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Topic: Depressing discovery (5 msgs / 176 lines)
1) From: ocrockus
This list has meant higher education to me, and I remain convinced that Tom=
 is a genius and that such regular listers as Rayo, Mike etc. are true epic=
ures who know the difference between good, better, better yet and best.  =
I have fantasized about sharing a latte with Sandy.  I have sincerely t=
ried to improve my Life with Coffee.
 
Unfortunately, careful experimentation has forced me to admit that, ala=
s, I'll never get there.  You have persuaded me that a perfect espresso i=
s perfect, and that slyly made French press is the finest brew, challenge=
d only by vacpot and just possibly by such as Aeropress.  Nevertheless,=
 in my 85th year I must acknowledge that my bec is just not fin enough to=
 distinguish their superiority to a mere filtered mug of city-plus IMV made=
 with a fine grind and and 95-degree tap water.
 
The Zen of cranking on my Zass is little consolation.  Pity me, young fri=
ends, and pray that you will not yet share my fate.
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2) From: Ed Needham
I can only hope that I share your 'good fortune' of sipping great coffee at 
85 years old!
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Ed Needham
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3) From: raymanowen
"...true epicures who know the difference between good, better, better yet
and best."
 For dieser alte Fortz in der Laterne to be on the same page with almost
everybody on this list, an Epic Cure would have to be involved.
I used to roast a little green coffee I got from Bill Boyer in 1976/ '77.
Mostly at my battery charger shop where I had a captive group that forced me
to brew all three pots of fresh roasted/ ground Kenya AA in my Brewmatic,
before I even got a cup for myself ! It was an intriguing flavor, compared
to the roasted whole bean coffee in the grocery bins.
Between later stints at CSM Research Institute, Geophysics research and
Earth Mechanics Institute, I began to remember some Engineering Physics,
Electrical Engineering and my math minor. I was no longer intensely using or
studying any of it, so it dissipated like chaff in a gale wind, suddenly in
'74. I have no clue where the Melitta Aroma Roast drifted away.
They say the brain is plastic. Maybe not. It's highly viscous for sure. Ever
try to push toothpaste back in the tube? The head nurse in the Swedish ICU
saw Dad and me when we went down for a visit a few months after they got
tired of my colorful descriptions of hospital food. "Oh, Look! He Valks, he
Talks, He BREATHES!" with her Anglo-Saxon accent. The Voice I Remembered!
The first Doctor that saw us had said, "Hey, Owen- I remember you when you
didn't look so pretty-" OK, I got the picture from the witnesses. They
thought I'd miss the 25-car pile up. Crossed the median and made an Olds
wagon look like it hit one of the redwoods in Muir Woods head-on.
Some incredibly smart people had pulled me out of the Corvair and laid me in
a snow bank. I remember none of it to this day, and have no idea at all why
I ever thought of roasting green coffee again, after 30+ years. Boyer's is
at 73rd (same street we're on now) and Washington, and my new shop was just
down 73rd. Passed Boyer's red brick school house every day I went in to the
shop.
I stopped in one day and said, "Bill, why don't you expand a little and set
up a neat coffee emporium?"
"Ray, let me show you something..."  where they had the original roaster and
packaging equipment in the original school house. His first coffee shop/
espresso bar.  I remembered,
"Will you sell me some green Kenya AA beans?"
"If you want. I haven't done it for years- nobody's roasting their own. You
still got that little Melitta?"
"Somewhere-" (Think fast. I had no clue. Maybe an air popper would be hot
enough. It would be Hell to get the beans and then not roast them...) I
never knew what I was doing in the first place and forgot it anyway. There
was just something about roasting fresh, but what?
Two pounds of Kenya AA green. $18.00, same as roasted price. Same as I had
roasted over 30 years before. Came the Dawn. Let your fingers do the
walking- on the internet. My search engine was supported by Millstone coffee
and I had been getting some of their beans at the grocery.
Things were about to change.
Cheers, Mabuhay, Ito ay halos Martes umaga dito!  RayO, aka Opa!
Takes a licking, keeps on ticking. Beats the alternative anytime!
On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM,  wrote:
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4) From: John A C Despres
Here! Here!
Congratulations are in order.
John
On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 7:16 PM, Ed Needham  wrote:
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5) From: Joseph Robertson
I second that Ed,
JoeR
On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Ed Needham  wrote:
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