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Topic: My Lurker story (10 msgs / 269 lines)
1) From: Barbara Wilson
Hello everyone,
I'm sorry for the long story..I hope you find it interesting,
I have been lurking on this site since September of this year. My 
husband is interested in moving to Ecuador. We were there in August for 
a month looking at land to buy in a beautiful small town nestled in the 
cloud forest. This area is known for its bird population, butterflies 
and orchids, oh and excellent coffee. I do not want to move to Ecuador 
so my husband, who has a real knack for finding creative ways to get 
what he wants, found an absolutely gorgeous coffee plantation that is 
for sale, as he knows that I have a real passion for great coffee. While 
we were there in August we learned all about coffee growing, processing 
and roasting. We rented a house that had coffee plants growing in the 
yard. We picked the beans, manually removed the red fruit, fermented 
them in water for 24 hours or so, removed the thin shell by hand 
(fortunately our 8 year old found this to be great fun)  and roasted the 
coffee in a pan on the stove. This was no doubt the best coffee that I 
ever had and living in Ecuador was beginning to sound not so bad.
We began to seriously look at purchasing this property. We learned that 
interest rates for commercial property in Ecuador is designed only for 
the upper crust to enjoy purchasing property. We made an offer, but it 
was below what they would consider, plus we really had no idea how we 
might find that kind of money, since lenders outside of Ecuador wouldn't 
consider it and inside of Ecuador it is prohibitively expensive to 
borrow money.
Anyway..when we came back to the US we went to our local roaster with a 
sample of the coffee from that plantation. He roasted it for us and said 
that it was really good coffee. He showed us an iRoast machine and told 
us that we could find one on sweetmarias.com. So I began learning all 
about roasting coffee. I bought a roaster, green coffee, books, 
subscription to this list and subscription to roast magazine. I just 
love learning all about this. And I really look forward to roasting coffee.
We had our company christmas party last night and they drank every 
roasted coffee bean that I had in the house. I didn't realize this until 
I got up this morning and started looking for the beans that I roasted 
yesterday. I think they really loved my coffee.
So that is my story.
Barbara
P.S. If everyone wants to pitch in a few bucks maybe we could  purchase 
the plantation and start a co-op...it is heaven on earth.

2) From: Lisa J. Carton, LICSW
hi barabara---cool story--thanks! The idea of a cooperatively owned plantat=
ion is sooooo cool......are you seriously interested in pursuing something =
like that?  It would be a lot of work but quite an experience for sure.....=
.I have always been intrigued by the idea of something like that....i bet o=
thers here have too!
----- Original Message ----
From: Barbara Wi=
lson 
To: homeroast=
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 11:18:34 AM
Subject: +Re:My Lurker sto=
ry
Hello everyone,
I'm sorry for the long story..I hope you fi=
nd it interesting,
I have been lurking on this site since September of=
 this year. My 
husband is interested in moving to Ecuador. We were there=
 in August for 
a month looking at land to buy in a beautiful small town =
nestled in the 
cloud forest. This area is known for its bird population,=
 butterflies 
and orchids, oh and excellent coffee. I do not want to move=
 to Ecuador 
so my husband, who has a real knack for finding creative way=
s to get 
what he wants, found an absolutely gorgeous coffee plantation t=
hat is 
for sale, as he knows that I have a real passion for great coffee=
. While 
we were there in August we learned all about coffee growing, pro=
cessing 
and roasting. We rented a house that had coffee plants growing i=
n the 
yard. We picked the beans, manually removed the red fruit, ferment=
ed 
them in water for 24 hours or so, removed the thin shell by hand 
(=
fortunately our 8 year old found this to be great fun)  and roasted the 
=
coffee in a pan on the stove. This was no doubt the best coffee that I 
e=
ver had and living in Ecuador was beginning to sound not so bad.
We be=
gan to seriously look at purchasing this property. We learned that 
inter=
est rates for commercial property in Ecuador is designed only for 
the up=
per crust to enjoy purchasing property. We made an offer, but it 
was bel=
ow what they would consider, plus we really had no idea how we 
might fin=
d that kind of money, since lenders outside of Ecuador wouldn't 
consider=
 it and inside of Ecuador it is prohibitively expensive to 
borrow money.=
Anyway..when we came back to the US we went to our local roaster with=
 a 
sample of the coffee from that plantation. He roasted it for us and s=
aid 
that it was really good coffee. He showed us an iRoast machine and t=
old 
us that we could find one on sweetmarias.com. So I began learning al=
l 
about roasting coffee. I bought a roaster, green coffee, books, 
sub=
scription to this list and subscription to roast magazine. I just 
love l=
earning all about this. And I really look forward to roasting coffee.
=
We had our company christmas party last night and they drank every 
roast=
ed coffee bean that I had in the house. I didn't realize this until 
I go=
t up this morning and started looking for the beans that I roasted 
yeste=
rday. I think they really loved my coffee.
So that is my story.
B=
arbara
P.S. If everyone wants to pitch in a few bucks maybe we could  =
purchase 
the plantation and start a co-op...it is heaven on earth.=
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3) From: Eddie Dove
Barbara,
Great story ... Co-op eh?
Welcome to the list!
Eddie
On 12/10/06, Lisa J. Carton, LICSW  wrote:
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4) From: Vicki Smith
In my meanderings about the web, looking for coffee blogs, I came upon 
one setup by a US couple who bought a coffee plantation in Panama.http://www.boqueteguide.com/It's a great read.
vicki
Eddie Dove wrote:
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5) From: Sheila Quinn
Great story - I hope you find a way! Welcome to the group.
Sheila
Barbara Wilson wrote:
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6) From: Barbara Wilson
Thanks, and yes I think we are serious, Lisa. Except for the lack of 
enough money problem --we would buy it. We are going back on January 5th 
for six weeks. We'll  see what happens.
and thanks for the link Vicki, I'll check that out,
Barbara
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7) From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Juan_M._J=E1come?=
Hello Barbara, welcome to the list! I'm a list member for about a year now,
and I live in Ecuador, so I've found you story very interesting. Is Mindo
the town you speak of? There is some very good cooffee down here, not only
in Mindo but several other areas of the country as well, namely the Loja an=
d
Manabi provinces. I'm currently working on a ver small scale coffee project
(hopefully it will get larger soon), so I've been trying various coffee
samples from all over the country, and have found a few very nice ones,
selected some and will be roasting my signature blend by the end of
december, hopefully.
While prices of land vary, there are some very good bargains around. Ecuado=
r
is such a wonderful country, you can be in the beach in the mornig, see a
snowy volcano up close by noon, and get to the amazon forest before sunset.
My family and I run a travel agency, so perhaps we could take a trip or two
around the country. If you're interested, please contact me offlist. Either
way, I'd love to get together when you're here for a cup of joe, show you
around in Quito, etc.
Regards,
Juan M. Jácome
www.sunwind.travel
2006/12/10, Barbara Wilson :
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8) From: Barbara Wilson
Hola Juan,
Yes, I am talking about Mindo!. And you probably know the plantation 
that I am talking about too. I would love to get together with you when 
we are there. We arrive in Quito on January 5th.Where do you live? I 
will contact you off list too. Thanks!! Barbara
 Juan M. Jácome wrote:
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9) From: Barbara Wilson
Absolutely! That would be great fun and a real learning experience for 
all of us!! Mindo has hostels everywhere and they are inexpensive. 
Plenty of room for all of you.
True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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10) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Small world huh? I think that this is really neat....can we all go on a =
field trip to coffee growing land? 
Dennis
AKA
FC1(SW) Dennis W. True
CS/CS-5
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
FPO AE 09532-2830
HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Persian Gulf
 "On station and on point 142 and counting down..." 
Hola Juan,
Yes, I am talking about Mindo!. And you probably know the plantation 
that I am talking about too. I would love to get together with you when 
we are there. We arrive in Quito on January 5th.Where do you live? I 
will contact you off list too. Thanks!! Barbara
 Juan M. Jácome wrote:
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