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Topic: coffee roasting on television (and radio) (2 msgs / 51 lines)
1) From: Zane Goff
a month or so ago the NPR program "splendid table" did a special on home roasting. they talked with Kenneth Davids, but personally i wasn't impressed.  i've never read his book, but i didn't find the piece engaging or all that informative.
i noticed it was not discussed here on the list even though they listed sm's as a good source for products and info.  maybe others had the same response to the show? like i said i've never read the book, so i can't comment on that, but i think
television would be a better media than radio anyway.  
alton brown's scientific bent would really do well- getting into the chemical processes, ie why fresh roasted is so much better.  i'd figure martha stewart would do home roasting before rachel ray. 
waiting 2 days for degassing isn't a 30 minute meal. 
zane
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2) From: scott miller
I don't normally have the chance to listen to the Splendid Table, but
have enjoyed the show in the past when I have heard it. Every month or
so, I check out the show info through the publicradio.org site.
There's not much info on the site other than mention of the show and
some links, one to SM for beans.
I've read a couple of Davids' books and some of the information was
helpful. I know more now than I did when I first read his books and
I'm sure a number of people have gained enough knowledge and came to
believe they could try home roasting as a result of reading his
material.
I have read here and on other forums that his cupping predjudices
sometimes put his opinion opposite that of  many well recognized
coffee experts. Even so, there are times when he has reviewed a coffee
and it has been helpful information. Earlier this year he spoke well
of a Lake Tawar region Sumatra. When a bean from that region was
offered at SM and also reviewed well I was quick to give it a try and
happy I did... Sumatra Iskandar Triple Pick is still available from
SM; at $6.00/# green, I think I'm getting a bargain considering what
it costs roasted from some well known sellers!
There are times though when his evaluations of a coffee just don't
make any sense.
 Here's a coffee he essentially panned, but
scored it an 86.
cheers,
ScoTTT
On 10/20/06, Zane Goff  wrote:
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