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Topic: Starter coffee for a complete newb (2 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Kurt Kroon
On 2008/08/04 15:17 -0400, "Brian Kamnetz"  wrote:
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That's what I was planning to do: the info on all of the coffees I got say
that they can handle Full City (or FC+).  (Aside: G*d, I love living in
California -- I ordered very early Monday morning, the package shipped
yesterady, and was in my hot little hands this evening when I got home.)
And life is NOT like a box of chocolates ... it's one of Sweet Maria's
Samplers -- you never know what you're going to get.  I got:
* Brazil Cerrado Dry Process Lot 242
* Guatemala Fraijanes - Finca Agua Tibia
* Honduras Organic Marcala Cocosam Coop
* Rwanda Duhingekawa Women's Cooperative
It looks like a great sampler to expand my experience ... but I'm concerned
about the Brazil.  I can't find it anywhere on the site ... so if I really
like it, am I out of luck for ordering it again?
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Actually, I don't have any experience with home-roasting at all ... of any
kind.  I'll definitely start with small batches -- that way, any accidental
"sacrificial" roasts won't eat up all the beans.
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I'll verify whether that's the case with the Original Poppery before I
start.  Besides, it's too late for me to roast tonight -- caffeine is
volatile at roasting temperatures, and I intend to get some sleep tonight.
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Thanks!
And on Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 2:43 PM, Seth Grandeau 
wrote:
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The "chock-full of fruit" descriptions of the Ethiopians put me off a
little.  Maybe -- 
* after I've gotten some experience with what I got, or
* if I can pre-sample one from a reputable local roaster (now I'm sad that
New Helvetia went defunct).
(The description for the Dry-Process Koratie did catch my eye because it
wasn't as extravagant as the others ...)
I wonder how likely it would be to find in the 8-pack sampler ... but I'm
getting ahead of myself.  My better half would kill me if I bought more
coffee before I even started roasting what I just got.
Kurtis
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2) From: R Nepsund
As I remember it the Poppery I has an adjustment screw on their bimetalic
strip.
The battle of resisting buying the latest and greatest coffee's and having
your stash grow to ridiculous proportions is a never ending one.  I'm
sticking to not ordering untill all my coffee is almost gone and not getting
more than 6 months worth at a time.
I use a Poppery II.   My most valuable tool is a multimeter with a thermal
probe that I use to monitor the bean temperature while roasting. It tells me
when it's time to stop.  I also cut a hole in the case and put some metal
mesh over it to allow more air flow and did the tin can extension using
aluminum foil to hold it in place so the beans couldn't jump out when I ran
a larger load.
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