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Topic: 1975 *fresh* Turkish Coffee from Egypt! (21 msgs / 519 lines)
1) From: Chad
Okay, bear with me while I try to explain (deep breath). Tonight, I'm 
visiting my friends family. His father is from Egypt. Zach is fun and 
Zach is Zach. After hearing about how in 100 years the earth will be 
covered by another ice age, orange juice changes your bad genes to good 
and a couple strange jokes the conversation turned to coffee, somehow. I 
explained homeroasting and was inturrupted as he told me about his 
"stash". He grabbed it out of the cupboard (or cubbard depending on.. Oh 
nevermind)... A mason jar with fine turkish shavings and very old 
masking tape with arabic writing on it and the translation "coffee and 
spices". He shook the jar, opened it, took a smell, coughed from the 
dust and said, YEP, STILL FRESH!!!!!!!! Continued on with "I bought this 
in 1975 and it was very expensive back then (I think $16). It's good 
stuff." I'm dying now as are the other 5 people in the room... And I am 
already thinking about posting my cupping experience to you all. No one 
was surprised at this coming from Zach though. I could not pass up the 
opportunity to have a cup of Turkish coffee that was the exact same age 
as ME! Yes, 31! I said "cook that up and lets drink!" HE DID and thought 
nothing unusual about it. He explained the sealed glass jar kept it 
FRESH! The water boiled, we drank and honestly I think it tasted like 
glass and metal. Aahaha, I told him it was wonderful and gave him my 
glass of sludge when done. He proceeded to tell me in Egypt they pour 
the sludge on a saucer and read your fortune. Of course he showed me 
where the jar is kept in the pantry so if he was not there next time I 
came by I could have a cup. The more I think about this, I may go back 
and give him $20 and save that on my coffee room shelf as an antique, of 
course mailing out a couple samples for you experts to rightfully cup! I 
gotta get my hands on that stuff. I can't explain the feeling of 
drinking a *fresh* cup of coffee that was born the same year as me... 
Yes, Zach is Zach and will always be Zach.
Chad

2) From: Aaron
Think of the marketing ploy, you can market it as a "True" birthday 
coffee!  Don't let starbucks hear about this though or they might beat 
you to the punch,  buy it for $21 off of him, and sell it for $81 saying 
it's their most intense 'aged' bean yet!!
Aaron

3) From: Leo Zick
I love old school people and old school ways. :)
Why don't you go over one day with some beans, tell the fortune first (yes,
zach you will really like this stuff) then blow his mind away

4) From: Ed Needham
Tender story.
...but that's not old school or old school ways.  That's 'skipping school'. 
Coffee school, that is.
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5) From: Walter R. Basil
That's wrong man.... just wrong.
:-) But I guess I deserve it.
Nice story!
Walt
On Sat, 14 Oct 2006 00:51:45, Chad  wrote:
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6) From: Chad
Ahhhahaa, sorry... Couldn't resist!
Chad
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7) From: john nanavati
I travel quite a bit for my job and I'm always surprised about different
countries and their "coffee" habits.
I mentioned in an earlier posting that my in-laws lived in Jamiaca; so, I'm
used to Blue Mountain. I visited Barbados and expected that they'd have
something similar. No. They drank Nescafe!
I just returned from Abu Dhabi in the UAE (as opposed to Abu Dhabi in
Brooklyn ;-) and they drank Nescafe as well. I traveled around the city
looking for nice cafes, etc and couldn't find anything better than a
Starbucks.
I tried their Turkish coffee and it was okay, but I think that they were
using some of the '75 stash.

8) From: Chad
(Daydreaming) 1975, yes, that was a good year. Mmmmm. Reminds me of a 
friend from Indonesia (Jacarta) who knows I love homeroasting. He even 
hooked me up with a broker (whom I don't use anymore, SM only). He just 
got back from a trip to Indonesia and was sooooo excited to give me a 
coffee present- "Kapal Api Kopi-Gula Special Mix"... INSTANT COFFEE WITH 
SUGAR, in packets. Actually, more like sugar with a tad bit of instant 
coffee. Yuck! Thoughtful feller though.
Chad
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9) From: Barry Luterman
It's amazing last time I was in SE Asia with all the fine coffees about. It 
seemed every restaurant I went into served Nescafe. It was what I was 
offered in peoples homes as well. The greatest breakfast there was Nasi 
Lamarr. It cost me twelve cents accompanied by a cup of Nescafe. As I 
remember Nasi Lamarr is rice steamed in coconut milk with peanuts, hard 
boiled egg and red curry steamed in a banana leaf.

10) From: MichaelB
Here's another take on the "75 coffee.
Your tale brings to mind a short story by science fiction writer Brian
Aldiss called "Intangibles, Inc." IIRC a man selling intangibles visits a
couple. The intangible he sells them is that they can never move the salt
and pepper shaker sitting on the table. The husband goes for it and never
moves them. Years later the neighborhood is being developed and all the
neighbors are selling out. He refuses to sell because he won't move the
shakers. And more...
Anyway getting to the point of this, he dies, the wife is recounting the
story and how that intangible changed their lives. So the person she's
telling asks incredulously if the shakers were really never moved. She says,
of course they were moved. She picked them up every night so she could clean
the tablecloth.
So Zach may think there's '75 coffee in the jar but some family member may
know differently :-).
On 10/14/06, Chad  wrote:
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11) From: Michael Wascher
Those were all over Korea. Fat tubes that had instant coffee at one end,
sugar in the middle, and creamer in the other end. The idea was you tore
open the coffee end and dumped the coffee, sugar, and as much creamer as you
wanted ... or you could dump the creamer & sugar from the other end without
using all the instant.
I'd often stop at a street vendor for a quick breakfast -- she was set up on
a corner between my hotel & the company's Seoul office. Egg mixed with
cabbage grilled on a flat griddle on toast along with a small slice of SPAM,
and sprinkled with a savory spice. And she always gave me a cup of the "tube
coffee", even if I didn't ask, even if I tried to refuse. The sandwich was
excellent, and the warmth of the "coffee" was nice, though I can't say I
liked the flavor much.
On 10/14/06, Chad  wrote:
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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
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12) From: Wesley Simon
I had the same kind of experience in Mexico: I was welcomed into a family's
home and treated very well; asked if I wanted coffee.  Of course, I couldn't
turn it down.  It was Nescafe; water out of a bottle, mixed in a mug and
microwaved.  I wondered "How can this be?!?" with all the wonderful coffees
from Chiapas, Vera Cruz and Oaxaca available at the local market (and cheap
too).  Live and Learn; one of the many paradoxes that is life....
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13) From: john nanavati
Maybe we're just wasting out time and should just start drinking Nescafe.
(are newbies allowed to joke like this? ; > )

14) From: john nanavati
Maybe we're just wasting out time and should just start drinking Nescafe.
(are newbies allowed to joke like this? ; > )

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16) From: Sandy Andina
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And to think I chided my friend Katie for keeping a bag of ground  
decaf in her freezer for five years!
Sandy
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And to think I chided my friend Katie for keeping a bag of ground decaf in her freezer for five years!

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17) From: Sandy Andina
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How ya hangin' in there, Barry? Anything getting back to normal after  =
the quake?
I visited Israel in 1992--was warned ahead of time if I wanted  
anything other than Nescafé (anywhere I didn't see a real espresso  
machine) that I needed to order "caffe feelter." What I'd get was a  
cup, a carafe of hot water and a disposable plastic filter  
contraption pre-loaded with a pod of ground coffee (locked in by  
moulded-in cross-braces) and a lid. Didn't taste too bad, certainly a  =
step up from instant.  When I got home, I figured that'd be a good  
thing to sneak into temple with me so I could have real coffee during  =
board meetings and choir rehearsals instead of the brownish hot water  =
they allegedly brewed from decaf. Closest I could find were Folger's  
Coffee Singles.....until I read the ingredients list:  "ground coffee  =
beans, ground freeze-dried coffee...."
Switched to tea at temple.  Also quit the choir and the board.
In 1994 when I visited China, I didn't even ATTEMPT to order coffee  
till we got to Hong Kong, where I must have gone down to the hotel's  
espresso bar five times a day.
Sandy
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How ya hangin' in there, Barry? =
Anything getting back to normal after the quake?
I visited Israel in = 1992--was warned ahead of time if I wanted anything other than Nescafé = (anywhere I didn't see a real espresso machine) that I needed to order = "caffe feelter." What I'd get was a cup, a carafe of hot water and a = disposable plastic filter contraption pre-loaded with a pod of ground = coffee (locked in by moulded-in cross-braces) and a lid. Didn't taste = too bad, certainly a step up from instant.  When I got home, I figured = that'd be a good thing to sneak into temple with me so I could have real = coffee during board meetings and choir rehearsals instead of the = brownish hot water they allegedly brewed from decaf. Closest I could = find were Folger's Coffee Singles.....until I read the ingredients = list:  "ground coffee beans, ground freeze-dried = coffee...."
Switched to tea at temple. = Also quit the choir and the board.
In 1994 when I visited = China, I didn't even ATTEMPT to order coffee till we got to Hong Kong, = where I must have gone down to the hotel's espresso bar five times a = day. = = --Apple-Mail-37-227826189--

18) From: Justin Marquez
On 10/17/06, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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It probably was just as good the day she took it out of the freezer as
it was the day it went into the freezer.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

19) From: ashrf nabil
Dear All
   
  My name is ashraf ,I'm from egypt and I'm with u in this mailing list and I have a coffee shop in egypt so if u need  any info bout turkish coffee and how we can made it u can ask me on mail or in my mobile (+20105018125)  
   
  yours 
  ashraf
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20) From: Maryann & Dave Schellenberg
Hi, ashrf.
I guess the first question that comes to mind is, do you use fresh 
roasted coffee? Or do your customers prefer it to be "aged".
Dave S.
ashrf nabil wrote:
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21) From: ashrf nabil
Dear Dave S.
   
  The coffee we use is the fresh one but we must wait for 3 hours as minimum after roasting before grinding it and after that we can grind it to the finest grade (it 'll be like flovar) 
   
  yours 
  ashraf
Maryann & Dave Schellenberg  wrote:
  Hi, ashrf.
I guess the first question that comes to mind is, do you use fresh 
roasted coffee? Or do your customers prefer it to be "aged".
Dave S.
ashrf nabil wrote:
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