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Topic: confession being good for the soul..... (4 msgs / 113 lines)
1) From: Sandy Andina
.....then I must make a confession: I have not roasted since late  
January. Mea culpa, mea maxim culpa (or as much broken Latin as this  
Jewish kid can muster).  I roasted my last batch, Sumatra Lintong Blue  
Batak, the day before I got a (PAINFUL) cortisone shot for my left  
"trigger thumb," aka stenosing tenosynovitis, which struck Christmas  
morning (two days after a radio appearance).  I could not use my left  
hand for grasping or carrying for a week till the swelling abated. The  
shot was necessary because I did not have enough time to recover from  
surgery before I had to rehearse and leave on a 3-week tour through KS  
and then Memphis. (The problem originally arose in Dec. 2005, but a  
first cortisone shot's relief lasted me three years; leaving the  
cortisone from the second shot in too long might have permanently  
destroyed the tendon).  So I roasted a lb. and then bought a 2.5 lb.  
bag of Costco Rwanda (alas, the only non-decaf beans they had were all  
French roast, but my guys don't care).  Upon my return, just before  
surgery, I bought another bag of Costco--this time Seattle Mt. Blend  
(med. roast, which I used once the "D'OH!" blend in my Mazzer ran out).
Yesterday, the sutures were removed. I could not use my left hand for  
much of anything for two weeks.  So, per my husband's request,  a  
couple of weeks ago I bought a--GASP!--Keurig brewer. Y'know, it's not  
bad! (I bought the K-cups based on the latest pull dates I could  
find).  Some of the varieties rival some of my homeroast brewed in the  
dripper (not allowed yet to use a FP or AP)--and the Green Mt.  
Blueberry tastes and smells suspiciously like Harar Horse rather than  
flavored coffee (most types of which of the latter I cannot abide).   
The Vermont Country Decaf is the best non-homeroast decaf I've ever  
tried (including roasted decafs from Intelly and Metropolis). The  
Seattle Mt. Blend ground just before brewing and brewed in the do-it- 
yourself filter holder came out very nice as well. Once I can start  
roasting again, that may become my single cup method of choice when at  
home.  (Have been able to work my LaCora one-handed, so I've been  
pulling shots and Americani all along).
Thumb still hurts--when it pulls, the incision stings like a mosquito  
on steroids with an attitude.  But still have to do my physical  
therapy--besides finger exercises and guitar playing, I've been  
ordered to run piano scales with my left hand! (and I'm klutzy enough  
with my right).  Not to mention typing using proper ergonomics. But no  
heavy lifting or forceful pinching just yet.  At least I can drive  
again.
Sandy Andina
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2) From: Les
Sandy,
I am so sorry to hear about your problems.  A couple of suggestions:
Tom does a good job of roasting so you could get the same beans we are
roasting from the master.  Your faithful friends on the list would
have been (and I think still are) willing to send you some homeroast
during this time.  If you don't mind, post your snail mail address and
I will get a care package off to you via USPS Prioity mail.
Les AKA Dr. Crema
Home of Thor Tamper and Cascade Meadows Roaster
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3) From: Frank Parth
Sandy,
Get well soon. Let us know if we can roast something up for you and send it.
Frank
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4) From: Sandy Andina
Thanks, guys!  Tonight I am going to try roasting a pound of Monkey  
Blend--I went for a manicure today, the manicurist forgot and massaged  
my scar, and I survived. So I'm ready.
On Mar 14, 2009, at 1:42 PM, Les wrote:
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