Well fellow homeroasters, Happy New Year! I've been away from home (cruising mostly) for about 45 of the last 90 days but am back home now (until at least May). I was on a 34 day cruise from Seattle to Tampa via the Panama Canal, then six days up the Amazon River before reaching Tampa. Yes, Holland America coffee sucks (but I did have homeroast with me which I brewed with the AeroPress every day). Even month old homeroast is better than what they serve in the ship's espresso bar. A few weeks later we took a western Caribbean cruise on Crystal then spent the holidays in Miami. Crystal Cruise's espresso, though not anything to write home about, was at least acceptable. But it is nice to be home, drinking my very own Sweet Maria's homeroast and trying to read the 5943 e-mails that accumulated while I was away. JavaJerry RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake, VA
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Hey Cafe Hombre, you have been missed, welcome back. sounds like a great trip. I am off to Hawaii, the Big Island, on thursday; hopefully I can pick some beans while I am there... regards, ginny ---- Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip>
You have to go up the Amazon to reach Tampa? On 1/8/07, pchforever wrote: <Snip>
Jerry, Welcome back! Fill up the espresso machine. Get some Monkey Blend going. On 1/8/07, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip> -- MichaelB
Well, you don't "have" to go up the Amazon, but it was kinda "on the way". We left out of Seattle, stopped in Los Angeles, three stops in Mexico, then Costa Rica before going through the Panama canal, stops in Aruba and Grenada before heading south to the Amazon River. We made a total of 4 port visits in Brazil and surprisingly went as far as Manaus and the Rio Negro which is about 1000 miles up the river. The Amazon River is huge (wide and deep as well as long). Just think, we were in a 1400 passenger cruise ship and saw major commercial shipping going on 1000 miles up the river. After the Amazon we headed back into the Atlantic and Caribbean, stopping in Barbados and the Dominican Republic before arriving in Tampa. On the entire trip, other than the homeroast that I had every day in my stateroom, the only decent coffee I had was in a jewelry store in Manaus, Brazil (where they were pulling complimentary espressos for customers) and in a coffee shop in the port terminal in Barbados. I had been to the coffee shop in Barbados before and had met the owner. I brought him a pound of (by that time 3 1/2 week old vac packed) Sweet Maria's homeroast. His wife pulled shots for us that were exceptional. He's using an Alpenrost for his private use and commercially roasted coffee for the shop. I gave him links to Sweet Maria's and RK Drum and he was excited about the idea of bbq drum roasting. After 34 days, I hated to see the adventure end, but it was certainly nice to get back to my own house, own bed, and own coffee. Java Jerry RK Drum Roasting in Chesapeake, VA Robert Joslin wrote: <Snip>
Jerry Sounds like a wonderful, interesting trip. Thanks for sharing the details. Robert Joslin On 1/8/07, Jerry Procopio wrote: <Snip>