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Topic: of decafs and machines... (4 msgs / 94 lines)
1) From: Sandy Andina
So Bob came in from a long hard day at first the Vascular Biology  
workgroup (the reason we were up at that fancy North Shore hotel* last  
night) and then the hospital. "So that's the new machine? Shinier than  
in the picture. But when are you going to make me a coffee?" I asked  
if he wanted one now, and he demurred. "Wait till morning." I warned  
him that I was shutting the machine down for the night and that if he  
got up first tomorrow, he'd have to turn it on first and wait at least  
half an hour for it to warm up. He said that was okay. I went back in,  
took my Protonix, looked at the machine, looked at my new batch of  
lovely decaf espresso beans, looked at the empty Rocky, at the machine  
again; and thought, oh why the heck not? Believe it or not, I've never  
tested the accepted wisdom that decafs require no rest post-roast, so  
now was as good a time as any.  Set Rocky to almost 0 and nearly  
choked Cora....but wait.....little drips of amber after 15 sec. 15  
more sec. and I had a nice pair of ristretti, but had to buffer the  
acid at night, so steamed up a pitcher-ette of organic whole milk  
(from the jug you have to shake in order to mix the cream in) and made  
a couple of adorable little macchiati (in Bodum Pavinas).  Got a sort  
of spastic rosetta on one and a blobby heart on the other (hey, I'm  
outta practice). Gave the heart to Bob (awww...) and assured him it  
was decaf. He took a sip and declared, "Y'know, I don't care how much  
this thing cost." (Dang--coulda bought a LaSpaz or a  
Vetrano....naah).   I sipped and was amazed.  You really CAN drink  
decaf--even pull great shots of it--right after roasting! Who knew?
*said fancy hotel, which shall go nameless but it rhymes with "Best In  
Fourth Core," had only those stupid single-cup brewers in the rooms  
instead of a conventional auto-drip pot. What is it with luxury hotels  
anyway? Westin (oops, I let it slip), Ritz Carlton, Hyatt--all provide  
single-cuppers, presumably to induce you to order their horrible stale  
overpriced room service coffee or frequent their bad lobby espresso  
bars (assuming they have them and keep them open past dawn). They  
charge you extra for internet and even the bottles of water on the  
vanity. Naturally, I did not pack my coffee kit before I left the  
house (wanted to get to Cora before closing time and then to the hotel  
in time for the freebie dinner), so was forced to drink the in-room  
stuff. Could've been worse--it was Starbucks, some African FTO I'd  
never heard of; but the filter packs were fairly fresh and much bigger  
than the little teabag-size sachets the other hotels provide. Wasn't  
bad either, for Starbucks.  And they did have HDTV (although no MSNBC,  
so I couldn't get my Keith Olbermann fix last night).  But, hey, it  
was free, even if the internet cost me ten bucks.
Sandy Andina
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2) From: wncopeland
Hi Sandy and all,
     Sandy, I love your prose.  I am a recent beginner with my $10 popcorn popper and a decaf coffee drinker.  Even with my primitive set up, I have challenged my caffeinated friends to take a sip and they have all been very impressed.  But, about the rest period with decaf.  Some of my best roasts have been rested as much as 5-7 days.  And I just finished a pot with a roast done about 3 hours ago.  I think this batch needs to rest longer.  This time around, I am ordering larger quantities of 3 beans and will experiment with resting times, among other things.         Bill
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3) From: wncopeland
Hi Sandy and all,
     Sandy, I love your prose.  I am a recent beginner with my $10 popcorn popper and a decaf coffee drinker.  Even with my primitive set up, I have challenged my caffeinated friends to take a sip and they have all been very impressed.  But, about the rest period with decaf.  Some of my best roasts have been rested as much as 5-7 days.  And I just finished a pot with a roast done about 3 hours ago.  I think this batch needs to rest longer.  This time around, I am ordering larger quantities of 3 beans and will experiment with resting times, among other things.         Bill
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4) From: Paul Helbert
Please keep us posted as you get results with roasting and resting decafs.
On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 11:04 PM,  wrote:
 I am ordering larger quantities of 3 beans and will experiment with resting
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Paul Helbert
Prepackaged, roasted & ground coffee,,,
Some of the worst ideas since sliced bread.
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