Hi, all. I have been working to get my stash down to a manageable
level and one which would allow me to buy the new and wonderful beans
Tom finds on his travels. I am getting there. From having over 45
pounds (which I know isn't much compared to many), I am down to 27
pounds 11 ounces. But, they hail from 24 orchards/estates and almost
as many countries - not really, but it seems that way.
I never thought I would get it to this amount, but as I am continuing
to roast, more and more friends want to buy roasts from me, which
will allow me to work down the stash and then buy the beans that Tom
recommends. The beans are NOT split evenly over the stash, no, I
have a number of 2 and 3 pound bags in there, such as Geshas,
Peaberries, Yirgs, and other highly recommended beans, plus my two
favorite beans. The rest come from wanting to try something from
Cameroon, and other such places, or from getting a couple of sample packs.
It is opening my eyes to all that coffee can be, even at my stage of
roasting. And, I am finding that my friends now "drop in" more often
for coffee than they did in the past. And that is just fine. I owe
my friends so much, the least i can do is offer them home roasted
coffee. This has been a dream of mine for so long, to have a hobby,
an avocation which I love and allows me to share the results of it
with family and friends, this has done it.
My goal is to get to about 13 pounds and then buy more, though I am
sure I will buy some before then - goals are made to be broken in
this case. But, I feel great about all of this. Thank you one and
all for your support, answering my silly questions, and bearing with
me as I still try to learn this craft of home roasting. I want to be
very, very good at it and that is for me, so I may taste the fruits
of my labor and share it along the way. Sounds corny, I know, but
after doing an inventory it is just how I feel.