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Topic: morning cup: what i learned over the 4th ... (9 msgs / 215 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
... is that i am completely spoiled in terms of coffee. Surprised? 
Well, this is a twist - it's not just freshness and quality of cup 
... it's variety. I probably speak for a lot of us ... we don't tend 
to drink one type of coffee for 5 days straight. It doesn't matter 
much how good it is to me, I get bored with the same coffee. In this 
case, it was the Colombia Cerulean Warbler project, and a impressive 
cup, but I was really tired of it after 3 days, and couldn't really 
enjoy it much at 5 days. On an average day, I cup at least 15 
coffees, and taste probably another 5 that we brew for everyone 
working in the warehouse in a day. We sometimes brew the same coffee 
twice, but not often. I had the idea to go find a cup at a local cafe 
but I was feeling too cynical about the chances it might actually be 
good. I admit, I would rather be impressed with the fact a bad cup 
from a fast food place (or the equivalent) isn't totally defective 
and awful, rather than go to a decent-looking cafe with the hope of a 
good coffee for $2-$3, and find out it's mediocre-or-worse in 
quality. Sounds backward ....
Tom
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2) From: Joseph Robertson
Great lesson Tom,
I can learn from that one. It is so true. Cynical most of us are. Folks into
coffee don't usually experience a "good" cup at a local diner. Some of them
( local diners ) have there ear to the ground swell of change in the coffee
world, but not in general. There clientele is so local and specific that it
boils down to, why change if the customers are happy or more likely just
don't care.
No so with some corporate chains like Sheri's. They have both ears to the
ground. They saw the writing on the Third Wave wall.
I was not so much impressed with the signature cup "Arosta" by a big roaster
I can't remember as I was with the marketing plan. I explained to the
waitress I knew something about coffee asked a lot of questions regarding
the new coffee relationship. She was very sharing and excited about it. Very
Tight business plan. Much like I enjoy doing business with SM's because of
great customer service, fantastic products, and people willing to share, but
most important enthusiasm that boils over onto me, I will most likely go
back to Sheri's for more of the above. I sometimes forget that a great cup
of coffee is only as good as the people behind it. It is really about the
people.
Oh, hey, not to mention Tom, the signature coffee was not all that bad. Two
versions, regular and robust dark. At least it has some taste and flavor and
quite fresh.
JoeR
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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No matter how cynical you get, it's hard to keep up.
- Lilly Tomlin
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4) From: Joseph Robertson
Gotta love Lilly T.
JoeR
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5) From: David Martin
On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 8:39 AM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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Yes, I have that problem too. And it's your fault. :-P
-Dave
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6) From:
Isn't being "spoiled" a good thing?  I recall that when I went on vacation to the Bahamas back in May--I brought at least 4 pounds of homeroast of at least 7 different individual varietals.  The aroma coming out of my carry-on was so good, I thought the TSA folks might seize my coffee.
On my current week-long business trip, I've only got about two pounds with me, of five different varietals.
Unfortunately, I am spoiled enough that the AP isn't good enough--I want my vac pot.  I was thinking of getting one of those cut-out foam cases....
Yeah, I've gone off the deep end...
Chad
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7) From: Les
Tom,
It is good to see you are the captain of the boat we are all on!  I was in a
panic when I went to Alabama and they lost the luggage with the 5 different
coffees in it.  One was a pound of Liberica!  I was so thankful when it
finally showed up.
Les
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8) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yup, it's been my modus operundi to usually 3 to 5 different coffees roasted
and rest ready at all times for years. Sunday roasted HH Kona XF/F, Kenya
(forget which and not at home) & Rwanda (ditto which one). Had just brought
home some Ohana and Sumatra Lintong TP Saturday. That's why until going
professional I never wanted or needed larger than 1/2LB roast batch sizes,
variety...
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9) From: Benjamin VerHage
What kind of grinder are you using when you travel?
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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] morning cup: what i learned over the 4th ...
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Date: Monday, July 7, 2008, 4:29 PM
Isn't being "spoiled" a good thing?  I recall that when I went on
vacation to the Bahamas back in May--I brought at least 4 pounds of homeroast
of at least 7 different individual varietals.  The aroma coming out of my
carry-on was so good, I thought the TSA folks might seize my coffee.
On my current week-long business trip, I've only got about two pounds with
me, of five different varietals.
Unfortunately, I am spoiled enough that the AP isn't good enough--I want my
vac pot.  I was thinking of getting one of those cut-out foam cases....
Yeah, I've gone off the deep end...
Chad
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