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Topic: Small lots (12 msgs / 338 lines)
1) From: Les
I am wondering if small lots of coffee are going to be the wave of the
future.  I was sent 2 pounds of roasted coffee that were simply stunning!
Both of these coffees are from Ethiopia and the particular roaster bought it
all directly from the farms.  One was a coop deal like Tom has been doing,
and the other wasn't clear.  Both of these coffees were roasted to
perfection too.  I am coming to the opinion that there is a lot of
outstanding coffee out there for those willing to look.  Can any of you keep
up with Tom?  I know I can't.  I am thinking about a new game plan so I
don't swell the stash again!  The Gesha I roasted from last year this
week was outstanding, but I would have been very upset if I had let it go
baggy on me!  I find it amazing that Tom want to help improve the Juan
Francisco project!  I found it to be a very nice cup this year.  One final
thought.  I wonder how much home roasting has pushed the commercial roasters
to a new level of excellence?  It seems to me that there are many more fine
commercial roasters now than 5 years ago.  My new motto, don't bash them,
educate them!
Les

2) From: STP
Les,
Roughly how much shelf-life does raw coffee have before it goes
"baggy"?  I just received official permission from my wife to cancel
Gevalia and build a stash no larger than 15 lbs (not much but what are
you are ya gonna do).  I'm usually roasting 125g twice a week.
I tend to agree with the point you make about home roasting increasing
number of specialty roasters.  People are slowly starting to realize
that coffee can be as complex as wine.  For example, when I was in
school at Virginia Tech a popular night spot was the on campus coffee
house, Deet's Place.  They roasted their beans in shop for the entire
campus and had varietals from the world over.  They roasted no more
frequently than twice a week when I was on campus.  I spoke to a
friend of mine in NC last night (while I was roasting a batch of Timor
FTO Peaberry from SM) and found that he also roasts his own (he was
having problems roasting in his electric toaster, I offered him my
iRoast1 when I upgrade to a Gene Cafe)!  My in-laws sampled a roast of
mine (Ethiopian Yirg) and have asked for more.
The point being, the more people who demand quality coffee, the more
the market will be forced to respond.  This can be seen in Mobil
changing the coffee they offer (at least in NY) to "premium" Bengal
Traders, Mickey D's offering "premium" coffee now, and others will be
forced to follow suit...
--Kevin
DM: No, your fighter doesn't gain bonuses from drinking coffee.

3) From: Wesley Simon
Coffee is the second most valued commodity; first is oil.  I seriously doubt
that homeroasters are even a blip on a radar of that scale.
On 10/11/06, Les  wrote:
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4) From: Eddie Dove
Order 15 pounds at the same frequency the Gevalia arrived ... "But Honey ...
I thought you meant ..."
Just trying to help!
Eddie
On 10/11/06, STP  wrote:
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5) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
This statement has been repeated, apparently erroneously, in various 
places. One of them was the video, "Black Gold".
Go to Google Groups and lookup a message by Danny O'Keefe dated 23 
September 2004, subject heading is "Coffee as World Commodity".
According to that article, in 2002 world coffee exports were valued at 
US$6.5 billion.
Commodities where the world trade amounts were higher were wheat (15.5), 
sugar(10.0), rice(6.8), maize(9.8), tobacco(20.6), milk(12.4), 
cheese(10.9), and wine(14.2).
I think, for the sake of our credibility in claims about coffee, we 
should spread the word.
Dave S.
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee
Guess it depends on the information source.
Wikipedia also says coffee ranks secondhttp://www.fairtrade.org.uk/pr040502.htmExcerpt from Sept '05 2nd World Coffee Conference Session II:">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics_of_coffee#_note-0A 2002 Fairtrade report on the coffee crisis estimated $60 billion. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/pr040502.htmExcerpt from Sept '05 2nd World Coffee Conference Session II:
"It is a well known fact that coffee is the second most traded commodity
after crude oil and all along its market has been subject to considerable
intervention."http://www.common-fund.org/download/content/CoffeeConference.pdf2004 Commodity Fundamentals Article: "Coffee is one of the world's most
important cash commodities and is second in value only to crude oil."http://www2.barchart.com/comfund/coffee.aspEtc. etc. etc.
Whether plummeting commodity coffee prices have actually dropped coffee
below number 2 I don't have a clue.
miKe
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7) From: Thomas Pfau
STP wrote:
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15 lbs?  Is that enough to qualify for a stash?  Sounds like an order to
me. :-)
-- 
tom_p
pfau --http://nbpfaus.net/~pfau/

8) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
Got to be apples vs oranges.
I just went to the International Coffee Organization http://www.ico.org/trade_statistics.aspwhere I learned that in the year Sept 05 - Aug 06 there was a total of 
86 202 693 bags of coffee exported from all countries.
Each bag weighs 60 Kg, and a kilogram is roughly 2.2 lbs, so we have a 
total export market of 11.4 billion pounds.
At a producer price of $0.70 per pound average, it works out to US$ 7.9 
billion.
So, these other figures must be referring to some other way of pricing, 
such as retail, and some are just repeating what they heard somewhere.
Dave S.
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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9) From: Wesley Simon
*Lies*, *damn lies and statistics*. - Mark Twain.
Use of the terms exported, traded and valued all offer very different views
of the same picture...or coffee bean.
On 10/11/06, Maryann & Dave Schellenberg  wrote:
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10) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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OH YEA that will get him in some serious HOT WATER!!!! 
He would have to forget Christmas presents....
Dennis
 
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11) From: mcsparky6670
Well there you have it . . . 
Hot water - beans.
All the ingredients.
McSparky
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12) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Well actually 12 is an order so to get 15 you will have to have 2 orders
right? Order 24 and call it saving $$$$
Dennis
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