I try not to overwhelm people right away - the first step is simply realiza=
tion that there is something better out there than what they had always hea=
rd was so wonderful (it's on every corner, so it must be great, right?) I =
figured pointing her to Sweet Maria's and suggesting that she order some of=
Tom's roasted coffee would be the gateway to all things good. I encourage=
d her to read the articles available on the site, so I think she's started =
down the right path.
I just finished roasting a pound of IMV and a p=
ound of Moka Kadir (not together!) in the bread machine and I can't keep my=
hands away from my face - that long lasting smell on the hands from using =
the heatgun is another whole part of the enjoyment for me. Do those of you=
who roast with other methods get any similar sensory bonus?
----- Original Message ----
Sent: Tuesday, January 29=
, 2008 12:04:40 PM
Subject: Re: +another new convert
She said she=
'd made a New Year's resolution to give up "coffee..." -or, as it's pronoun=
ced in places of execrable issue, "Product," normal, large, super size or, =
as I termed my junior mop bucket sized 7-11 mug, Brobdingnagian. It held mo=
st of a fresh pot I brewed at 7-11, 120cc of cream and 2oz of honey. Natura=
lly, I used two of their packs of coffee grounds for my pot!
s, in my humble opinion, your friend has spontaneously concluded that over =
roasting and extended storage of innocent coffee beans resulted in the dere=
lict beverage normally served at Four Bucks. The spontaneity of her decisio=
n to abandon the dreckig Scheiße (ADS) should easily place her as a final=
ist for 100 CSA points award.
Now that your friend knows there is a=
whole frontier of flavor beyond the attainment of commercial interest, she=
is smart enough to know that the roast and freshness will be missing unles=
s she roasts her own. Roasting is a joy in itself.
My .02 Baht-
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On Jan 27, 2008 10:16 PM, Kris Bhat=
We had a dinner guest at my house =
this evening. After dinner, my husband asked her if she would like some c=
offee. She said she'd made a New Year's resolution to give up coffee, but =
my husband started playing up how good the coffee is, that I roast it mysel=
f, etc. She quickly caved in and said she'd make this one exception. As I=
ground the beans and pulled the first shots, she started commenting on the=
amazing smell, how much better it was already than anything she'd had at S=
tarbucks (she didn't even have the cup in front of her yet.) When I served=
her a nice latte, she started in on what a work of art it was (it wouldn't=
make it into the latte art hall of fame, but did look pretty darned good).=
It was really interesting to hear very specific criticism
of the coff=
ee she was used to having, completely unprompted, by someone who had never =
tasted good fresh well-roasted coffee. My friends all know about my coffee=
hobby and might humor me, but this person had no idea about this whole obs=
ession. By the time she was halfway through the cup, I'd described the bas=
ic process of roasting and shown her my bean stash and let her smell the gr=
eens. When she left a bit later, she went with the Sweet Maria's URL and p=
lans to place an order for some roasted beans tonight. So much for that Ne=
w Year's resolution...
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