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Topic: Misty Valley (40 msgs / 730 lines)
1) From: Les
No sign of the Misty Valley yet.  I need to order some to roast for the
kids.  I wonder how big a run there is going to be on this stuff.
Les

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
On 1/10/07, Les  wrote:
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I'm going to do my part!
Mike (just plain)

3) From: Jeff Oien
Les wrote:
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If Tom says Wednesday he usually means Friday. Kind of like, "Dinner
will be at 5:00" and it means 6:30.
JeffO

4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
On 1/10/07, Les <les.albjerg> wrote:
I wonder how big a run there is going to be on this stuff.
I'm going to do my part!
Mike (just plain)
No need to worry, people. This is a larger lot than last time. I 
retrieved it this morning, so am posting it to the web site right now!
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

5) From: Blake R.
Is it the same stuff?
Blake

6) From: Kevin
I did my part.  Just ordered 5lbs of the Misty along with 1lb of Hawaii Kona.
On 1/10/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

7) From: Barry Luterman
Got mine

8) From: Larry Johnson
I'm trusting you guys on this one. Never had it before, but just ordered 5
lbs of it; a pig in a poke.
I guess if I don't like it, I can wait for SM to run out of it then put it
on ebay.  ;-D
Larry J (Lilboybrew).....anticipation.....is keeping me waiting.....
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"Having a positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it annoys
enough people to make it worth the effort."
On 1/10/07, Barry Luterman  wrote:
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9) From: miKe mcKoffee
No, I'd not consider any greens offering by Tom "a pig in a poke" meaning
"An offering or deal that is foolishly accepted without being examined
first." If it ain't an excellent representative of a coffee Tom won't carry
it. He's proven that year after year. Sometimes he won't even have some
particular coffee while other sources do simply 'cuz it's not up to his
standards.
Then I was thinking while both pig & poke served at most Luaus pig is not
allowed in traditional poke so again no pig in a poke. Here's the list of
ingredients "allowed" at the annual Poke Contest:
*Ingredients allowed in "Best Traditional Poke" include:
limu (seaweed, all varieties) 
native fish (all varieties) 
pa'akai and alaea (Hawaiian sea salts) 
inamona (kukui nut) 
he'e (squid) 
opihi (limpet) 
lobster 
wana and haukeuke (sea urchins) 
opae (shrimp) 
kowau (fish eggs) 
ho'i'o (fern shoots) 
native crabs (all varieties) 
pala (fern) 
niu (coconut) 
(reference url:http://www.pokecontest.com/)What's that got to do with coffee you ask!? Nothing, mind just a meandering.
Figure it must mean it's been too long since I've thrown together a Luau
dinner party! Didn't serve poke at PNWG I Luau dinner, guess what may happen
for PNWG V... 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
	From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Larry Johnson
	Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 5:35 PM
	
	I'm trusting you guys on this one. Never had it before, but just
ordered 5 lbs of it; a pig in a poke.
	 
	I guess if I don't like it, I can wait for SM to run out of it then
put it on ebay.  ;-D
	 
	Larry J (Lilboybrew).....anticipation.....is keeping me waiting.....

10) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yes, exact same stuff. Everyone sent their Misty Greens back to Tom to be
recycled;-) 
miKe
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11) From: Alchemist John
Ha - cute. Well, my 20 pounder is in.  The intense blueberry just 
rocks, and not hint and miss like some of the harrars.  Every 
roast.  And the new Peru and Mokha Mattari I am looking forward to, 
not to mention (ok, mentioned) the "Fruited, syrupy, and rustic" new Brazil.
At 18:01 1/10/2007, you wrote:
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John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

12) From: Larry Johnson
Sorry; no disrespect intended. Even as clueless as I can be sometimes, I am
well aware of the integrity of Tom and Maria's offerings. I was really
referring to the fact that I wouldn't normally order 5 lbs of a coffee I
hadn't tried. All of SM's coffees are excellent and a great value. Of that I
have no doubt, but I can't afford to get them all so I must try small
samples and save the 5 lb buys for my real favorites. After seeing the posts
on Misty Valley, I took a chance that it just might be my next new
favorite.  I was chiding myself for being so impulsive.  ;-b
Larry J (Lilboybrew) .....putting my trust in Tom and the collective....
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"Having a positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it annoys
enough people to make it worth the effort."
On 1/10/07, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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13) From: Brett Mason
Just flag the email for future reference...  Then report back next year at
this time on how many 5 pounders you get....  Curious, cause we all go there
now....
On 1/10/07, Larry Johnson  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

14) From: Larry Johnson
Deal.
Larry J (Lilboybrew)......C'mon Harvey, move it......
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"Having a positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it annoys
enough people to make it worth the effort."
On 1/10/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
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15) From: Michael Dhabolt
Got me 20 #s.
Mike (just plain)

16) From: Les
I am on stash reduction so I only ordered 10 pounds.
Les
On 1/10/07, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:
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17) From: Peter Zulkowski
Never tried it.
Not sure I will like it but I do like Dry Processed.
Only ordered 10#.
Can't wait!
PeterZ
Michael Dhabolt wrote:
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18) From: Vicki Smith
I bought 5# this AM. I was sorely tempted to buy more, but part of what 
I love about home roasting is that I get to try a wide variety of beans 
and having a bunch on hand (even when they are as good as this is 
reported to be) would keep me from ordering another, yet to be 
discovered, treasure.
I also ordered #5 of Donkey, figuring that when my espresso machine gets 
here, having a stash of decaf around would be a very good idea.
vicki

19) From: Dave Ehrenkranz
Just ordered 10 pounds of this lot. Still have over 5 pounds from the  
previous batch. Also ordered 2 lbs of decaf (1 lb each of Ethiopia  
Sidamo WP Decaf
and  African Highlands WP Decaf) so I can still enjoy some fresh  
roast at night and be able to get to sleep.
Harvey will deliver.
dave
On Jan 10, 2007, at 4:20 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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20) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
I ordered 5lbs just as the bell rang for close of day Friday...not that it
wouldn't be there Sat..or Sun..or Mon......anyway I slipped this in a 25lb
order so we could try it. Liked the Horse, but didn't get the knock down
Blueberry everyone was raving about...
ps...how do you tell if the pic. is actually on in your gmail
address/profile????
Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
[|:{O....[|:{U...
(I'm the tall guy in the middle)

21) From: Kevin
just hover your mouse pointer over your gmail address
On 1/15/07, TERRY TITSWORTH  wrote:
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My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

22) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
I guess I should have asked...Is anyone ELSE seeing it?
It is on my profile, but it doesn't show up on my address. The others in my
contact list show their pic.'s when I hover over them, but mine doesn't even
show the little blockhead siloette. Sort of reminds me of Charlie Browns
answer to "What did you get?" ..."A rock." ..seems like that's All I ever
get...
Oh...I am one of the 300 sum odd thousand people in Okla. with out
power...went to bed in my trailer last night and it was 34 deg. woke up this
morning and it was 23 deg. At least my multi meters temp probe is
working...The Company Pres. came by this afternoon asking as to my situation
and when told I have no elect. he told me to stay in the company gym
tonight. Got showers and everything...no snack bar or buffet though...AND NO
before you suggest it, I can't roast over there. (Too low a voltage for
starters and they would crab about the aroma)...but I had given it some
thought...
TerryT
Oh, about the cold night...I was wearing some military insulated
undies..they work really nice...
On 1/15/07, Kevin  wrote:
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
[|:{O....[|:{U...
(I'm the tall guy in the middle)

23) From: Tom Ogren
Terry,
I use Gmail too. Only after adding you to my contacts list can I see your
photo. Because I use Gmail, you would be added to my contacts list
automatically were you to send email to my address directly (i.e.-not via
the homeroast list address)
Having received an emails directly from a couple of others on the list, I
have since been able to see their photos when hovering over their names.
It's a neat feature. One way to enable (at least) all Gmail users to see
your photo would be to send out a mass mailing to the email addresses of
individuals. This is admittedly clunky, and there is likely a more elegant
way to go about enabling this feature for folks, but for a quick n' dirty
'fix' you might consider it.
TO in VA
On 1/15/07, TERRY TITSWORTH  wrote:
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24) From: dave
What is the tasting feedback on the Misty Valley. 3 days of resting  
and still good but not great.

25) From: Scott Marquardt
Personally, I haven't found the Idido to live up to its praises. I
suspect that for me, this is nothing more than what we all experience
-- the occasional case of a highly praised coffee that we just don't
happen to think is all that exemplary. Nothing wrong with it -- just
not awesome.   ;-)
In my case, any Ethiopian that I don't love extravagantly is a bit of
a disappointment. I live for DPs!
- Scott
On 1/21/07, dave  wrote:
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26) From: Alchemist John
I can tell the latest batch is MV, but I missed the roast in that I 
don't have overwhelming blueberry.  I like it, but i need to try 
again.  Luckily I have 20# :)
At 19:46 1/21/2007, you wrote:
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John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

27) From: Sean Cary
Ditto - I did a FC - no second crack, but all the way through first last
Wednesday.  Had some Sat morn, it was good but not Harrar Horse fruity good.
I had a decent "spot".  That spot was a hard to describe, but it was
different then the Centrals that I prefer.  I love the chalky feel of the
centrals then the brighter feel of the Africans.
I had some this morning (late day with our snow delay at base) and it was
missing the "spot"...so maybe I missed the bright period.
4.5 more to go so maybe my trials will improve as I roast more of it. 
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit Memento Mori

28) From: Brian Mitchell
Just wanted to comment real briefly on the "Misty Valley." What a great cup.
Especially once the temp cools a little, it produces strong berry and
jasmine type flavors. Makes me look forward to the Harar again. Soon I hope.
Brian

29) From: Lynne Biziewski
The Misty is WONDERFUL!! I wasn't that thrilled with it before - in fact,
left my Misty Valley for last to roast, just because of that. But - I
adjusted my roasting a bit after reading some of thie info on this list. Not
easy - considering I do stove-top roasting in a teeny pot.
But - it worked! I lengthened my roast (lowered the temp a bit on this
crappy stove, too, after I was in about the middle of the roast), and slowed
it towards the end a bit.
I don't have the subtel nuances of flavor (again - "Tastes like... coffee!")
but it is a smooth, deep chocolately flavor. Very happy since this is the
end of both my Misty and all of my coffee.
Getting an online business started, so I HOPE I'll be able to place a Harvey
order REAL soon...
As a side note it is very reasuring that I haven't been ruining my roasts
lately. So far (guess I am concentrating on my work!) I've ruined three pans
by leaving them on the stove (burned beyond help), and just now I didn't
even notice that the place was getting filled with smoke fr. the turkey
burgers on the stove.
(Burgers are fine, house is still standing and, fortunately, THIS was my
indestructable cast iron skillet... whew..)
Lynne
(who will most likely invest in an electric kettle and crock pot after her
move...)
On 5/9/07, Brian Mitchell  wrote:
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"Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation.
Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the
muses."
Amy Tan

30) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Just wanted to comment real briefly on the "Misty Valley." What a 
great cup. Especially once the temp cools a little, it produces 
strong berry and jasmine type flavors. Makes me look forward to the 
Harar again. Soon I hope.
Brian
it will come again later in the harvest, but i am going to hold it to 
the standard of the FIRST delivery we had in 06. as i noted in the 
review and score, it was better than the second, while both were 
better than most everything else out of Ethiopia (there was a great 
DP Sidamo, the FTO one, last year too). Harar, oh boy .... first lot 
samples are still incoming but I want to tell you, it looks like a 
down year. I have high hopes for special projects we have going with 
DP Sidamo farms, but harar, well, maybe something will magically 
happen. Yirgacheffe seems less affected by the weather problems in 
harar, and judging by the outstanding wet process FTO lot we have, I 
think Misty Valley should be great again...
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

31) From: MichaelB
I love the Misty Valley but not as way to start the day with my first
cappuccino and espresso shots. At that hour my palate has a hard time with a
drink that tastes like dessert, wonderful as it may be. Is there a blend I
might be able to create using the Misty Valley that would give me something
like the Monkey Blend that I use for my typical cappuccino and espresso
morning starter drinks? Would it be possible to enjoy the special qualities
of the Misty Valley in a blend like that? Or should I just reserve it as an
SO for later in the day shots and vacuum brews as I do now? Can I have my
cake and drink it too? Ideas appreciated.
On 5/9/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
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32) From: miKe mcKoffee
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
While I agree on not going for Misty "first" cup of the morning, I do like
it occasionally for the second cup of the morning, either cafe' crema or
cappuccino. But I agree it really shines as a "desert" coffee. Personally I
don't tone it down by blending it but rather prefer to enjoy it's full
pleasures as the mood fits. But Monkey is "not" my typical cappuccino but
rather almost alwyas use an SO seldom making caps with straight shot
espresso blends.
 
But sure you most definitely could use Misty in an espresso shot blend for
the high notes. It would just be a different cup than Misty straight up. In
fact Ididio Misty Valley will be one of the bean selections next month for
the PNWG V "espresso blending bar"!
 
Pacific Northwest Gathering Vhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ 
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of MichaelB
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 2:20 PM
I love the Misty Valley but not as way to start the day with my first
cappuccino and espresso shots. At that hour my palate has a hard time with a
drink that tastes like dessert, wonderful as it may be. Is there a blend I
might be able to create using the Misty Valley that would give me something
like the Monkey Blend that I use for my typical cappuccino and espresso
morning starter drinks? Would it be possible to enjoy the special qualities
of the Misty Valley in a blend like that? Or should I just reserve it as an
SO for later in the day shots and vacuum brews as I do now? Can I have my
cake and drink it too? Ideas appreciated. 

33) From: Brian Mitchell
I have not yet found anything to blend it with. I know exactly what you mean
about the morning "dessert." However, Duncan Donuts recently opened a store
right across the street from my office. So for the last couple of weeks, I
have started my morning with a Blueberry donut. I can not begin to tell you
how well the donut compliments the Misty Valley. It really brings out the
coffee.
Brian

34) From: Lynne Biziewski
Well, thanks a lot, Brian. Dunkin' was born in this area - I have one around
the corner from me now, and there's one right down the street from my
new/old apartment that I'm returning to shortly.
So much for continueing my weight loss..
Lynne.... about 2 1/2 lbs more of my Misty... then it's Harvey time!
On 5/10/07, Brian Mitchell  wrote:
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35) From: Leo Zick
im drinking a tazze of DD iced coffee right now.  not nearly as tasty
without their recommended 5-6 heaping tablespoons of sugar!
On 5/10/07, Lynne Biziewski  wrote:
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36) From: Floyd Lozano
Don't punish yourself.  I just did a search in the archives and there's a
ton of old posts about iced coffee and recipes.   Thinking I will have to do
more digging to see which coffees I have on hand make a good iced cofee.
After back to back 90 degree days in Boston, gonna need some kind of relief
wicked soon!
-F
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37) From: Bailey Blanchette
FWIW, I have been freezing the leftovers from my yama and TVM brews to use
in iced coffee. I haven't labelled each bag as to what was in the pot at the
time other than by country of origin.  so I hav a bag of frozen Guat, some
frozen Panama, etc.
Make great iced coffe when there's enough in the bag to thaw out, and
flavors are pretty good, considering...
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38) From: Michael Wascher
I've gotten good results from Liquid Amber. Several shots chilled in a
freezer then in a thermos over crushed ice. Nice cold drink through the day.
On 5/10/07, Bailey Blanchette  wrote:
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"Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane." -- Philip
K. Dick

39) From: stereoplegic
here's one: 1/2 cup (level) of grounds brewed w/ 12oz (also level, 
hopefully) water. after brewing, add 12oz ice or icy water (i prefer the 
latter, so i don't have to wait for it to melt). double the amounts for 
more than 1 or 2 people (though i personally would just brew another 
batch-1 level cup of grounds will overflow my brew basket, esp when you 
factor in the bloom that comes with fresh roasted). fill drinking cup(s) 
half full of ice, pour cooled coffee into said cup(s), enjoy. this works 
best with sweeter, more acidic coffees, esp. good citrusy Kenyas, 
Ethiopias (City-ish IMV would be perfect, despite being DP-see, i am 
on-topic ;-P) and some Centrals like the fruitier Guats and Mexicans 
(ooh, that gives me ideas, peach-mango iced coffee...). you may have 
read my toddy recipe in previous posts, but as i mentioned there, i ONLY 
use it for my girlfriend's frappes (never touch the stuff otherwise). 
iced coffee should cleanse the palate IMO. after all, it's supposed to 
be refreshing.
fplozano wrote:
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40) From: Jeff Oien
Brian Mitchell wrote:
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I like Java Djampit with it a lot. I would guess the Java Pancoer would 
work well also.
JeffO


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