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Topic: An intro... (16 msgs / 383 lines)
1) From: Dave
I've been luring here off and on for a couple months. Now I'm gonna come out
from behind the coffee tree, and introduce myself;)
I first found specialty coffee almost 30 years ago at the Cost Plus World
Market in San Francisco, a huge multi-building store. I'm really lucky that
my non-coffee-drinking wife indulges, and even encourages my coffee habit.
We were poor and buying expensive coffee was a stretch. I improvised a
coffee grinder using a peanut butter machine we'd been given as a wedding
present. It worked pretty well. I tried their flavored coffees, but quickly
got tired of those. I only want coffee in my coffee thank you!
Over the years I've tried coffee from a lot of sources:
Charbucks, I don't like charcoal
Gevalia: Tastelss
Grocery store gourmet: COMPLETELY unpredictable, but usually pretty foul
Peet's: far and away my favorite commercial coffee
Trader Joe's: Not bad
...
I just recently stumbled across the idea of home roasting. My son gave me an
air-popper for Christmas. I placed an order from SM for an 8 pack sampler,
and started roasting in my as yet unmodified popper.
I've always been pretty unscientific about making coffee. I've used a FP
occasionally for a few years, and it's what I use when we are in the RV. For
several years I used a drip machine that does pretty well. It gets hot
enough to make better coffee than most on the market, but I've never
measured the temp. Sometime last year I got a mini Bodum Santos electric
vacuum pot. I'm quite happy with the brew from it, as with any method
getting the grind right is important. A couple weeks ago I bought a medium
size moka pot, and I've been brewing strong "americanos" with it, very nice!
Recently I've been using the Santos for my morning pot, and the moka in the
afternoon.
So far my favorite coffee from SM has been the Mexican Chiapas that was in
my sampler, or the Brazil Fazenda I ordered later. I have several I haven't
tried yet that I'm really looking forward to: Misty Valley, El Salvador CoE,
among others.
I've really enjoyed my time here, and I've learned a lot in only a few
weeks.
Now I'm trying to figure out what's next, upgrade the roaster, new grinder,
espresso machine, techivorm... If I'm not at least a little careful, I'll
need a new doghouse;-)
Whew, now that I've introduced myself, I can start to ask questions;-)
-- 
Dave
Some days, it's just not worth
chewing through the leather straps

2) From: Patrick S. Harper
Welcome, I just got into this too and my wife has instructed me to build two
dog houses for myself :)  I also got the Mexican Chiapas in my sampler and
just got 5 lbs of it and the Timor that was in there too, they are my two
favorites so far.  I have learned a lot from this list including I am not
near as picky about my coffee and the process of preparing it as my wife
thinks I am (I had her read some of the posts here to prove that) and that
this could become a very expensive hobby indeed and I am already in enough
trouble for spending too much on guns last year (I need a way to write
coffee and its gear as well as guns and ammo off my tax's then I would be
good to go).  I thought maybe a coffee house with an indoor range but then I
thought about people drinking way too much coffee and having loaded guns and
thought that might not be the best idea :)

3) From: Coffeenut
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Hello Dave, welcome, "come on in the water's fine" just the way it should be
(200F).  
Rick  
From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 4:46 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: +An intro...
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I've been luring here off and on for a couple months. Now I'm gonna come out
from behind the coffee tree, and introduce myself;)
-- 
Dave
Some days, it's just not worth 
chewing through the leather straps 

4) From: Eddie Dove
Dave,
Welcome to the list!
...dog house ... as long as all the coffee equipment fits!  :-)
Eddie
-- 
Errare humanun est - sed perseverare diabolicum
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 1/26/07, Dave  wrote:">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/On 1/26/07, Dave  wrote:
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5) From: Dave
On 1/26/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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I'll make sure it's a BIG doghouse, with plumbing;-)
-- 
Dave
Some days, it's just not worth
chewing through the leather straps

6) From: Carole Zatz
On 1/26/07, Dave  wrote:
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My husband just says: "You need a what ?!?'
Anyway, it's a wonderful journey ...

7) From:
Dave:
welcome. you will love the sm list.
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chewing through the leather straps<<<
is this a "guy thing?" or am I missing something. yes I miss a lot but what is with the new tags for guys?
I am  not that old but hey dude "bite me!"
save you old tags for this lists that encourage them...
ginny

8) From: Silvia Marsh
Hey, Dave, I'm new here too...
A good espresso machine would be my choice, but a _really_ good espresso
machine is several months' rent for me. ;) So, do your research and hit
ebay. ;)
And I have to say, I enjoyed the Mexico Chiapas I got in my sampler, too.
Though I had to swat a friend because he insisted on calling it Chaapa'ai
and saying that it should have been Egyptian instead. (For all the
non-Stargate geeks out there, I apologize heartily for the above sentence
because it will make no sense at all. :))
On 1/26/07, Dave  wrote:
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9) From: Larry Johnson
Welcome, Dave; I'm a newbie, too. This is a great list. Everybody is very
helpful and you can really learn a lot in a short time.
Just a few tips, if I may (presumptuous for a newbie, I know).
Read the List Ruleshttp://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html,
especially the parts about not posting references/links to competitors of
Sweet Maria's and keeping the conversation to coffee, coffee roasting,
coffee brewing, coffee drinking, etc. (Some folks get a bit testy with OT.)
Also....check the archiveshttp://www.themeyers.org/HomeRoast before you
ask the forum a question that you feel is likely to have been covered
before.
And, as for the dog house, my wife gave up when the mailman (Harvey) set 12
lbs of beans on the doorstep for the second day in a row on the same day I
came home with an old popcorn popper and a crusty bread machine from a
thrift store, and two Presto Scandinavian coffee makers from K-Mart. (To
complement the two French presses and the two Moka pots.)  We already have a
Melitta w/built-in whirly-blade.
On 1/26/07, Dave  wrote:
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10) From: James
Another "completed" lurker! Congratulations on your new status as participa=
nt.
   
I've been into quality coffee since Hector was a pup - even hav=
e an original Melitta roaster I purchased new circa 1982. Maybe I need to p=
ut it on eBay 'cause I could never get acceptable results from it.
  
R=
egarding new equipment, since you didn't mention what you were using for gr=
inding I think you may get the most improvement by upgrading to a premium g=
rinder.Of course if you already have a decent burr grinder then go for an e=
spresso machine. Be warned, once you get an espresso habit there is no goin=
g back.  
  
James in Southern CA.
----- Original Message ----
F=
rom: Dave 
To: homeroast
Sent: =
Friday, January 26, 2007 1:46:17 PM
Subject: +An intro...
I've been =
luring here off and on for a couple months. Now I'm gonna come out from beh=
ind the coffee tree, and introduce myself;)
I first found specialty coffe=
e almost 30 years ago at the Cost Plus World Market in San Francisco, a hug=
e multi-building store. I'm really lucky that my non-coffee-drinking wife i=
ndulges, and even encourages my coffee habit. We were poor and buying expen=
sive coffee was a stretch. I improvised a coffee grinder using a peanut but=
ter machine we'd been given as a wedding present. It worked pretty well. I =
tried their flavored coffees, but quickly got tired of those. I only want c=
offee in my coffee thank you! 
Over the years I've tried coffee from a=
 lot of sources: 
Charbucks, I don't like charcoal
Gevalia: Tastelss
=
Grocery store gourmet: COMPLETELY unpredictable, but usually pretty foul
=
Peet's: far and away my favorite commercial coffee
Trader Joe's: Not b=
ad
...
I just recently stumbled across the idea of home roasting. My so=
n gave me an air-popper for Christmas. I placed an order from SM for an 8 p=
ack sampler, and started roasting in my as yet unmodified popper.
I've=
 always been pretty unscientific about making coffee. I've used a FP occasi=
onally for a few years, and it's what I use when we are in the RV. For seve=
ral years I used a drip machine that does pretty well. It gets hot enough t=
o make better coffee than most on the market, but I've never measured the t=
emp. Sometime last year I got a mini Bodum Santos electric vacuum pot. I'm =
quite happy with the brew from it, as with any method getting the grind rig=
ht is important. A couple weeks ago I bought a medium size moka pot, and I'=
ve been brewing strong "americanos" with it, very nice! Recently I've been =
using the Santos for my morning pot, and the moka in the afternoon.
So=
 far my favorite coffee from SM has been the Mexican Chiapas that was in my=
 sampler, or the Brazil Fazenda I ordered later. I have several I haven't t=
ried yet that I'm really looking forward to: Misty Valley, El Salvador CoE,=
 among others.
I've really enjoyed my time here, and I've learned a lo=
t in only a few weeks.
Now I'm trying to figure out what's next, upgrade =
the roaster, new grinder, espresso machine, techivorm... If I'm not at leas=
t a little careful, I'll need a new doghouse;-)
Whew, now that I've in=
troduced myself, I can start to ask questions;-)
-- 
Dave
Some day=
s, it's just not worth 
chewing through the leather straps
==
Get your own web address.  
Have a HUGE year throug=
h Yahoo! Small Business.http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/domains/?p=BEST=DEAL

11) From: stereoplegic
you could call it "nice shot" or, if skeets are involved, "pull!"
patrick wrote:
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12) From: Sandy Andina
Well, my homeroast is still the best in my current situation (Wingate  
Inn in Garden City, home base while I elder-wrangle my in-laws at  
Long Island Jewish Hospital/Parker Pavilion)--I need an Aeropress or  
pourover cup in the morning to wake me up enough to his the breakfast  
buffet, and an Aeropress of Guat or El Salvador decaf is my nightcap;  
but I will say that this place definitely does not have that typical  
weak and stale brown water characteristic of motel lobbies. They have  
several airpots of Green Mountain--regular, decaf, and a couple of  
not-too-obnoxious flavors (Rain Forest Nut and Blueberry are actually  
pretty subtle, with the latter actually slightly subtler than some  
Ethiopia I've had--though Cinnamon Bun is somewhat foo-foo).  And the  
othetwise dreadful Kosher cafeteria at
LIJ's Parker rehab pavilion has about 15 flavors of Keurig, including  
Kenya, Sumatra, Costa Rica, and a number of blensa and roasts--all  
unadulterated even if not optimally fresh.
On Jan 26, 2007, at 4:46 PM, Dave wrote:
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Sandy Andina
www.sandyandina.com

13) From: Dave
Thanks for the warm welcome. Sorry I didn't get back sooner, but we were
camping for the weekend. I understand the rules and will try to follow. A
question on the commercial/competitive posting rule though... How does e-bay
fit in?
Somebody said something about my "tag". I think she meant my signature, and
I'm not sure what to make of what she said. But... I stole this signature
fair and square years ago, and I've been using it ever since.
-- 
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps

14) From: Brett Mason
If ya stole it fair and square then... Welcome!  We have all sorts here -
the straps offend only some...
Glad you're in the passion!
Brett
On 1/28/07, Dave  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

15) From: Vicki Smith
I think most folks are careful not to post Ebay links to something that 
might compete with what SM sells so, for example, you won't see a link 
to an espresso machine or anything like that. If you write to SM if 
you're not sure if what you want to link to, or talk about, will be OK, 
someone will get back to you.
It never hurts to check before hand.
vicki
Dave wrote:
.. How does  e-bay fit in?

16) From: Brian Kamnetz
Also, some folks on th list might be tracking an eBay coffee item hoping to
purchase it for a low price. Those folks tend to become irate if you
broadcast news of that item....
Brian
On 1/29/07, Vicki Smith  wrote:
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