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Topic: Not a good coffee day for me (20 msgs / 490 lines)
1) From: Gary Foster
Today has not been a good coffee day for me today.
I started my morning out with some 3 day rested Blue Batak in the
French press.  I wasn't impressed with it at all, and if it doesn't
impress me in the Silvia later today it's going into the garden as
compost.
I washed out the press and rummaged around and found a little bit of
Brazilian Daterra Santa Colomba left that I've been pulling shots
with.  It also failed to impress me in the FP (although I *love* it as
an espresso).  It had more body than the BB, but it didn't have much
character or liveliness to it.
Well, both of those are the only fresh roast I had on hand, so I was
up a creek.  I decided I'd go roast some more coffee and get back
ahead of the game.  I rummaged through my stash and found a 1lb
sampler of Ethiopian organic limu I got in a sampler packet from Sweet
Marias.  Woo hoo!  I don't know a lot about coffee yet, but EVERY
Ethiopian I've tried I've loved and the description said it had more
body than a Yirg.  Since Yirgs are just about my favorite (tied with
Harrar I guess) I thought "BINGO".
I put a half pound in the behmor and fired it up, only to get a
sluggish grinding noise, an ERR 6 and a roaster that won't even start
and keeps turning itself off.  Oh great.
I fiddled with it a while and finally got it to start a roast and
crossed my fingers that it would complete and not spoil these nice
Ethiopian beans.  It did complete it fine, although it didn't cool
them nearly as much as it normally does (they were still quite warm to
the touch).
I fired off a quick email to Joe and badda bing badda bang, he's on it
like a dog on a bone (I wish every company had someone standing behind
their stuff like he does).  He's making it all right, too bad I still
don't have any coffee I can drink right this instant (I am trying to
let the limu rest).  I then spend some time taking apart my rocky and
cleaning it, removing the portafilter forks, taping the vanes, etc.
I then decide to reorganize my coffee stuff and inventory my bags,
beans, etc.  So, rummaging around and rearranging my coffee stuff,
guess what I found?  Stuffed behind my plastic box full of bags and
scoops and stuff was a foil valve bag with just enough Yirga Cheffe to
make one last French press full of coffee.  FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY I
get some good coffee and it's almost 4 pm.  It's all for me too, since
my wife is out running around doing errands and such.
/sigh
Great, now I'm turning into a coffee snob too.  Gah.  You guys are
ruining me.  I hate you all.  and your dogs too.
Just kidding.  About the dogs anyway.  :)
-- Gary F.
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2) From: John Despres
Well, just for that, I'll tell my worst coffee day story. This happened =
roughly 1978 or 79 when I was in college. As was the norm, I was working =
on some show or another and there was work to be done. This, however did =
not stop me from misbehaving as college students would, and I spent the =
night out consuming as many adult beverages as I could.
Nonetheless, I woke pretty much on time and made it to the theatre in =
fine form with my buddy Ted, who'd been drinking as well. Since we had =
no money to get a cuppa anywhere on the way in, we knew we'd be in good =
shape once we arrived at the theatre. We found the coffee, filled the =
reservoir and could not find any filters. There weren't even any that =
could be re-used (c'mon, admit you've all done it at least once - rinse, =
repeat). After extensive searching, we settled on a paper towel. Not =
Bounty or anything of that sort, but the brown ones from the hand drier =
rack.
We were very pleased with our ingenuity and settle back to enjoy the =
aroma of whatever the heck it was were brewing, Folgers, maybe? I dunno. =
It finished brewing, we rinsed a couple cups we found, and poured.
It was the WORST cuppa I've ever had. Ever. In my life. In my entire =
life. The combined flavors of the paper towel and the coffee made for =
the nastiest thing I've ever put in my mouth. Ever. In my life. In my =
*entire* life. I'd already had MRE coffee and I thought that was bad, =
but this took the cake.
We dumped it out, made some calls to other coffee drinkers who would be =
on their way in to the theatre, and warned them there were no filters, =
so they'd bring some.
Anybody else got a story to cheer Gary up?
John
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3) From: Benny Atkins
Hey there. I'm brand new to coffee roasting and the homeroast list.
Yesterday I received my first batch of Tom's samplers, and I've already
roasted 4 rounds. I've been experimenting with stovetop and airpopper
roasting so far.
As for cheering up Gary, I tried smoking ground coffee in a tobacco pipe
when I was in high school.
Blech.
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"'Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is
no reason for us not to try to win,' Atticus said."
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4) From: Michael Wascher
I had a coop job for General Telephone of Ohio. In the CO that I was
working, every morning this huge aluminum percolator was cleaned (the
previous day's grinds & remaining coffee was dumped) and a new bucket
of sludge was made.
Time came when we had to work nights to cut over the equipment. I
walked into the CO and the urn was hot! Somebody had made coffee. I
filled my mug, took a big swig & gagged.
It seems that the night switchman would just plug the pot back in,
re-perking the remaining coffee (that had been sitting for 8 hours)
through the old grounds.
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acquiring the deadening effect of a habit." --W. Somerset Maugham
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5) From: Rich
That would be USN Extra Strong....
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6) From: Barry Luterman
Over the last few years I have bought my daughter a Tecnivorm,Rocky and a
Behmor. This serves two purposes:
1. She is a fullfledged member of CSA
2. When I go to visit her I don't have to bring my travel set.We mearly
discuss what she should roast prior to my visit
Last time I visited jet  lag had me still sleeping after my son-in-law got
up and left for work. I poured a cup from the TV and took a deep drink and
nearly spit up. My daughter came in and I said. What have you done to all
the nice stuff I bought you. She looked and said, "Oh no, Dad you didn't let
Mike make the coffee this morning did you? He never empties the grounds. He
just uses the grounds from yesterday."
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7) From: Paul Helbert
Our well water tastes delicious, but it is very hard. The kettle we heat it
in gets coated with lime deposits in just a few days.
I no longer leave the kettle sitting on the counter with vinegar in it
without a flag. Dad found out that vinegar makes awful coffee no matter how
you brew it.
-- 
Paul Helbert
Prepackaged, roasted & ground coffee,,,
Some of the worst ideas since sliced bread.
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8) From: Floyd Lozano
Can you be a full fledged CSA member and remain married to someone
that makes 'coffee' with yesterday's grounds?? ;)
-F
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9) From: Barry Luterman
I'll ask my daughter. They just had their 18th anniversery. Her husband is
from Rush Hill MO Pop. >100. He didn't see indoor plumbing till he was 12.
He's coming along now. For their anniversary they went to Vegas he ate
lobster,veal and mushrooms. All a first for him.
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10) From: Rich
I bet he still looks for spiders and/or wasps....
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11) From: Bill
My 2 cents: if you take the CSA pledge AFTER marriage, your significant
other can be a total coffee moron.  However, if you take the CSA pledge
BEFORE marriage, it becomes a criteria in relationships.  bill
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12) From: raymanowen
"He just uses the grounds from yesterday"
Doesn't work too well when the matcheen (TV) brews near the right
temperature and the infusion can be forced to 3 minutes or better.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Flavor and Aroma have left the building...
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13) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
Yup I see alot of that in the Navy
Dennis
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14) From: Mike Chester
The worst coffee I ever tried, but could not drink was many years ago at 
work.  There were various people who made coffee around the building, but 
one group I was temporarily assigned to was, by far, the worst.  They had a 
Mr. Coffee and every morning they would start a new pot.  It was bad, but it 
got a lot worse.  When that pot was finished, they added one new scoop of 
coffee to the previous grounds.  For each subsequent pot, they added a scoop 
to the old grounds until the basket overflowed.  By the afternoon, the 
grounds in the bottom of the basket had been bleached white by the continued 
re-use.  To say that it tasted "bad" would be rating it too high.
Mike Chester

15) From: Rich
That is why I used to keep a bottle of Tasters Choice in the desk.  You 
know its bad if TC tastes better...
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16) From: Sandy Andina
Y'know, if folks are THAT clueless (or cheap), then I would actually  
post a sign at the coffee machine warning that grounds are not to be  
reused--as long as one person can tell the difference and the others  
now know it, then people would shape up. If they don't, I'd bring my  
own brewing apparatus and not let anyone else near it...nor what comes  
out of it.   Live by the swill, die by the swill.
My office has just one coffee drinker besides me, and she isn't picky,  
just wants the morning jolt and then nothing else all day.  So every  
morning she makes a pot of Foal Turds or throws some stale *$$ or  
Millstone into the whirley-blade and lets it sit in the Mr. Coffee and  
get yucky and tarry. Now, when I come in (I'm just "of counsel") it's  
undrinkable, but nobody else wants coffee in the afternoon, so I just  
grind some fresh beans of my own from my briefcase stash (yeah, in the  
office's whirley), heat up my mini-Ibis and brew up a press pot. Small  
for me, full-size 8-tasse if I have a client who wants coffee.  (Most  
clients just opt for a Diet Pepsi, alas). Years ago (before I knew  
from real espresso machines--I thought my home Krups pumper was the  
real thing), I used to have a Rotel steam-toy on my desk, and clients  
would inevitably ask for a cappa--but it was such a PITA and the  
return on the effort so mediocre that I gave it away.
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17) From: Lindsay Murphy
At the emergency department where I used to work in Boston, the coffee
in the staff lounge was always institutional cinnamon-roast robusta,
brewed triple- or even quad-strength and then allowed to boil on the hot
plate until it was the consistency of maple syrup.  We used to call it
"Liquid Tach," as the amount of caffeine in one cup was enough to crank
your heart rate well into the triple digits.
Suffice to say, I only made the mistake of drinking the stuff once.
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18) From: John Despres
Hi. Benny.
Welcome! Was it a corncob pipe? That could have been the problem. Coffe =
& corn.... noooo...
Let us know how your roasts are going. There are many folk here who are =
more than willing to help out if you have questions!
John
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19) From: Lynne
and that might explain a LOT about the personnel in the ER's in Boston,
lol...
(next time I have an emergency, I am going to notice if any of the nurses,
doctors, rest of staff seem to be moving at the speed of lighting...or if
anyone
seems to be spreading coffee on their bagels...)
Welcome, Lindsay!
:>}
Lynne (north of Boston)
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20) From: Bill
I agree with what John said: Welcome Benny!  So, tell us, what did you
roast, what roast level?  And most importantly, how did it taste!!!???
Welcome and happy roasting
bill
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