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Topic: MAG II gathering (44 msgs / 1128 lines)
1) From: Tara Kollas
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!

2) From: Jerry Procopio
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
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3) From: Michael Boshes
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
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4) From: Tara Kollas
"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.
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5) From: Jerry Procopio
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
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6) From: Jerry Procopio
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
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7) From: Tara Kollas
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!
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8) From: jbuchanan06
Tara,
Thanks for opening up you home again.
Looking forward to heading up your way for the MAG II.
 Jim
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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.

9) From: Tara Kollas
Looking forward to seeing you again, Jim!
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10) From: Tara Kollas
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.

11) From: Jerry Procopio
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:
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12) From: Jerry Procopio
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:
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13) From: The Rankin's
I assume that MAG is Mid Atlantic Gathering, so where is it being held?
Thanks,
Don

14) From: Tara Kollas
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.
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15) From: Tara Kollas
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:
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16) From: jim gundlach
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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
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I'm going to be in Hampton,VA on =
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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 <CafeHombre> = wrote: 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: > 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. > ho= meroast 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 = = --Apple-Mail-1-829657575--

17) From: Michael Boshes
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=
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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:
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18) From: Michael Boshes
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.
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19) From: Tara Kollas
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.
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20) From: Jerry Procopio
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
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21) From: Jerry Procopio
I loved your semi freddo last year.... but you are doing alot already. 
I am thinking about making cheesecake.
Jerry
Tara Kollas wrote:
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22) From: Les
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
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23) From: Tara Kollas
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.
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24) From: Michael Boshes
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=
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25) From: George Birchard
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26) From: Tara Kollas
It's in Lemoyne, PA this Saturday - around noon.  Lemoyne is just across the
river from Harrisburg.
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27) From: George Birchard
Tara Kollas wrote:
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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.

28) From: Michael Boshes
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  :-).
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29) From: Michael Wascher
Tara,
I'll be there, and Jean can make it too.
--MikeW
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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

30) From: Tara Kollas
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!
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31) From: Michael Wascher
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?
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and those who matter don't mind.
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32) From: Tara Kollas
We can do that if you like.  I'll clean the window up so it can be looked
through!
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33) From: miKe mcKoffee
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.

34) From: Michael Boshes
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...
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35) From: Michael Wascher
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
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37) From: Jerry Procopio
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:
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38) From: Jerry Procopio
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:
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39) From: Lynne
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:
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40) From: Jerry Procopio
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:
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41) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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..."

42) From: Jerry Procopio
I'll vac seal some samples for you.
Jerry
True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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43) From: jbuchanan06
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

44) From: Michael Boshes
 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:
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MichaelB


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