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Topic: stash crash / excess stash relief offer (2 msgs / 128 lines)
1) From: Sam49
I'm learning that many of you have significant amounts of greens on hand 
- often more than a years worth of coffee for me and my GF - maybe 
several years worth.
How many people have more than 60 # on hand, more than a 100#?  With all 
these 10 and 20 # orders of single bean types I read about, I'm sure it 
is many of you.  :<)
Several of you have recently bemoaned the fact that you will be required 
to pass on upcoming new stock from Sweet Maria's.
Maybe I can help one or two of you out.
I'm new to homeroasting, so have only a tiny stash at this point, 
purchased from a local roaster.  When my first order from SM arrives 
next week, I'll be up to about to about 3-4 month's worth of coffee. 
There have been quite a number of coffee's that have disappeared from 
the SM listings in the 3 months or so that I've been on this list and 
watching their stock.
Two were particularly interesting to me and if someone has a pound or so 
of either or both to spare, I'd buy if you were inclined to let a bit of 
it loose.
I am interested in Costa Rican coffees - in part because I've had a 
number of excellent coffees from there in the past, and in part because 
my partner's maternal family is from Costa Rica, which is why I've had 
so many CR coffees - somewhat circular.  Two of the 7 coffees in my 
first order were from CR.
There was a roast in parchment Costa Rican coffee that disappeared from 
the SM listings about 6 weeks ago.  I'd like to try this.  So, if 
someone has some extra, let me know.
Next, I also like the tastes of many coffees I've had from the Oaxaca / 
Chiapas areas of Mexico in the past. I  have done a good bit of my 
initial roasting with Chiapas greens I bought from my local roaster so I 
could compare the results I got with a known quality roast.  
I've met a couple that run an authentic Mexican restaurant near here.  
They are from the Mexican state of Nayarit - on the west coast.  They 
didn't even know that Mexico produced and exported world-class coffee - 
most Mexicans I've met don't know this either.  I've said I'd bring them 
a sample some time.  It would be even better to take them some from 
their own state - I haven't even told them about this yet.
So, if any one has any extra of the Nayarit Dry Process that was being 
sold by SM up until a few weeks ago, I'd buy some of that from you.
When my SM order arrives, my tiny stash will have 2 Ethiopians and one 
Kenyan, two Indonesians, one Mexican, 6 Central Americans (3 CR, and 1 
each from Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua), and two from Brazil.  A 
bit heavy on the Central Americans but 2 of the 6 were small purchases 
when I wasn't sure I'd even stick with this.  But, I've tried to get 
beans from around the world and a learn about the different taste 
patterns from different areas.
I roast with a Melitta AromaRoast using some tips I learned from the 
'net.  My SM order also includes the thermocouple so I can watch temps 
and roast  on more than  sound , time, and fan speed moderation.   So it 
is all small batches - but then it is all very freshly roasted coffee.  
And I can have freshly roasted coffee of several types for direct 
comparison without worrying about coffee taste deteriorating.
Sam
Columbia, MD
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2) From: Les
Sam,
Moaning and groaning about an over sized stash is a way that we flaunt
how wonderful our stashes are!
 I for one follow the Rockefeller motto.  When J.D. was asked how much
money he had, he said he didn't know.  Then he clarified his answer,
"If you know how much money you have you aren't rich."  Then the
interviewer asked him, "How much money is enough then?"  J.D. replied,
"Just one dollar more."  To translate this to coffee stash language.
If you know how big your stash is, you don't have a big stash.  How do
you know if you have enough varieties?  Just one more!
Now on a more serious note:  I do think it is important that you learn
your likes and dislikes and order accordingly.  I'll be pulling out my
precious 5 pounds of Panama 1800 meters tomorow to roast a pound for
my brother's 50th and do a test roast for our Easter gathering.  If I
don't want to tweak the roast, that is what will be roasted on April
5th so it is well rested for the big day,  So don't expect to get too
many takers.  And I really don't know how much coffee is in my stash.
Les
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