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Topic: Maiden Roasting Voyage (Part I) (4 msgs / 134 lines)
1) From: Blake D. Ratliff
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This concludes my maiden roasting journey, the 8 pack sampler from Sweet =
Maria's.  Most of the roasting was done in a lodge cast iron melting pot =
over a propane flame and after failing with a WOK.  I got some very nice =
results with some practice.  I found that I could comfortably roast 1/3 =
lb at a time.  Please note that I am a beginner and am very =
inexperienced at describing the flavor of coffee so please read my =
reviews with perhaps a little giggle knowing that I am new at this and =
am doing my best to learn.
In order of roasting with link to Tom's notes immediately after:
Ethiopia Fair Trade Organic (FTO) Yirgacheffe - Oromia:  I wish I could =
roast this all over again with what I am learning about roasting.  Even =
with my screw ups I was very impressed with this cup.  The beans smell =
very berry like while in jar.  Taste of fresh berries/citrus with lots =
of nuance.  A floral fruitiness.  Am I intersted in seeking out this =
coffee again?  Obsolutely.  I have never had anything like it.  It is =
much different than other Ethiopians I have had.http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.africa.ethiopia.html#FTOyirgacheffeBrazil Carmo De Minas - Aprocam:  
1. Did a much better job roasting this one.  I have a .25 lb left to =
roast and I have a good sense for how I can roast it even better.  To me =
this cup leans more toward spicy berry rather than fruity berry though =
fruitiness does not dissapear.  This coffee grew on me with every sip to =
the point where I was dissapointed when the cup was empty.  What a sweet =
finish and aftertaste.  As I write I am getting exited about my next cup =
when I wake up tomorrow.  Am I intersted in seeking out this coffee =
again?  Obsolutely.  
2. I roasted remaining .25 lb.  Had to reroast some (too light) but am =
still getting same great flavor.  I am having to resist drinking the =
rest of this great coffee because I want my Dad to experience it.  Made =
an espresso with this in my Aeropress.  Best espresso I have made on my =
Aeropress yet.  The molases like sweetness of this bean seems to lend =
itself for espresso.  Much more so than the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe above.http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.southamr.brasil.html#aprocamColumbia Huila - Palestina Micro-region:  
1. Tried this last night in French Press after a 28 hour rest after =
roasting.  Best cup of the samples so far.  Reminds me of some of the =
best Columbians I have had but with added interest and brightness in a =
good way.  Full of flavor, nice body, yet with complexity of good =
central Americans.  The flavors have a nice intensity and are full of =
interest without any offensive bites, twangs, or gremlin flavors.  Am I =
intersted in seeking out this coffee again?  Yes, I will keep this one =
filed away for when I am ready for Columbian again.  May have some =
additional comments to add as Mom and I will be sharing a cup of this =
early this afternoon after she arrives.
2. May not be better than the Brazil but still excellent in my opinion.  =
Mom liked it but not nearly as enthusiastically as the next up for =
roasting, Timor.http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.southamr.colombia.html#palestinaTimor FTO Peaberry:  
1. I do not know for sure if my roasting technique is getting better or =
if the coffees are just getting better.  Mom and I first drank this =
about 6 hours after roasting.  Wow, what a nice, smooth, clean, =
drinkable cup.  Mom was raving about this one.  Imagine a garden of =
fresh sweetness.  We drank it again this morning 22 hours after roasting =
with Mom.  The raves continue.  After a few more hours of resting the =
coffee gained more body and flavor without loosing any of its original =
positive attributes.  Am I intersted in seeking out this coffee again?  =
Obsolutely, Mom has already said she wants some more.  
2. Looks like this coffee was a hit with Dad as well.  Kind of cruel =
just to give someone just one cup of this stuff.  I will see if I can =
make it up to you Dad when Tom has more Timor in stock.http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.indonesia.timor.html

2) From: Scott Petersen
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I so envy you having had the timor. I got two pounds of it and
absolutely loved it. However, when I went to re-order it was sold out. I
nearly cried. (Ok, maybe just whined a lot). I still have 125 grams left
that I am saving for a special occasion. Maybe Christmas morning.
The worst thing about the re-order was that about a week earlier I was
going to order 10 pounds but it came in about 1 dollar short of the 40
dollar minimum when shipping to Canada. I should have thrown in another
pound of something just to get it. Well, I have learned my lesson. I
have only been home roasting for about 7-8 months and this was my first
sell-out experience. Never again I say. 
Thank you for hearing my sad tale. :-)
Scott

3) From: Justin Marquez
On 10/19/06, Scott Petersen  wrote:
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We all feel your pain, most of us having sung earlier verses to that
same lament.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

4) From: Blake D. Ratliff
Scott,
You and I will hang in there.  I have a good feeling Tom will provide us 
some more magic from the fine farmers in Timor before to long.
Blake


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