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Topic: Coffee on the road trip (4 msgs / 112 lines)
1) From: Jim Gundlach
Late last night we got back from this Christmas trip that I have not  
decided was a trip from hell or one hell of an adventure.  Total miles  
ended up at 5,283 in my little 07 Toyota Yaris hatchback.  I love the  
car but on several legs of the trip we challenged its capacity  
carrying me, my wife, my granddaughter, our luggage, my coffee kit,  
Briene-a half St. Bernard/half German Shepherd and Rote Zorra-a half  
Golden Retriever/half Afghan hound.
    For the trip I roasted about two pounds of a quick travel blend of  
Columbia 13353 Supremo 45%/some older Java 50%/Anohki Liberica 5% the  
night before we left and I used the last of it to make a couple of  
quick cups with the AeroPress this morning, it was a nice blend that  
took theAnohki held up quite well .  On the trip I only tried three  
coffee places, was unable to get to another when it was open and could  
not quite get a meeting with Terry Titsworth in Tulsa Oklahoma together.
     The first place I tried was mentioned on the list back in July by  
Sandy Andina.  King's Coffee Company in Dearing, Kansas pulls a decent  
espresso. The coffee was not stale nor was it over roasted.  However,  
the beans probably would not have made Tom's cut, a good solid coffee  
flavor but none of those extras that make Tom's coffees special.   
While Dearing, Kansas is really out of the way, their guest book is  
signed by people from just about every state and a good number of  
other countries.
      The second place was Cafe Latte in Rapid City, SD.  They roast  
on site in full view so I got to watch their roaster go through a  
cycle.  The operator of the roaster put in about five pounds of  
greens, turn on the heat and I watched the temp go up at about one  
degree F every three seconds to 427 when he dumped to the cooler.  I  
heard him comment that the roasted beans kind of looked like their  
decaf.   The color looked a little dark for 427F to me.  I was  
disappointed to see a straight ramping up of temperature rather than a  
profile. The coffee was indeed fresh but not of especially good  
quality and I could not see the espresso machine but the kid running  
it did not give an impression of expertise.
    The third place was the Coffee House on Cherry Street in Tulsa,  
Oklahoma.  The espresso was drinkable, I judged it a very good blend  
that was not over roasted but showing a bit of staleness.  The  
atmosphere here made us feel at home instantly, probably the most  
pleasant couple of hours of the three week trip were spent here.   I  
was unable to make it to the Double Shot which Terry Titsworth  
recommended or arrange a visit with him because I got called back to  
South Dakota to help my daughter move and had to cut the Tulsa time  
down to two days.
     Well, I am back and I will try to get caught up on some of the  
more than a thousand posting I missed.
      pecan jim

2) From: Bryan Wray
The good news is about 750 of those were really off-topic.
-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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3) From: TERRY TITSWORTH
Sorry we couldn't get the time to meet and make it into DOUBLESHOT. There
was one other location that would have been a good stop, but they only roast
in teh morning hours Monday thru Thursdays and that is at JAVA DAVE'S. I was
invited to tour their place on one occation but work prevented me from going
there. However their multiple 'Fronts' around town look and feel too much
like *$'s to recommend as a serious coffee shop.
Glad to see you have completed your task and have arrived home safely. And I
completely understand the short notice change. I'll eventually talk someone
into trying the DOUBLESHOT in Tulsa Some day...
TerryT
On Jan 6, 2008 7:58 PM, Jim Gundlach  wrote:
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Peppers AND Coffee.
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4) From: gin
Jim:
Welcome home from your adventure...
gotta say that you took quite a load in your Yaris, hope you had roof racks@@!!
love ya,
ginny
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