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Topic: Come All Ye Lurkers... (40 msgs / 1070 lines)
1) From: Kris McN
Ok, I'll introduce myself - I just joined the list a week or so ago.  I've
been roasting for a couple of months on an iRoast2.  I stumbled across Sweet
Maria's site about 3 months ago and it quickly inspired me to take the
plunge and start roasting my own. For someone who knows his stuff as deeply
and broadly as Tom obviously does, he's still able to make it accessible to
the newbie, so I have him to thank for all the fun I'm having now!  I'm
having a BLAST trying all the different varietals and learning all the stuff
there is to learn about coffee and coffee roasting.  I'm also learning a lot
from this list.
Anyone who uses an iRoast care to share their profiles?  I've got the 2 that
Tom recommends programmed in, but I'd like to try any others anyone can
suggest (and the beans they suggest them for).
Thanks for letting me in to this open and active community - I feel like
I've fallen into a pot of jam!
Kris McN
Corvallis, OR

2) From: an iconoclast
On 12/4/06, Kris McN  wrote:
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Welcome, Kris, fellow Oregonian!  It's really a great list with tons
of info and fun.
Take care,
Ann

3) From: Kris McN
Hey All,
I was thinking back to when I first started roasting and checked to see when
I joined this list.  My first post was in reply to a call for all lurkers to
come forth and introduce themselves (I can't remember who sent that original
call, but thanks! to whomever).  I've attached that email below.  I started
with an iR2, moved to a HG/BrM, then onto a Behmor a little less than a year
ago (maybe in another couple of years or so, I'll heed Les' call to a small
commercial roaster).
So, in the spirit of de-lurks past, I'm calling all lurkers to come forth
and introduce themselves to the list.
Don't be shy!
Kris
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From: Kris McN 
Date: Mon, Dec 4, 2006 at 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: +Come All Ye Lurkers...
To: homeroast
Ok, I'll introduce myself - I just joined the list a week or so ago.  I've
been roasting for a couple of months on an iRoast2.  I stumbled across Sweet
Maria's site about 3 months ago and it quickly inspired me to take the
plunge and start roasting my own. For someone who knows his stuff as deeply
and broadly as Tom obviously does, he's still able to make it accessible to
the newbie, so I have him to thank for all the fun I'm having now!  I'm
having a BLAST trying all the different varietals and learning all the stuff
there is to learn about coffee and coffee roasting.  I'm also learning a lot
from this list.
Anyone who uses an iRoast care to share their profiles?  I've got the 2 that
Tom recommends programmed in, but I'd like to try any others anyone can
suggest (and the beans they suggest them for).
Thanks for letting me in to this open and active community - I feel like
I've fallen into a pot of jam!
Kris McN
Corvallis, OR
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4) From: Luis Zaman
Hello!
I'm not a lurker per-say, but I haven't been around here too long. I  
introduced myself in an easily ignorable post, however.
I started with a little hot air popcorn popper from Walgreens that  
supposedly had the same internals as the WB. I upgraded to the Z&D  
when it started getting way too cold in Mid-Michigan to roast outside.  
Then I met up with another roaster around the area (Scott - a lurker)  
and had a couple people ask us to roast for them and we decided to  
upgrade to a Behmor so we could handle the larger roast sizes. We are  
now roasting for a local tea house/restaurant and have started to put  
together a blog and what not. It has been a fun trip, and I see a  
small commercial roaster in our future, but we're both in school for  
advanced degrees (PhD for me, Med School for Scott) so time is our  
precious resource.
Luis
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5) From: The Earleys
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Hi,
I joined the list last week.  I'm getting back to roasting after an 
almost 3 year hiatus.  I roast with an air popper and a timer, but it 
seems that I've been roasting more by ear than time this time around.
OK, I'm de-lurked.
Ruth
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6) From:
Ok, I'll bite.  I guess I could classify myself as a lurker as I don't post
much.  I have been on list for upwards of three years on and off and have
been home roasting the same amount of time.  I discovered home roasting
while on an airplane from Atlanta to Newark, NJ to preach a revival meeting
(strange place to discover roasting I know) but the air mall catalog had a
zach and Danni's roaster in it.  When I returned home I showed it to my wife
and I wound up with a fresh roast and sample pack from Sweet Maria's shortly
there after.
The next Christmas I received a used Gaggia Coffee and the trip down the
black hole began, the following father's day I got a Gaggia MDF grinder and
I have since gotten a stainless steel French press.  
I am on my second fresh roast, have since left GA, had a brief stint in VA
and hit MI in January.  Our family includes three teenagers, two miniature
Daschunds and a tank of fish.  I My two oldest are as coffee obsessed as I
am which is fun.
I roast every week, with is pretty well my main hobby.  I completed my PhD
this year and we are preparing to make what is in theory our final move as
we are headed back to the east coast to take over as president of a small
Bible College and expand their program.
I have learned much about roasting and brewing from this list and am
grateful for the knowledge.
David
Ionia, MI
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7) From: Hap Maguire
Howdy from beautiful Colorado
I'm new to this roasting business but my wife and I are coffee luvin folk. I
started my journey several years back with a purchase of a Gaggia Classic
expresso machine and a Gaggia grinder. After a ton of Lattes we transitioned
to a stainless Bodum French Press and a Bodum milk frother. Several months
ago 2 friends independently gave me some home roasted coffee and the search
was on. Yesterday I received my Gene Cafe roaster and did my first roast
last night. Tasted the benefits this morning and I'm having a LOT of fun.
This is a great list and I am already learning a ton here.
My other interests include church work, aviation as a retired airline and
USAF pilot, radio control aircraft and helicopters, cars with 2 hot rod
Audis and golf.
Thanks, Hap Maguire
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8) From: John Letoto
Hmmm...tried this earlier, and it didn't seem to go through.  I'll
give it another whirl...hopefully I'm not spamming the list without
realizing it.
I started roasting on a Poppery II what seems like an eternity ago,
but was really only back in early Summer '07.  As of August or so,
I've been going strong on a HotTop B, roasting not just for myself but
for several of my coworkers in my office, usually brewing our daily
fixes on a press.  Other than several presses and a Bodum Kona
pour-over, my gear also consists of a Mazzer Mini -- used for a year
by a cafe in Vermont, then obtained off of Craigslist for just $225 --
and a Zassenhaus Turkish Hand Mill.  I'm lacking anything in-kitchen
that will provide any Dark Side fixes as of yet, but I do go to my
favorite coffee house in the city and the baristas will all gladly
grind, tamp, and pull whatever beans I have on me that are
sufficiently rested.  My favorite beans do tend to hail from Africa,
Ethiopia in particular, but I also will dive into Centrals with zeal.
While I don't rule out Indonesians and other similar beans, I do tend
to shy away from them by default.  Of course, Tom could probably
sucker me into buying beans grown on an asteroid if he really wanted
to, so don't count me out for anything on the greens list.  Heck, just
last week I was even looking for a decaf to roast up for a
friend...never thought I'd be doing that search!
That's the coffee-related stuff.  I'm originally from Honolulu,
Hawai'i, but transplanted to Louisville, Kentucky nearly six years ago
now.  Yes, I miss home, and yes, I surf.  When I'm not geeking out on
coffee, I serve in my church, work full-time selling restaurant
equipment for an online sales company, and play frisbee and
volleyball.  That should do it.  Consider me de-lurked after lurking
for just about a year now.  My mom calls me John -- or sometimes John
Boy -- but many here call me Toto.  For the record, I've never been to
Kansas.
Off to make the morning brew...the boss has been whining about it for
half an hour...
-toto
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9) From: Captain CowPie
Well, I haven't posted for quite a while, but I try to follow any  
threads that look interesting to me. It's too hard for me to follow  
all of them.
I started roasting about three years ago on the stove, and moved  
pretty quickly to a popcorn popper. After some months, I was looking  
for something that would give larger batches, and read the list  
feverishly for ideas. I finally decided on the Heat Gun/Bread Machine  
method, which I have used ever since. It has worked well, giving me  
very even roasts. I was lucky to find a bread machine which was wider  
and had two stirring arms instead of one.
About two years ago I started looking for an espresso machine, and  
purchased a used Gaggia until I could find the machine I wanted. As I  
was searching, there was a post on Coffee Geek about an Astoria  
commercial espresso machine with a Super Jolly that looked good, so I  
purchased it. Bad news was when it arrived, it looked like it had lost  
a fight with the entire WWE wrestling staff. At least I got the Super  
Jolly, so I sold my old one.
A few months later, the Gaggia died on me, so I have not gotten back  
into espresso yet. I am saving up for the machine I really want. So  
for the past two years, I have been using the Aeropress with poly  
filters. Not quite as good as espresso, but it does pretty well.
We recently moved to Charlottesville, VA and I have not roasted since  
the move. I found a local roaster that always has fresh coffee, so it  
hasn't been as bad. I plan to start roasting again in the spring, as  
we get settled into the new area. Before the move I gave away three  
poppers, a couple of french presses, a Senseo, Krups grinder I had  
since college, and a bunch of other coffee-related items. Now I am  
down to the Aeropress and a french press.
I am originally from Pittsburgh (go Steelers), moved to Maryland then  
to Atlanta, Columbus GA, and finally Charlottesville. We are looking  
forward to some snow, especially my son. I started a new business here  
designing custom LEGO portraits and sculptures. I guess I need to   
design some coffee-related stuff.
That should cover it,
Vince
Allergic to Gravity
AllergicToGravity.com
Unique LEGO Portraits & Sculptures
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10) From: Heiko
Kris,
you got me here. My name is Heiko and I got into roasting about a year
and a half ago. I got sucked into via the
coffeegeek website and the coffeegeek podcast (which seems to be dead
now). I wasn't sure if homeroasting
is for me so I started on FreshRoast Plus and was hooked immediately.
Two weeks ago my wife upgraded me
(as an early Christmas present) to a Gene. That thing is awesome.
As far a brewing goes. On weekdays and at work I use a  French Press and
on weekends I pull out the Vacuum
Brewer.
Greetings to you all.
-Heiko
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11) From: michael brown
well i've been "de-lurking" more and more lately and shared a bit of my story before but here it is:
i'm 24 yrs old...am i the youngest on this list?  i started with an iR2 a couple of years ago after my brother had started me on the quest for REALLY good, REALLY fresh coffee a years prior.  several years later i finally upgraded to the Behmor and i LOVE it.  sadly, i still use my 30 dollar Mr Coffee espresso machine that i got from target.  i was looking for a new espresso machine when the 'list' educated me that i should first upgrade my grinder.  so i got the virtuoso grinder and the shots i've been pulling are SOO much better.  imagine what i could do with a 'good' espresso machine!!  thats why i really hope i'll win the tradition offering of the espresso machine.  i won't be able to afford an upgrade in the espresso machine world for a little while.  besides that i only have a simple drip coffee maker so i stick to my espresso.  my fav's so far are IMV, other harrar's, yemen, and kenyans.  we have 3-4 professional micro-roasters here in town that i've befriended.  nice 
 guys, they support the industry for the most part but of course aren't willing to share too many secrets (can't really blame them there) but WILL help trouble shoot roast profiles, good regions to buy from, and such.
i work at an emergency animal hospital in b'ham, alabama.  LOVE my work, LOVE my job.  LOVE my coffee.  i roast for several friends in the office and bring my brews to work sometimes to share my newest discoveries.  ummmm thats about all i can think of.  i appreciate each and everyone of you all (or ya'll) and truely cherish this list.
michael, b'ham, AL
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12) From: Sontheimer, Richard D. (HSC)
I am a newbie here -- a proud owner of a Sweet Maria's IR2 for two weeks.  My coffee enjoyment over that time frame has increased exponentially.  Looking forward to learning and tasting more.
--Rick
From: homeroast-bounces [homeroast-bounces] On Behalf Of michael brown [disracer]
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 4:27 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Come All Ye Lurkers...
well i've been "de-lurking" more and more lately and shared a bit of my story before but here it is:
i'm 24 yrs old...am i the youngest on this list?  i started with an iR2 a couple of years ago after my brother had started me on the quest for REALLY good, REALLY fresh coffee a years prior.  several years later i finally upgraded to the Behmor and i LOVE it.  sadly, i still use my 30 dollar Mr Coffee espresso machine that i got from target.  i was looking for a new espresso machine when the 'list' educated me that i should first upgrade my grinder.  so i got the virtuoso grinder and the shots i've been pulling are SOO much better.  imagine what i could do with a 'good' espresso machine!!  thats why i really hope i'll win the tradition offering of the espresso machine.  i won't be able to afford an upgrade in the espresso machine world for a little while.  besides that i only have a simple drip coffee maker so i stick to my espresso.  my fav's so far are IMV, other harrar's, yemen, and kenyans.  we have 3-4 professional micro-roasters here in town that i've befriended.  nice
 guys, they support the industry for the most part but of course aren't willing to share too many secrets (can't really blame them there) but WILL help trouble shoot roast profiles, good regions to buy from, and such.
i work at an emergency animal hospital in b'ham, alabama.  LOVE my work, LOVE my job.  LOVE my coffee.  i roast for several friends in the office and bring my brews to work sometimes to share my newest discoveries.  ummmm thats about all i can think of.  i appreciate each and everyone of you all (or ya'll) and truely cherish this list.
michael, b'ham, AL
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13) From: John Grubbs
Hi,
Great idea for the invitation, Kris! I haven't participated actively on the
list in several months, so I'm due for a re-introduction. I've been roasting
almost a year (since February) in a manually-switched bread machine with a
1200w Ryobi heat gun. I roast about once per week, usually ~1/2 lb. of
regular and sometimes ~1/4 lb. of decaf. Recently, I've been doing some 1
lb. roasts to have extra for gifts.
I brew with: Aeropress, Yama vac, Melitta pourover, and small Bodum french
press. My frequency of use for each method is about the same as listed here.
I live in Hoover, AL (near Birmingham). I first discovered home roasting via
the internet while searching for info on coffee brewing methods. (Kudos to
Tom, Maria, et al for the wealth of information on the SM web site.)
My "other" hobby is bicycle riding. Actually, lately I've been riding a
tricycle -- it's a Greenspeed recumbent trike, and it handles like a sports
car. (I sit about six inches off the pavement.) Great fun!
John
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14) From: Kevin Ford
[/lurk]
Just finished watching "I am legend". Feel like a vampire in sunlight.
My name is Kevin Ford. I reside in Binghamton, NY (embarrassingly
close to interlaken and lodi).
I got started in roasting a little backwards I supose. We got a Silvia
last Christmas and the resulting espresso wasn't great. Did the
research thing about why and backed into roasting. Totally addicted
now. I've gone off the deep end according to by family as I make one
or two Yama vac pots most mornings for the day's consumption (for both
my lovely wife and I). I'm fairly caffeinated all day. As a software
engineer, its a requirement of the job.
I roast on a Behmor in a detached garage which is gets very cold up
here. I'll have to describe in another email how during the past
summer, my hobby of watching the Behmor with a scotch and a cigar late
at night has attracted neighbors and impromptu gatherings. Good fun.
Its been a great conversation piece to describe home roasting.
Anyway, thanks to Tom and everyone for the pure enjoyment of this hobby.
[lurk]
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15) From: an iconoclast
On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 8:13 PM, Kris McN  wrote:
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What a great idea, Kris. I remember when you came on...a fellow Oregonian. I
love hearing from the lurkers and their progression into this life long
passion.
Thanks,
Ann
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16) From: Terry McVay (rr)
Great idea!  Once in a while we should all re-introduce ourselves and
welcome all the fresh "recruits".
(Abandon hope, all ye who enter)
Have been roasting over 15 years here in Kona, Hawaii, started when I
commented to another member of the Kona Coffee Council that I had a hard
time enjoying Kona Coffee unless it was a really dark roast and he told me
to try roasting my own. Since then I have used the hot air poppers, still
have over a dozen, oven (mind the smoke), Hearthware's Precision, a wok,
heat-gun-dog-bowl, cast iron frying pan, and now RK's Drum (thanks Ron).
Can't claim to have improved much over the years but I know what I like..
Particularly enjoy hearing from what seems like many of you who are very
active in your religious communities as it reminds me of what I tell folks
in mine.  That coffee is exactly the opposite of religion... in that
whatever you state is true about coffee (light, dark, cream and sugar,
espresso, whatever) is undeniably true (for you) and cannot be argued.
Religion on the other hand is either true, or not true.  We are blessed with
some highly experienced individuals who are excellent at sharing their
knowledge, just never forget that the final word will always come from your
taste buds.
Terry McVay, Kona Hawaii

17) From: John & Reiko Ross
Hi:
I am a lurker. I wasnt always so. i have been on this list for some 
years now.
Since Tom and Maria were in Ohio and Coffee Geek had no advertising..
.since Alt dot coffee was the place everyone went to gripe about Starbuck
--why they were still drawing pictures of Pavonis on the walls in caves 
in france.
Still I have been a lurker for a long time.
Still I got my Rocky from a group buy off this list and I installed
two Variacs to my Poppery from instructions from this list and I
sporadically contributed until I realized there were
few still using poppers and everyone was buying prosumer espresso
machines while I repaired my Gaggia Baby and used my Pavoni
Euro for steaming milk (mostly) and probed the aisles of thrift
stores and flea markets for my next acquisition.
Still I have handed out the links to Sweet Marias and this list to
many who may read this now.
This is a useful list and I am indebted to all here now and the ones
from whom we never hear of late.
Merry Holidays All
John
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19) From: John Grubbs
This also seems a good time to republish the information about the
"Homeroast List Members" map in Google Maps. It's great to see where
everyone is from.
Thanks to Paul (piguy31415926) for creating it. Below are his instructions
for finding the map and adding your information.
1.) Go tohttp://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ieF&msa=0&msid3805607926076218082.00044e3c2d9fb3e0670c9&mid121545802.) On the left frame, you'll see the name of the map, these instructions,
and a list of names. At the top of that frame you should see "Save to My
Maps." Click on this link.
3.) This will take you to a page asking you to log in to your google
account. If you don't have one already, you might have to make one.
4.) You have now been logged in to your google account and should be back at
the Google Maps webpage.
5.) On the left frame, click "My Maps"
6.) Select "HomeRoast List Members".
7.) Click on "Edit"
8.) Put your city and state (or address, if you want to give that level of
detail... keep in mind this map is open to the public) in the "search the
map" line on the top. Then click "Search Maps".
9.) You should see a row of four buttons on the top left side of the map
(next to the zooming). Click on the one between the hand and the line ("Add
a placemark")
10.) This lets you place a placemark wherever you want on the map. Place it
in an appropriate place (either on top of your city name, or in your part of
town, or on your house).
11.) This brings a popup which allows you to edit the name and the
additional information. Type your name in for the name, and include what you
roast in and what city you live in for the Description. If you'd like a
different icon, you can click on the image on the top right of the popup
(just below the little x). Click Ok and you should be done.
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20) From: Michael Dhabolt
John,
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I hope you don't take that too seriously.  There are quite a few of us
who are still using poppers of various types and levels of
modification.  My 'Ubber Popper' is still my main 'squeeze' when
roasting time is here.  I have a behmor and use it fairly regularly,
but it is definitely not my primary roaster.
The addition of friends and friends of friends to the list a person
roasts for, forces him/her to go to machines with a larger yield, or
re-think their relationship to this 'Hobby', but doesn't necessarily
change the commitment and excitement and ,hopefully, participation on
this list.
Mike (just plain)
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21) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
Although I mostly lurk, the list provides me with a lot of education on
coffee.  Sweet Maria's is our supplier, especially after a few ventures
elsewhere that didn't go well.
My wife and I still roast with a Whirley-Pop and and FR8+.  A Behmor is in
our future, but will only supplement the other methods of roasting because
each has its advantages.
We live in a remote valley in the west desert of Utah with almost no
neighbors beyond coyotes, badgers, mule deer, antelope, etc.
Coffee roasting entered our lives about 20 years ago with one of the Melita
hot air roasters and greens bought from a coffee roaster in Salt Lake City.
This was the only way to get fresh roasted coffee because we make supply
runs to town once or twice a month.  We quickly moved to a popcorn popper
and bought a FR8 from Sweet Maria's about eight years ago.
-- 
Jim in Skull Valley
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22) From: an iconoclast
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 8:33 AM, John Grubbs  wrote:
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Thanks, John. I didn't know this existed.  I was absent for about 6 months
and must have missed it.
Added to the list
Ann
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23) From: an iconoclast
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 11:45 AM, an iconoclast wrote:
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I see only two icons on the actual map.  Michael Brown's and mine.  I think
there is a step 12.  Click "done".   I think if you don't click done, it
adds your name to the left column, but doesn't place the icon on the map and
doesn't activate the name link that corresponds to the map...but not sure.
Take care,
Ann
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24) From: Bruce Garley
How do you get there?
Bruce Garley
Plant Whisperer
San Juan Capistrano, CA
 
Vivir con miedo es como vivir a medias.
 
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25) From: michael brown
i just checked it out again and i see everyone else's names but it looks li=
ke i added my name twice.  can't figure out how to delete one of them.  oop=
s, my bad.
Michael B
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26) From: an iconoclast
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 12:00 PM, Bruce Garley wrote:
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27) From: Dennis
ok somebody please check if I did it right....thanks
Dennis
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28) From: Sean Cary
Dennis,
I totally let you down on the pics of the cover on the cover block!  (still
need them?)  To say I am slammed at work would be an understatement, and its
about to get much worse.  I come home, veg and try to spend time with the
kids, make lunch for the next day and repeat.  Have gain 30lbs since I got
home in Feb since I am tied to my desk here...  I had more time in Iraq last
year then I do now.
Are you considered a lurker if you don't have time to really read and answer
the mail on the list?  Seems like many of the regular characters are laying
low or have departed.  Aaron, Gin, Brett...all gone.
Two weeks or so until I find out if I am LtCol (Select) Cary.
Merry Christmas all, maybe when we PCS this summer I can participate more.
Rambling!
Sean
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 7:57 PM, Dennis  wrote:
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-- 
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori
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29) From: Dennis
lol yes I still could use a visual on how the towel works... and yes I'm 
in lurk mode lately partially due to crappy internet partially due to 
lack of time
BTW Saw that list on high side this morning ...CONGRATS!!!!!!
can't wait till we you get your own coin... first one will be a 
tradition right?
Dennis
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30) From: Jim Wilson
Captain Cowpie said-
A few months later, the Gaggia died on me, so I have not gotten back  
into espresso yet. 
~~~Hi Cowpie,  There is a very good Gaggia group on Yahoo groups:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Gaggia/Robert Harmon runs this group and he'll probably forget more about Gaggia consumer espresso machines than any of us will ever know.  The Gaggia consumer machines are very easy to work on.  Join the group so you can learn how to diagnose/fix your Gaggia machine.  You'll be glad you did
Jake
Reddick Fla.
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31) From: Jon Rosen
Hello All,
I've posted infrequently, but have mostly been a lurker for the last  
few years. I started home roasting a few years ago with an iRoast that  
I bought from a friend. About a year ago, I switched to a Fresh Roast  
Plus because the iRoast was often triggering my smoke detector and it  
was getting very annoying. Plus it was very noisy, making it difficult  
to hear the cracks properly. I still use it from time to time, but not  
often. The Fresh Roast has a small capacity and I find it a little  
difficult to control the roasts, but I run it almost every day, and  
always have a few days supply on hand. I have a KitchenAid Proline  
grinder that does a very decent job of grinding, but produces more  
dust than I would like.
I've been brewing mostly with a Technivorm. It makes a great cup of  
drip in the mornings. I also have a Saeco Aroma espresso maker, which  
does a credible job of making tasty espresso or iced coffee for the  
afternoons. Also in the cupboard are a couple of french presses and an  
Aeropress. I haven't been able to get quite the results I'm looking  
for from either. One of these days I will branch out and try some of  
the other brewers. I also think I will get a Behmor roaster one day; I  
get decent results from the Fresh Roast, but cannot get the level of  
control that I'm looking for in my roasts.
I usually get my beans from SM, of course, and enjoy a wide variety of  
coffees from around the world, but tend to gravitate towards South and  
Central American beans. I am still trying to "taste the chocolate" and  
elusive berry notes that I hear about so often. I'm a little critical  
of my attempts to brew the perfect cup. It may not be perfect, but I  
start each day with a delicious cup of very fresh coffee and I'm  
thankful for that.
Regards,
Jon
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32) From: g paris
Sean:
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Congrats LtCol!!
way to go.
we are all still here, perhaps lurk more right now with
homeroasters.orgmoving along.
This is/was my "FIRST COFFEE LIST."
Cannot ever give up Tom, Maria, Ben and all of the people who bring the best
coffee to us!!
Nice to see you.
Take care,
love ya,
ginny
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33) From: Kris McN
Thanks to all ye lurkers who came forth.  Welcome to the newbies and it's
nice to hear from the old-timers again.  I've always loved the strong sense
of community on this list.  Lots of good information, but also lots of good
cheer over a warm cup of the sweet, brown elixir of life.
Any others out there who haven't come forth yet, please do!
Best,
Kris McN
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34) From: Dennis
Hi my name is Dennis and I'm a coffee snob.....
 HI Dennis!....
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35) From: Dennis
I reciently resemble that... so I will
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36) From: g paris
Hey Kris,
what a guy, thanks for saying hello again...
have a great Christmas/Holiday.
ginny
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37) From: Captain CowPie
Jake,
Thanks for the heads up about the Gaggia group. Unfortunately I got  
rid of my Gaggia before the move. I am saving up for a higher end  
espresso machine. Hopefully by the end of the year I will get it.
Thanks again,
Vince
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38) From: Rose Pietrasz
Just coming out to say Hello! to all the other lurkers, newbies, and
especially to those who keep this list informative and entertaining.
Thanks for being here!
Rose (yes the power is finally back in NH)
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39) From: Dennis
hey Ginny I may have a coffee customer coming your way
we have a general that loves my coffee that is heading back to NM/AZ 
areas if he wants you want me to give him some contact info for some 
home roast?
Dennis
PS my lurk was forced by my poor internet connection and my lack of time 
due to being in the dentition camp for such long hours....
I had to skip over 6000 emails ...broke my heart
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40) From: Brian Kamnetz
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 10:01 PM, Dennis  wrote:
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Dennis,
Good to have you back as an active member of the list.
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