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Topic: Tuesday Morning Cup and Reintroduction (5 msgs / 126 lines)
1) From: Bill Goodman
G'day folks,
Started the day off with some Ethiopian Organic Limu (Indonesia Process) 
as I slowly work my way toward the end of an SM 8-lb. sampler bought 
back in March.  Roasted this a day-and-a-half ago and made a double 
espresso in the Carezza this morning.  As soon as things started 
flowing, I knew this was going to be really good from the 
look/consistency of the crema coming out of the portafilter.  By far it 
ended up being the best I've pulled since picking up the machine about a 
month ago!  Nice intense flavor with some citrusy notes and very little 
bitterness.
Getting the espresso technique down pat has been challenging--hardest 
thing initially was resisting the urge to change more than one variable 
at a time.  I have the grind down pat, using a Starbucks Barista 
modified with the "upgrade kit" from Baratza to go finer.  Tamping is 
finally coming around too-had been applying the right amount of force, 
but twice rather than once, which led to some bitter short shots.
The past few months have been a real learning experience and a lot of 
fun, from the first few roasts done on an old hot air popper, filling up 
the kitchen with smoke and producing some dark/oily beans, to much 
better roasts outdoors on an IR2, using the "lower heat warmup" profile 
from the SM Web site (2:00, 3:00, then 4:00-6:00 @ 450 
depending on variety and desired ending point, for me usually FC or 
FC+).  In that time went quickly to drinking FP coffee black, to playing 
with a used Krups steam toy, to going off the deep end with espresso and 
no looking back!
Since a few people have taken time to introduce themselves lately, 
figured I'd reintroduce myself as I tend to be more of a lurker so far.  
Am holding down the fort here with my big family (5 kids) here on Long 
Island, and working as a meteorologist with the National Weather 
Service, where my job is to turn homeroast into weather forecasts for 
New York City and surrounding areas--very handy when working midnight 
shifts!  All in all I'll probably continue to be more of a lurker, but 
I'll be sure to chime in when dialing in a good roast/shot, or if I can 
add something constructive to other threads.  See you around...
Bill G
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2) From: Les
Thanks Bill G!  My morning cup is Colombia Huila -Finca Buenavista
(4-Star).  * *I don't understand why this one is still on the list.  If it
is still there when I order again, I will be adding a pound.  I roasted this
to a city plus and am enjoying all of those wonderful Columbia flavors.  It
has a nice winey flavor with a hint of malt and bittersweet chocolate in the
finish.  Kona yesterday, Columbia today, I am not sure what I will have
tomorrow,. that Kona is might fine and the Columbia could rest a bit longer
and I do have some nicely rested Nicaragua Limoncillo -Java Longberry, ready
to go.  These are the problems I like!
Les
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Bill,
Sounds very interesting. I personally have not gone over to the dark
side, though I did purchase a Gaggia from Tom's sale page a while
back. Just haven't had the time to do it yet.
Good to have you as a participant on the list. I look forward to
keeping up with what you learn in your future posts.
Brian
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4) From: Scott Bukofsky
Today was Ethiopia DP Koratie roasted Friday to City in my Gene Cafe.
Clean, clean, clean!  This is such a fruity coffee, and pretty devoid of the
funk that can sometimes come with these coffees.  Intense berry in the aroma
and flavor, with nary a bit of roast character at this level.  Simple,
sweet, and fruity.   A great cup.
-Scotto
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5) From: Gregg Talton
Today is Tom's Moka Kadir Blend brewed in a Technivorm...GOOD STUFF!!!  I
personally consumed the entire pot while watching my son's swim team
practice and reading "The Devil's Cup".
Gregg T
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