Hello all, A year ago I was the fortunate winner of the first Luna Bee Tradition. For those that have joined the list since then, list member Kris McN offered up this tradition to celebrate the first birthday of her daughter, Luna Bee. As I remember it, Kris was roasting coffee while in labor with Luna Bee and she posted to the list to let us know that she had to interrupt her coffee roasting to give birth. It is my pleasure to keep the tradition alive and to offer a Trosser hand grinder along with some home roasted coffee to a random list member who responds to this message with the story of how he or she got started home roasting. Entries will be accepted up to midnight November 22. To get the ball rolling, my story started with the purchase of a used Estro Profi espresso machine. I wasn't able to get decent crema with this unit and so I started doing some research online where I learned that the key to good crema is fresh-roasted coffee. I then learned how easy it is to roast coffee at home and discovered that there was a shop, near where I lived at the time, that sold green coffee beans. That shop was Sweet Maria's. Cameron -- ceforde Homeroast mailing list Homeroasthttp://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20">http://lists.sweetmariascoffee.com/listinfo.cgi/homeroast-sweetmariascoffee.comHomeroast community pictures -upload yours!) :http://www.sweetmariascoffee.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemIdx20
Cool idea for a tradition. I'm assuming you wanted us to reply here so we can all hear each other's stories rather than private email... It all started for me with a little brotherly rivalry so to speak. Growing up, my older brother and i always enjoyed coffee. Then we learned about different ways to prepare it at the house, starting with a grinder, then french press, stovetop espresso, etc... Years later he moved to Colorado with his girlfriend and we'd still discuss coffee here and there via email. Until one day he told me that he found out that you can roast your own beans! And he already got an iRoast and a couple of sample packs from Sweet Marias. Being jealous, i quickly did the same. Then he upgraded to another roaster, and then i upgraded to a Behmor. I know have the bigger toy ;) Feels good to have my brother beat on nifty stuff (he's always on the cutting edge of nifty tech stuff). Either way, that's more or less, how it all began for me. Michael Brown b'ham, AL <Snip> Bing brings you maps, menus, and reviews organized in one place.