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Topic: Friend has some problems (13 msgs / 233 lines)
1) From: Bob Brashear
In the beginning of September, I roasted about 11 pounds of coffee for a 
friend in Fargo. Seven different varieties. All of the beans came from 
our gracious hosts. Most beans roasted in the City plus range.
My friend uses a hand driven burr grinder (make and model unknown). The 
first report was good. Great taste. Wonderful stuff. The report I got 
today was disturbing. Again, I do not know what equipment is used in 
grinding and brewing at the office. The Ethiopian Harar was described as 
"smelling like tuna" when brewed. When brewed at the office, different 
coffees were thin and weak. When taken home and brewed with a press, 
they were fine.
It sounds to me (young grasshopper that I am)like the coffee maker isn't 
getting the water hot enough and may be filthy.I told my friend to clean 
both grinder and coffee maker. Use full scoop of grinds per cup, yada, 
yada...
Am I in the general ballpark of what's happening here? Any advice welcomed.
Thanks.
Bob Brashear

2) From: Wesley Simon
Once I put some excellent coffee in an office brewer, a Bunn, and it was
thin and weak.  The coffee was excellent when brewed elsewhere.  I'm pretty
sure that the Bunn was not hot enough and had not been cleaned in some
time.  I would say that this describes most office brewers.
On 9/27/06, Bob Brashear  wrote:
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3) From: Jeff Sheltren
Yeah, I'd avoid coffee makers in the kitchen at work - for all you  
know someone could have used it to heat up some tuna for lunch ;)
I really don't know what would give coffee that smell, but I'm glad I  
haven't experienced it!
-Jeff
On Sep 27, 2006, at 5:23 PM, Bob Brashear wrote:
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4) From: Tim Wat
Jeff Sheltren wrote:
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Unless, of course your office coffee maker is a Jura Impressa X90.  I 
was quite surprised when I started work at my current gig to find this 
rather than the expected Mr. Coffee.
Tim Wat

5) From: cja
Could very possibly be poor water quality. I have seen people getting 
water or cleaning pots in bathroom sinks. Nasty!
Chad
On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 2:41pm, Bob Brashear wrote:
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6) From: jim gundlach
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On Sep 27, 2006, at 4:23 PM, Bob Brashear wrote:
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Could the coffee be getting stale?
  Pecan Jim
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In the beginning of = September, I roasted about 11 pounds of coffee for a friend in Fargo. = Seven different varieties. All of the beans came from our gracious = hosts. Most beans roasted in the City plus range.

My friend uses a hand driven burr grinder (make and model = unknown). The first report was good. Great taste. Wonderful stuff. The = report I got today was disturbing.

= Could the coffee be getting = stale?
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7) From: raymanowen
I just finished the beans I had roasted 9/2 and roasted a couple more
batches on 9/26. I kept the Horse and took a quart fruit jar of E. Sidamo up
to my friend, Ray.
The 9/2 Panama Berlina had tapered off their flavor development after 21
days in captivity.
As you say, "The report I got today [9/27] was disturbing."
If you discover any means of storage that will do any better, please do
tell-
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
-- 
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

8) From: miKe mcKoffee
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of
raymanowen
	Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:11 AM
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more batches on 9/26. I kept the Horse and took a quart fruit jar of E.
Sidamo up to my friend, Ray. 
	
	The 9/2 Panama Berlina had tapered off their flavor development
after 21 days in captivity. 
	
	As you say, "The report I got today [9/27] was disturbing." 
	
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do tell-
Hermetically sealed and frozen.
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.

9) From: Eddie Dove
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do tell-
Hermetically sealed and frozen ... to 0 degrees Kelvin.
On 9/28/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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10) From: Bob Brashear
We have an explanation for the "tuna" smell. Some radical deviants that 
do not drink the Elixer of Life expressed a worthless opinion about the 
smell coming from the brewer.
My friend IS getting better equipment.
Thanks all for your help.
Bob Brashear

11) From: Brett Mason
OR.... Have you never heard of Kopi Mackeral?
Takes a fisherman to harvest these little droppings....
On 9/29/06, Bob Brashear  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

12) From: Steve Hay
On 9/27/06, Bob Brashear  wrote:
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A while back I roasted some Blueberry Harar too dark and it had kind of
sweet baby-diaper smell.  Really unusual.  Backing off on the roast, the
stuff was great.  I would think if you are roasting the Harar at City+ this
wouldn't be a problem (I think I took my Harar into FC+ a bit) However, just
an alternate theory...
-- 
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."

13) From: Bob Brashear
Steve Hay wrote:
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Steve,
I have occasionally smelled something similar in over-roasted beans from 
other shops/people/wherever. Turned out some radical deviants that do 
not drink coffee (shudder) were complaining about the oder. Offers to 
eradicate said deviants were not acted on. Although, my friend thought 
long and hard about it.
Bob


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