I am getting way into blending.... trying to highlight different coffee's s= trengths and make a unique cup. Many of you have written about blending 10= -15% of something, my question is with such a small percentage, what's the = chance you are getting exactly what you want in each brew. I mean if I ble= nd 10% Malabar with say 50% Columbian and 40% something else..... toss it t= ogether in a 1 pound bag of coffee as a gift, what are the chances that som= ebody brewing it up at home actually gets that 50-40-10 split that you work= ed so hard to mold together. It seems to me when you get such a small perc= entage, you risk losing the effect you meant to have.... unless you blend i= t right there as it goes in your grinder, but for a larger amount gift it s= eems risky. Any thoughts? I've been a quiet reader for awhile and I'v= e learned alot, I've been home roasting for years, but just started getting= into espresso, so much of your comments have been extremely helpful. I wi= ll add on to the Gaggia praise. I just got the Gaggia Espresso from SM and= I love it. I'm pulling at least as good a shot as I've tasted anywhere el= se. Matt Roasting over the grill in AK in the winter... only the str= ong survive.
Matt, I'm happy to read your comments and the other positive comments on the Gaggia. I got an Gaggia Espresso from SM a while back but haven't had a chance to fiddle with it yet. Naturally, in the mean time I've been wondering whether I should have started with Miss Silvia, but it sounds like Gaggia is an ok place to start. You mention roasting over the grill. Are you using an RK drum? Brian On 11/4/06, Matthew Evans wrote: <Snip>
I think the biggest problem with gift-giving is how they are brewing (and grinding) it! If they are using a Mr. Coffee, for example, all of your hard work is basically ruined. I wanted to give coffee as gifts this year, too, but everyone I know has really lame coffee makers - and most don't own a grinder either. Yes, I could add a grinder to the gift package, but they'll still brew it in something nasty! If I have to add a coffee brewer to the mix, it would get too expensive. Most so-called "coffee lovers" are very lazy, from what I can see. They're so used to their pre-ground, stale Folgers, brewed in a Mr. Coffee with tap water and a paper filter, that it's nearly impossible to get them to do something different that may take a few extra seconds. Or heaven forbid spending more than $15 on a coffee maker! They claim to love coffee, yet they put so little effort into it. How do the other coffee "gifters" here overcome that? Sheila Matthew Evans wrote: <Snip>
Well, you can always upgrade to the Silvia and sell your Gaggia at a deep discount to ME. ;) Sheila Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip>
The party's at your house!
--Apple-Mail-1--319744821 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed On Nov 4, 2006, at 12:36 PM, Sheila Quinn wrote: <Snip> I find that the second biggest problem. The biggest problem is that those who got some coffee as a gift like it and want me to keep giving more and more and more. Since I'm not interested in going into roasting as a business and I don't have time nor do I want the hassle of roasting and pricing the beans, I just stopped giving my home roast as a gift. Pecan Jim --Apple-Mail-1--319744821 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 On Nov 4, 2006, at = 12:36 PM, Sheila Quinn wrote:
I had the same problem, giving away some homeroast to a friend and changing their view of coffee. I had to convince him to order from SM. He placed his first order Friday and will start roasting over the stove top and HGDB methods. Unfortunately, not everyone will be convinced homeroasting is worth the effort. Some will sacrifice quality for convenience b/c of a busy lifestyle.
I do not gift to those people. If they are important enough I invite them to my home and serve them my coffee. When they say they want to take some home I explain why it won't taste as good. So far three of my friends and family members have gotten into home roasting and all it entails.
Brian, I am using a drum roaster that I got off of e-bay a little over= a year ago. It works very well and was cheaper than the RK.... but I of c= ourse will be going to an RK soon, primarily because it has a lid to access= the beans in and out without having to get the entire cap off. I LOVE dru= m roasting. I started out with a Cafe Rosto for 2 years... which was great= and got me well into the roasting gig.... but now that I can do anything f= rom 1/2 pound to 4 pounds and I have good control over the roast.... I love= it. Someone posted awhile back about holding the temperature such that it= almost won't go into 2nd crack, then upping the temperature if you decide = to go that far has worked wonders for my control over the roast. Thanks w= hoever shot that one out. Enjoying a little Yemen Sana'ani SO espresso= machiato from my Gaggia Espresso right now..... delicious. Cheers, = Matt Roasting over the grill in AK... only the strong survive.
Anybody want to Party in the Indian Ocean you are all welcome!!!!! Hehehehehe I'll be here all year!! Dennis The party's at your house!
Matt, Thanks for the info. Sounds very alluring. I enjoy the heat gun/dog bowl, but it would be nice to be able to switch up to drum roasting sometimes. Brian On 11/4/06, Matthew Evans wrote: <Snip>