I知 going to be deployed to Baghdad for several months and I知 = trying to figure out how/if I知 going to be able to roast coffee over there. I haven稚 been able to get the full scoop on the relevant details but = here's what I do have. I値l be stationed at a camp within the larger Baghdad International Airport secured zone. I'll be staying in basically ｼ of = a single wide trailer and it痴 unlikely that I値l be unable to roast = inside. I'll be on rotating 4 month deployments so the first one will be ~September-December and the next being ~May-August so the outside temps = will vary greatly. I think that I've heard someone mention that the power is 220V. I was thinking about getting a small roaster (Fresh Roast Plus?) = and running an extension cord outside. Here are some questions I can think = of off the top of my head: - Is there anyone out there that's been over there and tried this and = wants to share their experience? - What kind of power issues will I face with 220V (or other non-US = standard juice)? - Will the extension cord idea work? - What are good roaster choices for portability/travel? - What are the minimum/maximum ambient temps that are reasonable to = roast in? - Are there any customs issues involved with carrying or shipping green = or roasted beans to another country? - In case I can't roast, will SM be able ship their roasted coffee to = me? (I've heard that we can get Amazon etc. shipped directly to us) Any suggestions/feedback appreciated. Gary
Gary, Some of the folks on this list that have learnt alot more than me will have to answer your questions ... I just wanted to thank you for serving. Be safe, and if you need some supplies that we can contribute while you are there, do let us know. Respectfully, Eddie -- Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 7/31/07, Gary White wrote: <Snip> s <Snip> a <Snip> . <Snip> ill <Snip> nd <Snip> f <Snip> ts <Snip> rd <Snip> r <Snip>
Gary, I echo Eddie's sentiments. Thank you for your service and if you need supplies that we can send over just send an email. Godspeed! Kevin
Same here, Gary. I've got no advice for your roasting; just gratitude for your service. And like Kevin said, if you need anything, just holler. On 8/1/07, Kevin wrote: <Snip> -- Larry J The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. - Walter Bagehot
no advice, just a heartfelt "thank you." be safe, and good luck w/ your roasting endeavors. gary_white wrote: <Snip>
Gary I was hoping that RayO would chime in at this point with some advice about a rooftop solar roaster!! :o) Be safe and if there is anything in that you need that we can help with, please let us know. Josh On 8/1/07, stereoplegic wrote: <Snip>
Gary, Like the others let me start by saying *THANK YOU* for your service! Also like the others I can't offer you much help, unfortunately. But it has occurred to me that coffee roasting could be used as a 'hearts and minds' thing for bonding with some of the locals. I'm sure they know the ins and outs of roasting coffee there! And all of you sitting out there on the far side of the world from your families - please let us know when you need some supplies - coffee related or not. Most of us may not be able to do a lot but the lot of us can!
This is a multipart message in MIME format. I'd like to thank everyone for their heartwarming responses and offers of help. I'd also like to clarify that I'll be staying in the relative safety of a camp on the edge of the airport complex. The people that really deserve the thanks (and much more) are the men and women going outside the wire that are subject to IEDs/EFPs/combat. They're the ones that I'll be going over to support, hopefully helping them to accomplish their missions and make it back safely to their friends and loved ones. Thanks again, Gary From: homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Steven Van Dyke Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 8:07 PM To: homeroast Subject: Re: +coffee roasting in Baghdad? Gary, Like the others let me start by saying *THANK YOU* for your service! Also like the others I can't offer you much help, unfortunately. But it has occurred to me that coffee roasting could be used as a 'hearts and minds' thing for bonding with some of the locals. I'm sure they know the ins and outs of roasting coffee there! And all of you sitting out there on the far side of the world from your families - please let us know when you need some supplies - coffee related or not. Most of us may not be able to do a lot but the lot of us can!