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Topic: First taste of specialty coffee (3 msgs / 66 lines)
1) From: an iconoclast
On 1/5/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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Yeah,
Starbucks, if anything, has pulled in a lot of people to specialty
coffee.  I tried to think back when I started drinking something
besides canned.  I was a new RN who was on the contract negotiation
team for our union in 1990.  One of the other RNs brought a thermos of
coffee every morning. The aroma was absolutely awesome.  The flavor
wasn't bad either...especially compared to canned. He got his beans at
Coffee Merchants on Hawthorne in Portland.  We started driving the 10
miles to get beans when we could afford it. Then Boyd's coffee started
supplying whole beans to the grocery store. Not bad either. In fact,
after they where moved out by Millstone, we still went to the local
Boyd's plant just a few miles to get our beans.
The first time I ever tasted Starbucks was when we got our BMW and
took a trip to Vancouver, BC in 1991.  There was an intersection with
a Starbucks on two of four corners.  I remember the conversation with
the locals rather than the coffee.
Then Costco got Starbucks beans at holiday time, then they got them
all the time.  All was fine until I decided I wanted more socially
responsible coffee and found home roasting.Sweet Maria's and you guys.
The rest is wonderful history!
Thanks,
Ann

2) From: Larry Johnson
It's amazing how many parallels I'm seeing in homeroasting, as compared to
homebrewing (beer). Besides the obvious one that the name we use for
creating the final beverage in both activities is the same (brewing), the
list of things that are parallel is too long to iterate here.
However, I just can't get over how much the Starbucks relationship too
specialty coffee is like the one of Boston Brewing Co. (Samuel Adams) to
specialty beers. Both are regularly maligned by the dedicated purists (and
for the same general classes of misdeeds, surprisingly), but both are also
responsible for getting a lot of people interested in something other than
the more mundane market offerings (Folgers, Maxwell House - Bud, Coors).
Larry J (Lilboybrew) ..... maybe it's just me.....
-- 
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enough people to make it worth the effort.
On 1/5/07, an iconoclast  wrote:
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3) From: Paul Jolly
I remember it well.  As a child, I'd accompany my mom on walks downtown (San Rafael, CA).  This must have been around 1971 or '72.  A business opened in an empty storefront one day, and my nose told me all about it:  a warm, rich, roasty aroma grabbed me by the nostrils and pulled me inside.  This was Graffeo's coffee roastery, and it provided us with our good coffee throughout my childhood.
   
  I had a wonderful deja vu experience when I first went to San Jose, CR a couple of years ago.  Walking around the central market, my nose again pulled me off the street and into a large storefront:  the Volio coffee roasters.  It's pretty rank coffee compared to what we get through SM, but suddenly there I was, a seven-year-old kid again, wrapped in the wonderful aroma of roasted coffee.
   
  Paul
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