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Topic: An Odd Question or Two (7 msgs / 133 lines)
1) From: TheBard
My wok was backordered but I borrowed a friends to see if you could  
roast coffee in it.  And well, it does work and yes, you can even use  
charcoal to do it (if you don't mind the flavor it imparts.)  Sorry,  
would post a pic or two but my el cheapo camera wasn't wanting to  
work.  But I can say this, if you want to try using a wok go for an  
imported cast iron wok (the metals thinner but still heats really  
even.)  Also, the charcoal we used was made special for doing  
blacksmith work (softwood, fairly large uniform chunks) but if I use  
charcoal again I'll probably use the stuff made specially for those  
ceramic bbq's.  It's really dense stuff made from coconut husks and  
burns hot and long.
Now a few questions, was told by the woks owner that, you can brew  
coffee from un-roasted beans and the product is still drinkable (never  
heard of this myself and well, I don't believe it).  Anyone know of  
any country where they brew using green beans?  No, not going to try  
it more of a morbid curiosity thing.
Also, how well do the manual grinders work?  I have a grinder at work  
so being able to grind my coffee is no problem but for a smaller test  
batch to see what roast I like I don't want to have all the hassle.
And lastly, if you blend beans is it better to let the mixed beans set  
aside a bit to stabilize the humidity in the different beans or keep  
them apart and combine just before, or after, roasting?  I'm thinking  
the first one is the better choice but, I also know that different  
beans take a little more or less roasting to bring out the tastes you  
want.  So, any tips for nitwit?
Thanks Y'all,
James P.
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2) From: Brett Mason
I have had coffee made by my Saudi friends in college which was green - made
from green beans...
  tasted green, but hot!
Brett
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
A couple partial esponses to a couple of your questions:
How well do hand grinders work? Depends on which grinder. Some work
very well, even for espresso. The better names seem to be Zassenhaus,
Trosser, PeDe, but there still seems to be variation within each
brand.
As far as brewing unroasted coffee, I seem to recall reading, perhaps
on this list, that prior to roasting the caffeine is not available,
so, if that is true, a lot of the motivation would be gone.
Brian
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4) From: Bill
Tom has a great article on blending, should answer your questions:http://www.sweetmarias.com/blending.htmlI've heard that he manual grinders work great, excellent consistency.  Never
used one, but there are some die-hard Zass fans on the list.
bill
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5) From: Floyd Lozano
Well, you can eat beef raw, and it does have a certain appeal, but
apply some heat and you get a whole different set of flavors.  I'll
stick with a City+ on my steak and my coffee, thanks ;)
-F
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6) From: raymanowen
" Anyone know of any country where they brew using green beans?"
In Ethiopia, Khaldi's goats originally dispensed with preparation of any
kind...
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7) From: Paul Helbert
Great answer. Good observation. I love it!
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