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Topic: Yemen Bonanza!! (11 msgs / 237 lines)
1) From: Bill
Just checking the SM blog... holy cow!!  Apparently Tom went to Yemen and
bought the entire country!  No wonder he couldn't put it into his suitcase!
I just put in a small order, should be here on Friday...  I'm excited, I got
some of the Harar Horse, which should be great.  But I'm kinda bummed... I
would have ordered 1 pound of each coffee, plus the tea... oh well, there's
always next month...
Seriously, too many coffees, too little time.  Maybe I should increase
consumption?  I only consume 30 or 60 g of coffee per day (1 FP pot or 2)...
maybe I should start drinking like 10 times that... hmmmm...
happy roasting!
bill
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2) From: John Haley
I've been watching closely for the past week and when I saw the batch of
Yemeni coffees come up last night and couldn't wait to order. Initially I
grabbed 25 lbs along with a dozen espresso and cappuccino cups and a book.
I'll be back in heaven again when the Mokha Matari arrives, and I'm looking
forward to the Mokha Sharasi as a SO espresso.
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3) From: Seth Grandeau
Don't you hate when you've just placed an order and suddenly a bunch of
interesting new coffees show up. :)  Oh well.  Hopefully they'll still be
around when I get the stash back down a bit.
On 4/3/08, John Haley  wrote:
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4) From: Bob Brashear
15 pounds on the way and I'm salivating. Could not get the Sana'ani as I 
have 5 pounds left (large order) and the spousal unit put the foot down 
in a very uncomfortable place.
Got a couple of people that have been waiting very patiently for this 
stuff.
Tom, thanks for the time and effort.
Bob Brashear
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5) From: Elliott H. O'Reilly
Well, I started out by turning my addiction into a hobby.  Then I decided
that I could treat my ADD with caffeine instead of Ritalin and kill 3 birds
with one stone.  Of course that gave me the justification to order a couple
of pounds each of all of Tom's Yemens.  Gotta use logic in making these
important investment decisions.
Elliott

6) From: rory-kerry
I have been a list member for years but this is my first submission. I have
been waiting for Yemen's for a long time. I got some Mokha Matari in
December of 06 and by the time I tried it and wanted more it was sold out.
So I will get me enough to last the year and give the Mokha Sharasi a try as
SO espresso. I will also get some Ethiopia Harar Horse and get more Kenya AA
Giakanja Coop Coffee Mill (Oooops I guess not seeing as how they appear to
be sold out) I hate it when that happens.
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7) From: Bill
I don't think it's appropriate to say "welcome!"... you've been here longer
than I have!  Yeah, I went for the Kenya AA as well... doh!  You know, in
hindsight, it was really stupid of me to start this thread, I was just
totally surprised and stoked to see that Tom had these great coffees...  But
by posting it, I probably made everyone look real hard at putting some in an
order... Maybe I should order a few bags?  I hate this!!!  Isn't that the
CSA oath, something like, "to put all of my financial resources to use at
Sweet Marias...?"
bill
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8) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I am hoping to get some early feedback on the Yemeni coffees. As 
brewed  coffee they are cleaner than previus lots, which might be a 
different experience for some, but definitely an improvement. I mean, 
there are Yemens I cupped a few years ago that had a very intense, 
odd flavor that I liked at first ... found out later that it was from 
excessive fumigation. And there's good earlthy flavors and dirty 
flavors ... dirty can literally come from the coffee laying on dirt, 
and improper drying. So as Yemeni coffee quality improves, we should 
see a cleaner cup and some sweetness emerge, and certain types of 
overly rustic flavors fade back a bit. Still, it will always be 
Yemen, grown on ancient trees that produce very little, dried on 
roofs, etc. What's new here (for me) is the fact that you distill 
these 3 new lots into a concentrate (i.e. espresso) and I am getting 
sweetness, complexity and cleanliness that I have not had before. In 
fact, that was a reason Yemen often had to be blended to use it in 
espresso - a nasty dirty aftertaste.  Ismaili and Sharasi, roasted to 
FC+ / light Vienna, with a lot of rest, are unlike Yemeni SP espresso 
I have had before. Mattari, I feel, doesnt translate as well with 
it's winey fruited note, but is my favorite as brewed coffee. 
Remember too that all Yemens need rest, nomatter what brew method. 
They really change in the first 3-4 days. There are great aromatics 
at 12 hours rest but the cup hasn't balanced out at all.
Oh - I forgot to mention that Yemens need extra attention in some 
roasters due to excessive chaff and small bean - watch out in the 
behmor! You could get out some really small beans by loading the 
green and shaking the drum around before installing in the roaster. 
You should really clean they behmor carefully between each batch of 
yemen, vacuum out chaff, make sure all small beans that get wedged in 
the drum screen are removed. With all the chaff, I imagine there will 
be a bit of a "light show" while you roast.
I have bought 2 lots of Giakanja in the Kenya Auctions for new crop. 
(Which means 6-8 weeks+ to actually offer them). There was some retty 
fierce bidding for these coffees - seems like some others have found 
this unusual flavor appealing.
Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
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9) From: Floyd Lozano
Do you think the bean size will be a problem even with the new drum in
the Behmor?  Or is the potential size issue with the original drum?
On Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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10) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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I think it will be okay - these are well-prepared Yemen coffees. They 
are 15+ screens size, and few brokens or chips. I just think the 
Behmor roast chamber and the drum screen need attention between every 
batch. Even on the 12 kilo Probat, Yemeni coffee can be an issue - it 
just builds aup a lot of chaff and any broken pieces get stuck in the 
cooling tray screen. It's extra work, but worth it. Tom
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            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
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11) From: Bob Brashear
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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Just did a one pound batch of the Sharasi (P1, 20:30 total time) to C+. 
Using the new drum.  A lot of chaff, very few beans in the bottom of the 
chaff collector. Most of the beans lost were very small or broken. Total 
loss may have amounted to a gram. MAYBE.
The "err 6" during the cool cycle is another matter. Already talking to 
Joe and trouble-shooting. Tom and Joe ... what client care should be!
Bob Brashear
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