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Topic: decaff and rest (17 msgs / 320 lines)
1) From: Bill
I have been wondering about decaff and rest.  I don't drink much decaff at
all (maybe twice a month), but I am curious, does rest affect decaff like a
regular homeroast?  Any ideas?bill
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2) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 4, 2008, at 11:19 PM, Bill wrote:
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I've heard no, and I find that it seems to be fairly flat - that is,  
it doesn't develop.
How long it takes before it goes way downhill, I have no idea.
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3) From: Bill
Allon,i think i had heard the same thing.  curious if there's any dissenting
opinions... you know, this list is generally so reserved about what they
think, hopefully they'll share!
thanks for the input.
bill
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4) From: Brett Mason
Dissent
Use more coffee.....
People don't think my decaf is decaf.
It's not, it's Tom's Decaf....
Brett
On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 10:57 PM, Bill  wrote:
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5) From: Bill
Brett!!!  never would have imagined you'd have an opinion!!! ha ha.  Yeah,
I've had people ask me before every cup of decaff, "are you sure this is
decaff?"  I promise it is, they drink another amazing cup, they worry about
staying up all night, they sleep like a baby.  You're right, it's Tom's
Decaff...
Brett, do you rest your decaff?
bill
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6) From: Brett Mason
We drink from the start, but I usually roast 1-3lb per roast, so a good
portion does rest....  Each bean awaits his own turn in the grinder, and the
water treatment...  Some can't wait, others wait a whole week....
Yeah, some of it rests...
Brett
  Who cares more about taste than rest...
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7) From: Paul Helbert
On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 12:07 AM, Brett Mason  wrote:
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8) From: David Rossell
I've noticed a good bit of flavor development on the decaf I've been
roasting.  I drink more decaf than regular as part of my caffeine addiction
management program : ).  Anyway, I seem to hit a flavor sweet spot between
days 3 and 5, especially on that African Highlands Decaf blend, which was
amazing, but is, sadly now out of stock.
With a pathetic Oliver Twist accent, "Please, Tom, we want some more."
Dave
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9) From: French Lewis
I roast decaf almost exclusively, and I do think the
flavors develop over time, with 2-5 days being peak.  
Most people who have tried my coffee don't believe it
is decaf, until it is bedtime.    It just goes to show
what a great job Tom is doing in selecting beans to
sell.
French
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10) From: Seth Grandeau
I find maintaining a level of sleep deprivation removes all power for
regular coffee to keep me awake. :)
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11) From: Barry Luterman
Coffee never kept me awake until after Graduate School. I would drink
copious amounts of coffee in the attempt to stay up all night and study.
Instead I would inevitably  fall asleep. Shortly after graduation, however,
any coffee after dinner resulted in a sleepless night.
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12) From: Dave Kvindlog
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Seth, you're not alone.  Did you catch the news this past week?  Here's one
article from the Washington Business Journal, "Americans work too much,
sleep too little":http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2008/03/03/daily4.html?t=printableThere's a simple solution: Americans need more (good) coffee.
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13) From: Mike Chester
I roast decaf for my wife mostly, though I occasionally have a cup.  The SM 
decafs are, by far, the closest to the flavor of regular coffee.
They re-ran an episode of Good Eats last week where Alton Brown discusses 
coffee.  In it, he describes the problem of getting a good decaf.  According 
to him, it takes very high quality beans to make good decaf because the 
beans are partially damaged in the process.  In order to end up tasting 
good, they have to start very good.  These beans cost a lot more plus the 
costs of running the decaffeinating facility, so good decaf would cost a lot 
more.  The masses want it to be about the same price as regular mass 
produced coffees, so the only way that the big producers can get the cost 
down is to buy very cheap beans.  Since you are starting with bad beans and 
they are degraded further by the decaffeinating process, you end up with 
very bad coffee.
I believe that the decafs that Tom buys start with top of the line beans. 
They can take the hit of decaffeination and still end up good.
Mike Chester

14) From: French Lewis
Barry, it seems we share the same story.    When I
needed coffee to keep me awake, it didn't.    Now,
when I want to sleep...the caffeine works like magic.
french
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15) From: Gary Foster
I actually used to drink a cup of coffee before bedtime to help me relax 
and sleep better.  Now that I'm older (and more crotchety) it seems to 
have the reverse effect... a cup of coffee before bedtime ensures a long 
night of tossing and turning so I've also had to switch to decaf at night :(
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16) From: Barry Luterman
I'm sure age has to be a major variable
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17) From: Sandy Andina
My band Andina & Rich has a T-shirt available from Cafepress: "Know  
coffee, no sleep/no coffee, know sleep." We've sold a few already  
because our logo contains a coffee cup, the song "Caffeine" (I wrote  
it but Steve covered it first). and it is common knowledge how  
caffeinated we both are.  To paraphrase the late great Warren Zevon.  
"we'll sleep when we're dead." And to paraphrase the terrific (and  
very much still with us) Ralph Covert, we're "not dead yet."
Sandy Andina
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