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Topic: Too darn casual on records, or, What is this coffee? (12 msgs / 355 lines)
1) From: Ken Schillinger
I don't know about everyone else on the list, but I sometimes get rather 
casual about my homeroasted coffee. For instance; I am setting here drinking 
a darn good cuppa coffee wondering what it is. I am retired and my wife 
doesn't drink much coffee. She says it causes her stomach distress (probably 
because she is a Latina, and  drinks "Cafe Con Leche" . Coffee with milk 
will bother lots of peoples stomachs. Oops, I guess I got a little off 
topic. Anyway, I am having a great cup of coffee and really don't know what 
it is. Along with other greens I have in my storeroom is an eight pack 
sampler I got from SM's. I have a habit of looking through the bags until I 
spot something that just sounds good at the time, and roast a cup or so, 
figuring I will remember what it is. Yeah Right. My filing system follows 
the same order; Random.
Any other random type folks in the group?
Ken.
Carpe Ductum (Seize the Duct Tape)

2) From: Brett Mason
I have begun putting scotch tape on the Mason jar, and writing what
the beans are inside...  This helps a bit.  OTOH, I don't recall what
I like most often...  So I am kind of random too...
Brett
Carpe Duk
  Seize the fowl
On Jan 6, 2008 2:37 PM, Ken Schillinger  wrote:
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Cheers,
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3) From: Lynne
Ken, I'm very random. Scattered brain, is more accurate. I deal with my
senses
and feelings more than an accurate, scientific manner - keep saying that
someday
I'll write everything down, but I still haven't done it.
Doesn't matter - my roasts are improving and I'm having lots of fun. That's
all that
matters, in my book.
Lynne
(hoping she will *really* have a book someday...)
On Jan 6, 2008 3:37 PM, Ken Schillinger  wrote:
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4) From: Jason Brooks
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Ken Schillinger wrote:
| I don't know about everyone else on the list, but I sometimes get rather
| casual about my homeroasted coffee. For instance; I am setting here
| drinking a darn good cuppa coffee wondering what it is. I am retired and
| my wife doesn't drink much coffee. She says it causes her stomach
| distress (probably because she is a Latina, and  drinks "Cafe Con Leche"
| . Coffee with milk will bother lots of peoples stomachs. Oops, I guess I
| got a little off topic. Anyway, I am having a great cup of coffee and
| really don't know what it is. Along with other greens I have in my
| storeroom is an eight pack sampler I got from SM's. I have a habit of
| looking through the bags until I spot something that just sounds good at
| the time, and roast a cup or so, figuring I will remember what it is.
| Yeah Right. My filing system follows the same order; Random.
| Any other random type folks in the group?
| Ken.
|
| Carpe Ductum (Seize the Duct Tape)
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Here's how I manage.
I record my roasts in an old notebook.  I write the date at the
beginning and number the roasts.  I place a piece of narrow masking tape
on the lid of the pint mason jar and write the day-roast number combo.
For instance. the Cameroon I just roasted had "6-1", 1 because it was
the first, and only roast.
The notebook lives over my setup and so, each morning, I pull it down
and cross ref what's there.  Then, I have the notebook as a record as
well.  Just started year 3 in it.  First entry was Jan 1 2005.
HTH,
Jason
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Enjoying good coffee in the Heart of Virginia
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5) From: Sandra Andina
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Hi, Ken,
I always take a piece of matte cellophane tape, fold the end to make a  
tab, and whether I'm putting my roasted beans in a valve bag or a  
plastic tub, write down the bean and the roast date.  When I reuse the  
container, I simply remove the tape by the tab and repeat the process.
I don't use a fountain pen, though, because the ink doesn't dry as  
well as it does on paper .  I use either marker or pencil (those  
Kaweco clutch pencils from Swisher work well).
Sandy
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Sandy Andina
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Hi, Ken,I always take a =
piece of matte cellophane tape, fold the end to make a tab, and whether =
I'm putting my roasted beans in a valve bag or a plastic tub, write down =
the bean and the roast date.  When I reuse the container, I simply =
remove the tape by the tab and repeat the process. 
I don't use a fountain = pen, though, because the ink doesn't dry as well as it does on paper = <g>.  I use either marker or pencil (those Kaweco clutch = pencils from Swisher work well).SandyOn = Jan 6, 2008, at 2:37 PM, Ken Schillinger wrote:
I don't = know about everyone else on the list, but I sometimes get rather casual = about my homeroasted coffee. For instance; I am setting here drinking a = darn good cuppa coffee wondering what it is. I am retired and my wife = doesn't drink much coffee. She says it causes her stomach distress = (probably because she is a Latina, and  drinks "Cafe Con Leche" . = Coffee with milk will bother lots of peoples stomachs. Oops, I guess I = got a little off topic. Anyway, I am having a great cup of coffee and = really don't know what it is. Along with other greens I have in my = storeroom is an eight pack sampler I got from SM's. I have a habit of = looking through the bags until I spot something that just sounds good at = the time, and roast a cup or so, figuring I will remember what it is. = Yeah Right. My filing system follows the same order; Random. Any = other random type folks in the group? Ken. Carpe Ductum (Seize = the Duct Tape) = homeroast mailing = list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to =http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings= Sandy Andinawww.myspace.com/sandyandina = --Apple-Mail-80-168550367--

6) From: Sheila Quinn
I put labels on all of my roasted beans, listing not only the type of 
bean, but also the date and time roasted, roast level, time it took, and 
anything else that may be important. It's not that I'm all that 
organized, but I usually have several types roasted at one time...and I 
prefer to know what's in each bag! :)
Sheila
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7) From: Jim De Hoog
Ken,
I use the smallest post it notes writing down the bean name, roast date and degree of roast and stick it to the top of the mason jar lid. Usually the 4 corners of the post it note are under the ring of the lid.
Jim "Ice Bucket Roaster" De Hoog
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From: Ken Schillinger 
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Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2008 2:37:41 PM
Subject: +Too darn casual on records, or, What is this coffee?
I don't know about everyone else on the list, but I sometimes get rather 
casual about my homeroasted coffee. For instance; I am setting here drinking 
a darn good cuppa coffee wondering what it is. I am retired and my wife 
doesn't drink much coffee. She says it causes her stomach distress (probably 
because she is a Latina, and  drinks "Cafe Con Leche" . Coffee with milk 
will bother lots of peoples stomachs. Oops, I guess I got a little off 
topic. Anyway, I am having a great cup of coffee and really don't know what 
it is. Along with other greens I have in my storeroom is an eight pack 
sampler I got from SM's. I have a habit of looking through the bags until I 
spot something that just sounds good at the time, and roast a cup or so, 
figuring I will remember what it is. Yeah Right. My filing system follows 
the same order; Random.
Any other random type folks in the group?
Ken.
Carpe Ductum (Seize the Duct Tape)

8) From: Ken Schillinger
Thanks all for your answers. There are lots of good suggestions for keeping 
track of things. I especially thank those folk who fessed up to being a 
little disorganized like myself (including the back channel poster whose 
secret is safe).
Truth be know I have a clipboard with a form I made by my roaster for 
keeping track; I just casually forget to fill it out.
Take Care, and enjoy the coffee. Ken.

9) From: Lynne
Ken, when I started roasting, I purchased a label maker, and printed out
each name of each roast, along with the date. But I didn't like the quality
of the print, so I returned this label maker.
I then started to carefully cut out nice pieces of paper, and wrote each
name with care and precision. Next to each name, I recorded the date; I
attached tape behind each label, and placed each label on the mason jar with
my fresh roasted coffee.
Soon, I started scribbling the names... stuck scotch tape over each... now
I'm lucky if I even write the country of origin. Forget the date, now..
smack each one with scotch tape, over the mason jar.
It'll be gone in a day or two.
Organized I'm not. Happy - mmmm- as long as there is at least one jar of
homeroast in the cabinet, yes, I'm happy.
Maybe someday I'll actually remember to record my impressions..
Lynne
Ken Schillinger wrote:
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10) From: Buzz Dean
my system seems darn similiar to yours!  What helps some what is storing
the roasted beans in a larger ziplock bag along wih the labeled bag of green
beans.  Usually helps keep different beans i'd.   Of course if it is a
particulary 'oily' beans the labels may get smudged
Buzz
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11) From: Bryan Wray
If I use up the rest of the greens, I often pour the roasted beans into the greens bag that they came out of.  I then put the ziplock SM bag inside a jar.  Makes it really easy to remember.  If I don't use up the rest of the greens then I will put them in a valve bag.  I write on the valve bag with a dry erase marker (that way I don't have to use tape).  Usually I just write (for example) Sum.C.M./12-31, which would be Sumatra Classic Mandheling, December 31st.  I know I am going to be able to figure out those quick little abbreviations and why write the roast level on there?  I am going to look at the beans before I grind them, I can note the roast level then.  I do keep a pretty extensive log while I am roasting, noting the full country, origin, farm, etc with how many grams I roasted, what the Behmor settings were, what roast level I was going for, if I nailed the roast level, what flavors I expected, whether I achieved them (often don't go back and fill that part in)
 when first and second crack were (if I took it to second), and when I stopped the roast.  I do all this (including labeling the bag the beans will go into) while the Behmor is roasting/cooling... gives me something to do while it's cooling (I don't mess with the cooling cycle, it works just fine).  I like my little system, it's not too terribly complicated, where it's detailed it doesn't actually take any extra time (I wouldn't be doing anything else while it was roasting/cooling anyway) and where it isn't detailed it doesn't have to be.
-Bry 
-Bry
 
Bryan Wray
NaDean's Coffee Place
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 of Cafe Grumpy in NYC.
       
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12) From: John Despres
I keep detailed logs with the batch numbers, and on each jar I stick a 
mailing label with the name of the coffee and the batch number. I find 
it's enough. I have one friend who comes over & wants to see my logs of 
what we're drinking, so they're easy to pull.
John
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