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Topic: Oh, those Ethiopians! (8 msgs / 172 lines)
1) From: webviking6
I've been home roasting for about 6 months now, and I think I've gotten 
fairly good at it. At least I've gotten consistent. I can take a pound 
of beans and pretty much get the level of roast that I am aiming for 
from City to Full City +. I've also gotten consistent in my brewing 
techniques. I use about 2.5 ounces (I weighed right before I wrote this 
:)) of coffee for about 40 ounces of water in a French Press. The beans 
are coarsely ground with a burr grinder as close to brew time as 
possible (for work, where I keep another French Press, I grind beans 
right before I leave and take them with me), and then steeped for 4 minutes.
I use a Behmor and roast at least a pound a week and often two. I give 
coffee away to my friends and brew it for my coworkers, because that 
ensures I always have at least two fresh batches around for me :).
After six months of roasting my own and having 2 to 3 cups of great 
coffee a day from always freshly roasted beans, I can't imagine going 
back to what I was drinking before. My worst roast from a disappointing 
batch of beans that I don't really care for is far superior to anything 
I had before. Except freshly roasted beans Fedexed from Hawaii, but 
those cost $35 a pound and weren't always all that fresh. So there is no 
way I'd ever go back to where I was before I started home roasting.
I've tried coffee from around the world, but always through Sweet 
Marias. I've had Costa Rican, Panamanian, El Salvadoran, Nicaraguan, 
Hawaiin, Colombian, Brazillian, Indonesian, Sumatran, Kenyan, Rwandan, 
Yemeni, and especially Ethiopian.
I will be trying some of the lower cost Gesha on my next order, but as 
much as I love coffee, I can't see paying $125 a pound for the high 
priced stuff. And I've never had real Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee either.
But be that as it may, as much as I love tasting different coffees from 
all over the world, I always find myself going back to the Ethiopians. 
Whether it's the Yerge Cheffe, the Horse Hararr, or especially the 
Koratie, the Ethiopian coffees strike me as far the best. The Yemenis 
are close, but to my tastes the Ethiopians are the best.
Just my two cents.
Drink Coffee!  Do stupid things faster with more energy!
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2) From: Les
Thanks for sharing.  Some of us old roasters need to see through
"fresh eyes" again how much fun it is to discover home roasting.  As
far as the expensive coffees, they are worth it!  The reason is they
are well prepared and they are very special.  Do they taste 10 times
better?  No, but that isn't all that is being paid for.  We are
funding a movement to better coffees.  What we have today is so much
better than the past.  There were no "good old days." in this hobby.
It just gets better every year. IMNSHO.
Les
On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM, webviking6  wrote:
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3) From: Stephen Carey
Perfectly put, Les.
Stephen
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4) From: Bob Hazen
Funding a movement to better coffee is a good thing - up to a point.  It 
cannot mean that coffee will go to $100+ a pound or there will be no market. 
While an increase in price is inevitable as "real" specialty coffee (as 
opposed to behemoth specialty coffee) becomes more popular, I expect basic 
economics will keep the prices within reasonable limits.
Bob

5) From: Bill
I remember reading something from maybe Tom on the blog, but I can't
remember... writing about how amazing it is that there is a coffee like (i
think!) the WP Koratie for $5 that is such an amazing cup.  Yeah, there's
$125, but the fact that a 91 only costs us 5 bucks still is amazing.
I am routinely surprised by how good my cup of coffee is, and then I think
about the producers who grew it, pruned it, watered it, fertilized it,
waited for it, prayed for it, picked it, processed it, waited for it, bagged
it, shipped it, all for an end price to me for 5 bucks.  blows my mind.
bill
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6) From: Justin Marquez
Les - I dunno.... there was that legendary "Isle of St Helens" coffee that
was available the year before I started roasting.... sorry to have missed
THAT one!
Hope y'all are having a great Labor Day!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 3:07 PM, Les  wrote:
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7) From: Lynne
I love, love, love the Ethiopians I've met through Sweet Maria's.
;D
Sidamo is one of my absolute all time favorite. Haven't been able to try the
most recent bunch, but that's half the fun with this hobby - while some
coffees will run out, there will always be something else on the horizon to
try.
And with Tom, we can be sure they will all be interesting!
Lynne
(oh yes, Happy Labor Day - hopefully blissfully free of Labor!)
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8) From: Seth Grandeau
I would agree.  The ethiopians are the furthest from what I "thought" I
liked, prior to homeroasting, but now I love them.  They also show the most
difference between what fresh-roasted, quality beans can be and what store
bought beans are.
On 9/1/08, Lynne  wrote:
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