.....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
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