I musta done something right.
This morning when I walked into my office, I noticed a nice blue gift bag
was sitting on chair with a note paperclipped to it. It's not my birthday,
anniversary, or any other special day, so my curiosity was immediately
piqued. I opened the card first (dutifully) and read a short, but very kind
thank you note from a newer employee who I had spent a lot of time mentoring
last spring (and a bit throughout the summer). Now please understand, this
is a really nice, hardworking, quick-learning guy with only one thing
against him...he doesn't like coffee! (His wife makes up for it by drinking
2 pots a day all by herself...not sure if it's good stuff or swill.)
In the bag, much to my surprise, was 2# bag of Jamaican Blue Mountain greens
(not SM, but he told me later that he scoured the city and Internet for the
one bean he had heard was "pretty good" and finally found it somewhere
else). I've never had JBM, but have heard its name. Didn't really know
anything about it. When I went to the purchase website to see if there were
roasting tips like Tom gives I learned two things.
1. Tom and the SM gang are awesome. We get in on all the tips and tricks
he can share with us. This other site had no info whatsoever.
2. This was a kingly gift valued several times more than I guessed the most
expensive green could ever go for. I was blown away by my "Grasshopper's"
Needless to say, I'm going to need your advice on how to roast these
precious greens. And I'm going to also enlist my great friend, neighbor,
church buddy, and coworker Brett Mason to supervise the process.
I'm humbled by "Grasshopper's" gift and plan to roast a small batch once in
a while and give it to him to take home to his wife. I'm also going to take
my FP and Zass to work and see if I can convert him to the dark side!
So what say you, my new friends and mentors? What advice would you give me
to roast these beans properly? Note that I still use a hot air popper at
this stage of my new-found hobby.