I'm watching the new Rachael Ray television show right now, which seems to be quite popular. She just said how much she LOVES her coffee - several cups a day. I was just thinking that she needs one of you expert home coffee roasters to go on her show! Not only would she get to taste some really GREAT coffee, but I think it would be very educational for all of the people watching at home. I have never seen home roasting featured on television and I just think it would be an excellent topic. I doubt most people are even aware of it - I know I sure wasn't until just recently! What do you think? Wouldn't it be great to get this on television? If nothing else, it would at least make people aware of good coffee. I think one of you more experienced home roasters needs to get on her show. Obviously, that ain't me! Several others here that would be good at it, though. Sheila
I would prefer to have Alton Brown explore home roasting for several reasons: 1) He's not Rachael Ray: 2) He has done one Good Eats show on the basics of making coffee and stressed the importance of having good beans. He has done follow-up shows on certain foods. 3) Being a "hacker" - his definition for someone who uses other technologies to advance his own DIY projects - he would find the heat gun/dog bowl combo almost irresistable. He also enjoys his IR temperature devices. 4) At the end of the day, he is still not Rachael Ray. 5) The Iron Chef series is mostly produced here in L.A., so a trip to Oakland to visit our hosts would be a natural. 6) See #1 and #4. I have nothing against Rachael as a person. But I suepect that her coffee intake is really masking her daily intake of Prozac. My 2 cents. Michael Holland Los Angeles City Archives VP, Cellarmasters "Maybe this is why so many of our elderly avoid Starbucks altogether: They grew up in the Depression, and they know the value of a nickel." Anita Creamer - columnist for the Sacramento Bee
On Oct 20, 2006, at 12:14 pm, Sheila Quinn wrote: <Snip> She definitely needs help with coffee. I had nothing else to do one day and caught one of her shows while channel flipping. She was making a brunch or something like that and had a pour-over coffee maker, a chemex I think, and the coffee bit went something like this... "OK, now I'm going to start my coffee, and this is something I learned from a coffee expert. You have to let the coffee bloom. So, I'm going to pour just a little water in to get the bloom started." [She pours 8 oz. or so of water, just off the boil, over the grounds, puts the kettle back on a low flame to keep it simmering, and then goes on about the rest of them meal. Ten minutes later she comes back to the coffee.] "Now that the coffee has finished blooming, I'm going to pour the rest of the water through." [Takes kettle off heat and starts pouring boiling water through the grounds. Chit-chats a bit while she continues to pour water through. Total extraction time approaches 15 minutes.] ... So, yeah, someone please help her out. The good news is that she did not add E.V.O.O. to the coffee. John Blumel
LOL You two guys had better watch out or I'll sic my wife on you. We don't watch television in our home, but my wife does get her parents to record certain shows for her at times. The show she always requests is one of the two that Rachael Ray does. :-) Gerald
....What do you say about people you dont like then? On 10/20/06, Michael Holland wrote: <Snip>
I will own up to the fact that Rachael Ray is not my type. I also think that Alton Brown is a better candidate for the topic of home roasting with his combo of food science, DIY, etc. As for the other question, the only people who qualify for my 'hatred' are those who cannot carry on a conversation with anyone who disagrees with them. Sad to say, I find myself in that small-minded category far too often and there is usually someone I can trust who will point that out to me in a non-threatening way. Thank you, Vince. By way of comparison, this list is a very diverse group and I have read many examples of debate, discussion and - sometimes - disagreement. I hope to keep learning from everyone and maybe have something to contribute myself someday. Michael Holland Los Angeles City Archives VP, Cellarmasters "Maybe this is why so many of our elderly avoid Starbucks altogether: They grew up in the Depression, and they know the value of a nickel." Anita Creamer - columnist for the Sacramento Bee
A program on Food TV Canada already covered coffee roasting using a DIY roaster. It was a pretty good approach using 2 steel collanders over a BBQ. You can visit their website to see the results: http://www.foodtv.ca/microsites/foodjammers/episode_guide.aspx?eid13I agree with Michael's comments about Rachael Ray. She reminds me of a slightly improved version of a local TV channel cooking host, that kind that used to be popular in the 70's & 80's. -Norm Szcyrek Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com
Okay... I would volunteer to help her get the coffee right. However, I must confess I have history with Cuban-Cajun dynamos with blue tendencies - leaving me jaded enough to enjoy the process.
Yes, Alton Brown would be great for this... I agree wholeheartedly. Just thought Rachael needed some help with her coffee! And her show does seem to be popular. Sheila Michael Holland wrote: <Snip>
We love Rachel Ray! I know cause we watch her whenever we can. Yep. Brett On 10/20/06, Sheila Quinn wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
I love Rachel Ray, too. I used to watch her, back when I had time to kill (ha - seems a thousand years ago), not because I was learning anything, but because I like her (as opposed to others here, who have voiced the opposite opinion). I don't find her personality sappy at all - I really think she's sincere. That is why, I believe, she has become such a hit on T.V. - even out selling Emeril Lagasse (never could get into his programs). She aims her program for the average person today - most people don't cook. And, I have to hand it to her, if you can get people to realize that making a meal from scratch is as easy as using prepackaged crap from grocery stores - more power to her. Yes, I think Alton Brown could do a terrific program on homeroasted coffee, if he wanted to do it. He has a different take on the usual cooking program - I like him, too. L. On Oct 20, 2006, at 7:31 PM, Sheila Quinn wrote: <Snip>
Oh Man Michael, am I with you! Not only all your reasons, but he would give us some great scientific data on roasting. That would be interesting!