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Topic: More beans in the Mid East (10 msgs / 240 lines)
1) From: Frank Parth
Yesterday was my last day in Masaieed, and my contact there took me to Doha to walk around the old souqs (shopping area). Lots of tiny shops mostly selling fabric, gold jewelery, carpets, and so on. There were a number of spice and food shops. I stopped in one and found several large bins of coffee beans. I asked where they came from and was told two of the beans came from India and one bin contained beans from Yemen. Since I don't remember any Indian beans on SweetMaria's I avoided them (if Tom don't buy them, I ain't gonna either). 
But I did pick up a kilo of green beans from Yemen for 20 riyals (about $5 American). Wandering through the rest of the area I saw more shops selling green beans. I tried to find out how people roasted them here, but the language got in the way. I got the impression most of the beans are sold to coffee shops instead of individuals. I'll drop them into my GeneCafe when I get home and pass on the results. 
Frank Parth

2) From: Lynne
Oh, what I would give to walk down that area! In my younger days 
(Before Kids and the subsequent Lack of Monies) I was blessed to have 
been able to travel to a few far off lands. It was always the open air 
markets that were my favorites (Athens had a great one).
Lynne
On Dec 1, 2006, at 7:05 AM, Frank Parth wrote:
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3) From: Scot Murphy
On Dec 1, 2006, at 6:05 AM, Frank Parth wrote:
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Say wha? Two of my most favorite beans of the last couple of years  
have been Indian! First was the variety which name I don't remember  
from last year, so impressive in its baker's-chocolate flavor that I  
bought 60 pounds; the second was this year's Matadakad peaberry that  
was so lovely caramelly and nutty. (And which I have less than a  
pound green remaining. I weep.) Of course, there's the monsooned  
Malabar that so many like. I'm hoping Tom finds another marvelous  
Indian soon!
Scot "maybe next year's Matadakad?" Murphy

4) From: Sheila Quinn
Ummmm.... I think you are forgetting about Yemen Mokka, among other 
beans from India. I guess with all the bean choices from SMs, you just 
didn't notice them.
Sheila
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5) From: Sandy Andina
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I still am jonesing for that incredible India Pearl Mountain Peaberry  
SM's used to carry. Wow!
On Dec 1, 2006, at 2:00 PM, Scot Murphy wrote:
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Sandy
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I still am jonesing for that =
incredible India Pearl Mountain Peaberry SM's used to carry. =
Wow!
On Dec 1, 2006, at 2:00 PM, Scot Murphy =
wrote:
On Dec 1, 2006, at 6:05 AM, Frank Parth = wrote: = Yesterday was my last day = in Masaieed, and my contact there took me to Doha to walk around the old = souqs (shopping area). Lots of tiny shops mostly selling fabric, gold = jewelery, carpets, and so on. There were a number of spice and food = shops. I stopped in one and found several large bins of coffee beans. I = asked where they came from and was told two of the beans came from India = and one bin contained beans from Yemen. Since I don't remember any = Indian beans on SweetMaria's I avoided them (if Tom don't buy them, I = ain't gonna either). Say wha? Two of my most favorite = beans of the last couple of years have been Indian! First was the = variety which name I don't remember from last year, so impressive in its = baker's-chocolate flavor that I bought 60 pounds; the second was this = year's Matadakad peaberry that was so lovely caramelly and nutty. (And = which I have less than a pound green remaining. I weep.) Of course, = there's the monsooned Malabar that so many like. I'm hoping Tom finds = another marvelous Indian soon! Scot "maybe next year's Matadakad?" Murphyhomeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandywww.sass-music.com
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6) From: Scot Murphy
On Dec 1, 2006, at 2:44 PM, Sandy Andina wrote:
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That was it! Pearl Mountain. You used the right word: incredible. And  
eventually, you have to roast it all before it stales. Why oh why  
can't green coffee be like wine and improve with age?
Scot "like me" Murphy

7) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I have had trouble with Indian arabica lately. They made a big push a 
few years ago (they where the themed sponsor of the Seattle SCAA 
conference) but I am just not seeing the cup quality. There is 
another issue in the back of my mind: Indian coffees, with the 
exception of organics, are , after loaded in the container, hit with 
methyl bromide as a fumigant. It is not as bad as it sounds: the main 
issues with methyl bromide are the danger to those who work around it 
in concentrated form. still, it is not something I like to support, 
and frankly, it makes no sense because there is not going to be any 
insect to kill in quality coffee. its something that comes from the 
commercial coffee tradition where low-grown broca-infected coffee 
that is often harvested off the ground, not hand-picked off the tree, 
has insects. ANyway, I had the understanding with suppliers that they 
were going to "forget" that stage in loading coffee, but now my 
relation to pearl mountain has a problem (we are too small to import 
it ourselves, and can't find other roasters to "partner" with it ), 
and I havent liekd the Dewan cup the past couple lots. So I continue 
to ponder this situation, because I like India when it is really 
good, and think it is one of the worst coffees out there when it is 
not. -Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

8) From: Lynne
Once again, Tom, you amaze me with the scope of information - and  
dedication to your craft. It's an honor to purchase from you.
Thank you for your integrity.
Lynne
On Dec 1, 2006, at 4:42 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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9) From: Les
Bummer Tom!  I love a good Indian coffee.
Les
On 12/1/06, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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10) From: Zara Haimo
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SM's used to carry. Wow!
That was one of my favorites too.  It was the coffee I roasted and =
vacuum packed when we went to Russia for a long visit a couple of years =
ago to drink and to give to friends there.  Too bad Tom can't get the =
same quality from India any more.


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