HomeRoast Digest


Topic: Twice in a day! (41 lines)
1) From: Scot Murphy
I got to spread the gospel twice today! For anyone who doesn't know,  
I drive limos in the Chicago suburbs for a living. Not the big  
stretch ones, but nice Lincoln Town Cars (Executive Series)--sedans.  
I picked up a woman today whom I had driven before, and we'd had lots  
of fun the last time talking about gardening and such. Today we hit  
on the subject of coffee (she was going to Costa Rica), and yea  
brethren (can I get an AMEN) I proselytized about home roasting.  
She's pretty much a DIY-er, so I tantalized her with the prospect of  
roasting fresh coffee with nothing more than green beans and an air  
popper--and she was intrigued. When I dropped her off at O'Hare, I  
gave her one of our cards and wrote the URL to Sweet Maria's on the  
back. She promised that by the next time I picked her up, she'll have  
looked into it.
The second was a woman who does not live in a location amenable to  
home roasting--a new apartment complex in the city--but, it turns  
out, she is a big fan of coffee. On the way to where she was going we  
chatted about many things, and I don't remember how it came up, but  
as we neared our destination we talked about coffee, and I told her  
about home roasting. She was intrigued, not to the point of trying it  
I don't think, but did ask: so what did I think of Starbuck's? She  
asked cautiously and I answered cautiously, but admitted that I  
thought it was overroasted. "YES!" she said triumphantly, and said  
that she had been trying to tell her husband that ever since she  
tried it. He insists, it seems, that *$ is GOOD coffee, and that's  
how it's supposed to taste, and I told her that among the coffee  
aficionados with whom I am in touch, the consensus is that it's  
BURNT. She was so happy to have her opinions confirmed. I gave her  
the name of an excellent source of coffee in Chicago (not sure if I  
should mention it here on this list) and she was grateful.
Moments like this make the job worthwhile.
Scot "wandering prophet" Murphy


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