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Topic: Sharing the Passion (11 msgs / 225 lines)
1) From: Dave Kvindlog
Had fun last night teaching a friend and his wife how to roast coffee.  My
friend, Dave, had enjoyed my homeroast a few times and contacted me when his
wife, Polly, decided she wanted to start homeroasting too.  I immediately
referred them to Sweet Maria's website and we scheduled an evening to go
over roasting basics.
We browsed the SM website together, going over the degrees of roast, beans,
etc.  Then roasted a batch in my air popper, then a second batch using my
HG/DB setup.  Recommended Polly join this list to assist her in learning
this delicious hobby.  Who knows...she may be lurking now.  (If so, please
introduce yourself!)  We'll get together another time to go over the variety
of brewing techniques.  I can only teach them the four I use, but we can
always go over to Brett's place to learn a few more.  ;-)
Anyway, I had a blast talking about one of my favorite things, and Dave and
Polly will soon be enjoying coffee flavors they never knew existed.
-- 
Dave Kvindlog
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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2) From: Ed Needham
Fun, ain't it?

3) From: Stephen Carey
Dave,
That is great.  Congratulations on the converts (sounds cultist, 
doesn't it)  I haven't had anyone turn to home roasting, but they do 
like to come over, watch and listen, then even take some home.  A few 
have paid me to buy  them a pound and roast it for them.  I feel a 
little guilty for I so far to go and learn, but I know that it covers 
my cost, it makes it easier for them to ask for some, they don't feel 
like muchers and we all have fun.
The one thing I do have them do before a roast is go to the SM Web 
site and read about the bean we are roasting that night or 
afternoon.  I like them to read Tom's description, plus the 
information about the bean in general and the other beans grown in 
that country.  It may seem odd, but I think they get a better 
appreciation for what the growers through the Tom's of the world go 
through to get us the best beans.  Then it is up to me.  Each roast 
is usually a bit better than the last (usually).
I roast for family also.  So, I am getting people converted on their 
coffee choices, just haven't found a roaster convert - YET.  One 
thing that a number of people have picked up on is how they now drink 
coffee black.  They don't go running to a chain shop and pay $5.50 
for coffee with so many other flavorings that the coffee is 
lost.  Then, they see that they can buy a pound of green beans for 
the same amount of money and are amazed.  That is when they ask me to 
buy them some and they reimburse me.  I then roast it for them, 
allowing me to practice and dial in on certain beans.  Works for all concerned.
Again, congratulations.
Stephen
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4) From: sci
My wife accuses me of being a member of a coffee cult and doing "wierd"
rituals. I'm working on a couple of converts. Next thing you know, we'll be
doing coffee levitation rituals!
Ivan
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That is great.  Congratulations on the converts (sounds cultist,
doesn't it)
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5) From: R Nepsund
If we were a cult where would our heriticks roast? :-)
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6) From: Paul Helbert
I spent a weekend recently with old friends. We hadn't seen each other
in thirty five years. Some of them had changed so much that they
didn't recognize me. (Not sure where I stole that line). Conversations
ranged widely. One of these old coots told us of a friend who once
invited others in to taste different coffees and discuss fine points
of flavor "as if they were fine wines". He referred to him as "anal".
I moved the conversation along in a different direction since I
resemble that remark.
On Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 2:20 AM, R Nepsund  wrote:
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Paul Helbert
Prepackaged, roasted & ground coffee,,,
Some of the worst ideas since sliced bread.
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7) From: Allon Stern
On Jun 1, 2008, at 9:03 AM, Paul Helbert wrote:
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You didn't ask him for an introduction to this friend? ;)
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8) From: Dave Kvindlog
Had a nice surprise this weekend.  Dave & Polly showed their thoughtfulness
and gratitude for showing them how to roast by sending me a note with a SM
gift certificate enclosed.  One of Polly's coworkers found her a Poppery II
for a buck at a garage sale.  She's awaiting her first order from Sweet
Maria's.  It'll be a good one, I'm sure.
Had fun this weekend too...went camping and fishing with my 16 year old son
and some of his high school buddies from church.  Brought a 12 cup FP and
kettle along with 1.5# of Costa Rica Dota Peaberry Special and Indonesia
Flores - Bajawa Highlands.  Even the *$$ employee loved my homeroast!
-- 
Dave Kvindlog
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9) From: Brian Kamnetz
Dave,
Sometimes hot air poppers take the beans just about to first crack and
no further. If that happens, you will probably need to remove the
bimetal thermo cutoff. It's pretty easy to do, with directions.
Brian
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10) From: Dave Kvindlog
Never had a problem getting well into 2nd crack with a popper.  I'll let
Polly know your trick should this popper be a dud.  Thanks.
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11) From: Brian Kamnetz
Dave,
I've had some work right off the shelf, and some that needed the
little bimetal thermo break removed. Again, if it seems to heat right
up and get almost to first crack, but then stall, it is probably the
bimetal circuit cutoff. In these cases, the bimetal thing needs to be
removed, which is pretty easy to do. When I did that, while I had the
popper apart, I often added a switch to the heating element, so that
at the end of the roast I could turn off the head and use the fan to
cool. I beleive I used a half-inch metal drill bit to drill through
the plastic case of the popper. I was afraid the first time or two
that the plastic would fracture, but I successfully drilled the holes
each time I tried.
Brian
On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 1:37 PM, Dave Kvindlog  wrote:
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