to far. Happy father's day to all you fathers!! Barbara Michael Wade wrote: <Snip>
Welllllllllll, for me, it is simply the taste of the coffees I roast at home. PERIOD. I love to experiment and taste different varietals, then further experiment by roasting them to different levels. I've ruined very few roasts. Mostly, I get wonderful results, and I'm still a rank amateur. The learing curve is not at all steep. Sure it is a bit of trouble, but after, even ONE cup of home roast, I knew that what I had been drinking before, even the BEST of what I had been drinking, was positively STALE compared to fresh roasted coffee I can produce in ten minutes right in my kitchen. Oh, and if cost is a consideration, you certainly DON'T have to go all the way to a $100 Best of Panama set to get wonderful coffee. The proper $5.00 Brazil, roasted correctly, can be one of the best cups of coffee you ever tasted. Jeff
I agree with all that Les said, especially #1 and #2. #2 in particular. I love giving homeroast as gifts, bringing it to parties, etc. In fact, someone did me a favor the other day and it was so much fun to roast up a batch of Kenyan decaft (she can't have caffine) and give it to her as a "thank you." When I give people a some homeroast they truely enjoy it. I guess it's a similar thing to what would give me the most pleasure if I were ever able to own a "classic car." Watching people enjoying looking at it! Wendy Les wrote: <Snip>
If it's something I really love, I'll pay whatever it costs. I have all the time in the world to do what I want. I have no debt (even both cars are paid for) and a good income to support my toys. Coffee paraphernalia happens to fall into my Toys category. I guess the bottom line for me is, I don't have to justify it. ;-) As for the cost-effectiveness of it all, There really isn't for me, compared to the MIllstone beans I used to buy. About 5 pounds every 2 weeks at around $6 a pound. $780 per year. And that's an exaggerated price. It was really something like $5.49 at the commissary when I last bought any. The total (include shipping) cost of the iRoast 2 was around $200 - give or take, can't remember off hand. I spend about $30 every 2 weeks on coffee from Sweet Maria's (including shipping). Yes, the coffee is cheaper pound for pound, but now I pay for shipping too. That still comes out to $780. Add $200 for the roaster. No saving for me there, but the quality of the coffee I drink now is much better, and I've go the money to spare. -Walt -- Walter R Basil www.basilweb.net On Sat, 17 Jun 2006 01:44:41 -0400, Woody DeCasere" wrote: <Snip>
I can't for the life of me understand why anyone has to justify what they do with their own money...And to whom? People who spend theirs on "approved" products? I know a woman who says, incredulously,"You paid how much for a coffee grinder(Rocky)?" This same person defends (justifies) buying a $1000 handbag because she spent ONLY $350 for it. Basically, if it's your money, no justifications are necessary. I'll let the Great Accountant in the Sky sort it out... A+
I knew the day would come when the Avionics and FAA R&R studies would pay off. My older brother flew in the AF and American Airlines. I flew soldering irons. We decided to form a new company- the FAA Company. Our product line includes chewing gum- FAA gum. For anyone who questioned why I would work all night on a Heathkit or the Corvair or the Jag, I'd offer a stick of that gum. For those that say, "Hmmm- I smell coffee- got a pot on?" "Aw, look- it's empty" [The TV pot is always empty, unless I'm brewing] "Huh, that's odd-looking- you brew coffee in that thing?[TV]" "No, that's for specialty beans. I don't have any ground right now." "My Gawd- is that a grinder?"[Mazzer- it's kinda obvious, with the huge hopper] "Yes, but it's dangerous- see?" [That finger on my right hand is partly missing.] "How much did you spend on all this equipment?" "How would you like a pack of this gum?" I have a QA gig in the morning- 73 and Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder?
LOL Funniest phrase of the month award, for you. My early impressions of Charbucks were that the PBTC were pretty pretentious with all that argot -- like, refusing to serve you unless you passed linguistic muster. Then when you'd jump through the hoops they'd serve you a cup of burnt coffee. I mean, really -- who's the idiot in this equation? ;-) - Scott On 6/17/06, Woody DeCasere wrote: <Snip>
On 6/17/06, Sandy Andina wrote: <Snip> Before homeroasting, the coffee taste never lived up to the coffee brewing aroma. Now, it does! Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)