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Glad to read that you are getting some good roasts/coffee. I'm fairly =
new here myself, so am still learning. Just in case you haven't been =
lurking too long or haven't read about the shipping process, SM does =
have a flat rate shipping box for 12 pounds of coffee beans. I used to =
order 5-6 pounds and pay just over $8.00 per order. Now I order a =
straight 12# and pay just over $9.00, so I save a little bit on =
shipping. This is just an FYI in case you did not know (read where you =
just bought 8 pounds).
I used to think that I liked my coffee dark and strong (ol' Folger/*$ =
days). I was always buying the "dark" or "bold" or "Vienna/French" =
roasts. Now, since I have started roasting my own (SM's) beans, I try =
not to get it into second crack, if I can (kinda hard on my cheap =
popper, but I try) help it. I really like the lighter roasts and now =
realize that "strong" does not mean black (I.E., most of *$ stuff).
I've also learned that if the cup doesn't taste just right after a day =
or so of rest, give it another day or two, and hopefully, it will get =
better (my last Kenya was that way--way too bright for me after just a =
day or two-but mellowed somewhat after that). Right now, I am sipping on =
the African Highlands DP Decaf roasted just yesterday evening. It tastes =
OK now, but, I think will taste better another day or two down the road.
Also, one last thing that made a real big difference in my coffee =
flavors was changing brewing methods (I don't know what you use now). I =
went from a 4 cup Mr. Coffee brewer to an Aero Press. I will never go =
back to the Mr. Coffee. The AP really gives me a good cup.
Best wishes in your future endeavors here, Frank