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Topic: Stashing outside of the box--please help (14 msgs / 394 lines)
1) From: David Rossell
I'm way overdue for stash replenishment and have been looking at the SM
offerings having a tough time deciding what to buy.  Nothing is really
singing to me, but I'm sure that's more a problem with me being in something
of a rut in my thinking. 
Here's how the list can help:  
Suggest a single coffee, the coffee you think I should buy before all others.
I'm not asking for the "best" coffee, or even your favorite, just one you
think I should buy.  I brew with a FP if that makes a difference in your
suggestions and drink both regular and decaf.   I know different people enjoy
different types of coffee.  That's precisely the point here.  
I'll buy your suggestion and add it to my stash.  My only caveats:  the price
per pound shouldn't be more than $7.  (I'm after sustainable exploration!)
I'll place the order on Sunday, July 5.  If there are just too many to order
in one batch, I'll place a second order in a couple of months.  I'll post a
comprehensive list of the suggestions to the group.
Thanks, and sorry I've been lurking for so long.  Job and personal life have
been too busy to spend much time reading non-work-related e-mail.
David
David Rossell
Norwood School 
Administrator of Network Services and Planning
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(301) 841-2178
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2) From: Lynne
Hi David -
Good to see a lurker coming out of lurkdom!
I was ready to recommend one - Guatamala Oriente DP... but I checked, and
it's gone. :(. It had deep chocolate notes, rich - very pleased with this
one. In fact, my very last roast in my old apartment before my move last
week was a few batches of this (I'm sending my small sample off to SM's for
a late stove-top sample). Was insane to roast that last day of my move - but
the thought of being without homeroast was enough to get me to do it,
despite not having enough equipment with me.
It came out fantastic, too... I have to thank Sheila Quinn for this, too.
I know others are going to say the same - but I usually order a sampler. At
$4 a lb, you can't go wrong - plus, I get to try varieties I might never
choose on my own, too.
Lynne
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3) From: R Nepsund
I know It's over $7 , but the only coffee that really pops out at me
at the moment is "Colombia Finca Buenavista -Carlos Imbachi Microlot"
for $7.70.
To quote from the SM site.
This lot won First Place at the SCAA Coffee of the Year at the 2009
Conference in April. To give you some perspective, the famous Panama
Esmeralda Especial Gesha came in 2nd to our 290 Lb Carlos Imbachi lot!http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.southamr.colombia.php#ColombiaFincaBuenav=istaCarlosImbachi2009
 I'm not quite ready to order myself, for a few weeks, but I'm browsing.
 I haven't gotten this one  yet.  They are only selling 1 lb at a time
so it may not be around much longer.
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ers.
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 enjoy
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4) From: Yakster
I've added the Sweet Maria's Weblog  and
new Coffee Listings  RSS feeds to my
iGoogle home page that keeps me up on the latest offerings (always tempting
me to buy more).
I see that Tom has the latest crop of the first coffee I really fell in love
with, and can recommend:   Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza.  I also recently tried
and really loved the Moka Kadir Blend with strong chocolate and fruit, but
you'll want to cull the defects and any dirt clods out of this.
Those are two I know and can recommend.  98% of my coffee consumption is
Aeropress Americanos, so this should translate well for French Press.
There's other's listed that I'd be tempted to try, but haven't yet so I
wouldn't feel right about recommending them (Kenya and Tanz PB).
What I didn't see in your post is what coffee's you really loved in the
past; Centrals, South Am, Africans?
-Chris
On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 6:04 AM, David Rossell wrote:
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5) From: David Rossell
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Ah, but that's deliberate.  I don't want folks recommending what they think I
might like, but what they think is knock-down drag out good stuff.  Or at
least cool, educational stuff.
I'll post my personal favorites from the past when I post the suggestions.
David
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6) From: Mike Chester
Buy the 8 lb. sampler.  SM will pick coffees from many regions and flavor 
profiles.  The price is usually less than ordering one lb. of each 
seperately.
Mike Chester

7) From: Rick Copple
David Rossell wrote:
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I have some coffee I purchased over the weekend on the way. So I'll just 
tell you what I ordered:
Costa Rica "Cafe Sin Limites"
Ethiopia Wet-Process Bonko
Kenya Kirinyaga AA -Gakuyu-ini Factory
Uganda Organic Bugisu
I'm also interested in the Guat La Maravilla that's on the way. I bought 
20# of that coffee in 2005 and enjoyed it very much. I'm hoping it cups 
out similar to what it had back then...if I'm lucky, even better!
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9) From: Scott Miller
As I recall, the Maravilla was very reasonably priced and was one the first
beans I tried from SM that falls into that category of what some call a
"sleeper" ... no real sexy story or bio for the bean, but excellent quality
and a worthy bean.
cheers,
Scott
On Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Rick Copple  wrote:
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10) From: Rick Copple
Scott Miller wrote:
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Ah, time for a story.
Back when I first started roasting coffee...man, how long ago was that 
now? Not as long as some here, but I think it was Dec of 2003 when I 
ordered my first pound of Costa Rican Tarrazu and was blown away at the 
taste. In that first order, I also bought some Tanzanian AAA Songea. 
That one pound I bought was, to date, the best coffee I've ever had. 
What was so outstanding about it was that it has this amazing dutch 
cocoa flavor that was a perfect fit. I loved it, and everyone who tried 
a cup was impressed.
So, naturally, I ordered more of it, 5#s. But for some reason that I 
could never figure out, I couldn't get the same dutch cocoa flavor from 
it. Instead, the vanilla intruded. I tried different roast levels, 
roasting in my popcorn popper (where it first "worked"), and everything 
else. I got either too bright and grassy (when I went light) to a good 
decent coffee, but not that outstanding dutch cocoa flavor I first had.
So, I was on the search for that flavor. When the Guat. La Maravilla 
came out in 2005, I ordered some because it had in the notes that it had 
a dutch cocoa flavor. And I found by roasting it around full city to 
full city plus, that flavor came out real well. Not quite as pure as the 
Tanzanian coffee, as the "lime" in it was still in the background but 
very muted at that roast level. But it definitely had that quality that 
I liked so much in the Tanzanian.
Well, Les said if I found something I liked that much, better buy up a 
lot because some of these coffees only come around once in a while, 
maybe only once. So I spent my Christmas money that year on 20# bag. I 
even stuck it under the Christmas tree. I think my brother thought I was 
a little strange when he heard I bought 20#s of coffee for Christmas.
That bag lasted me for two years. I remember making the last pot of it 
shortly before Christmas in 2007. It held up well for two years, and 
tasted great! I was sad to see it go. And as Les said, we're four years 
down the road and it looks like this will be the first year it returns.
It was a sleeper coffee. Solidly good, and great if you love that flavor 
profile. I'll be interested in seeing how this one cups. Since a coffee 
from a particular farm doesn't cup the same each year...especially four 
years later, no guarantees that it will have the flavor I'm looking for. 
But I can hope.
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11) From: g paris
David:
I think you are missing a great deal by not buying SM sampler packs.
give them a try and you may find some sweet spots for a type/region of
coffee you may like.
if you are really serious, open your mind, look through the offering that SM
lists and pick a few that "sound/taste good" to you.
you clearly cannot go wrong with any coffee you get from SM unless you hate
pepper and one you ordered has gobs-o-pepper in the finish.
read and be thrilled!!!
taste and be more thrilled!!
ginny
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12) From: heffrey78
Ginny,
Well put!
Jeff
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13) From: Frank Awbrey
I am one of those that do not have or want a huge stash. I enjoy going
through Tom's coffee listing and choosing coffees. I generally order about
12 pounds (max of 2 pounds of one coffee) every three months and they are
almost always from his latest 3-4 months of listings. That way, I know that
they are always fresh, and, because they come from SM, they will always have
a good flavor. I know I don't always pick what most people might pick, but I
do choose a variety of different coffees and they are generally from 3 or 4
different places. No special one thing that I look for, but, things I do
look at, in no particular order are: location, Tom's descriptions/notes, his
numerical ratings and price. Sometimes because I just like the name, i.e.
"Bonko Sun".
Anyway, good luck with you choosings.
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-- 
Frank
"Still the one"
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14) From: Rick Copple
Speaking of the Guat. La Maravilla, it's up:
No dutch cocoa mentioned, but the notes certainly sound good. One I 
definitely need to get.
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