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Topic: Pacific Northwest Gathering VI (6 msgs / 172 lines)
1) From: Brian Salwasser
Thanks goes to miKe and Debi McGinness (I hope I spelled that right) for
hosting a wonderful gathering.  Julie and I learned so much about coffee and
roasting methods, met many fantastic people, ate tons of great food (am
currently stuffed from dinner and Alchemist John's chocolate tort...mmm...),
and had the best Americano I've ever had (made from Panama Gesha beans...if
I remember correctly...).
Thank you!
Brian and Julie Salwasser
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
You're welcome, our pleasure. 
FWIW during the field trip to mcKona Koffee Roastery & Paradise Kafe I took
the USRC 3k (that be rated 3k=6.6LB) to new heights. After roasting a batch
of Mexican Chiapas, with bags of the roast for the attendees, tossed in a
10LB batch of Columbia. (You may recall previous largest batch attempted was
8.5LB last Saturday.) As I charged the USRC with the 50 plus percent over
rated compacity 10LB load Oaxaca commented "I bet it'll take 20 minutes to
hit 1st crack". I countered nah, more like around 14. Now I started the
roast using my 8LB automated profile. Took about 1min longer to hit 300f
point and later fan kicked up from 60% to 100% about 20f before 1st instead
of just before 1st since a minute behind programmed profile. I was going to
let it go "to see what would happen" but really knew it would be screwed up
so after about 30sec or so went manual kicking the fan back down.
Subsequently 1st kicked in ~14:05 but would have been about a minute sooner
if had not begun slowing the ramp too soon before 1st (going 100% fan).
Consequently the roast finished a hair longish  but respectable and not too
slow 18min to target Light Full City, again very nice even roast, bean munch
good. This little USRC 3k kicks butt!
Time to crash, it' been a looong day and week!
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3) From: Michael Dhabolt
I'd like to second Brians Kudos to miKe and Debbie.
The get together included unparalleled hospitality,camaraderie and,
generally, a great time was had by all.  Met a few new folks, all of
whom fit into our somewhat eclectic group comfortably, and marvelled
at miKes mastery of his toys and tools.
Again, Thanks miKe and Debbie for a wonderful time.
Mike (just plain)
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
Mastery or Disastery of toys and tools! Don't think I mentioned the
"interesting" aspect of the PNWG USRC Mexico Chiapas roast. Very shortly
after charging with the 7.8LB load starting an automated profile (was going
for 8LB but that was all that was left) and busily chatting away with people
someone asked about cooling. So I flipped to the component control screen to
turn on the cooling stirrer. The drum dump button happens to be right next
to the cooling stirrer button on the touch screen. You guessed it, barely
over a minute into the roast out come the greens! Fortunately this was the
first batch so no roasted beans already in the cooling bin (like happened
once 5 months ago:-). No biggy had barely gone over 250f of the drying
phase, simply immediately emptied the cooling bin and dumped back in the
drum. Quite the "proficient" demonstration of what NOT to do running the
roaster;-)
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5) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- On Sun, 6/15/08, Michael Dhabolt <michael.dhabolt> wrote:
From: Michael Dhabolt <michael.dhabolt>
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Pacific Northwest Gathering VI
To: homeroast
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2008, 10:03 AM
>I'd like to second Brians Kudos to miKe and Debbie.<
 I would like to third those Kudos!!
>The get together included unparalleled hospitality,camaraderie and,
generally, a great time was had by all.  Met a few new folks, all of
whom fit into our somewhat eclectic group comfortably, and marvelled
at miKes mastery of his toys and tools.<
  All the new folks were, without exception, very smart, friendly,
 interesting and NICE. All would make great neighbors. Alchemist 
John entertained and educated us with shot after shot after shot
from his lever action espresso machine. Mike shop roaster impressed
 the heck out of me. I've never seen such power and control potential
in a 3K roaster.  My 12 hour drive from close to the NE corner of Wash.
 state to the SE corner was even nicer than usual, with fewer people
 on the road due to the price of gas.
>Again, Thanks miKe and Debbie for a wonderful time.
Mike (just plain)<
  Many thanks Mike and Debi-you guys are the best!
 Saludos,
  Charlie
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6) From: Demian Ebert
I'll add my thanks to the mix. Next year we'll make better dog arrangements
and stay for dinner.
And how's that Chiapas taste you ask after the early dump? A french press of
it this morning was quiet nice. Not the sumatra or rwanda I've been drinking
the last couple of weeks, but a very good cup of coffee regardless. Sorry
there aren't more notes, I wasn't really that awake. Sheila was still in bed
when I made coffee and her comment was that the smell wafted all the way
down the hall from the kitchen. I don't get that with my homeroast most of
the time, so miKe must have done something right.
Demian
On Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 11:13 AM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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