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Topic: SM on The Splendid Table today (19 msgs / 491 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Hey listers - I am on the american public media show called The 
Splendid Table today. It airs on NPR stations, but not everywhere. I 
think that after it airs it will be on their web site http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/stations/It was recorded a few weeks ago and I hope it is a decent ">http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/or they have a station map: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/stations/It was recorded a few weeks ago and I hope it is a decent 
conversation -  I really don't know! I just returned with sever jet 
lag from Indonesia so I might be napping when it is on locally...
-- 
-Tom
"Great coffee comes from little roasters" - Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting
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2) From: Ira
At 10:15 AM 7/23/2010, you wrote:
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It's on the web site, I'm listening now.
Ira
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3) From: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Claus_Th=F8gersen?=
Hi,
Always nice to hear Toms voice, for international customers that until now 
have never visitted Sweet Marias.
I had hhoped it was longer than the 5 minutes maybe less than it actually 
is.
Also I wonder why the AE was left out, maybe because of the short time?
Claus

4) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
It came from a 30 minute conversation, so heavily edited. I think she 
is going to make a "Part 2" out of this as well, with more on home 
roasting.
Tom
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               Thompson & Maria -http://www.sweetmarias.com     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
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5) From: an iconoclast
Lo and behold, I opened up my OPB e-newsletter and I see Tom Owens and Sweet
Maria's. How awesome is that! Here in Zigzag, OR it's on Sunday at 6pm. I'm
proud to be a customer for the last 5 1/2 yrs. I bring home-roasted coffee
from Sweet Maria's to every User Acceptance Testing and Go Live
our electronic medical record has.  Sweet Maria's is becoming becoming
legend. Congrats, Tom, Maria and crew.
Take care,
Ann
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6) From: John A C Despres
Tom's portion begins at 14:45. Great job, Tom!
John
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7) From: Yakster
It was a nice segment, I think it came off sounding understandable for the
general public or foodies.
I hope they air a home-roasting segment soon.
Funny that now I want to try dried limes and build a bread oven.
As for the Bouno kettle, I've been happy with my liquor bottle pour spout in
a #7 one hole stopper in my plain old kettle.  Maybe I should make a YouTube
video :-)
Contracts, Tom.
On Jul 24, 2010 11:35 AM, "John A C Despres"  wrote:
Tom's portion begins at 14:45. Great job, Tom!
John
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8) From: Steve Sakoman
On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM, Yakster  wrote:
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Same here, already ordered some dried limes to try!
The wood fired oven bug bit me a couple years back:http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/corner-casa-110-installation-5556.htmlI love it -- but caution, it can become yet another obsession :-)
Steve
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9) From: Scace, Gregory E. Mr.
Unfortunately, the emphasis was on brewers and not on the raw materials.  Not Tom's fault.  I think that the host of Splendid Table (ST) doesn't understand many food-related subjects, or just isn't able to get into subjects in any depth.  That's understandable because she is trying to cover many aspects of food and many food professionals find it all-consuming to devoting their lives and energy to just one facet of a very big world.  She would do much better imo if she would listen a bit more.  I believe that if Tom were in more control of the interview's subject matter, he would not have steered the emphasis toward brewing. The segment would have been much better, and much more useful for the target audience if the discussion had moved into the world of fresh, specialty coffees.  Brewers are only interesting when the coffee is not the limiting  factor, not the case for people who don't share our proclivities.
And...espresso is not brewed coffee.  If you wanna drink espresso you need an espresso machine of some sort.  If you're after a good brewed cup, you do something else.  The host of ST was clueless on this point.  
I suppose it's good press but it was a missed opportunity on the part of ST.  They conversed and interviewed one of the best sources of coffee and coffee knowledge, and didn't tap any of it.
-Greg

10) From: Barbara Greenspon
I have to disagree.  Splendid Table is not meant to go into depth about every subject, but instead to open our minds to new ways to think about foods.  Tom said that he thinks there will be another segment on roasting.
Lynne is a brilliant woman.  She is really a food anthropologist, and her area of expertise is Northern Italy, specifically Emilia-Romagna.  The title of the show, The Splendid Table, comes from her first book of the same name.  
Tom, it was great.  And it was fun to hear your voice!  Again, I'm thrilled that Sweet Maria's is doing so well, but not the least bit surprised.
Barbara Greenspon
On Jul 26, 2010, at 8:59 AM, Scace, Gregory E. Mr. wrote:
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11) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I enjoyed the interview, and yes, Linda is definitely contrained by 
the forma in terms of depth of topic etc. I was nercous to do this, 
even though it was recorded, but she but me at ease and I ended up 
laughing through half of the interview. There is a second part all 
about home coffee roasting with emphasis on air popcorn poppers, 
since she was interested in an easy, low-commitment way for someone 
to try it out. In both the focus on pour-over drip, and on air 
poppers for roasting, I thought she showed good instinct in tending 
toward simple, no-frills ways to approach coffee and get good results 
(or at least have fun).
-- 
-Tom
"Great coffee comes from little roasters" - Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting
               Thompson & Maria -http://www.sweetmarias.com     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
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12) From: Joseph Robertson
Tom,
Thanks for a wrap up from your end. Nice show, I was on the road to Olympia
Wa. and got lucky the station came in good.
Joe
On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:03 AM, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee <
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13) From: John A C Despres
I have to disagree with Greg. Lynne is a superb host of a wonderful show and
in my mind demonstrated no clueless-ness about anything. She's a very
curious person and always willing to learn. Perhaps it's true she was at
some point unaware of the processes of certain brewed coffees, IE a moka
pot, but after listening again, I find her question on Tom's take on a moka
pot demonstrates her interest in his opinion, but demonstrates no ignorance
at all.
Why shouldn't she discuss brewing? It's the one thing almost every single
coffee drinker has in common. Improving brew technique, regardless of bean
source improves freshness. I suppose a case could be made for choosing ones
grinder; maybe that should have been what the interview was about, but not
everyone grinds their coffee. No, brewing is the common denominator. Baby
steps.
All in all, The Splendid Table is a splendid show.
John
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14) From: Peter Louton
Well, my mom heard him yesterday and liked the segment and thought he was amazingly down to earth and knowledgeable.  Plus, if we get people to appreciate good coffee, then it should carry over to the greenside as well.  At least that is what I have noticed when give friends and coworkers some freshly roasted beans.
Peter
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On Jul 26, 2010 19:23, John A C Despres <johndespres> wrote: 
I have to disagree with Greg. Lynne is a superb host of a wonderful show and
in my mind demonstrated no clueless-ness about anything. She's a very
curious person and always willing to learn. Perhaps it's true she was at
some point unaware of the processes of certain brewed coffees, IE a moka
pot, but after listening again, I find her question on Tom's take on a moka
pot demonstrates her interest in his opinion, but demonstrates no ignorance
at all.
Why shouldn't she discuss brewing? It's the one thing almost every single
coffee drinker has in common. Improving brew technique, regardless of bean
source improves freshness. I suppose a case could be made for choosing ones
grinder; maybe that should have been what the interview was about, but not
everyone grinds their coffee. No, brewing is the common denominator. Baby
steps.
All in all, The Splendid Table is a splendid show.
John
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15) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Wow - sorry about all the typos. I have a big band aid on my finger 
and it seems to be severely affecting my typing today! Anyway, I was 
saying the host is constrained by the format and time allotted but we 
did record material for a home roasting segment. I hope they use it, 
but no date on that. Yes, she is a good conversationalist and 
genuinely curious. It's not going to be the venue for really being 
technical about a subject, or half the listenership would probably 
tune out. Realistically, it's just a format to whet the appetite. 
People can take it from there... Tom
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-Tom
"Great coffee comes from little roasters" - Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting
               Thompson & Maria -http://www.sweetmarias.com     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
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16) From: John A C Despres
Gaaa! I wrote "Improving brew technique, regardless of bean source improves
freshness" No... I meant to say "improve the cup", not freshness...
And I don't have a band-aid on my finger, either. Sloppy thinking and typing
on my part...
John
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17) From: Christine Heinsohn
I love the Splendid Table.  I think the format is really a good one, because
enough information is proved to as Tom said, "whet the appetite".  But
usually that whetting is supported by web content.  So if folks travel the
interwebs and get the Sweet Maria site, they will find a tremendous amount
of information on coffee!  I know I did!
Christine

18) From: Sandy Andina
Is that show the basis for the old SNL spoof "The Delicious Dish," with Molly Shannon & Ana Gasteyer as the hosts?
On Jul 27, 2010, at 12:04 AM, Christine Heinsohn wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
www.sandyandina.com
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19) From: Scott Miller
Sandy,
Yes; that's a great routine they did.
cheers,
Scott
On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:23 AM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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