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Topic: Fw: Fire Roast -Tanzania "home" roast (7 msgs / 163 lines)
1) From: Cary Maassen
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       The whole experience reminded me of my childhood infatuation of 
reading about bush pilots in Alaska and dreaming about learning to fly "by 
the seat of my pants"! Watching Gaius go through developing a feel  for 
unfamiliar pans and heat effects, evaluating the results, and  adapting as 
the roast progressed was mesmerizing. Even watching him cool  the beans and 
remove the chaff by flipping the roast in the breeze and  catching the beans 
in a big cookie sheet was breathtaking. I don't think  he lost a bean! He 
told me his Dad was a master. The art and the artist-  each painter picks 
his/her palette and brushes! I once had a painting  instructor tell me that 
Picasso had so mastered painting that he would out paint all other painters 
with a tooth brush. (Picasso was still  living and painting at that time). 
So, I am trying to apply my life  lessons to coffee roasting and as I fly by 
the seat of my pants I am  just beginning to combine all these experiences. 
Beans are the colors on  my palette heat is my brush! Cary

2) From: Brett Mason
Great account!  The Art of Coffee flourishes....
Keep at it,
Brett
  RWA
On 2/28/07, Cary Maassen  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Floyd Lozano
I sure hope the kid wasn't disrespectin' SM beans!
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I just ordered come 'Cup of Gold' Costa Rican Eco-Brisas from another source
(gasp) only to hear Tom's comments on the SM site that it would be criminal
to offer CR beans at this time of year as they would be past crop lots near
extinction and too old.  Yet another thing to learn - when the different
regions produce coffee and when to expect harvest and distribution of the
latest crop! (I know he has a link on SM that has a calendar of this
information)http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.prod.timetable.shtmlthough I am not sure how recent this has been updated and imagine there must
be some variability, as according to the calendar we're a little past peak
for shipping Peruvian coffees but they are still arriving none to worse for
the wear!
Here's hoping my 5lb purchase doesnt' suck.  If it does, well, I can always
roast it and give it away at the office ;)

4) From: Silvia Marsh
What an awesome story...any new techniques learned are good things.
Keep in mind, his disrespecting of your honored stash may have been a touch
of country pride. ;) I wouldn't take it too hard if you're enjoying your
roasting. In any case, you should try to get him to get dad to send ya some
good beans. ;)
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5) From: Eddie Dove
Cary,
What an awesome story!  Thank you for sharing ...
Eddie
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6) From: Leo Zick
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i hope the beans you are proud of in your stash arent from SM. :/
though i understand the dismay he had. its like eating fruit from a tree vs
getting it in a grocery store weeks or even months later. we can only hope
for the best!  
From: Eddie Dove [mailto:southcoastcoffeeroaster] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:40 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Fw: Fire Roast -Tanzania "home" roast
Cary,
What an awesome story!  Thank you for sharing ...
Eddie
-- 
Docendo Discimus
My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/">http://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/
On 2/28/07, Cary Maassen  wrote: 
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       The whole experience reminded me of my childhood infatuation of 
reading about bush pilots in Alaska and dreaming about learning to fly "by
the seat of my pants"! Watching Gaius go through developing a feel  for
unfamiliar pans and heat effects, evaluating the results, and  adapting as 
the roast progressed was mesmerizing. Even watching him cool  the beans and
remove the chaff by flipping the roast in the breeze and  catching the beans
in a big cookie sheet was breathtaking. I don't think  he lost a bean! He 
told me his Dad was a master. The art and the artist-  each painter picks
his/her palette and brushes! I once had a painting  instructor tell me that
Picasso had so mastered painting that he would out paint all other painters 
with a tooth brush. (Picasso was still  living and painting at that time).
So, I am trying to apply my life  lessons to coffee roasting and as I fly by
the seat of my pants I am  just beginning to combine all these experiences. 
Beans are the colors on  my palette heat is my brush! Cary

7) From: Cary Maassen
No! That is why I wrote that I'm a newbie on this list ( and to roasting ). 
Actually, the bad batch was bad. I was in a big city to pick up a shipment 
of work related material at the airport. I stumbled upon a coffee warehouse 
and stopped. Now the fun! They told me they only sell wholesale and not to 
walk-in customers. The old guy inquired as to what I was looking for and I 
bit. I told him I wanted to see some roasting and that I wanted to learn 
more about buying green beans. ( I should have recognized the sparkle in his 
eyes! ). He told the young guy to give me a tour and to show me some of 
those broken bag beans. To make a long story not so long- they could sell me 
some of them. I bit and bought - and regretted. After several attempts I had 
not achieved a roast that would even remotely smell like fresh coffee. They 
had just found a sucker to help clean out the back room! This all happened 
before I met Gaius. Had he been along I think I would have learned that 
lesson a little easier. His experience from home was a complete package ( 
for that region ) that involved developing all the senses. It was a treat to 
share that time with him. An hour could vanish just discussing the color and 
size of blotches on various beans and the dividing line between acceptable 
and not acceptable - and on and on! I only wanted good coffee but roasting 
has turned into a journy instead of that definite destination that I really 
wanted to find! Cary
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