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Topic: Back at it after a long absence... (11 msgs / 320 lines)
1) From: Bruce Thompson
Now I've gone and done it. Well, actually it was my boss that done it.
First off, a great big huge thank you to Sweet Maria's for exceeding  
expectations yet again. You'll read why and how in a moment.
Lemme tell you a story....
A few years ago I got my wife a Christmas present. A FreshRoast  
coffee roaster and a promise: You'll have the best, freshest coffee  
imaginable from now on. She accused me of getting it really for me,  
not for her and frankly she was right. Fortunately she's long since  
forgiven me.
That little FreshRoast did yeoman service for quite some time until I  
got to the point of wanting bigger! Better! More! Enter the  
Alpenroast. I loved that little roaster! It produced some of the best  
tasting coffee I've ever had and kept us both very happy for a good  
while. Until it died that is. Like so many other Alpenroasts, it  
started cutting out during the roast resulting in, well, dreck.
I replaced the Alp with a Caffe Rosto, but that never did really  
satisfy, nor did the iRoast which replaced that, though the iRoast  
did well enough to keep us going for a time.
Eventually, regrettably, I stopped ordering more greens, buying the  
adequate (surprisingly!) coffee from the local Smart-n-Final. It  
wasn't great coffee, but it was usually at least good and quite fresh.
I did miss roasting though. I got my father hooked on home-roasting,  
even helped my mom get him a new FreshRoast for Christmas last year,  
but didn't get back into it myself. In retrospect, I really think I  
was missing the marvelous coffee I used to get from the Alp.
Then I saw the Gene-Cafe at Sweet-Marias. It looked marvelous. It  
looked like everything I'd hoped for. It was a tad more than I could  
justify spending unless I did a bit of budgetting (never my strong  
suit). So, there it was, the holy grail of my roasting dreams :-)  
waiting for me to get my butt in gear and jump back on the horse.
Months go by, I periodically wax rhapsodic at work about the wonder  
that is freshly roasted coffee, but did I get my butt in gear? Nope,  
too busy with other stuff (where the heck were my priorities?).
Meanwhile, things are going very well at work. We've shipped our last  
two projects on time, my boss has been extremely complementary about  
my work. All is going quite well (the 5 minute commute in the Bay  
Area can't be beat either!)
My boss had been hinting about a bonus, and said something cryptic  
about wanting to get me something. I had no idea what he meant until  
Tuesday. During our regular one-on-one meeting he flips his laptop  
around to me and says: Here, pick one of these. It was Sweet-Maria's  
and he was inviting me to pick a roaster! I was floored to say the  
least, and selected my Gene-Cafe. Assuring him that UPS Ground would  
get it here in no time (it's only across the bay after all!) the  
order goes through. Then he informs me that since he's out of the  
office for two week starting Friday, and since he wants to publicly  
present me with it, if it doesn't arrive in time then I'll have to  
wait till he gets back! Ack! :-) That's where Tom et al didn't let me  
down. The roaster arrived at our dock before three o'clock the next  
day. It actually took slightly longer for our Shipping/Receiving  
folks to get it to Reception for pickup than it did for Sweet-Maria's  
and UPS to deliver it here! (In fairness, they're swamped shipping  
product out, so I really can't blame them).
So now I've got it! Wow! I still can't believe he did that either,  
sure it's been a really good year overall, but.... wow.
Now I've got it home and in digging around the garage looking for my  
scales I discovered a little over a pound of greens left over from  
before. These beans are about a year and a half old but I figured it  
would take me a few batches to get dialled in on how the new roaster  
works so away we go!
My first batch: 90% Mexican Oaxaca, 10% Costa Rica Dota Terrazu  
(roughly), 225gms roasted at 300 degrees for 5 minutes, then 465 to  
finish. What a nice machine! It's so very much quieter than the fluid- 
bed roasters and being able to watch the beans makes all the  
difference from the Alp! After cooling and dumping I couldn't wait  
and immediately brewed up a pot in the Technivorm. I'd forgotten how  
immediately after roasting it can get a bit foamy in the basket but  
no problem. First sip: Ahhhhh........ Remind me why I'd stopped  
roasting? Better yet, if I begin to slow down on my roasting please  
whack me upside the head! I'd totally forgotten what a good mouthfeel  
was, or how the aftertaste can linger and linger and linger and... I  
can still taste it and I finished my cup a good 30 minutes ago!
I can't wait to start _really_ experimenting with this machine. The  
ability to control the complete profile from start to finish has me  
itching to go. And the coffee's better than I remember too!
Between the eight pounds that came with, and the dozen pounds I  
ordered last night in anticipation, I'm going to have a blast with  
this (again), I can tell.
Hmmm.... what to try now. The Nicaraguan? Guatemala? Zimbabwe?  
Decisions, decisions.....
	Cheers!
	Bruce.
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2) From: Brett Mason
Congratulations Bruce - no doubt your boss feels like he received the
bargain - you earned it!
Well done!
Brett
On 8/16/07, Bruce Thompson  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

3) From: Eddie Dove
Great story Bruce!  Congratulations and welcome back.
Keep us informed!
Eddie
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Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 8/16/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
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4) From: Stephen Carey
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Welcome back, Bruce.  And thank you for sharing such a great 
story.  I am new to this, though I can't use that line much 
longer.  I have about 18 to 20 roasts in, each is as fun, sometimes 
as nerve wracking, and delicious in its own way, as the first roast, 
a wonderful Rwanda (which is out of stock right now).  I now have 
friends wanting me to roast for them and they want to pay for the 
coffee (fine) but  also want to pay the same price as if they bought 
it at a coffee shop.  They say wear and tear on the machine (the IR2 
you mentioned in the story), my time, plus materials, such as valve bags.
I knew I would love it, but had no idea how much.  I can drink only 
so much and I don't want coffee going stale, but if I roasted as much 
as I wanted I would be pounds ahead of what I could drink or even 
give away.  Controlling it makes it all the more fun when I do pull 
out the material and measure the beans and then get a whiff of the 
first coffee smells, wonderful.  Enjoy being back, I am sure you will 
add lots to the list. 
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Welcome back, Bruce.  And thank you for sharing such a
great story.  I am new to this, though I can't use that line much
longer.  I have about 18 to 20 roasts in, each is as fun, sometimes
as nerve wracking, and delicious in its own way, as the first roast, a
wonderful Rwanda (which is out of stock right now).  I now have
friends wanting me to roast for them and they want to pay for the coffee
(fine) but  also want to pay the same price as if they bought it at
a coffee shop.  They say wear and tear on the machine (the IR2 you
mentioned in the story), my time, plus materials, such as valve
bags.  
I knew I would love it, but had no idea how much.  I can drink only
so much and I don't want coffee going stale, but if I roasted as much as
I wanted I would be pounds ahead of what I could drink or even give
away.  Controlling it makes it all the more fun when I do pull out
the material and measure the beans and then get a whiff of the first
coffee smells, wonderful.  Enjoy being back, I am sure you will add
lots to the list.
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5) From:
Bruce:
thanks for coming back...
what a great story you have and thanks for sharing it...
lucky you on the Gene Cafe, tons-o-help here.
if you need an EXXPERT (yes double X) talk to Eddie Dove.
He is here, perhaps hiding for the weekend, but he has done more roasts in the Gene Cafe then any person on earth.
He will come out of hiding. He has profiles to die for...
take care Bruce,
let us know how it goes.
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6) From: Rick Copple
Bruce Thompson wrote:
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Cool, Bruce. Great story. Unfortunately, for me, I don't have a boss. 
Well, unfortunate in that way at least. :) My last boss would have never 
bought me a roaster, for sure. Congrads on impressing the boss that much.
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Rick Copplehttp://www.rlcopple.com/

7) From: RK
Bruce glad to have you back, and I really enjoyed the story. My boss won't 
even take us out to lunch now and then, and I know he would never buy or 
give us a gift.
You get  paid for what you do, don't you? Thats a familar statement.
Congrats
RK

8) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 8/16/07, Bruce Thompson  wrote:
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I'd be happy to, Bruce! Of course, I'll need airfare....
Seriously, congratulations and many, many happy pounds of roasting and
brewing.
Brian

9) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Nice Job Bruce...
We had a 'meeting' with the boss for producing the greatest sales for a
single month. He wanted to show his appreciation to everyone so we all got
tee shirts with cash rolled up inside them...$5.00 to $20.00...
Unfortunately I can't sell the tee shirt and the $10.00 I found won't cover
1lb and shipping. AND my quarterly participation bonus was exactly the same
as the first quarter which was a flat quarter.
You have a gem of a boss...Hang on to him...
TerryT
On 8/16/07, Bruce Thompson  wrote:
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
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(I'm the tall guy in the middle)

10) From: Lynne Biziewski
Wow.
I have an idea of what YOU could get your boss for the next holiday gift...
A copy of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Very appropriate.
Lynne
(I'd have other suggestions, too, but you'd definitely end up in the Land of
the Unemployed if you
were to listen to me...)
On 8/21/07, TERRY TITSWORTH  wrote:
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11) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Thanks Lynne, but I'll probably get him what I got him last year....
.....Because with his pay and bonus program I have a lot of it to share.
TerryT
On 8/21/07, Lynne Biziewski  wrote:
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Start HOT and work your way Down...
Peppers AND Coffee.
[|:{O....[|:{U...
(I'm the tall guy in the middle)


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