I haven't read the list since September and haven't posted since June, but have been getting Tom's RSS feeds. Life has been too busy for words. I have a new job as a Medical Informatics Nurse for our electronic medical record system. I still work as an Advice Nurse, but only on-call. I work from home half the time now and I'm in computer heaven. But....I'm down to less than 120 lbs of beans (not counting the 28 pounds of Colombian I roast for one of my customers), have only 19 lbs of Brazil Cachoeira YB left and just finished up last year's SM Select Costa Rica PB. I need some bean opinions from the experts before I put in a new order! I just pared 650 mail threads down to 191. Wow, I missed a lot! Congrats to MiKe and Bruce on your new shop! Just figured out it was Bruce of Bruce and Luce! I wish we could have made it to this year's PNWG. We enjoyed last year's End of Summer Jam very much....until we had to be towed. Good luck to Joseph when he opens his shop in Stevenson. Zigzag is close to both shops, so we'll come for a visit. Luna Bee is a beautiful baby, Kris! I saw the picture of your son standing next to a river with a skunk cabbage visible in the background and thought you might be in the PNW. I went back in your blog and see you migrated from Kansas to Oregon. We lived in Oklahoma for a year and a half. It's a whole different world here, isn't it? Mike (just plain), I still have 2 non-working KMBs. I'll get them to you one of these days. Hopefully, before I become desperate. I'm down to only two machines that work. I hope all is well with you. Hi to Brett, Sandy, Eddie, Brian, RayO, Alchemist John, Les, Ginny, Lynne, Barry, Tom, etc, etc. I missed your voices. Hello to all the new listers. I've given up roasting duties to my husband, Dan, as my arthritic hands just can't manage stirring and intense computering. He's still using the HG/DB/BBQ side burner method, roasting 2 lbs at a time. I read all Tom's info when the Behmor became available and it sounds enticing. I'll be reading all the Behmor threads to pick your brains. We supply my daughter and sis-in-law with all their beans, have several regular customers, give lots of coffee as gifts and roast for our own use, so probably roast anywhere from 6-12 lbs per week. We could use the Behmor for smaller batches. And we could roast inside...What a concept! OK, see my current shopping cart below. I'm going with variety this time. 5 lb bags rather than three 20 lb bags. I would love some opinions. I'm completely out of Costa Rican, so it's a good time to buy. I've got 10 lbs of Sumatra Classic Mandheling for my Zigzag blend, but like a special Sumatra when not blending. In addition to the last of my Brazil YB, I have 25 lbs of other Brazils, like Poco Fundo, Camocin PB, etc. But, I'm a sucker for Brazils and the Brazil Coromandel -Fazenda Sao Joao sounds yummy. Anybody tried it? I have 10 lbs of India Matakadad Estate PB left, but I really like Indian coffees, hence two of them in my cart. Costa Rica Dota Peaberry Special Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry-Process Ethiopia Organic Idido Misty Valley DP India Baba Budan - Mandelkhan Estate India Mallali Estate "Tree-Dried Natural" Sumatra Blue Batak "Tarbarita" Peaberry Rwanda Kinunu Bourbon Costa Rica Coop Dota Dry-Process Brazil Coromandel -Fazenda Sao Joao Guatemala Huehuetenango WP Decaf Sumatra Tapanuli WP Decaf Hi, my name is Ann and I am an addict! Since I started roasting my own beans almost 3 years ago, I've NEVER had a cup of coffee that wasn't home roasted, except for my very first espresso and macchiato consumed at Stumptown. MiKe's and Alchemist John's and Mike's (just plain) were MUCH better. I'd rather go without than compromise. I feel uncomfortable if my stash gets down to near 100 lbs. Right now, I have 15 varieties of caff and 5 decaf. I want more. There is no cure. It's nice to be back. Take care, Ann -- Sweet Maria's list searchable archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htm
WELCOME BACK ANN!!!! We Missed You!!! Dennis
Ann, Welcome back and thank you for the kind words for our new roasting biz in Stevenson Wa. I look forward to more from you. The last PNWG was great fun. It was our first of a great new tradition. I am addicted now to all the wonderful folks we met and to all of you on this list. The coffee comes in a close second to all of you. Coffee without friends would be like a good book with no light to read it with. Cheers to you Ann, Joseph On Dec 8, 2007 10:43 PM, an iconoclast wrote: <Snip>
Your list looks awesome! I would add some of the Brazil Moreninha Foremosa, I have been enjoying this recently and it makes a great SO espresso. I very rarely put blends together, so I haven't used it as a base yet to know how well it works, but if it works as a SO, I'm sure it would work as a base. I would definitely add some of that. I would also add Cameroon Caplami Java for the same reason as the Brazil Moreninha Foremosa, it's an awesome SO. I notice you only have Ethiopian Misty Valley Listed once and not 3 or 4 times over. That's for the maximum 60 lbs right? Haha, it's as awesome as everyone says (I still like lasts years a little more, though) and you are going to want to make sure you grab a bunch of it, so just a little heads up. Other than that, the list looks great and you grabbed a lot of the recommendations I would have given. Happy roasting! -Bry Bryan Wray NaDean's Coffee Place/ Dino's Coffee Lounge Kalamazoo, MI "It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Chris Owens. --------------------------------- Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now.
Ann: How great to read your letter and see you back home! Welcome again... ginnyhttp://homeroasters.org/php/news.php---- an iconoclast wrote: <Snip>
Great to have you back Ann! AND, your post reminds me of the incredible ways we as a community have been blessed this year. What a tremendous recap! On Dec 9, 2007 12:43 AM, an iconoclast wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
Welcome back, Ann!! It was such a joy to read your post! Congrads on the new job - I hope it's everything you need & want in a job. I'm drinking a Brazil right now - Fazenda Brauna Peaberry. So good... I should be ready to order in a bit (my stash is down to much less, but my son & I average between a total of 2 - 4 cups a day, with an occasional gift to my girls when I see them). Hope to be able to ask for some suggestions soon, myself (if all goes well with some job possibilities for me, on the horizon). So glad you are back.. Lynne
Nice to have you back online, Ann! Brian On Dec 9, 2007 1:43 AM, an iconoclast wrote: <Snip>
An, How great to have you back and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Reading you post was like reading a letter from friend we haven't heard from for a while ... because that's exactly what it is! About the coffee ... all of the above are excellent choices ... Costa Rica Naranjo Caracol Peaberry - knowing that you like the Costa Rican coffees, you may want to add some of this one as well. It is a nice, soft, delightful coffee and a good value too. Guatemala - Finca San José Ocaña - last year's Blue Quetzal and it is e= xcellent! Cameroon Caplami Java - I agree with Bryan. This is a must try coffee even if only a sample bag; it is so nicely balanced in the cup and makes for a great SO espresso Sumatra Blue Batak "Tarbarita" Peaberry - excellent stuff, I just received another 5 pounds Ethiopia Org. Sidamo DP -Special Selection (Fero Cooperative) - If you like the DP Sidamos, I find this one particularly nice. Yeah, nice, something smoother about the flavors. Sumatra Classic Mandheling - Excellent and another great value! Sumatra Tapanuli WP Decaf - Excellent coffee. My wife's best friend can only drink decaf and she loves this one. Enjoy and welcome back!!! Eddie -- Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Dec 9, 2007 12:43 AM, an iconoclast wrote: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-3--134110038 Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; format=flowed; delsp=yes Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Glad to see you back, Ann--and the Behmor may be the answer to your arthritis! On Dec 9, 2007, at 12:59 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote: <Snip> Sandy Andina www.myspace.com/sandyandina --Apple-Mail-3--134110038 Content-Type: text/html; charset -ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Glad to see you back, Ann--and = the Behmor may be the answer to your arthritis! On = Dec 9, 2007, at 12:59 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
--Apple-Mail-4--134002320 Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; format=flowed; delsp=yes Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit The Fazenda Brauna is 50% of my recent batch of Rocket Fuel Espresso blend. Haven't tried it as an S.O. shot yet. On Dec 9, 2007, at 8:36 AM, Lynne wrote: <Snip> Sandy Andina www.myspace.com/sandyandina --Apple-Mail-4--134002320 Content-Type: text/html; charset -ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable The Fazenda Brauna is 50% of my = recent batch of Rocket Fuel Espresso blend. Haven't tried it as an S.O. = shot yet. On Dec 9, 2007, at 8:36 AM, Lynne wrote:
I did S.O. in my French Press. Really, really good - in fact, I was especially pleased since I forgot to roast some coffee yesterday when my daughter was going to come over to visit with her (rather new) boyfriend - and I had forgotten to roast coffee. We drank it only a few hours later, yet it was simply wonderful. Today, after resting 24 hrs (the coffee, not me... although resting for 24 hrs sounds REAL nice right now...), I think that I may have roasted it just a tad too long for my tastes. It's great just the same, though. Sandy wrote: <Snip> Lynne
"...uncomfortable if my stash gets down to near 100 lbs. Right now, I have 15 varieties of caff and 5 decaf. I want more. There is no cure." There is a temporary delay for this episode of Wanting More... Getting More. Git You Some! Then realize- you're just rolling an ever-bigger snowball, but it's Authorized. Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa! There is no cure, but don't you love the treatment? On Dec 8, 2007 11:43 PM, an iconoclast wrote: <Snip>
Warm tidings indeed.
Welcome back, Ann! I'd wondered why we hadn't heard from you in awhile. Luna Bee is the bee's knees, that's for sure! That picture of Linus was taken up by you when we were staying at a campground near Zigzag so I could go to PNWG. Living here *is* quite different from Kansas! I've lived in enough places to have learned that pretty much every place has it's charms. That said, I just wasn't built for Kansas living. From the weather, to the bugs, to the physiography, it wasn't for me. I'm definitely a west-of-the-Cascades girl to my core. Glad to hear from you! Kris McN
On Dec 9, 2007 9:02 PM, Kris McN wrote: <Snip> Ah, yes. I remember something about a rainy camping experience. Next time, you'll just have to stay at our house. We have extra bedrooms and futons everywhere. One of them houses the grandkids quite often. My grandson is near your son's age...he'll be 3 in March. My granddaughter is 6. Gosh, it doesn't make me feel old until I see it in print. They are part of the reason I haven't read the list lately. It's hard to do when I've got one kid on my lap and the other one snuggling next to me. It won't be long before they grow up and I want take advantage of that cuddling while I can. Enjoy. Ann -- Sweet Maria's list searchable archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/index.htm