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1) From: Sam49
Jim Gundlach wrote: "blending is nothing but a process of trying to make 
average or even worse coffees drinkable."
This is clearly a false and illogical statement.  Or, as they might say 
down South, "that dog won't hunt."
Do SM's coffees become average or even worse if you try to blend them?  
Of course they don't.  They are still of the same excellent quality and 
have their wonderful characteristics to contribute to the blend's taste, 
aroma and body.
So the assertion falls on it face on this point alone.
Less important is that my limited experience shows it to be incorrect.
I drink 99% of my coffee SO and enjoy exploring the different 
characteristics of these varied coffees and others based on greens 
bought from the top local roaster in Baltimore.
But I roast small batches and sometimes end up with an amount of roasted 
coffee beans less than a 1cup or 2 cup French press pot.  Then I am 
forced to make an on the spot blend to use those beans.  Most of the 
time these ad hoc blends have been superb.
That some roasters, particularly large scale ones, may try to cover up 
the use of lesser beans by blending does not in any way establish that 
all blending is inferior and based on bad beans.
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2) From: Terry McVay (rr)
Friends, we share opinions.. not taste buds.  Coffee is the opposite of
religion in that although our enjoyment of it can transcend the makeup of
its physical parts (it's usually just a cooked seed in water) each of our
opinions of what is true can and should stand alone. Caffeine Sufis, if you
will.  Terry/Kona

3) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Actually I have to agree with Jim. I had a discussion at on of the SCAA
shows years ago with a with an Iteligentsia (or similar place - don't
remember anymore) about this. We sorta concluded that since the SM coffee's
are all picked because that 'have something to say' about that specfic
microlot, that blending is a tough thing to do since you want to retain waht
you have & add to the character.
However, some of the best blends I've had, have been when I throw the 10 -
grams left in the bottoms of several bags to make a batch. I suspect that
comes from no expectation of what the coffee should be.
On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 6:08 PM, Sam49  wrote:
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4) From: Jim Gundlach
I would go for this. If some can get better taste from a blend of good  
coffees, that is fine. But, if you have only roasting for a few years,  
I would not recommend it.
I sent this while in Newport News, Va..
Sent from my iPhone
On Aug 23, 2009, at 4:46 PM, "Terry McVay (rr)"   
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5) From: miKe mcKoffee
I agree AND I disagree, especially for espresso shots. While there's a
plethora to be had from SO shots, a shot greater than the sum of parts can
be crafted using the most exquisite SO beans, especially from Tom.
Note also: In addition to SO's Intelligentsia is WAY into blends...ever hear
of Black Cat, El Diablo, Summer Soltice etc.:-)
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6) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Agree, I'm not talking about espresso. That mostly needs a blend.
However, In SCAA Atlanta the the PRYS people were pulling some outrageous SO
shots. So creamy, & buttery.
Had to be GREAT to remember all these years.
Did PRYS go the way of JBM & St H's ?
On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 12:16 AM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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7) From: g paris
you guys do not know what you are missing by not trying every bean you get
as espresso!!
ginny
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8) From: michael brown
I second that!  I try every coffee i roast as a single origin espresso.  Mo=
st of the time i'm blown away.
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9) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Yeah, but both of my Faema Compacts are sitting in the basement gathering
dust in this new house.
So much for a plumbed in Commercial Machine in the Kitchen. FYI; Since don't
home office anymore, it was hard to argue for kitchen counterspace.
On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 6:50 PM, g paris  wrote:
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I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
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10) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 31, 2009, at 3:10 PM, michael brown  wrote:
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Agreed, with a big caveat -
I have found that quite often, the single origin shot will be  
extremely hard to pull well - dialing it in uses a significant portion  
of my 250g batches. It is possible that a better machine may make it  
pull easier, but maybe I'd only get good shots unless I was in the  
sweet spot. Otoh, when I do hit the sweet spot, wow.
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