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Topic: OT: Newbie intro here... (12 msgs / 306 lines)
1) From: Silvia Marsh
Not sure what the list etiquette is on first postings, so I'll keep this
short to avoid any possible problems. ;) I put the OT simply because I'm not
really getting into any roasting specifics and figured it couldn't hurt to
be safe. *grin*
I'm brand new to the roasting thing; got a Freshroast Plus about three weeks
ago from a friend who upgraded to a Gene Cafe. She also shared some of her
bean stash with me and I have been having a ball with it. I got my first
shipment of pretty pretty green beans from Sweet Maria's last Friday.
As seems to be the standard response for beginning roasters, I'm now hooked,
so I joined this mailing list to learn more about my newest obsession.
I'm sure I'll have lots of dunderheaded questions for you all. Fair warning!

2) From: Eddie Dove
All conventions are forgiven when someone shares the name with a fine
espresso machine ...
Welcome to the list!  There are no "dunderhead" questions, so ask what you
wish and we will do our best to answer accordingly.
You are required however to keep us informed of your progress with that
FreshRoast Plus and your Sweet Maria's order.  For your reference, if you
are not familiar with Harvey, do read below.
Welcome again!
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/Start Harvey Text ...">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/Start Harvey Text ...
"Customer pickup - Hold for Harvey ($9.00)" may only be used for ordering up
to 12 pounds of green coffee beans and cotton bags for those green coffee
beans.  It is a United States Postal Service (USPS) Priority Mail shipping
option that Tom made available and disclosed in confidence to this list;
this shipping option does not support package tracking.  There are no
guarantees on timeliness of arrival, but it usually arrives at my home on
the coast of Mississippi in 2-3 days whereas UPS ground usually takes up to
10 days.
Tom's original email is below (the $8.50 is now $9.00).
Hope this helps ...
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/----------  Begin Harvey Email Text  ----------
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee < tom >
Date: Jan 24, 2005 1:46 PM
Subject: +"Hold for Harvey" aka USPS Flat Rate Box
To: homeroast list < homeroast>
Okay folks, this whole USPS Flat Rate Box has ruined my life. I spent
much of last week and the weekend too trying to figure out a way we
can offer it. It doesn't work. We simply can't offer what needs to be
a volume-based shipping calculation alongside a weight-based
calculation at this time.
So here is our fix ... a temporary "band-aid" approach.
First, I am only telling the list about this right now. It's an
"insider deal" at this point. If it works I will add an page with the
explaination and  "terms and conditions" listed below. Unfortunately,
if it doesn't work out for us, we are going to have to pull it.
The main way this is going to fail is if 1. customers choose it when
they are not eligible, that is, when they are buying something other
than green coffee, and more than 12 Lbs. and 2. when in generates
excessive emails for Maria and Derek and me, with people asking for
exceptions, additions, special circumstances.
Okay, here's the low-tech fix: Buy up to 12 lbs of green coffee ...
it can be 5 Lbs, it can be 8, it can be 10, whatever, but NEVER more
than 12 Lbs. It cannot be any other product except our cloth logo
bags matching the amounts of coffee purchased.
When you check out, chose the purposefully cryptic shipping option
:" Customer Pick Up - Hold for Harvey ($8.50)" We had to make the
option unattractive to those who don't know what it is, who haven't
read this email.
Why Harvey? Well, here's our USPS guy! Why $8.50? We have to add .80
for our USPS pickup fees and packing supplies.
Oh, duh ... this is only good for the U.S. and will work for Alaska,
Hawaii, PR, and FPO/APO too.
Remember, everything bad about the USPS still applies here- spotty
tracking, no insurance currently offered, occasional lost packages,
2-3 days is NOT a guarantee AT ALL - I get some Priority Mails in 2
days, some in 5 ... I have had ones that took 2 weeks!!! Nomatter
what you think about UPS, it's trackable, always insured up to $100,
and about 99% on time according to their time in transit map. If I
lived a few states away and UPS was a couple bucks more, I would
choose UPS personally!
SO this is out beta run of this, and I really hope it works. In a few
months I hope there will be a software upgrade for our system that
will implement it in a better way. Anyone who understands the rules
can try this out. I really hope this saves some money, and doesn't
create headaches for you all or for us.
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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
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On 1/15/07, Silvia Marsh  wrote:

3) From: Brett Mason
Welcome Silvia!
Any post about coffee in any aspect is ON topic...
On 1/15/07, Silvia Marsh  wrote:

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
On 1/15/07, Silvia Marsh  wrote:
Welcome.  You've shown up at a particularly interesting moment in time.
Seems as though many of the family are emerging from their holidays torpor
and feeling verbal about various interesting things,....including roasting
coffee.  Don't be sensitive about 'dunderheaded questions'  we've all asked
them.  If you are particularly industrious you can find the answers to many
questions (or should I say opinions about answers to questions) in the
archives.....or not.  Several folks have the link to it in their tag line.
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Silvia Marsh
Thank you muchly. :)  And I'll absolutely keep the list updated.  Just as a
teaser, I got a pound of Costa Rican Peaberry and a four 1/2 pound sampler
pack.  I'm already twitching for more...*grins*
As for Harvey...oh, how I love Harvey. Someone needs to hug him for me.  I
didn't know about Harvey, so thank you so much for telling me.
And as for me...bedtime for me. I'll be back on tomorrow, I'm sure.
Thank all of you for your welcomes.  Sleep well (if you can after all that
coffee. ;)).
On 1/16/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:

6) From: Sheila Quinn
Welcome, Silvia!
We all started where you are, I'm sure, so post away if you have 
questions. That's what the list is all about. Enjoy the great coffee and 
new obsession. You'll never want to go back!
So how are you brewing your coffee? Just curious.
Silvia Marsh wrote:

7) From: Silvia Marsh
I've got a nice little french press that I've been working to death lately.
I've been tempted by the aeropress, but for now the french press is pretty
darn satisfactory.
On 1/16/07, Sheila Quinn  wrote:

8) From: Sheila Quinn
I use my french press almost every day - when I'm not having espresso. 
I, too, have been tempted by the Aeropress. So far, I've been able to 
JUST SAY NO to yet another piece of coffee equipment. I don't need 
anything else right now as I'm very content with my coffee arsenal, but 
I imagine that someday I will want to try it. After all, it isn't at all 
expensive! :)
Silvia Marsh wrote:

9) From: Kevin
I thought OT topics weren't allowed on the list anymore.
On 1/16/07, Sheila Quinn  wrote:
My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

10) From: Dave
Doesn't look OT to me...
On 1/16/07, Kevin  wrote:
Some days, it's just not worth
chewing through the leather straps

11) From: Silvia Marsh
The same friend that provided me with my new obsession has an Aeropress, and
I've been fortunate enough to have been on the receiving end of it. It's
quite nice, actually...makes good strong coffee. And it really isn't
expensive at all...but for now, I'll be sticking with the french press and
buying new green coffee to support my new habit. ;)
On 1/16/07, Sheila Quinn  wrote:

12) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
OH don't be tempted by the AP USE the AP!!!
this goes to all newbies try your coffee in every different method you
have remember this is a wonderful journey of learning just because you
know what you like you never know what you will miss along the way... 
FC1(SW) Dennis W. True 
Safety Dept 
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) 
FPO AE 09532-2830 
HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the southern hemisphere 
 "On station and on point 106 and counting down..." 
Hump Day!!!! Maybe....

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