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Topic: Pretty Blue Day ... (23 msgs / 510 lines)
1) From: Eddie Dove
I am having a cup of the Blue Quetzal and the Blue Batak is next; both are
divine!  Outside, clear blue sky and a high of about 70F today.  I think all
these wonderful shades of blue mean the motorcycle gets to come out of moth
balls today!
Tom's coffees ... what a great way to start a day!
Eddie
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2) From: Derek Bradford
I've been drinking the Batak for 3 days now.  It's a nice change from
all the Africans/Centrals I've been drinking the past few months.  I
haven't had Indonesians for about 8 months.  Timor is next...
--Derek
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3) From: Robert Joslin
Et doce ut discas!
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4) From:
you are correct my lad, I had two Horse lot 30 cafe cremas about 4:30 am MST.
wonderful...
got me right out to clean up the mess the building washers made yesterday. can't wait until I find the right property.
have a great weekend.
ginny
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5) From: Patrick S. Harper
The Timor is really good stuff too.  On the Blue Batak, is that something
that is available every season or should I just go ahead and get me 10 lbs
of it since I like it so much?  How long do greens tend to last; also is
there a difference in shelf life depending on the processing method?

6) From: Brett Mason
Hey Patrick,
Good question...  Turns out every bean is available every season.
Unfortunately for us, Tom Owen only buys the beans which are excellent
in their season.  So if next year's Blue Batak or Blue Bayou are less
than spectacular, you won't see them here.  Next year the Colombia
Supremo may be the best chocolate you ever tasted.  Or not.  Uganda
Bugisu might be dismal.  Sumatra may lose its funk.
Everybody who buys from Sweet Maria's learns this lesson:  Taste and
enjoy the beans you like now!  Buy extra for the ones you love.  But
don't plan on Blue Bayou forever - next year it may be worse than tea
from the Yellow River...
Now don't you fret because these are seasonal crops with varied
results.  Instead enjoy every coffee in its season.  There are
spectacular coffees right now.  There were last year too.  And the
year before that is the same...  Next year will have some spectacular
coffee.
Which varietals will be as good as this year's?  Two pennies and a cup
in hand will let you opine....
Here's to Tom for all he does!
Brett
  RWA
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Cheers,
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7) From: raymanowen
"...a difference in shelf life depending on the processing method?"
Yes- the shelf life has a definite expiration date. That is the date you
decide to remove the green beans from the Life of Riley in a dark pantry and
commit them to en electric or gas fired Hell.
As long as they're in their plastic bag, they think they're still at Sweet
Maria's, or back in the jungle. In a gunny sack, their environment is always
changing- usually drying out.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

8) From: Eddie Dove
Derek,
That Timor is really good stuff!  I have enjoyed it at a wide range of
roasts.  The Papua New Guinea Kimel Peaberry is very good too and I cannot
fathom why Tom has not sold out of it yet ... especially at only $4.90 per
pound.
Patrick,
Brett has given you sage advice.  If you find that you truly love one of the
coffees and want some for the future, don't hesitate, purchase ... put
Harvey to work!
Green coffee beans, given proper storage conditions, should do well for a
year.  Go to the Sweet Maria's website, go to the bottom and in the search
box enter "green bean storage".  Tom provides some great information, in
some short reads, in items 2-4.
Eddie
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9) From: Derek Bradford
On 3/4/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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I just finished some PNG from last year.  It was excellent coffee,
too.   If there's some left when I order next I'll pick a bit up.
Sadly, USPS keeps raising their overseas prices.  My last order's
shipping cost was $10 more than my beans cost.  Still comes in at
about $10 a pound though, a third of the price of swill here.  I'm not
complaining much...just a little jealous of all you Harvey recipients.
--Derek
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10) From: Derek Bradford
Oops...meant to trim the rest of that email.  Sorry bout that.
--Derek

11) From: Wesley Simon
Patrick,
Last year's Blue Batak Peaberry was fantastic.  I bought 5 lbs. and it was
out by the time I wanted to purchase more.....I bought a 20 this year.
Wes
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12) From: Derek Bradford
These aren't peaberry, though...  At least mine aren't.   Maybe I
missed a peaberry lot?
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13) From: Eddie Dove
I've had both and found them almost identical.  The peaberry lot arrived in
October and is now labeled "low stock" and has a 5 lb limit.
Eddie
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14) From: Derek Bradford
The peaberry was good last year.  Guess I won't be trying this
year's...no worry though.  There are lots of others to try.
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15) From: Patrick S. Harper
I do not see the peaberry on that page, can you send a link?  I searched for
it and found the cupping review but if they still have some I would like to
get 5 lbs of it as I am going to be doing another order on Monday.

16) From: Eddie Dove
http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.indonesia.newguinea.html#kimelplantationOn 3/4/07, Patrick S. Harper  wrote:
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17) From: Wesley Simon
The blue batak peaberry I was talking about was from about a year ago.
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18) From: Eddie Dove
Wesley,
Order 20 pounds of the current Blue Batak ... but no one else should ...
until I do ...
Eddie
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19) From: Wesley Simon
Eddie,
I already have my 20 lb bag sitting in the kitchen.
Wes
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20) From: Eddie Dove
Wesley,
You are a good man ... order another!  Per Les! Yes, another 20 Pounds!
Eddie
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I already have my 20 lb bag sitting in the kitchen.
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21) From: Patrick S. Harper
I thought so but you posted that they saw it and it was limited to 5 lb's
(or at least that is what I read, no telling) so I looked for the link to
read the review and see about it.
"The peaberry lot arrived in October and is now labeled "low stock" and has
a 5 lb limit."

22) From: Les
Blue Batak is back for a second year, but it had disappeared for 3 years
before that.  So my suggestion is to go for a two year supply if you really
really like it.
Les
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23) From: Tom Ogren
This weekend I pulled  Americanos of half Blue Batak and half Peru Norte.
Extraordinary drink. Blue Batak was FC+ (for straight coffee I definitely
prefer it at FC (MAYBE 1 or 2 snaps of second, but not more) for better
balance and less roast flavor...the origin flavor is just too nice to mask
with roastiness) Peru was C+...Peru was at 3 days rest and Batak was around
5 days...
For reference, I roast in a modded popper, preheating to 350, hitting 1st
from 5-7 minutes and finishing around 10 minutes. I have found I prefer
these quicker roasts for french press, which is my "most often". Typically I
would slow down the roast for espresso, but this Batak/Peru blend was
undeniably great. Highly recommended!
TO in VA
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