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Topic: Welcoming Myself Back (9 msgs / 253 lines)
1) From: Matthew Price
Howdy All;
I just rejoined the list after being off for 2 years and wanted to
introduce myself.  My name is Matthew and I live in the suburbs south
of Chicago.  I unsubbed from the list partly because I didn't have the
time to keep up with the traffic and partly because my asbestos boxers
final got a hole worn in them.  Things aren't as hectic in life now
and hopefully the list is a civil as it had been.
I have been home roasting for 3 years mostly for myself.  I figure
that's probably close to 200 lbs. total.  I started with a Popcorn
Pumper, then moved to heat gun/dog bowl and for the last year have
been using a 4qt saucepan on a gas stove top.  I'm no closer to
producing consistent god-batches but I can now tell you about 150 ways
to foul things up.  I always store the week's stash in a ziplock bag
on the top of the refrigerator.
When I first started roasting I got beans from any region but now I
stick mostly to the Africans.  I don't really care for the centrals;
if I ever want something thin I think I have some teabags in the
pantry.  My desert island pick would definitely be a fruity dp
Ethiopian but the Rwandas and Bugisu would also be welcome on the
raft.
For grinding I have an ancient, worn out zass knee mill.  I am saving
my pennies for a Solis Maestro and hope to make an order in the next
few weeks.  For weekend brewing I sometimes use a 32oz Bodum press.
My daily brewer is a Nicro vac pot with a homemade metal filter.  I
almost always brew 32oz in the morning before I leave for work: 20oz
in the travel mug with the balance going into a thermos for later.  On
rushed mornings I pack the zass and use the pour over pot and swiss
gold cone I have in my filing cabinet at work.
Matthew
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2) From: Dean De Crisce
Hey matthew welcome back...
Harsh words for the centrals! I never thought about a 'desert pick'...but I like the idea...it would be a harsh choice...but I would pick either an Ethiopian Yirg, an excellent sweet Columbia or a top Costa Rican (or maybe I should instead give it up and just bring some Earl Grey...given your assessment of the  centrals. Lol).
if I could eat on that island...i'd request either Chicago's Lou Malnatti pizza...or even better...New York's DiFara's pizza. Yum.
Dean De Crisce
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3) From: Bill
Matthew,
welcome back to the list.  i wasn't around then, but it seems pretty dang
civil most of the time around here...
I live in Cheyenne, WY, and use a Heat Gun/Bread Machine setup.  Seems to
work pretty well.  I roast for myself and for some friends.  Generally about
5 lbs a week or so... sometimes just 2 sometimes way more...  I seem to
prefer the Africans and the Indonesians most.  I'm still checking the
centrals to see what there is to see...
Oh, yeah, I've been roasting a bit over a year, so I still have plenty to
learn...
Again, welcome back, and hope it's good to ya!
bill in wyo
On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 8:25 AM, Matthew Price  wrote:
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4) From: Sandy Andina
Hi, Matthew,
Dunno if I was on the list back then, but I have been roasting since  
late 2005 (when Michael Guterman urged me over to the Dark--well, no  
darker than FC+ to Vienna--Side). I, too, live in the Chicago area,  
but within the city limits in Edgewater, just 4 blocks from the lake,  
Loyola and Metropolis Coffee.  Came to roasting from being a home  
barista--had been a "leave-it-to-the-pros" kind of gal (especially in  
a city with Metropolis and Intelligentsia) until Michael sent me a  
sample of Malabar Gold he'd roasted but suggested I stick to Sweet  
Maria's for the consistent quality. Though I joined a bean co-op, the  
moment I started buying from SM's I was hooked by the value and  
quality.  Started out with an i-Roast, then an i-Roast 2, then a Stir  
Crazy/Turbo Oven (SC/TO) I won in a Tradition drawing (still trying  
to figure out what to offer to "pay it forward," as I've given the SC/ 
TO some pretty heavy use). Then when the Behmor came out, I had to  
get one, and I love it.  I am partial to espresso roasts (no shock  
there), Caribbeans (PR Yauco Selecto, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El  
Salvador), and the wild chocolate blueberries of Ethiopia (Sidamo/IMV  
and Harar).  I roast a lot of the Sumatras and Sulawesi for my  
husband, who likes heavy-bodied coffees roasted to at least FC.  I  
personally like the delicacy of City+, which is why the Ethiopians  
and Caribs appeal so much to me, especially in the morning.
Welcome back!
Sandy
On May 21, 2008, at 11:08 PM, Bill wrote:
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5) From: Matthew Price
On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 12:21 AM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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hmm, I probably wouldn't have ever discovered home roasting if I lived
down the street from Metropolis.  You are probably pretty close to
Coffee and Tea Exchange as well.  That's where I got the best Yirg
I've ever had - like strapping a lilac bush to your head.  I enjoy the
variety and adventure of home roasting but I'll never be able to match
consistency with the good pros.
Matthew
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6) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Welcome back matthew. I have an extra pair of asbestos underwear if 
you need them. actually, i don't even get the joke ... but welcome 
back.
Tom
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Tom,
The joke is, asbestos underwear protects the wearer from being "flamed"....
Brian
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8) From: Matthew Price
hey, just wanted to stir the pot a little.  i have to admit that i
could do with a good nutty Costa Rica right now.  I don't know how
that would pair with a spinach and tomato slice pizza from Malnatti's
(OH YEAH!) but I would manage somehow :-)
On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 5:58 PM, Dean De Crisce  wrote:
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9) From: Sandy Andina
I'm about 3 mi. NW of Coffee & Tea Exchange--where I got my first pump  
espresso machines decades ago (first a Krups and then a Saeco Rio  
Vapore).  Metropolis' Yirg--when they have it--blows theirs away.
Sandy Andina
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On May 22, 2008, at 8:44 AM, Matthew Price wrote:
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