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Topic: an unexpected convert (8 msgs / 155 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
My dad turned 70 this year.  He's been a coffee drinker as long as I can remember.  I've always kept a jar of Folgers instant in the pantry for him.  I mean it's the same jar, for years!  I guess it doesn't matter much how old it is.  He hasn't been interested at all in trying an espresso drink in the last 6 years since I got my machine.  I'm a bit of an anomaly - I started on the dark side with espresso and only started trying other methods of brewing in the last year and a half since I started roasting.  A few weeks ago, my dad and I were staying at my cabin in Colorado.  Of course I bring all my coffee equipment along with me in addition to the stuff that stays there.  I have a Chemex there and I made a pot the first morning.  Next thing I know, he's asking me how it works and he said he won't be having that instant coffee any more.  I gave him the details and starting the next morning, he was in the kitchen every morning brewing in the Chemex.  He
 was asking me where he could get beans and I told him he probably couldn't get any good ones where he lives (small town in Kansas) but I'd send him some.  Maybe there is a good roaster somewhere there, but I know he wouldn't make a special trip out of town for beans and besides, it'll be fun to send him beans on a regular basis.  I just finished vac sealing several small bags of beans that I roasted yesterday.  They're packed in a box with a filter cone, box of filters, blade grinder and measuring scoop and I'll mail it out Monday.  I think the Kansas plumber is going to be a coffee snob before long!
Kris
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2) From: Lynne
Kris -
Thanks for sharing this - very cool, indeed.
My mother loved her coffee, God rest her soul - but I started homeroasting l
ong after she passed away. She was quite the critical woman, but I often
wonder what she would have thought about my homeroast brews...
Lynne
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3) From: Eddie Dove
Great read, Kris.
What a wonderful daughter you are!
Eddie
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Docendo Discimus
Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Referencehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 6:15 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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4) From: Robert Joslin
Kris
     Great story.  Reminds me of my Dad, who at age 88 still enjoys his
coffee.  I converted him to good stuff quite a few years ago and I still
enjoy taking him beans and sharing a cup every week or so.
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5) From: Stephen Carey
Kris, wonderful story, thank you for taking the time to let us in on 
it.  It is a wonderful reminder that at any age we can learn new 
things, try them out, and admit when something is unexpectedly 
good.  It does NOT sound like you hounded him and that is the way to 
do it.  I now roast my 73 year old mother's beans and send them to 
the Finger Lakes region of New York.  I didn't pressure her, for she 
loved the pre-roasted beans she got from a donut chain.  That is her 
business and I am not criticizing anyone for what they like in the 
way of food and drink.  But, she saw her son so happy and fulfilled 
doing this roasting thing when she was down here on vacation that she 
had to try some.  Hasn't gone back since.  I keep her well stocked, 
but not so the beans become too old.
I hope that as I get up there in years I will be open to new things 
and experiences - for I don't want to close down my mind before it is 
the very end.
Stephen
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6) From: Brian Kamnetz
Stephen,
I agree with all that you say, and add, as many have on this list, how
gratifying it is to find a person who is actually interested in
coffee. I agree that age is not at all an accurate predictor. I am
stying with friends in Madison WI who have three sons, 7, 3 and 1, who
are looked after in the daytime by a very pleasant college student
aged 21. She LOVES my coffee, and when I showed her web sites from
Sweet Maria's and Homeroasters.org on greens, the list, roasting tips
with various roasting tools, etc, and also recommendations from Sandy
on local coffee and espresso sources, immediately recorded them and
also sent them to her retired father, a former banker who loves coffee
and who I believe, because he builds and races cars, is probably handy
and a good candidate for homeroasting coffee and modifying roasters.
So, though attempting to share the pleasures of high quality, tasty
coffee can be frustrating, it can, as you indicate, also be highly
rewarding.
Brian
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7) From: Dennis
Very Nice!!! it is always great to get a convert no matter what they say 
you can teach an old dog new tricks!!!!
Dennis
still in FT Lewis (Burney and Liz Mack ROCK!!!- thanks guys love ya)
almost in Cuba! bout 10 more days (ish as always no specifics allowed to 
be posted)
Trying to survive -this is by far the most intense training I've ever had
hooah for the Army (they made me say it!!!)
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8) From: Bill
Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but it's new to me.  Still catching up
from the 6 week hiatus.  I still have 207 new threads to go!Kris, great
story.  Thanks so much.  I went backpacking with my dad on the eastern side
of Yellowstone for a week at the beginning of August.  A grinder weighs too
much, so I took pre-ground (the only time I pre-grind is to go backacking.
 Even in hunting camp we fresh grind).  I took Harar horse, roasted to a C+.
 After 2 days it was obviously stale.  But still, every morning, he would
comment on just how much he loved the coffee.  He could taste it declining
every day, but he still enjoyed it to death.  As, frankly, did I!
He now buys fresh-roasted beans from a roaster in Jackson, WY.  How funny!
bill in wyo
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