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Topic: The coffee trail / trial in Mauritius (4 msgs / 131 lines)
1) From: Wendy Austin & Thomas Oswin
Hi Everyone
Had dinner last night with our friends who give me the
coffee cherries from their trees in their nature park.  The dinner is
reaching the part where 'anyone for coffee or tea' is announced.  I am
told I will be given another glass of red aka 'the coffee is instant'. 
At this point my friend tells another dinner guest who is from the
other main Mauritian Island of Rodrigues, about my coffee drying,
roasting experiences.  With this, the Rodriguan tells me he has a heap
of coffee trees in his garden with hundreds of new ones sprouting up. 
With a certain look in my eye, I ask him what he does with the
cherries.  Obviously he has noticed the look and is fumbling around
for an answer when his wife decides to not help him out and booms in
with 'he lets them all rot on the ground!' - this statement happily
coincided with that glass of red being thrust into my hand so that
helped my stress levels!  With very little prompting, he offered to
have his mother go over to his house on a regular basis and collect
the cherries for me.
On to another story - my husband Thomas searched high and low on his
recent trip to Paris for (a) a coffee roaster; (b)  a popcorn popper;
(c)  green coffee beans.  The common reply to his query  for (a), (b)
and (c) was 'why would you want to do that' which was promptly
followed by that famous Gallic shrug.   He has managed to secure the
address of 'the roasting house' but it was closed so he will check it
out on his next trip.
Regarding coffee and health issues - some years ago I was seeing a
Naturopath in London and she told me I should stop drinking coffee -
Thomas was very pleased as he considers it to be 'the black death'. 
However, I told her this was not an option and when she discovered I
never touched instant, she said it was fine.  According to her,
instant is full of all sorts of baddies, and I think we would all
agree with her, but as we are using it in a less refined state, it was
deemed to be okay.
Must go and crank up the espresso machine on that note.
Cheers
Wendy
 HelveticaWendy Austin & Thomas Oswin
Coastal Road, Pomponette Beach
Mauritius Island
Tel/ans/fax 230 6257399
Mobile 230 2560182

2) From: Gary Zimmerman
 
Wendy Austin wrote:
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Congratulations Wendy!
Soon you can be selling the stuff wholesale to Tom!  I'll bet everyone 
would love to try it, simply because we've heard the story behind 
it.  Doesn't matter what the quality is - one sort of feels a "connection" 
to it.  Good luck!
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I'm not sure if by "roaster" you meant a commercial establishment that 
roasts their own or roasts in quantity for others, or whether you meant a 
roaster device.  If the latter, I'd recommend you find a stove-top corn 
popper like the Whirley-Pop, which might be available in western European 
countries.  I've used it for over two years now, and am very happy with the 
whole process.
-- garyZ
Whirley-drip(paper)-black
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3) From: Wendy Austin & Thomas Oswin
On Tuesday, September 4, 2001, at 12:28 , Gary Zimmerman wrote:
I'm not sure if by "roaster" you meant a commercial establishment that
roasts their own or roasts in quantity for others, or whether you
meant a roaster device.  If the latter, I'd recommend you find a
stove-top corn popper like the Whirley-Pop, which might be available
in western European countries.  I've used it for over two years now,
and am very happy with the whole process.
Hi Gary,  Thomas was searching Paris for either a coffee
roaster for home - my first preference is the Caffe Rosto (or similar)
failing, that, a corn popper.  No luck.  Someone mentioned to him that
there was a 'roasting house' - now we have assumed that to mean a
commercial establishment but as it was not open on the day he was
there, we don't know.  It is on his 'to do list' for his next trip.
In the meantime, the ol' frying pan over the gas flame trick is
working okay with my last batch of Mauritian coffee.  Sigh.
Wendy
 HelveticaWendy Austin & Thomas Oswin
Coastal Road, Pomponette Beach
Mauritius Island
Tel/ans/fax 230 6257399
Mobile 230 2560182

4) From: jim gundlach
on 9/5/01 12:50 PM, Wendy Austin & Thomas Oswin at auswin wrote:
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For stove top roasting over a gas fire, I find a round bottom wok, made of
heavy steel, to work much better than the standard frying pan.  It is much
easier to keep from scorching the beans.  I still roast this way when
weather does not permit roasting outside over an open fire in the fireplace
popcorn popper.
  Jim Gundlach
  roasting over pecan wood fires
  near Shorter, Alabama
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