Okay - it's my official post. Now that I've returned home (I like going away, but there's nothing like my own bed), I wanted to make the official announcement about the MAG II gathering at my home in Lemoyne, PA. It's scheduled for Sept. 9 - last time we started around noonish, so that time works for me. For anyone who might want to make a weekend of it - we're about 45 minutes north of Gettysburg, PA, and about 20 minutes west of Hershey. I know, a lot of folks hate their chocolate, but the "factory" tour is pretty hilarious, and free. Also, the state capital building is amazing - one of the most beautiful buildings you can tour (5 minutes across the river from my house). Okay - who's in? I currently have a TV, which I love. A lovely MACAP stepless grinder that arrived shortly before my little gaggia's pump died on me. I think Jerry was going to bring his espresso machine. I'm also going to try my hand at greek coffee, since I'm making baklava and spanikopita. All are welcome!
I'm in (officially now)! Thanks Tara for hosting this again. I'll bring Venus the Major. I plan to roast some coffees (including some Lot 30) to have properly rested by Sept. 9 also. I need to know if people are interested in another RK Drum demo. If there is interest, then I will break it down and bring it along, if not it will stay here in VA. I plan to bring an assortment of coffee brewers (Chemex, vac, FP, TV) so we can do a side by side comparison too. If anyone has any requests, let's hear them! See you there. JavaJerry RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip>
Tara, Thanks for providing an opportunity for us mid-Atlantic homeroasters to meet. My Olympia Cremina manual lever espresso machine wants to take me along. And if I can talk my wife into going it can't hurt for her to see others out there as geeky about coffee as I am. I am thinking about doing some roasting for the event - just maybe the Best of Panama Trio. There won't be much opportunity to practice perfecting the roast levels - it would be a crime to miss the sweet spot on these - but it would be fun to share them with a crowd that could appreciate them. Looking forward to finalizing the details... MichaelB Philadelphia On 8/12/06, Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip> -- MichaelB
"My Olympia Cremina manual lever espresso machine wants to take me along." This is the machine I'm thinking about getting - I'm really leaning towards a lever, at least. So I would all kinds of excited to see one. I haven't had espresso in so long, it seems. On 8/13/06, Michael Boshes wrote: <Snip>
Michael, Do try to talk your wife into coming along. There will be other non *coffee-geeky* people there (my wife is one) and they will probably enjoy ganging up on us *enlightened* ones. Regardless, everyone will have fun. I was planning on roasting some Panama Carmen Estate 18+. If you are going to roast the Panama Trio, then I will roast something else that hopefully everyone will enjoy and appreciate. Pleae let me know. Jerry Michael Boshes wrote: <Snip>
At last year's MAG-I we made espressos from Monkey Blend that Tara roasted in her Hottop and '05 Harar Lot 532 that I RK Drum roasted. I just found a vac sealed jar of Lot 532 which I have been saving for a special occasion such as this. I'll roast up some Lot 30 so we can do a head to head comparison of these two "blueberry" Harars. As far as what else to roast, I'll do a stash inventory sometime this week and list it. Interested parties can choose what they would like to taste and I will "roast to order". Jerry Michael Boshes wrote: <Snip>
I don't know what to say other than this - Jerry's blueberry shots last year were fabulous. I'll take a look at what I have as well - I just got 4 pounds of the Indonesian Flores, which I thought had an amazing butterscotch flavor on day 3 - I can roast up some of that. I also have some Italian Espresso blend. I'm wired just thinking about this day! On 8/14/06, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip>
Tara, Thanks for opening up you home again. Looking forward to heading up your way for the MAG II. Jim Message: 22 Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 23:16:57 -0400 From: "Tara Kollas" To: homeroasters Subject: +MAG II gathering Reply-To: homeroast ------=_Part_88171_2920893.1155439017038 Content-Type: text/plain; charset O-8859-1; format=flowed Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Disposition: inline Okay - it's my official post. Now that I've returned home (I like going away, but there's nothing like my own bed), I wanted to make the official announcement about the MAG II gathering at my home in Lemoyne, PA. It's scheduled for Sept. 9 - last time we started around noonish, so that time works for me. For anyone who might want to make a weekend of it - we're about 45 minutes north of Gettysburg, PA, and about 20 minutes west of Hershey. I know, a lot of folks hate their chocolate, but the "factory" tour is pretty hilarious, and free. Also, the state capital building is amazing - one of the most beautiful buildings you can tour (5 minutes across the river from my house). Okay - who's in? I currently have a TV, which I love. A lovely MACAP stepless grinder that arrived shortly before my little gaggia's pump died on me. I think Jerry was going to bring his espresso machine. I'm also going to try my hand at greek coffee, since I'm making baklava and spanikopita.
Looking forward to seeing you again, Jim! On 8/14/06, jbuchanan06 wrote: <Snip>
Just sending out another reminder that all are welcome, since we're about 1 1/2 weeks away from MAGII - I'll be making the baklava and spanikopita this weekend. Oh - and depending on the numbers, I can make some mousaka... And a friend from CA who is really interested in home roasting will be here - so I'm all kinds of excited. I'll get directions to anyone who needs them - just let me know.
Mickie and I plan to be there. I will inventory my stash (as I promised to do 2 weeks ago) and will post a list. Once I post it, I will take roast requests if there is anything that anyone wants to try. Tara, do you know how many people plan to attend? Is there a great interest in me bringing the RK drum again? I need to rent a larger vehicle than I own to tote it along, so if there is interest, someone needs to speak up in time for me to make arrangements. JavaJerry RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip>
Here's my stash inventory (187½ Lbs - down from 260 Lbs). If anyone attending the MAG-II Gathering next Saturday wants to sample any of these, please let me know as soon as possible so I can get it roasted and rested. I plan to roast a pound of Monkey Blend, a pound of Lot 30, and a pound of Gesha in addition to any requests. African: (53.5 Lbs.) Ethiopian Harar, Lot #30 18 Lbs. Ethiopian Organic Harar, Oromia 4 Lbs. Ethiopian FT Harar ‘05 ½ Lb. Ethiopian Harar Horse Lot #532 1 Lb. Uganda Bugisu Organic 18 Lbs. Uganda Sipi Falls ½ Lb. Uganda Robusta Esco Farms 18+ Screen ½ Lb. Rwanda Gatare 3 Lbs. Kenya AA 3½ Lbs. Kenya Auction Lot 622 Peaberry 1 Lb. Kenya Auction Lot 624 Peaberry ½ Lb. Kenya AA EAFCA Winner Githiru Coop ½ Lb. Tanzania Peaberry ‘04 ½ Lb. Indonesian/Asian: (19.5 Lbs.) Timor Maubesse ‘05 ½ Lb. Java Prince 2 Lb. Sulawesi Toraja 7 Lbs. Sumatra Organic Gr.1 Gayo Mt. ½ Lb. Papua New Guinea - Hidden Valley 7 Lbs. Papua New Guinea - Agoga 2 Lbs. Yemen Mokha Ismaili (Hirazi) ‘05 ½ Lb. Central American: (59.5 Lbs.) Panama CoE “Trio” 3 Lbs. Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Gesha 1½ Lbs. Panama Carmen Estate 1800+ ‘06 4½ Lbs. Panama Carmen Estate 1700-1800 ‘05 2 Lbs. El Salvador CoE El Pacmaral 2 Lbs. R.Dalton Guat. Antigua Filadelfia Est. 5 Lbs. R.Dalton Guatemala “Monte Maria Estate” 20 Lbs. Guatemala Huehuetenango “El Injerto” ½ Lb. Guatemala San Marcos - Finca Maria Elisa 2 Lbs. Nicaragua Matagalpa Maragogype 1½ Lbs. Nicaragua MatagalpaPlaceras Est.Miel 5 Lbs. Mexico Oaxaca Pluma Hildago 1 Lb. Mexico FT Org. Chiapas Special 4 Lbs. Mexico Oaxaca Finca de Olivo 3½ Lbs. Mexico Altura Peaberry ½ Lb. Mexico Kabuk Altura ½ Lb. Costa Rica “Café Britt” Organic 1 Lb. CRLM 2 Lbs. South American: (18.5 Lbs.) Colombia Organic Mesa de los Santos 1 Lb. Colombia CoE Pradera Esperanza 1½ Lbs. Colombia Supremo ‘04 2 Lbs. Bolivia Organic Peaberry “De Montana” 2 Lbs. Bolivia CoE Pico de Tucan ½ Lb. Bolivia Organic Ceneproc “Peaberry” 1 Lb. Brazil Cerrado Lot #143 1 Lb. Brazil Cerrado Lot #144 1½ Lbs. Brazil Cerrado 2nd Place Fazenda Arares 1 Lb. Brazil Fazenda Ipanema “Dulce” 1 Lb. Brazil Organic Daterra Yellow Bourbon‘05 1 Lb. Brazil Organic Cachoeira Yellow Bourbon 2 Lbs. Brazil Organic Camocim Yellow Icatu 2 Lbs. Peru Organic “La Florida” Chanchamanyo 1 Lb. Island & Blends: (22 Lbs.) Sweet Maria’s French Roast Blend 1 Lb. Puerto Rico Yauco Selecto ‘05 1½ Lbs. Kauai Estate “Reserve” Peaberry ‘06 4 Lbs. Kauai Estate ‘05 1½ Lbs. Kauai Estate ‘06 4 Lbs. Moa’ula Ka’u Numer 1 5 Lbs. Moa’ula Ka’u XF 5 Lbs. Decaf: (14.5 Lbs.) Sumatra Mandheling WP Decaf 1 Lb. Sulawesi Toraja WP Decaf 2 Lbs. Indonesian Organic SWP - Komodo Blend 1 Lb. Guatemala Huehuetenango WP Decaf 2 Lbs. Costa Rica SHB WP Decaf 2 Lbs. Ethiopian Harar Decaf 1 Lbs. El Salvador Los Ranas WP Decaf 2 Lbs. Panama WP Decaf - Panmaria Farm 2 Lbs. Mexico Esmeralda Natural Decaf 1½ Lbs. JavaJerry Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip>
I assume that MAG is Mid Atlantic Gathering, so where is it being held? Thanks, Don
Yep - it's at my home in Lemoyne, PA - just across the river from Harrisburg. Date is the 9th of Sept. from 12 until whenever. On 9/3/06, The Rankin's wrote: <Snip> d <Snip> e <Snip> o <Snip> 6 <Snip>
I don't want you to have to worry about a larger vehicle - I can always test drive the hottop for everyone. I think we'll have about 10 like the last time. Is there interest in my making the semi freddo again? On 9/2/06, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-1-829657575 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed I'm going to be in Hampton,VA on for my Granddaughter's first birthday on the weekend of the 16th and 17th. Is this gathering on either of those days? Pecan Jim La Place, AL On Sep 3, 2006, at 9:42 PM, Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip> --Apple-Mail-1-829657575 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 I'm going to be in Hampton,VA on = for my Granddaughter's first birthday on the weekend of the 16th and = 17th. Is this gathering on either of those days? Pecan = Jim La Place, AL On Sep 3, = 2006, at 9:42 PM, Tara Kollas wrote:
Jerry and other MAG II Attendees, The coming work week will probably be hectic coming back from 2 weeks of vacation to a short week for catching up. But I'll make sure to find time t= o roast a half pound of each of the 3 Panama COE winners. The planned roast level will be a City + to Full City, eject immediately at the first sign of any early snaps signalling 2nd is near. Roast day will be Wednesday PM so coffee will be 2.5 days old on the 9th. Advice based on your experience is most welcome. Is this the sweet spot for the Panamas? Should all three be roasted to the same level? I've gotten pretty blase about roasting these days but must admit to some anxiety roasting these C-note beans :-). Also, I will bring my Olympia Cremina manual lever espresso machine, mazzer mini grinder with doserless funnel mod, and a briki should we want some Greek coffee to wash down the baklava. And hopefully the fixings for saganaki. Jerry, if you're really looking for more to roast, how about a decaf SO - one suitable for espresso and for brewing. I know the Sumatra and Sulawesi fit that bill but why don't you pick what you think best. MichaelB On 9/2/06, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip>
Jim, Wrong weekend - it's September 9th. Wrong neighborhood? It would be quite a trip to Harrisburg PA. Too bad though; we would have been delighted and honored to meet you. -- MichaelB On 9/4/06, jim gundlach wrote: <Snip>
That is too bad - it would have been great to see you, Jim. I was able to get Friday off from work, so I'll be making up the baklava and spanikopita then - both freeze well, but the fresher the better, I say (actually, the spanikopita will be cooked on Saturday - I like it best right out of the oven). Not sure what to roast for Saturday - Jerry was going to roast up some Monkey Blend, so I'll probably roast up some of Tom's Italian Espresso Blend for comparison. Any interest in decaf? I have the Harar decaf I can roast up - might be interesting to compare to the regular Harar. On 9/4/06, Michael Boshes wrote: <Snip>
Michael, Hopefully Les will pipe in here and give some advice on roast levels for the C-note Panamas. I have the Trio also, but haven't roasted them yet. I have roasted the Carmen 18+ and the Gesha to FC and have been (very) happy with it. For a decaf for the gathering, I think I may roast up the pound of Komodo Blend for espresso and maybe get creative with a decaf blend for brewing. We'll see Wednesday when I roast. JavaJerry Michael Boshes wrote: <Snip>
I loved your semi freddo last year.... but you are doing alot already. I am thinking about making cheesecake. Jerry Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip>
Jerry, I roast the C-Note Panamas to a nice city-full city. You want to stay out of second crack. I found that too light a roast isn't good either. If you like the Carmen at FC, you will like the trifecta at the same level. I did notice that the Gesha takes about 30 seconds longer to roast than the standard beans. That is 30 seconds in a RK drum, not an air popper. Les On 9/5/06, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip> f <Snip> y <Snip> one <Snip> ed <Snip> pound <Snip> ribes) go tohttp://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings<Snip>
Oh - and Jerry - I didn't think you were going to bring your roasting setup, but just in case, they are calling for possible pm thunderstorms. My assumption is we'll get nothing, but you never know. And cheesecake would be lovely! I just ate lunch, but now I'm hungry again. On 9/5/06, Les wrote: <Snip>
Les, Thanks for the Panama pointers. This weekend I practiced with last year's Gesha and noticed the delay you mentioned. It's not typical for the hottop to produce that extra length of gap between cracks, so if that holds for th= e three new Panamas it should be easy to nail the late pre-2nd spot I'm aimin= g for. On 9/5/06, Les wrote: <Snip> r <Snip> . <Snip> y <Snip> . <Snip> a <Snip> -- MichaelB
Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip> Where are you meeting?
It's in Lemoyne, PA this Saturday - around noon. Lemoyne is just across the river from Harrisburg. On 9/5/06, George Birchard wrote: <Snip>
Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip> Wrong direction for me...I'm heading for the Outer Banks with some surfing friends who have rented a house for the week. It looks like a swell is coming.
MAG folks, Just finished roasting the three Panama COEs. Very well behaved coffees! All nailed before any signs of 2nd. Will try to save all for Saturday. (But just might need to have a cup or two on Thursday and Friday to make sure they are suitable for the MAG attendees :-). -- MichaelB On 9/6/06, Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip>
Tara, I'll be there, and Jean can make it too. --MikeW On 9/6/06, Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip> -- Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
Good to hear Jean will be able to make it. I roasted up some Nicaragua last night (I think it was the Miel, not sure - I got it in a sampler pack and the description of beeswax sweetness seemed like a perfect fit for the baklava.) George - enjoy the outer banks! Never been there, but it sounds like fun! On 9/7/06, Michael Wascher wrote: <Snip>
Sounds good! Tom's notes for the Sumatra Tim Tim Blangili Longberry mentions raw honey, but I've not had good results with this bean in my popper. I've never gotten the raw honey or sorghum flavors from it. I have about a half pound left. Want to try it in your hottop? On 9/7/06, Tara Kollas wrote: <Snip> -- Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
We can do that if you like. I'll clean the window up so it can be looked through! On 9/7/06, Michael Wascher wrote: <Snip>
Is Lemoyne, PA and vicinity "vibrating" yet?-) 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.
Hey miKe, Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing! Lots of caffeine!!! We're driving home from Tara's now. Uhh, wife is driving - I'm sprint pcs'ing in the passenger seat using the seatbelt to keep my caffeine-jangled body in place. First and foremost Tara was a gracious hostess providing heaps of spanokopita, moussaka, and baklava. Melt in your mouth or what! Then some fun with saganaki. Frying ouzo-soaked kasseri cheese and then letting it flame till bubbling. Opa! As if that wasn't enough there was Mike W's delicious risotto with spicy sausage and vegetables. And Jerry's cheesecake with a crunchy coffee-laced crust that even Tara's non-coffeegeek husband noticed! And some specially imported Hungarian (not Greek, but at least ethnic) Tokaj wine made by letting the grapes remain on the vine after the harvest, then soaking in regular wine to release the raisiny essence. Sweet desserty drink. Oh yeah, let's not forget the coffee! We technivormed the COE Panamas. We cleverly started with the COE #1 so nothing to spoil the taste. Rich, sweet, smooth. Bright, zingy citrus, and yes - all agreed - an Earl Grey like taste too. (Power of suggestion or really there? Who cares :-). Jerry and I got into making espressos after that so didn't follow the groups reactions to #s 2 and 3. While #1 was a knockout roasted to Full City just before even the first snaps of 2nd, I did detect a bit of pungency that is going to lead me to roasting the second half pound of these coffees a bit lighter next time. As Les pointed out elsewhere, the gap between end of 1st and start of 2nd is longer than usual so that should make it possible for me to hit a lighter roast, especially with the experience of this first roast. On to espresso. Only two machines, my manual lever Olympia Cremina and Jerry's Isomac single boiler. We pulled shots of Monkey Blend and Harrar 532 that Jerry roasted on Wednesday. I love my hottop roasted Monkey but Jerry's RK drum output had amazing mouthfeel and sweetness. I got knocked out by a wonderful marzipan taste/feel I never experienced before. (Only got it in two of the many shots I pulled, but now I know it's there!) Jerry generously let me take a baggieful home to compare with mine. Tomorrow will be day four for this roast so I'm looking forward to trying it then. (But not looking forward to finding my hottop may not be achieving the best that Monkey has to offer. :-). The Harar 532 had lots of blueberry in the grinds and a good amount made it into the shots too. The shots on both machines were rich and flavorful. We're just about home. More later... On 9/9/06, miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip> -- MichaelB
Yes, wonderful food & drink. Tara is a gracious host & a wonderful chef (especially when it comes to deserts ... I'm not sure if I'm more buzzed from all of the coffees or from all of the sugar I imbibed?!). Along with Tara's honey drenched Greek pastries: we also had See's chocolates that Tara's friend Julie brought from California; the sweet Hungarian Tokaj wine; and coffee crusted cheesecake from Jerry. I was fortunate to win a pound of Hara #30 that Jerry contributed. And Tara roasted a pound of Sumatra Tim Tim Blangili Longberry for me. I haven't been able to extract the sorghum & raw honey flavors that Tom mentions in his cupping logs, so I was curious how Tara's Hottop would perform with this bean. We had a pot of Tim Tim made with the Technivorm, no sorghum or honey but a few days rest might make a difference. but then, perhaps the problem is me? I didn't manage to taste as much blueberry as everybody else in today's espressos. Thank you again Tara, it's wonderful for you to open your home to us all. And thanks to everybody who came to share good food, good drink & fine company. --MikeW On 9/9/06, Michael Boshes wrote: <Snip> -- Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Sigh and I missed out such is the call of the service...NEXT YEAR!!! I WILL BE THERE NEXT YEAR Did anybody save some of the wonders for a sailor? Dennis AKA FC1(SW) Dennis W. True CS-5 DSPO CS Dept CC CS Dept TRANO Duty Sec 1 CS E6 S/L CS Dept Mentorship Coordinator "Life Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it..."
It's hard to add much to what has already been said by MikeW and MichaelB except thanks to Tara for again opening her home to us and being such a gracious hostess. I enjoyed the Hottop demo (now I KNOW I want one) and Michael's manual lever Olympia Cremina, although I will probably go to a HX before I get a manual lever machine. The food was all delicious and I think we all appreciated the effort that went into preparation. I don't think anyone mentioned the pretzels that Jim Buchanan brought. Those things are better than wonderful. You haven't had a real pretzel till you have tasted these PA wonders. I had planned on an early night Friday night since we had to drive to Tara's Saturday, but I ended up staying up late getting things ready to go in the morning. So after dragging myself out of bed Saturday morning, I made a pot of coffee in my groggy state. When it was halfway finished brewing I reached for something and knocked the filter basket out of the Technivorm and spilled grounds and coffee all over Venus, the countertop, and everything else in sight. Bad words were (loudly) muttered. Eventually the mess got cleaned and another pot got started and we finally hit the road about 90 minutes later than I intended, causing us to be the last to show up at Tara's (about an hour late) after a six hour drive. Ahhhhh! The wonderful aromas as we entered the house. We got there just in time to eat and to sample the Panama CoE #1 Winner coffee. Yes, this IS worth $53 a pound! MichaelB and I pulled shots of Monkey Blend, last year's Harar Lot #532, and this year's Harar Lot #30. Lot 532 had more of a blueberry aroma in the mason jar than Lot 30 did, but I think Lot 30 had more blueberry coming through in the shot in both aroma and taste. I think both were probably a little "young" for pulling shots and could have used maybe 1 or 2 days more rest. I think in the past I have experienced the most intense blueberry at 4 or 5 days rest. I really like Michael's funnel mod on the Mazzer Mini. At home I am using 2 Mazzer Majors - one set up for espresso (doser) and one doserless for brew use. If I didn't have the two Majors, I would want a doserless Mini with the funnel mod as my single grinder. Mickie's favorite: The baklava, which was even better than last year. Now I need to convince her why I NEED a Hottop. JavaJerry RK Drum roasting (and still pinging off the walls) in Chesapeake, VA Michael Wascher wrote: <Snip>
Dennis, Come and get it! I roasted 8 coffees for the gathering and still have some of each leftover. I'll be giving much of it away this week, but I will save you samples of each one - but you need to come get it before it starts to stale too much. They were all roasted last Wednesday evening. Jerry True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote: <Snip>
O.K., so now I'm totally jealous. All of this just sounds like it was heavenly. Only thing - I don't know who Venus is, but I hope she is alright after the coffee spill. (p.s. - could Jim Buchanan share the pretzel recipe with us???) Lynne On 9/11/06 5:39 PM, "Jerry Procopio" wrote: <Snip>
Lynne, "Venus" is an Isomac Venus. I have pics posted at http://javajerry.freeservers.com/photo.htmlShe survived the coffee spill very well :) Jim will have to tell you about the pretzels. I think he bought them somewhere in PA. Jerry Lynne wrote: <Snip>
I can stop by Friday afternoon on my way home if that works....we are sailing around dodging the hurricane and doing our PALS cert V/R, FC1(SW) Dennis W. True CS-5 DSPO CS Dept CC CS Dept TRANO Duty Sec 1 CS E6 S/L CS Dept Mentorship Coordinator "Life Liberty and the pursuit of all who threaten it..."
I'll vac seal some samples for you. Jerry True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote: <Snip>
Subject: Re: +MAG II gathering From: Lynne To: Reply-To: homeroast O.K., so now I'm totally jealous. All of this just sounds like it was heavenly. Only thing - I don't know who Venus is, but I hope she is alright after the coffee spill. (p.s. - could Jim Buchanan share the pretzel recipe with us???) Lynne, The pretzels were Hammonds hand made in Lancaster, PA. I think they only distrubut in the mid Atlantic region.http://www.hammondpretzels.com/Jim
Just a few more MAG II thoughts... Jerry's in big trouble for transporting an underage coffee tree across state lines. A two year old leafy beauty, about a foot tall, with leaves so bright and waxy they almost look like plastic. Even though there were only two espresso machines there were three Thor tampers - Jerry's cocobolo, Tara's burlwood, and my striped New Guinea ebony. And both Jerry and I have Thor handles to match our tampers. So I guess Les has a presence at many of these gatherings. (Perhaps we should forgive him a bit for causing us so much stash overload.) Jim lives in/near Pennsylvania Dutch country, the place where hard pretzels were first made in the US. They're totally different when fresh versus packaged. Like our homeroast compared to packaged coffee. Don't know if you can tell from Jerry's equipment pictures, but he did some beautiful plastic surgery on his Mazzer Major. Those of us who have taken off the dosers know about the gaping hole exposing the motor and grinder innards. Jerry fiberglassed and painted the area around his doserless chute so well you'd never guess it didn't come that way. And Jerry, I'm guessing it's your conscience rather than Mickey's veto keeping you from getting the hottop. So ---- get over it and buy one ! :-) On 9/11/06, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip> -- MichaelB