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Topic: The Gifted Coffee Experience...The Gifter's POV (29 lines)
1) From: Bernard Gerrard
This just goes to show......trust someone who really knows what they are 
doing.  Getting that coffee and the uncertainty of bringing it back home 
as (Agricultural Product) baggage made for a great deal of impatience to 
actually taste it.  I sent some off to my Pal Eddie Dove knowing he 
would give it some serious assessment.  Meanwhile back here I figured 
out what the unusual appearance of the beans was all about;  the 
parchment skin and how to deal with it (Thank You Google).  A portion 
was roasted  (C+) and a waiting time of three days before brewing in the 
Aeropress.  The brew was seriously VILE....extremely funky and 
"grassy".  Guilt feelings ensued for putting Eddie to all the trouble to 
test something so wretched.  Well, it just goes to show.  Now I will do 
some more with a longer roast and rest time and raise a cup (and eat 
some crow) to someone who knows how to treat a bean properly.
Here is a question.  How to buyers evaluate a crop grown on a small farm 
out in the middle of Nowhere?  On the spot I saw the plants growing and 
bought 2Kg of in-parchment beans for next to  nothing all for my 
personal entertainment.  Back here my amateur treatment and limited 
knowledge led me to dismiss the coffee as seriously bad.  I was just 
plain wrong.  Are the good folks who struggle to make a living in coffee 
farming given a better evaluation for their efforts than my flawed 
impression?  Bernard Gerrard
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