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Topic: It's raining raisins (28 msgs / 647 lines)
1) From: Ryan M. Ward
Well, I finally got my raisin coffee beans in today. I walked in the door- ripped open the box, and started roasting within minutes of opening the door. 
Sure enought, two minutes into the roast, my hand swung around in just the right way and knocked over my bag of beans onto the floor. I have never had 7 lbs of coffee on my floor at once.
Anyone know a good way to clean off green coffee beans without affecting the flavor- I ain't gonna toss these beans!!! THEY ARE SALVAGEABLE!! 
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2) From: Demian Ebert
I would probably just sweep them up the up them into a colander and
blow the dust off with a fan from below. Then sort through for hard
bits when you roast each batch.
Demian
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3) From: Terry McVay \(rr\)
Ryan that's a lot of bean on the floor!  Have not seen my order of 'raisin'
yet to get bean size and you have probably already done the broom to dustpan
to screen thing, then towel off the dust (well that last would be extreme).
You'll be fine, I think, your roaster will clean the rest.  Good luck!
Terry/Kona

4) From: miKe mcKoffee
If by "clean off" you mean to remove germs beans acquired from the floor,
fogetaboutit. Uh, you'll be roasting them thar germs deader than a door
nail.
Yes I've roasted greens from the floor.
And even yes I've ground and brew roasted beans from the floor.
However, I draw the line at siphoning up spills:-)
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5) From: Bob Hazen
Shoot, that's nothing compared the environment "cat coffee" goes through!
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6) From: Ryan M. Ward
Oh geez!! I must be the worst mathematician on the planet! I meant 3 lbs not 7! I ordered a 5 lb bag and dumped out a little over half.
I ended up throwing the beans in a collander in small batches and rustling them around. Lots of nasty little things fell out of the bottom (including some pieces of cheese...) I like the fan idea. This is going to be a fun puzzle!
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7) From: Ryan M. Ward
I like your thinking. Personally, I am not worried about germs- 450 or so degrees farh is plenty hot to kill all of the nasties. I was worried about dirt, dust and hair getting in there and screwing up the taste!
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8) From: Ryan M. Ward
Mmmmmmm.... Kopi Luwak! I wonder what that stuff tastes like. I can't say I would try it given the chance- not without thinking about it first... I may, just so that I can (officially) call myself a master coffee geek extrordinaire! 
But seriously, the thought of drinking something that has been pooed out of a cat like creature does not set well with my psyche. Sort of the same feeling I get when I watch Indian Jones- The Temple of Doom- the dinner scene.
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9) From: John A C Despres
Given the stones and bits of what-not that have come with my beans,
including one massive kernal of corn, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Sounds like you've got it handled. But the cheese... Make sure that's sorted
out... This morning's Raisin Coffee roasted to City + is delightful with a
huge chocolate presence in the fore, followed by very nice fruits with a
wonderfully lingering parmigiano reggiano aftertaste. This'll be good on
pasta with basil...
:-D
John
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10) From: Jim Gundlach
I have tasted three different samples of Kopi Luwak.  One was a  
novelty offering from SweetMarias, one was through an exchange of  
unique coffees with a fellow list member, and the third was at a  
presentation session when I won the IgNobel award. All three had a  
distinct taste and one of my daughters thought it was among the best  
coffees she ever tasted, she only got to try two of them brewed at  
home, I thought they were distinct and interesting but not worth  
anything near their usually inflated prices.  My feeling is that  
anyone who takes coffee seriously ought to overcome inhibitions and  
give it a try if they have a chance.  The real problem is that a  
substantial portion of it that is marketed is not genuine.  The guy  
who provided it at the IgNobel meeting has been working on a test to  
certify Kopi Luwak as genuine, I don't think he has finished that  
project yet.
      pecan jim
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11) From: Ed Needham
You do know that green is dried on a floor, outdoors, in a third world 
country (frequently), and probably dirtier than your kitchen.
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12) From: Ryan M. Ward
Ryan's new list:
1) Win the IgNobel award so he can get some genuine Kopi Luwak.
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13) From: miKe mcKoffee
Not to be pitnicking, but the cherries (not the bare seed/greens) are
sometimes still "old school" dried directly on the ground. More and more (if
not most) of the better DP's are now raised bed dried.
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14) From: Lynne
Thank you, Ed! That's good to know - going to say this next time I drop
coffee beans (yes, this is something I expect) on the floor, just in case
someone around me objects.
Lynne
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15) From: Jim Couch
put them in a colander or mesh strainer set a hair dryer or heat gun to blow
only (no heat) and blow up through them like you are de-chaffing them. That
should clean 'em right up.
Jim (just plain)
On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 10:13 PM, Ryan M. Ward 

16) From: Joseph Robertson
I take it your not a frequent Asian grocery food mall shopper?
Lots of items under glass I can't identify.
JoeR
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17) From: Joseph Robertson
I meant to direct this last post to Ryan....;))))
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18) From: Yakster
I'll admit to dropping 10 oz roasted in the kitchen and cleaning and
saving them.
-Chris
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19) From: Ryan M. Ward
Actually, since you ask. I am a frequent Asian grocery store buyer. Our local Asian markets are rather small though. I know what you mean. I was at a conference in Oakland a few years ago and stopped by an Asian grocery store before heading home. That place had some really strange looking stuff. I can identify a good number of Asian ingredients but this place had things I had never heard of or seen before. It was a real treat!
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20) From: Ryan M. Ward
10 second rule is a law of physics after all!!! 
BTW, this raisin coffee is AWESOME! Very good coffee! I took it to about a City roast, let it rest over night, and then French Pressed it. I am usually not a big fan of fruity coffees, but this one walks a nice balance between body and acidity. I taste a very nice hint of citrus that just- well, I can't even describe it!
Definitely one of the better coffees I have ever had. I hope Sweet Maria's still has more in 2 months or so when I place my next order.
Thanks everyone for the recommendation. Very good cup of Joe!
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21) From: Joseph Robertson
What is a little burnt floor dust when the bulk is top shelf SM's beans.
JoeR
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22) From: Joseph Robertson
Ryan,
Yes, good to hear your taste buds like mine are as curious about Asian
fruits and veggies as for there superb coffees. I may have to draw some
lines if I get to travel to China. One the vendors at the Asian mall/market
just got back from his home village in China. I over heard him telling my
asian friend about the lunch he had from a street vendor. You know how when
we eat sea food we get to pick out our crab or lobster from the live food
tanks, well in front of the cafes there are cages with four leggers so you
can choose your stew or lunch plate. Sorry for the way OT direction. It was
the "Mmmmmmm.... Kopi Luwak!" that help steer me into extreme cuisines.
JoeR
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23) From: Bob Glasscock
Hey Ryan,
Must be contagious. Yesterday, I spilled a canister of newly-roasted
Columbian right where the dogs eat. Fortunately my wife had just done a
thorough cleaning of that area, so the beans are now being used - not a
single hint of Ken-L-Ration...
Bob Glasscock
Greenville, AL

24) From: Ryan M. Ward
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25) From: Rich
Which only means that the birds, rodents and other small animals have to 
be able to either land on the drying bed or climb the supports.  It just 
seems more sanitary.
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26) From: Ryan M. Ward
I am sure either floor or bed drying is more sanitary that a McDonald's kitchen. (Ooops, did I type say that out loud?!?!?!)
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27) From: Ed Needham
Definitely an improvement over the drying ways of the past.  Heck, Sumatra 
lost half it's 'character' when they stopped drying beans on the side of 
dirt roads.
Remember when great Sumatra's were really 'funky' and ugly and supposed to 
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28) From: Jim Couch
Well at least Latakia tobacco is still cured over dung fires.........
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