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1) From: Stephen Carey
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Hi, all.  I am rather stuck on this one.  I am having some very nice 
people over for a very nice meal.  The primary dish will be broiled 
salmon, not large portions.  A touch of wassabi (very hot) and an 
Asian based sauce.  The fish will be on wild rice, with broccoli as 
the primary vegetable.
Desert will be a simple, small serving of sherbet/sorbet.  The 
choices being lemon and peach or both.
So, I am lost as to what coffee might make a solid statement and hold 
up to what they have just eaten - as the coffee will be served with 
dessert.  Of course, those who like coffee with dinner will be served 
it - I am one of those.
These friends love good coffee.  I can't do a French Press or 
Espresso, so we are left with drip.  I do have a great drip brewer 
that hits the ideal temperature.  I could make two coffees and let 
people choose.
I could go very safe and hit any number of the Costa Rican coffees I 
have on hand, or I could go and try something different and very 
bright, like IMV - assuming I can get a decent roast, for I have a 
month to practice and only two and half pounds.  Dennis was great and 
sent me some with a wonderful roast so I would know what I was going 
for.  Then my partner ordered two pounds in my name as a gift, that 
was totally unexpected.
Or, I could try one of the Indian coffees; one I love is Baba Budan, 
though I hear India Anohki Coffee is superb.  I would have to order 
by tomorrow and get to work on dialing it in.  I also have the Panama 
Geishas to try.
All said, maybe a type of coffee would be easier to direct me 
towards.  Something that will complement the meal, but stand on its own.
Does this make sense or do I do like in restaurants, just serve some 
safe coffee.  I hate to do that.  This is a thank you to a group of 
friends who have helped me through many rounds of chemo and 
radiation.  I want to do something nice while I am feeling well, this 
seems perfect.
Sorry this is so long, but I am confused by this for since starting 
my own roasting I have been exposed to so much it is almost 
overwhelming.  I want to do something truly special.  I could order 
one of the great pre-roasted blends from SMs.  But, I need this to be 
my hands roasting it - make sense?  Thoughts? 
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Hi, all.  I am rather stuck on this one.  I am
having some very nice people over for a very nice meal.  The primary
dish will be broiled salmon, not large portions.  A touch of wassabi
(very hot) and an Asian based sauce.  The fish will be on wild rice,
with broccoli as the primary vegetable. 
Desert will be a simple, small serving of sherbet/sorbet.  The
choices being lemon and peach or both.
So, I am lost as to what coffee might make a solid statement and hold up
to what they have just eaten - as the coffee will be served with
dessert.  Of course, those who like coffee with dinner will be
served it - I am one of those.
These friends love good coffee.  I can't do a French Press or
Espresso, so we are left with drip.  I do have a great drip brewer
that hits the ideal temperature.  I could make two coffees and let
people choose.
I could go very safe and hit any number of the Costa Rican coffees I have
on hand, or I could go and try something different and very bright, like
IMV - assuming I can get a decent roast, for I have a month to practice
and only two and half pounds.  Dennis was great and sent me some
with a wonderful roast so I would know what I was going for.  Then
my partner ordered two pounds in my name as a gift, that was totally
unexpected.
Or, I could try one of the Indian coffees; one I love is Baba Budan,
though I hear India Anohki Coffee is superb.  I would have to order
by tomorrow and get to work on dialing it in.  I also have the
Panama Geishas to try.
All said, maybe a type of coffee would be easier to direct me
towards.  Something that will complement the meal, but stand on its
own.
Does this make sense or do I do like in restaurants, just serve some safe
coffee.  I hate to do that.  This is a thank you to a group of
friends who have helped me through many rounds of chemo and
radiation.  I want to do something nice while I am feeling well,
this seems perfect.
Sorry this is so long, but I am confused by this for since starting my
own roasting I have been exposed to so much it is almost
overwhelming.  I want to do something truly special.  I could
order one of the great pre-roasted blends from SMs.  But, I need
this to be my hands roasting it - make sense? 
Thoughts?
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2) From: Tom Ulmer
My thoughts are...
Bake some fortune cookies to serve with the sorbet. Have a nice heavy bodied
coffee such as the Placeres Estate Miel with the lemon and something lighter
like a Finca Rentana Yellow Bourbon with peach.

3) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
Dear Stephen,
This may seem silly, but I think you should serve the sorbet as a
pallet cleanser, then serve a second dessert that complements the
coffee.
When I think about eating sorbet, I do not feel the need to drink
coffee.  If I have cookies, pie, cake, ice cream, cheesecake, or
chocolate candy, I do.
Figure out what the flavor you like in the coffee and incorporate that
flavor in your dessert and even your meal.
If your coffee has a nutty flavor, serve a dessert with nuts.  To
really complement your meal, you could add a similar nut to the Asian
sauce or the wild rice.  For example, some roasted almonds sound nice.
If your coffee has some chocolate tones, serve something with chocolate.
It can be as simple as a cookie with some chocolate and/or nuts.  How
about a coffee cookie with nuts?  You can make the cookies a day or
two ahead, too.
Have a wonderful feast!
-Bonnie P.
Surfing the web for a coffee butter cookie recipe...

4) From: Stephen Carey
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Thanks to you and Tom.  First, I love making fortune cookies, but 
think they may come out well after dinner, but a great idea.
Bonnie, I see where you are going.  My Asian Sauce does have almonds 
in it, so I could go with some sort of simple cookie that had some in 
the cookie.  Even a few roasted almonds around a simple sugar cookie 
might work.
Now, even more to think about.  Thank you both for your help.  I 
think that no matter what I end up serving, they will understand the 
sentiment of great thanks I am offering to them, for they are the 
heros in my life.  And that is what I call "cool."
Stephen
At 02:27 PM 11/13/2007, you wrote:
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Thanks to you and Tom.  First, I love making fortune
cookies, but think they may come out well after dinner, but a great
idea.
Bonnie, I see where you are going.  My Asian Sauce does have almonds
in it, so I could go with some sort of simple cookie that had some in the
cookie.  Even a few roasted almonds around a simple sugar cookie
might work.
Now, even more to think about.  Thank you both for your help. 
I think that no matter what I end up serving, they will understand the
sentiment of great thanks I am offering to them, for they are the heros
in my life.  And that is what I call "cool."
Stephen
At 02:27 PM 11/13/2007, you wrote:
Dear Stephen,
This may seem silly, but I think you should serve the sorbet as a
pallet cleanser, then serve a second dessert that complements the
coffee.
When I think about eating sorbet, I do not feel the need to drink
coffee.  If I have cookies, pie, cake, ice cream, cheesecake,
or
chocolate candy, I do.
Figure out what the flavor you like in the coffee and incorporate
that
flavor in your dessert and even your meal.
If your coffee has a nutty flavor, serve a dessert with nuts. 
To
really complement your meal, you could add a similar nut to the
Asian
sauce or the wild rice.  For example, some roasted almonds sound
nice.
If your coffee has some chocolate tones, serve something with
chocolate.
It can be as simple as a cookie with some chocolate and/or nuts. 
How
about a coffee cookie with nuts?  You can make the cookies a day
or
two ahead, too.
Have a wonderful feast!
-Bonnie P.
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5) From: Brett Mason
Just send us directions for dinner...  We're gassing up the cars right
now...
Brett
On 11/13/07, Stephen Carey  wrote:
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6) From: Jim Carter
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Stephen,
I like Bonnie's idea of using the sorbet as a pallet cleanser and then 
serving cookies with the coffee.
Since your Asian Sauce has almonds in it, I think those Chinese Almond 
Cookies and the Indian Baba Budan would be a nice match.  Recipes should 
be easy to find on the internet. You would be carrying the almond theme 
from your sauce (more direct) to the cookies (less direct) and the 
coffee (subtle). Also, the cookie would not overtake the coffee like a 
cake or pie might.
You might also consider brewing one of your Costa Rican selections as a 
brighter alternative to the Baba Budan. It may not complement the meal 
as well, but you have quite the conversation topic (based on your 
travels) to go with the coffee.
Your dinner sounds fantastic. Let us know what you decide.
Jim Carter
Stephen Carey wrote:
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7) From: Jerry Procopio
Stephen,
I like Bonnie's idea too but here is an alternative.  Lemon sorbet as a 
pallet cleanser then serve plain cheesecake for dessert.  Garnish the 
cheesecake with one or two coffee beans (roasted of course).  Misty 
Valley would be my choice for coffee.  1.) It is my favorite this week. 
  2.)  I think the IMV floral and fruitiness would hold up well after 
salmon, Asian sauce, wasabi, and broccoli.
Just my 2˘
JavaJerry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake
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8) From: Stephen Carey
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Jerry, you may be on to something with the 
cheesecake.  I thought cheese cake might be too 
heavy for a lot of coffees, but when I think of 
Misty Valley and cheesecake, I think "Darn Good!.
The rest of the dinner is actually fairly 
light.  The fish is a small portion, tender, and 
not heavy.  The wild rice is the same.  The 
broccoli is the heaviest thing on there, but it 
works so well with a good Asian sauce.  Will let you know what I come up=
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Stephen
Northern VA
At 04:22 PM 11/13/2007, you wrote:
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Jerry, you may be on to something with the cheesecake. 
I thought cheese cake might be too heavy for a lot of coffees, but when I
think of Misty Valley and cheesecake, I think "Darn Good!.
The rest of the dinner is actually fairly light.  The fish is a
small portion, tender, and not heavy.  The wild rice is the
same.  The broccoli is the heaviest thing on there, but it works so
well with a good Asian sauce.  Will let you know what I come up
with.
Stephen
Northern VA
At 04:22 PM 11/13/2007, you wrote:
Stephen,
I like Bonnie's idea too but here is an alternative.  Lemon sorbet
as a pallet cleanser then serve plain cheesecake for dessert. 
Garnish the cheesecake with one or two coffee beans (roasted of
course).  Misty Valley would be my choice for coffee.  1.) It
is my favorite this week.  2.)  I think the IMV floral and
fruitiness would hold up well after salmon, Asian sauce, wasabi, and
broccoli.
Just my 2˘
JavaJerry
RK Drum roasting in Chesapeake
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9) From: Homeroaster
Call me a rebel, but I'd likely go for a few great red wines (I 
know...fish/white, red meat/red) and skip the coffee.  Brew a Colombian or a 
Sumatra, since their taste buds will be blown by all the rich food you'll be 
serving, and serve it before everyone goes home.  Sleepy people drive worse 
than drunks.  A sleepy drunk is even worse.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************


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