Over the years I have become disenchanted with *-bucs coffee and there are no boutique roasters where I live in NJ. I saw an article in Food and Wine about specialty roasters and I started ordering roasted beans from the likes of Paradise, Coffee Klatch, Terroir, etc. Then I found the Sweet Maria's site and I have been following this 'list' since subscribing on June 5th. Reading the words and experiences piqued my interests in home roasting so I took the plunge, bought a roaster and then beans from Sweet Maria's. I just roasted my first batch earlier today. I couldn't bear to let it rest for more than 6-hours and even so, IT WAS AMONG THE BEST cups I have ever had. Although a newbie, I can definitely see where I am heading with this new obsession. Thanks for sucking me in...and special thanks to Tom and Maria for making this all possible.
welcome to the wonderfull world of home roasting and for sure your life will never be the same:O) RK
Larry, we are excited for your new passion - it's ours too. What many find amazing is that this is the standard method of preparing coffee a hundred years ago. Somewhere along the line we traded efficiency for quality. So I think of this as my small stance of raging against the machine - and the rewards are all mine! Welcome! Alas, to pursue the perfect cup - Press On! Brett On 6/24/06, Larry Schwarz wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
"raging against the machine " ?ha, ha! Good one, Brett... How many more machines do you (we) have to "rage" against since we started roasting... Roasters, grinders, brewers - and let us not forget computer-controlled corn poppers....My apartment looks like something from the industrial revolution...Welcome to hell, Larry :-) <Snip>
We only rage against two here.... 1. Folders and all canned stale coffee 2. Starbucks Cheers, Brett On 6/24/06, Angelo wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman
You thank us now. Wait till things start going sideways. (grin) ********************* Ed Needham® "to absurdity and beyond!" ed at homeroaster dot com (include [FRIEND] in subject line to get through my SPAM filters) *********************
Welcome, My first taste of really great coffee was when I bought a couple pounds = of Costa Rican from Tom when he was based in the buckeye state. The aroma = and the flavor absolutely blew me away as soon as I opened, and then brewed = it. Although I have been enjoying homeroast almost every day since, for the = past 9 or 8 years, I occasionally mindlessly go to take a sip of coffee and = it smacks me up side the head with that WOW, this is really great stuff. Enjoy, Terry
Welcome to the obsession Larry, glad you could make it! On 6/24/06, javafool wrote: <Snip> -- "Good night, and Good Coffee"
Welcome to the world of home roasting. It only gets better from here... and umm.. I might add. more expensive. the more you learn, the more you learn you can do, and hence, the more gadgets and goodies you will want.... then something dies in your brain, some have called it common sense, others have called it.. well i dunno but, next you will get the urge to have a stash of green beans in the triple digit range.poundwise and start thinking, well, what if i roasted em *this* way with that machine.... it's an obsession but the best part of it is, its one that you can share with everyone and they will gladly share in it with you.... oh, and thats another thing, you will suddenly find a bunch of new 'friends' who are more than happy to help you lighten your load of fresh beans ... enjoy Aaron
Larry, the best is that you will enjoy roasting the more you learn and the worst is that it becomes difficult to go out for coffee when your own wonderful roast is waiting for you at home. Welcome and Enjoy! Linda
Larry, I am also new to the list having been a SM customer for the past 2 years via UPS and one in-person visit that being in CA allows me. A fellow amateur winemaker firend of mine gifted me her FB-8, which is a different experience after stovetopping a cast iron dutch oven and finding out how very sensitive some smoke detectors really are. More than once. Before I signed up to the list, I asked myself if I really needed another interest to obsess and indulge - as if winemaking and other food crafts weren't enough......OH YEAH BABY! My lovely wife is so far partially decaffeinated and completely terrified. So, warn your loved ones, Larry...Be afraid. Be very afraid. :) Mike Holland Michael Holland Los Angeles City Archives VP, Cellarmasters