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Topic: Bonko Black Sun? (14 msgs / 318 lines)
1) From: John Letoto
Would anyone happen to have any Bonko Black Sun they'd be willing to
sell me?  In looking over my stash, I was quite saddened to realize
I'm far lower on that bean than I'd like to be, especially since Tom
and Maria ran out of this several weeks back.  I'm looking for at
least five pounds to have and to hold, for richer and
for...uhh...well, you get the idea.  I'm not going to overlook smaller
sizes, either, so if you've got just a pound or two you can part with,
please let me know.  Thanks!
-toto
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2) From: Steve Carlson
I'm down to a half pound.  Me and my Bonko are sticking together.   Happy
hunting!
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3) From: Les
John,
Good luck hunting!  I have a pound left, and I am going to enjoy it.
One of the nice things about this hobby as well as frustrating is that
coffee crops come and go.  I remember when I first discovered Sweet
Marias and ordered some  of the coffees that ran out quickly -
frustration.  One of the coffees that Tom offered was Sulowesi Toraja
Boengie "Fat Bean."  It still stands out in my memory!  It had the
most buttery body of any coffee I have ever had.  It was rich and full
bodied too with a nice earthiness.  Tom's comment was  "It's a neat
coffee that is rare, and I might not be able to obtain it again,
sadly."  After reading that and enjoying the coffee, I ordered a  5
pounder quick.  Sad to say, but Tom has never offered again, so his
prediction came true.  So my advice is when you have a WOW coffee
experience, jump on the list and get a 5-20 pounder.  Most of us don't
want to give up our variety in the stash.
Les
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4) From: John Letoto
Agreed.  I usually do just that -- jumping on 5+ pounds, that is --
but somehow missed the boat on this one.
Oh, the foolishness!
The worst of it is that a fellow roasting buddy of mine had told me he
got it in, told me it was a bean right up my alley, and let me taste
it.  I, of course, agreed, and proceeded to wait to place my order.
And wait...and wait...and wait.  Gah.
-john
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5) From: John Mac
John,
I have 24 oz. of that majic bean sitting in my stash cupboard. I got it when
I was on a DP coffee binge and have had enough of fruit bombs and chocolate
blasts, for now.
Shoot me an e-mail off list and lets see what we can work out.
Cheers,
John in Nor Cal
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6) From: John Letoto
Thanks, John.  Sent an email off-list.
I'll still take more if there are others out there...
-john
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7) From: Sheila Quinn
Thanks for the reminder! I forgot that I still had a five-pounder of 
this one in the back of the cupboard. Just finished roasting a pound, so 
we'll see how much I like it. (How in the world did I forget about this 
one anyway? Ethiopians are generally my favorites!)
Sheila - very glad I was finally able to move the Behmor to the garage 
today! I hate the smell that roasting leaves in my house. Smoke 
suppression or not, it's still nasty.
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8) From: Lynne
Sheila -
I was able to nail the jammy taste a couple of times - I had a five pounder,
too.
I told you a bit in a pm about what he said  - I'll share this w/others.
Thought it was so funny...
My son, John, I think, drinks more of my homeroast than I do (he's dyslexic,
and he says the caffeine helps him concentrate when he's studying - and he's
studying ALL the time these days).
Despite my objections, he's taken to heating up his coffee on the stove
(yuck!!) When he was doing this last week, he told me to come into the
kitchen and "taste this - this tastes funky..."
Took a taste.. and told him, oh that's the Bonko Black Sun (and I quoted Tom
and told him) "It's jammy.."
He stopped a moment, looked at me and said - "Yes!! That's IT! It's f&%$@
JAM in my MOUTH!!"
He kept talking about it, about the jam in his mouth... convinced my
daughter to take some home the next day (I always give my kids homeroast
when they come to visit)...
Then a few days later he wrote to an instructor of his, one who has really
helped him a lot - and told him about my coffee. He asked if I could roast
some of that for him...
I told him it might be gone soon (I ordered mine in December).
Little did I know...
Lynne
(who must be the only one who doesn't mind roasting-smell in her home)
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9) From: Steve Carlson
I'm on a 2-week trial team in Delaware, and brought a bunch of home roast
along to survive the trip.  The first roast I broke out was Bonko.  No one
else here had tasted homeroast before, and now they're hooked.  Bonko came
through.
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10) From: Dean
NO!!!
I enjoy the smell of roasted coffee after a session.  .
Did you ever step away for a bit (10 minutes, maybe a little more) and 
then come back to where you roast?
I roast in the cave (walk-out basement/man cave) and step upstairs of 
outside to play with the dog and come back to a caramel aroma lingering 
in the air after my nose has recovered a bit--sweet.
Dean
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11) From: g paris
john:
email me off list, thegster
I got 10 before it went away.
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just roastd some, gosh it's great!!
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12) From: John Letoto
Email sent.
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13) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I was surprised (and pleased) it went so fast. Not good for those who 
didn't get enough. I tried to visit the Bonko micro-region in 
Ethiopia, but we ran out of time. I was at the sister-mill which is 
just on the other side of the mountain, where they do the wet-process 
coffees from the area, But Bonko is a mill where they only do 
dry-process. It's a beautiful area with great altitude, near Aleti 
Wondo town.
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-Tom
"Great coffee comes from little roasters" - Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting
               Thompson & Maria -http://www.sweetmarias.com     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - info_at_sweetmarias.com
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14) From: Steve Carlson
These stories bring back a lot of memories for me.  I was in the Peace Corps
in Morocco, way up in the High Atlas Mountains, and many of the pictures
you've shared (esp. that picture from Yemen with the coffee cherries drying
on the rooftops) evoke the villages where I used to live. There, almonds,
figs, walnuts, and roses were the crops drying on the roofs.  That's one
thing I really love about this hobby is feeling the connection with far-off
lands.  One of these days I'd like to retrace some of your travels.
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