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Topic: roaster interview (4 msgs / 86 lines)
1) From: Vicki Smith
There is a blog article on BoingBoing this AM 
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/03/20/a-trip-to-gillies-ne.html#more)
about Gillies, New York's oldest roaster and the problems they have had 
with the city about the smell (not smoke) of roasting coffee. Within it 
there is a link to a Tea and Coffee article from 2002 that features 
(quite a ways down the page)an interview with Don Schoenholt, Master of 
Coffee at Gillies. http://www.teaandcoffee.net/1102/special.htm).The Tea and Coffee article is worth reading in it's entirety, but I got 
such a sense of the passion that Don Schoenholt has for his family run 
business that it just made me happy reading it and I thought you all 
would like reading it too.
It also made me think about Tom's journey building SM and about miKe and 
the journey he is now on, and then, of course, I smiled some more.
Vicki
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2) From: Bryan Wray
Thank you Vikki, that was a great read (both of them).  I know a shop that uses Gillies, but I knew very little about them other than that they have been around longest so it was great to hear his passion for roasting come through so clearly.
-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: Vicki Smith
Yes, that is what impressed me, too. It's just lovely when you read 
about someone who feels this way who is roasting 600 pound batches. I 
especially liked the excitement he had in getting to buy his own 
roaster, after using the one that had been in his family for so long.
And his description of the dirty and hard physical labour involved was 
just so real--you could tell he had climbed those ladders and swept up 
the mess over and over again.
v
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4) From: Ed Needham
I've met Don several times, and corresponded with him occasionally over the 
years.  He is a man of integrity and an invaluable coffeeman, historian, and 
all around good guy.  What I know about coffee could fit in his shirt 
pocket.
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Ed Needham
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