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Topic: Christmas beans (18 msgs / 362 lines)
1) From: John Despres
Since I started roasting, my friends (the discriminating ones) all enjoy 
the roasts I've shared with them. Then there are those with big hearts 
but who don't have a clue... These are the ones who know I roast, so 
they buy me pounds of pre-roasted beans. Most of these roasts are 
average at best a couple are pretty good, but I prefer my own SM roasts. 
What to do with these beans? Any ideas? I grind 'em course to clear the 
fine grind out of my grinder then round out the compost.
Then there was my very generous family who bought me 35 pounds of greens 
from a local vendor.  While there are no notes to refer to, they sure as 
hell aren't SM beans. Should I just practice roast 'em & give them back 
to them? I'll make the SM gift certificate much more well known in the 
future.
Had to buy my own Chemex, too.
John
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2) From: Vicki Smith
I get (inferior) roasted beans as gifts occasionally as well. I run them 
through my grinder as if I were grinding for drip, vacuum pack, and then 
give the coffee to a local homeless shelter. It's so much better than 
what they normally can offer to folks.
vicki
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3) From: Les
So sorry about the 35 pounds of greens.  Must be better than the stale
pre-ground Panama coffee that my sister-in-law was so excited to give me for
Christmas.  She was in Panama and bought it special just for me!  She
doesn't drink coffee.  I am proud of my wife however, as we were sharing
gifts, my other sister-in-law said, "Nothing beats Starbucks." when she
opened her Homeroasted Blend from us.  My wife said, "Oh that is like saying
Oreo cookies are better than your home made Christmas cookies."  What a
slam-dunk as Pam always is bragging about her great cookies.
Les
PS  My Panama is going to Church tomorrow.
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4) From: John Despres
HA! My sister-in-law (something about the in laws?) gave me a half pound 
of her "private stash" (which is hilarious because she's the only coffee 
drinker in her family) she had brought back from Nicaragua. It's so bad, 
in good conscience, I don't think I can give it away...
I was gracious and thanked her profusely. I haven't told her what I 
thought of it, but I know she's going to ask. If anyone asks, this 
exemplifies a good reason for a small white lie; "It was delicious. I 
don't have any left".
I might send mine to a shelter where no one knows me... Or I'll compost 
it...
John
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5) From: John Despres
Oh, the greens aren't so bad; the ones I've roasted, anyway. It's just 
that there's no provenance, so I don't know a thing about them. Single 
origin or multiple? And so on...
But they were thoughtful enough to send some decaf for my wife who 
drinks no caf.
JD
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6) From: raymanowen
"Should I just practice roast 'em & give them back to them?"
What are they, John- just green? I guess they might be turning a different
shade of green if they came out of New Orleans a few years ago...
"Since I started roasting, my friends (the discriminating ones) all enjoy
the roasts I've shared with them. Then there are those with big hearts but
who don't have a clue... These are the ones who know I roast, so they buy me
pounds of pre-roasted beans."
Some of these discriminating ones might be symphony or opera buffs- even
audiophiles. The perfect squelch would be to find a Spike Jones 45 on the
'Bay. Include a "Get Well" card with a little epithet about an LA hospital
seeking live Brain Donors.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Dec 29, 2007 6:30 AM, John Despres 
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7) From: John Despres
Ray, the greens are Indian Malabar - monsooned, Java Estate, Sumatra and 
Tanzanian Peaberry. I don't remember what the decafs are.
Your suggestion of gifts is amusing, particularly because I did give 
some Spike Jones for Christmas this year; it was "Spike Jones Murders 
Carmen". And a little Andy Griffith "What It Was Was Football" and 
"Romeo & Juliet"
The discriminating friends (many of whom are actually symphony and opera 
buffs) know enough to leave me to my designs and roasts without 
interfering and simply enjoy what I share with them.
JD
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8) From: Dave
Yep must be something about in-laws (sisters in particular.) Earlier
this year we had a gathering at my Mother-in-laws house and naturally
I brought the coffee. I know my m-i-l is not discriminating at all
about the coffee she drinks, but my s-i-l has made claims (obviously
unfounded) of coffee snobdom in the past. Since my m-i-l doesn't have
a grinder, I preground a 1/4 lb or so of whatever I had roasted at the
time. Mom drank it, sis drank and enjoyed it. Since what was left was
ground I really didn't want it so gave it to sis, knowing that her
grinder had broken and not been replaced.
At Thanksgiving this year I took 1/4 lb of caffeinated coffee, and 1/4
of decaf. Same story, gave s-i-l the leftovers.
I never heard any appreciation or comment. So for Christmas I took
roasted beans and my grinder, so I could bring back the leftovers.
After a couple tries, I had decided not to waste the effort giving
coffee to the unappreciative.
For my gift s-i-l gave me 1/2 of ground *$ Sumatra extra bold. She
said "I know you dry your own beans, but..." I've definitely made
unfavorable comments on *$ in the past, so I know she knows I don't do
*$.
Oh well, my daughter (a non-coffee-drinker) is taking it to her
office, where the coffee pretenders will enjoy it.
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Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
On Dec 29, 2007 1:35 PM, John Despres  wrote:
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9) From: John Despres
I gotta try drying my own beans sometime. How do you do that? Can I just 
leave them in the sun for a couple hours?
JD
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10) From: Dave
When I figure that out I'll let you know;-)
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Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
On Dec 30, 2007 9:39 AM, John Despres  wrote:
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11) From: Rich
I would suggest putting in the clothes dryer on normal heat for about 1 
hour.  Should be dried out nicely by then.
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12) From: Michael Wascher
A softener sheet will add citrus notes.
Still looking for sheets that'll give me blueberry.
On Dec 30, 2007 1:25 PM, Rich  wrote:
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13) From: John Despres
OK, I tried that. Seemed like a good idea, but the beans all got stuck 
in the holes. Well, the larger ones got stuck; the smaller fell through 
the holes in the drum. I'm thinking of plugging the holes with those ear 
protection foams. I think I saw that idea here somewhere. Also, what's 
the best way to measure the temperature in there? Will an IR thermometer 
work? Can I cut a window in the door to watch the beans?
This seems to be a good idea since the dryer is already vented to 
outside, so the smoke shouldn't be a problem.
John
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14) From: peterz
Oh my,
you forgot to put them in the hosiery bag?
This smaller mesh will keep them trapped.. or you could just hang the 
bag, or a colander, on the sneaker drying bag that attaches to the door..
Geesh...
PeterZ
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15) From: peterz
Errr.. sorry, I meant to say sneaker drying RACK..
Ooops
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16) From: John Despres
You know, my wife suggested that, but she's not a roaster, so I kind of 
blew off the idea. I need to go back to her and recognize her creative 
problem solving skills.
Thank you so much, Peter. You are a great help and may have saved my 
marriage.
John
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17) From: peterz
Oh Boy.. Glad to be of help :)
Best wishes for a happy new years
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18) From: Les
Kitty litter will give you Kopi Luwak
On Dec 30, 2007 11:48 AM, Michael Wascher  wrote:
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