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Topic: The joy of gifting coffee (9 msgs / 228 lines)
1) From: Seth Grandeau
My sister-in-law agreed to do me a favor, tomorrow, and come over to take
our dog out for a walk. I decided to roast her a 1/2 pound of coffee to say
thanks (last of my Koratie wet processed, at a beautiful city roast).  As I
watched the beans spin around in the roaster, I found myself thinking how
wonderful this whole hobby is.  For about $3 and less than 1/2 hour  of my
time, I made a gift that I'm sure she will love, that is not available
anyplace else at any price.  Plus, I got to enjoy making it (selecting the
bean, printing out Tom's cupping notes, the zen joy of watching it spin
around and hearing the beans tumble and crack...).  I'm so glad I discovered
homeroasting!
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2) From: decrisce.md
Nice thoughts. It sure has enhanced my daily life. A lot of other hobbies are once in a while. But since I drink coffee everyday...I have some 'tiny joy' in my everyday routine. 
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3) From: Steve Carlson
And, coffee is TSA-friendly, so you (or your lucky recipients) can
pack it on air travel, and it ships well, doesn't break, etc.
On 5/6/09, decrisce.md  wrote:
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4) From: Allon Stern
On May 6, 2009, at 8:28 PM, Steve Carlson wrote:
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Though for some reason, I've been stopped on more than one occasion;  
On both occasions, I had an aluminum zero-haliburton case jammed with  
really odd electronics, circuit boards, wires, etc, but they ignored  
that and were very curious about my coffee grinder, wanting to swab  
my laptop bag for explosives (I carry my coffee, aeropress and  
grinder in the laptop bag).
Go figure.
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allon
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5) From: Ray Tolar
Well said Seth. I enjoy the whole thing, the thing that bugged me was giving
away  .75 coffee bags (now there only .26 after finding a good sale). Its so
awesome when somebody tells you that the coffee you gave them was the best
they have ever tasted. I had three people over last weekend we roasted 2
batchs in both roasters (Behmor,Hottop). Well we have 1 new home roaster as
he has ordered a Behmor and the sampler. My monthly week off is next week so
plans have been made to help him with his first roast or two.  Green coffee
$6.00 a pound< The feeling when your  told how great it tastes
PRICELESS!!!     Happy Roasting  Ray
On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 6:41 PM, Seth Grandeau  wrote:
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6) From: Yakster
I'm roasting up for Mother's day.
Decaf for my Mother-in-law who just recently was told to quit regular,
some Ethiopian or Rwanda for my sister-in-law who finds the sugar to
coffee ratio is closer to 1:1 with fresh roast, and some Tanz Peaberry
for personal consumption and for a base for sugar-free ice cream for
the diabetics in the family.
As long as you don't let the ice cream sit (and a pint won't sit long
with family over) it doesn't turn to hard ice.
With some smoked chicken and ribs and grilled corn and beans it should
be a good day.
-Chris
On 5/7/09, Ray Tolar  wrote:
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7) From: Yakster
I'm wiped out from Mother's Day Weekend and a payback Monday morning where
everything seemed to go wrong with the plumbing and getting the kids to
school on time.
The BBQ went well except the chicken wasn't done in time so we just ate the
ribs.  We'll have the chicken tonight (and for a few more nights) for
dinner.  I smoked it with cherry wood which gives it a fabulous flavor.  I
should have started the chicken earlier, but I was up late the night before
after a day of yardwork on Saturday preparing the ribs and chicken with the
dry rub and infusion and woke up late.  I also cooked up a berry cobbler
from a mix for my wife's breakfast with my youngest and quickly made her a
mother's day card.
I served my mother-in-law the Ethiopian Sidamo NP Decaf which was pretty
good for decaf.  She said it was great.  Everyone else had the 2008 Brazil
COE which was well received and the Ice Cream I served up with a Tanz
Peaberry flavor (mild coffee flavor).  The Ice Cream didn't look smooth or
creamy, probably because of the use of Splenda instead of sugar, but it
tasted fine and everyone enjoyed it.  I only roasted 1/4 # of the limited
amount of COE I was able to get and the Wife and I drank the last of this
roast this morning.  Later that night, the Wife, her Sister and I had the
Ethiopian Sidamo Korate and enjoyed the berry flavors.
I gifted my Mother-In-Law the rest of the 1# of Decaf that I had roasted up
for her to take home and my Sister-In-Law a bag of Ethiopian Sidamo NP
Karote so after roasting Tanz on Wednesday, Decaf Ethiopian on Thursday,
Brazil COE on Friday and Ethiopian Korate on Saturday I'm down to very
little coffee left for the Wife and me to drink so I need to roast again
tonight.
I told my wife last night that I was going to go roast after doing the
dishes (had to pull a stool up to the sink to take a break from my feet to
finish all the dishes) as I heard a co-worker who works remote and got
married Friday might be in the office today (San Franciso honeymoon) and I
could give him some roasted coffee that he has so much enjoyed in the past
as a gift) but I was just so tired that I had to take myself up to bed.
For all the work, I really enjoyed the weekend and everyone else seems to
have appreciated it too.  I got a lot of help from my daughters, my youngest
was getting a kick out of weighing and vacuum sealing green coffee beans,
and I couldn't have done it without their help.
I told my Wife that I'll be looking forward to Father's day :-).
I hope that everyone else had a great weekend.
-Chris
On Thu, May 7, 2009 at 7:00 PM, Yakster  wrote:
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8) From: an iconoclast
Ice Cream I served up with a Tanz
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I probably do as much gifting as I do imbibing!  It such a unique gift.  I'm
taking a class at work 3 days a week for 4 weeks and I bring coffee for the
masses. I get rides from coworkers and give them a half pound bag as a thank
you. I supply my whole family with coffee, Krups Moka Brews and filters. I
feel at home everywhere I go.
Speaking of ice cream, I make a coffee ice cream using triple strength home
roasted and ground up Symphony bars. Mmmmmm! I guess it's time to do that
again.
Take care,
Ann
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9) From: Yakster
Ann,
Do share the recipe if you find the time.  Sounds like something my family
would love.
I saw a recipe online that looked interesting that involved steeping coffee
beans with the milk, sugar, and cream and then straining it to make a
custard and also bits of ground coffee in the ice cream for texture.  It
looks interesting, but I haven't tried it yet.  Here's the link.http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/004377coffee_ice_cream.php-Chris
On Sun, May 24, 2009 at 1:08 PM, an iconoclast wrote:
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