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Topic: What about a FAQ? (28 msgs / 568 lines)
1) From: Wesley Simon
Has anyone considered writing up a FAQ?
For example:
How much coffee do I use per "cup?"
What are the best methods to store greens?
What are the best methods for storing roasted coffee?
Who the hell is Harvey?
What's the difference between DP and wet?
What do all these acronyms mean?  DP, FC, C+, SM+, HX, E61, IMHO, KMB, etc.
Why do I need a variac for my popper?
Why should I have dumped before the rolling second crack?
What is a bloom?
What month(s) should I look for coffee from my favorite region?
What is the difference between the different variaties of coffee plant?
What does first crack look like, smell like, sound like?  What is the
temperature of the bean?
Why does my Ethiopian always roast unevenly, yet taste wonderful?
What do goats have to do with coffee history?
Why should I homeroast?
Why would Starbucks burn their coffee?
Which espresso machine is the right one for me?
Which brewing method is right for me?
I could go on and on with questions that seem to get answered on a regular
cycle.  Many internet mailing lists will send out a FAQ on a regular basis
such as monthly, others offer a link to a FAQ in their "welcome" email.
Wes

2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Go for it! A FAQ including all the questions that have been asked on the
List at least a dozen times over the years would indeed be a looooooong FAQ.
BTW you got me on one acronym: SM+. Is that Sweet Maria's plus home roasing
equals great coffee:-) No duh it just hit me, Solis Maestro Plus.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Wesley Simon
	Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 11:36 AM
	
	Has anyone considered writing up a FAQ?
	
	For example:
	
	How much coffee do I use per "cup?"
	What are the best methods to store greens?
	What are the best methods for storing roasted coffee? 
	Who the hell is Harvey?
	What's the difference between DP and wet?
	What do all these acronyms mean?  DP, FC, C+, SM+, HX, E61, IMHO,
KMB, etc.
	Why do I need a variac for my popper?
	Why should I have dumped before the rolling second crack? 
	What is a bloom?
	What month(s) should I look for coffee from my favorite region?
	What is the difference between the different variaties of coffee
plant?
	What does first crack look like, smell like, sound like?  What is
the temperature of the bean? 
	Why does my Ethiopian always roast unevenly, yet taste wonderful?
	What do goats have to do with coffee history?
	Why should I homeroast?
	Why would Starbucks burn their coffee?
	Which espresso machine is the right one for me? 
	Which brewing method is right for me?
	
	I could go on and on with questions that seem to get answered on a
regular cycle.  Many internet mailing lists will send out a FAQ on a regular
basis such as monthly, others offer a link to a FAQ in their "welcome"
email.  
	
	Wes

3) From: Brett Mason
For which bean?
Brett
On 7/18/06, Wesley Simon  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

4) From: Jared Andersson
The sweetmarias web site has most of these and more answered beautifully.
Jared
On 7/18/06, Wesley Simon  wrote:
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5) From: Wesley Simon
I am lacking in time and knowledge to take on such a task at this point.  I
spend a great deal of my *spare* time giving back to a 12 step fellowship.
On 7/18/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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6) From: John Blumel
On Jul 18, 2006, at 2:36 pm, Wesley Simon wrote:
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Well, besides the Sweet Maria's coffee library (on their web site),  
there's,
   http://www.coffeefaq.comalthough, I'm not sure whether it addresses all your questions. Of  
course, the best thing for it would be a wiki (like Wikipedia,  
Coffeepedia perhaps) so that anyone could contribute and no one  
person would have to be responsible for maintaining it.
John Blumel

7) From: Justin Marquez
On 7/18/06, Jared Andersson  wrote:
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A FAQ doc could link to the approriate places on the SM site.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

8) From: Steve Hay
I think a FAQ is a great idea.   Our hosts could set one up giving passwords
to those who are on the list or it could be done by a third party.  I think
setting up a Wiki would be pretty easy and we could all get started.
I will start looking into doing this (never done it before) to see if I
could host it on my DSL connection.
On 7/18/06, Justin Marquez  wrote:
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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."

9) From: Steve Hay
Hack away folks.
The site password is "tom&maria"
On 7/18/06, Steve Hay  wrote:
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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."

10) From: Steve Hay
I'm an idiot.
There I said it.
ahem.
Hack away folks.
The site password is "tom&maria"http://homeroast.pbwiki.com/I started with the FAQs asked in this thread, which seemed as good as
anything.
On 7/18/06, Steve Hay  wrote:
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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."

11) From: Greg C. Rose
To play devil's advocate, coffee roasting is not a carved in stone
process.  As soon as you answered some of those questions, someone else
would disagree with you...and technically, you'd both be right.  Each to
their own you know?  
I agree that there are some questions on there that are cut and dried, and
those could be put together in a FAQ.
Greg

12) From: Brett Mason
The issue of Idiocy has been answered on the FAQ ...
On 7/18/06, Steve Hay  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

13) From: Don Cummings
I have agree with this.  The whole point of discussion groups such as this
is to explore the many answers to these questions.  Just the first question
"how much coffee to use per cup" could practically use a white sheet to
answer it and the final conclusion would still be "it depends."
I can only think of one or two questions with clear cut answers, such as
"what is the best source for greens?"  ;) A:  SMs or "what is the best
grinder?"  A:  SM+
On 7/18/06, Greg C. Rose  wrote:
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Don

14) From: Brett Mason
Or you could contribute some info to the FAQ....
Disagreeing IS easier...
Brett
On 7/18/06, Don Cummings  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

15) From: miKe mcKoffee
Just don't bother adding the "clear cut answer" to the question " "what is
the best grinder?"  A:  SM+".
Please, Solis Maestro Plus is a far cry from being the best grinder
available, not even close. 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Brett Mason
	Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 9:13 PM
	
	Or you could contribute some info to the FAQ....
	
	Disagreeing IS easier...
	
	Brett
	
	On 7/18/06, Don Cummings  wrote: 
		I have agree with this.  The whole point of discussion
groups such as this is to explore the many answers to these questions.  Just
the first question "how much coffee to use per cup" could practically use a
white sheet to answer it and the final conclusion would still be "it
depends." 
		 
		I can only think of one or two questions with clear cut
answers, such as "what is the best source for greens?"  ;) A:  SMs or "what
is the best grinder?"  A:  SM+

16) From: Ed Needham
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17) From: Steve Hay
On 7/19/06, Don Cummings  wrote:
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I think the FAQ is worthwhile.  The reason I think a Wiki FAQ is a good idea
is because people can contribute their different ideas.  Sometimes informed
opinions are helpful.  Of course it takes judgement to discern when oneself
is providing valuable information vice ranting, which is mostly useless.
I do not think having a FAQ would obviate the list discussion but rather
supplement it.  How many times has it been said, "that question was just
asked; check the archive."?
To counter your example regarding how much coffee to use per cup, one could
change the question to: "How much coffee is appropriate when brewing coffee
with the drip method?" and the answer could be: "The SCAA recommends XX tsp
per cup be used.  However, other factors such as grind, origin, roast level,
and personal taste may lead you to using more or less than the SCAA
recommended amount."
-- 
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."

18) From: Vicki Smith
I looked at the wiki--it's a good beginning, Steve. If it is public 
though, you might want to delete the Harvey question. I think I read 
(here on the list) that Harvey is only an option for list members at the 
moment.
vicki

19) From: Brett Mason
It's a Zass!
Brett
On 7/19/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

20) From: Eddie Dove
I like it!  Well Done!
Eddie
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21) From: Jared Andersson
I really like the Wiki idea also.  (with links to Sweetmarias)  Jared
On 7/18/06, Justin Marquez  wrote:
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22) From: Wesley Simon
It is easier to disagree.  I'll take it one step further...It's much easier
to stand on your hilltop and find faults than it is to offer constructive
input.  The feeling of superiority that comes from shooting another's idea
down in a fireball of negativity only lasts a few seconds, then you're off
looking for the next fix.
For many of these questions, there is no single answer, but the answers are
consistently the same.  For a question such as "Which is the best grinder?"
one could easily offer multiple answers to this.  For some people buying a
Rocky or Mazzer is the answer, for others, they need the best for the lowest
price such as SM+, while others would say zass.  There are reasons why each
of these are the right grinder; it depends on the person, available funds,
intended use,etc.  The same type of answer applies to espresso machines.  I
make espresso once or twice a week, so a Silvia and SM+ makes sense for my
needs.  Also, I won't pay more for a grinder at this time.  For others they
would wear out my setup in no time.
FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions, it does not say or imply a single
or a simple answer.  It doesn't even say that there will be an ANSWER!
Wes
On 7/18/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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23) From: Don Cummings
What you mean that Q&A shouldn't go in the FAQ Mike?
:)
(It was kind of a joke.)
On 7/19/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Don

24) From: miKe mcKoffee
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Don Cummings
	Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 8:17 AM
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	What you mean that Q&A shouldn't go in the FAQ Mike?
	 
	:)
	 
	(It was kind of a joke.)
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Well, the 'Q' was Questionable (best) and the was 'A' Awful (SM+):-)
miKe

25) From: Frank Parth
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One thing that could be done is to simply put message threads into the FAQs. That way people can see just how many personal opinions there are.
There's an old joke that if you ask four different economists what the future looks like, you'll get 5 different answers. Our group seems to have more opinions than is does members 
Frank Parth

26) From: Steve Hay
Its a thought, although it might be nice to condense the threads into
coherent thought if possible.
Glad you all like the FAQ.  Please, everyone is invited to contribute.  Esp
if you have new FAQs to add.
On 7/19/06, Frank Parth  wrote:
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Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
SM Coffee FAQ:http://homeroast.pbwiki.com/

27) From: Jon Rosen
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Where is the FAQ going to be hosted? Wikipedia, by the way, has nice  
articles on coffee roasting and home roasting. Someone knowledgeable  
may want to add some information or links there.
Jon
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Where is the FAQ going to be =
hosted? Wikipedia, by the way, has nice articles on coffee roasting and =
home roasting. Someone knowledgeable may want to add some information or =
links there.
Jon  On Jul 19, 2006, at 7:48 PM, Steve Hay wrote:
Its a = thought, although it might be nice to condense the threads into coherent = thought if possible. Glad you all like the FAQ.  Please, = everyone is invited to contribute.  Esp if you have new FAQs to = add. On 7/19/06, Frank Parth <fparth> = wrote: >       From: homeroast-admin= s.sweetmarias.com > [mailto:homeroast-admin= s.sweetmarias.com ] On Behalf Of Don Cummings >      = Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 8:17 AM >>> >    =    What you mean that Q&A shouldn't go in the FAQ = Mike? > >       (It was kind of a joke.) = >>> > > Well, the 'Q' was Questionable (best) and = the was 'A' Awful (SM+) > > miKe One thing that could = be done is to simply put message threads into the FAQs. That way people = can see just how many personal opinions there are. There's an = old joke that if you ask four different economists what the future looks = like, you'll get 5 different answers. Our group seems to have more = opinions than is does members Frank = Parth homeroast = mailing list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to = http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings
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28) From: Steve Hay
Jon,http://homeroast.pbwiki.com/On 7/21/06, Jon Rosen  wrote:
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-- 
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."


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