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Topic: Suggestions for Next Order (7 msgs / 202 lines)
1) From: Lynne
I just roasted my last (estimate) half pound of caffeinated beans, and would
like some suggestions for my order (which, you can see, will be very, very
soon).
Thought I had a bit more in my mini-stash, but no worry - my financial aid
just
came in, so I'd say my timing was perfect! I estimated that my last order,
which
was twelve or fourteen pounds, half decaf, half regular greens, would last
almost
until my money came in, and sure enough - I was right.
Whew!
And another ~whew~ you guys know that I roast my beans stove-top. Well, I've
been
using a larger pan lately, but since this was a small amt, I went back to my
little pan,
forgetting how unstable it is on these gas burners. Sure enough, about half
way through,
I tipped it over and, yes, I spilled the beans - at least, most of them. (My
stress level
these days is over-the-top, so I'm not surprised I did this. At least I
didn't fall - again).
Yelled a loud order at my coffee chomping border collie (well,
anything-chomping, actually)
to *STAY AWAY*, and as painful as it was to bend, I managed to gather up
almost ALL the
half roasted beans (hooray - I actually had just vacuumed before I roasted,
so the floor was
relatively clean), and got them back in the pan. Was only until then that I
realized I got yet
another burn on my right hand. Hey, getting the last of my beans was more
important than
a little pain!! (Emma *did* geta fair portion, after all).
Well, the roast turned out great. Had my first cup - black - yesterday, and
it was/is delish -
Ecuador Quilanga Microlot Especial.
Now for my next order. I will most likely order a sampler, of course, but
would like
suggestions for something besides that. I don't taste the subtle nuances (my
reaction
is usually, mmm - tastes like - coffee!), except for a couple of times when
we got cherry
overtones - mmm. Deep, rich, dry processed, usually - chocolately is good,
although not
necessary. I don't have an espresso maker - currently using an old but
reliable Moka pot
that I love - but* that* was given to me by my landlord, and seeing how she
turned into the Ice
Dragon Lady, & has asked for items she previously gave me, back - including
dining chairs
right when family came to visit!...so anything is possible. No matter - I
always have a way to
make my coffee, even using an adapted 'cowboy-coffee' 'method in the past
that is really
good.
What I am looking for (besides something that tastes great) is a green with
a fairly wide
range of roasting possibilities, since I don't have exact temperature
control. Just need some
decent homeroast to take me through the rest of 2010.
Lord, I hope next year is better for me & my family!
Sending out a great, big, virtual hug to my homeroast family!!
Lynne
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2) From: Yakster
Just placed my order today, picking somewhat at random and trying new
things, with one old standard (last on the list).
Burundi Kayanza Bwayi
Sumatra Blue Batak Tarbarita Peaberry
Papua New Guinea Wahgi Peaberry
El Salvador Matalapa -Tablon El Amate
Brazil Joao de Campos Yellow Catuai
Sweet Maria's Moka Kadir Blend
Hope it's a good, varied selection.  I went back and broke down the roasting
ranges recommended for these beans and found the following.
Wide Range (City+ to Vienna):  Blue Batak and El Salvador Matalapa
Medium Range (City+ to FC+):  PNG and Brazil Joao de Campos
Narrow Range:  Burundi (City/City+) and Moka Kadir (FC+ and up)
-Chris
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3) From: Lynne
That's basically what I did with my last order - I checked Tom's suggestions
for roast ranges. I'm best to stay away from any that need a narrow range
(although I do believe I got some Moka Kadir once & liked it - wish I was
more organized & kept records of what I like - and don't like, lol. Not
going to happen...)
Drinking my morning brew of half Brazil Joao Campos WP Decaf and Ecuador
Quilanga Microlot Expecial (roasted separately). Great cup.
Now, I better start exploring the current SM's greens, as I will be out of
coffee *very *soon!
Lynne
On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 8:50 PM, Yakster  wrote:
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4) From: Lynne
OK, maybe I'm wrong about my assessment of my roasting skills. I'm finishing
up what was originally five pounds of Ethiopia FTO Shoye Sidamo WP Decaf -
didn't even realize that SM's recommendation for roasting is Full City to
City + AND I'm very disappointed that it's almost gone. It's really, really,
REALLY good.
There is now a one pound limit, so I'll skip ordering more of this :-(.
Heads up to anyone who wants to try a pound. Tom was* so* right in his
description - great decaf.
On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 8:35 AM, Lynne  wrote:
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5) From: Robert Bedwell
Moka Kadir is a spendid blend, especially in cappuccinos.   I play around with it occasionally by beefing up the Yemen a bit by adding 10% Yemen Sharisi and 10% Amaro Gayo.  As Emeril used to say, "BAM!"
Bob
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6) From: g paris p
Yak:
the Burundi Kayanza Bwayi is a wonderful coffee, try a swing of roasts you
may find you like even toward full city.
ginny
as a matter of fact I have some in the order I just received from SM
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7) From: Yakster
Thanks, Ginny, I may just try that as my next roast.
-Chris
Pecked out on my mobile phone.
On Nov 15, 2010 2:26 PM, "g paris p"  wrote:
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