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Topic: Coffee the way it's s'posed to be -- WAS: Good Espresso (LONG, literary post-no rants) (5 msgs / 323 lines)
1) From: Les
Thanks for sharing your story.  These are the kind of things I like to
see on the list.  I just roasted some Pacamara from last year.  It is
an El Salvador.  I forgot how big those beans really are.  I really
enjoy a good Pacamara and I am hoping Tom will get some more in soon.
Les

2) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 6/12/07, JanoMac  wrote:
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Kirk,
On the other hand, some of the coffees that started out as "ehh...OK" have
grown on me. There was one recently that had a sort of "off" flavor to me,
and suddenly one day I realized that was the citrus. Once I had a different
interpretation for this new flavor in the coffee I appreciated it much more,
loved it in fact.
Brian

3) From: Sandy Andina
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What started me on my homeroast journey (I'd already become a whole- 
bean, beyond-the-Green-Mermaid aficionado) was a trip to Seattle in  
1997. (I had already been brewing with a succession of consumer-level  
cheap pumpers--Krups thermoblock, then Saeco Vapore, Estro Profi,  
Capresso Ultima).  I had begun to investigate espresso on the 'net  
after a 1992 law school reunion trip back to the city that had been  
my home from 1971-78 BC (Before Cappuccino), and was a faithful  
reader of David Schomer's site and had investigated Caffe d'Arte  
online. Had already been buying fresh-roast first at Color Me Coffee  
in Chicago's Lakeview area (long since closed), custom roast (as  
little as 1/4 lb. at a time) at Harvest Blend in Evanston (it closed,  
but its roaster opened Casteel & Co.) and Coffee & Tea Exchange (in  
the impossible-to-find-parking Boys' Town along Chicago's B'way).
  I was driving along "the other B'way" on Capitol Hill in Seattle  
when I saw a sign advertising Caffe d'Arte's drive-through window; I  
followed the arrow to a parking lot behind some yuppie design  
megastore and was surprised to see just a trailer.  I ordered a  
double skim cappa;  when I sipped it I said, "This is delicious and  
sweet, but I didn't order a mocha, and I definitely didn't order  
whipped cream." When they told me it was indeed exactly what I  
ordered, without a drop of sugar or chocolate syrup, I was thus  
introduced to a lightly roasted complex espresso blend (Firenze) and  
the wonderful world of properly pulled microfoam.
  I became obsessed--first, I signed up to get Firenze delivered to  
me every six weeks (who knew how fresh it REALLY needed to be?); then  
I decided my Capresso Ultima just didn't cut it (inconsistent crema,  
impossible to clean, no control over tamp or steam velocity). I asked  
some online penpals (real "pen" collecting pals who had hinted at  
coffee obsession) for suggestions on what to buy to replace my  
grinder and Capresso; and settled on a Silvia and (till I could  
afford a Rocky or Mazzer) a Solis Maestro Plus--both machines  
available to buy at Intelligentsia and take home with me.  I had  
discovered Intelligentsia and had by then begun to buy no more than I  
could brew (drip and espresso) in a week or so.  Shortly thereafter,  
I found Metropolis within walking distance of my home, and was truly  
in coffee heaven (by then I had a Rocky).   The same friend who  
suggested I buy a Silvia and turned me on to CoffeeGeek.com also  
suggested I try home roasting. I scoffed--how could I produce  
anything as good as (IMHO) the two best roasteries in the country?   
He suggested I buy and then futz around with a hot air popper or buy  
a Hottop as he had (and sent me some Malabar Gold he'd roasted in the  
latter). I was bowled over, but was too strapped to buy a Hottop and  
too chicken to rewire any electric appliance, so I visited CoffeeGeek  
and HomeBarista's homeroasting boards and found out about Sweet  
Maria's. Bought an i-Roast and sampler from them, and the rest is  
history. (Oh, and I finally have my Mazzer, and a Pasquini Livia 90A  
to go with it---but Silvia & Rocky go to dinner parties and BBQs with  
me).   I still buy freshly roasted on occasion from Metropolis and  
Intelly when I misjudge my timing and my homeroast hasn't yet outgassed.
On Jun 12, 2007, at 2:08 PM, Les wrote:
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Sandy Andina
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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What started me on my homeroast =
journey (I'd already become a whole-bean, beyond-the-Green-Mermaid =
aficionado) was a trip to Seattle in 1997. (I had already been brewing =
with a succession of consumer-level cheap pumpers--Krups thermoblock, =
then Saeco Vapore, Estro Profi, Capresso Ultima).  I had begun to =
investigate espresso on the 'net after a 1992 law school reunion trip =
back to the city that had been my home from 1971-78 BC (Before =
Cappuccino), and was a faithful reader of David Schomer's site and had =
investigated Caffe d'Arte online. Had already been buying fresh-roast =
first at Color Me Coffee in Chicago's Lakeview area (long since closed), =
custom roast (as little as 1/4 lb. at a time) at Harvest Blend in =
Evanston (it closed, but its roaster opened Casteel & Co.) and =
Coffee & Tea Exchange (in the impossible-to-find-parking Boys' Town =
along Chicago's B'way).
 I was driving along "the = other B'way" on Capitol Hill in Seattle when I saw a sign advertising = Caffe d'Arte's drive-through window; I followed the arrow to a parking = lot behind some yuppie design megastore and was surprised to see just a = trailer.  I ordered a double skim cappa;  when I sipped it I said, = "This is delicious and sweet, but I didn't order a mocha, and I = definitely didn't order whipped cream." When they told me it was indeed = exactly what I ordered, without a drop of sugar or chocolate syrup, I = was thus introduced to a lightly roasted complex espresso blend = (Firenze) and the wonderful world of properly pulled = microfoam. 
 I became = obsessed--first, I signed up to get Firenze delivered to me every six = weeks (who knew how fresh it REALLY needed to be?); then I decided my = Capresso Ultima just didn't cut it (inconsistent crema, impossible to = clean, no control over tamp or steam velocity). I asked some online = penpals (real "pen" collecting pals who had hinted at coffee obsession) = for suggestions on what to buy to replace my grinder and Capresso; and = settled on a Silvia and (till I could afford a Rocky or Mazzer) a Solis = Maestro Plus--both machines available to buy at Intelligentsia and take = home with me.  I had discovered Intelligentsia and had by then begun = to buy no more than I could brew (drip and espresso) in a week or so.  = Shortly thereafter, I found Metropolis within walking distance of my = home, and was truly in coffee heaven (by then I had a Rocky).   The = same friend who suggested I buy a Silvia and turned me on to = CoffeeGeek.com also suggested I try home roasting. I scoffed--how could = I produce anything as good as (IMHO) the two best roasteries in the = country?  He suggested I buy and then futz around with a hot air = popper or buy a Hottop as he had (and sent me some Malabar Gold he'd = roasted in the latter). I was bowled over, but was too strapped to buy a = Hottop and too chicken to rewire any electric appliance, so I visited = CoffeeGeek and HomeBarista's homeroasting boards and found out about = Sweet Maria's. Bought an i-Roast and sampler from them, and the rest is = history. (Oh, and I finally have my Mazzer, and a Pasquini Livia 90A to = go with it---but Silvia & Rocky go to dinner parties and BBQs with = me).   I still buy freshly roasted on occasion from Metropolis and = Intelly when I misjudge my timing and my homeroast hasn't yet = outgassed. On Jun 12, 2007, at 2:08 PM, Les wrote:
Thanks for sharing your story.  These are the kind of things = I like tosee on the list.  I just roasted some Pacamara = from last year.  It = isan El Salvador.  I forgot how big those beans = really are.  I = reallyenjoy a good Pacamara and I am = hoping Tom will get some more in soon. Leshomeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = Sandy = Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=

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4) From: Barry Luterman
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
For me it was a trip to Bali. I fell in love with the coffee in Bali as =
well as the country. When I got back to the states no matter where I =
looked I could not purchase any roasted Bali coffee. After a computer =
search I found SM who had sold Bali greens in the past. Unfortunately, =
they were out but expecting another shipment. I figured if the only way =
to get my beloved Bali beans (nice alliteration there) was to roast. =
Then so be it. It is ironic, although getting into roasting was one of =
the smartest things I did.SM has yet to get in greens from Bali.

5) From: David Morgenlender
Yup, you got me!
Dave
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