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Topic: Why I Homeroast (11 msgs / 201 lines)
1) From: Bob Hazen
A confession:  I haven't been roasting for the last few weeks.  Due to the intensity of home and work responsibilities I just didn't take the time.  That, and a perceived notion of "sameness" in my roasts caused me to check out other beans.  It was a disaster.  The local guy with a Diedrich in his store >should< be good, right?  Pretty bland, but the beans were fresh at least.  That was the best I found in my search.  The low point?  I'd say it was a bag of beans sold by a well-known donut chain.  That they were whole-bean and not ground is about the best I can say about that experience.  They should stick with their core competency - donuts.
Having hit the very bottom, my roaster beckoned to me.  This morning I roasted some of SM's Sumatra Mandheling.  Good to get back into it.  With about, oh..., 5 minutes of rest on it the taste was spectacular!  I can't wait until a few days have gone by.  I'm back.  There's nothing like a dalliance into the mainstream to reset one's palate.  I remembered why I homeroast.
Bob
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2) From: Demian Ebert
I reset my pallette every so often. Usually it's on one night business
trips where I just don't want to bother bringing coffee or 6AM flights
where I'm foreced to buy airport coffee (still miss the days when I
could bring my thermos of homeroast on the plane). Other times it's a
result of simply being too busy toi spend the time roasting.
Each time I do this foolish thing I remember why I roast my own
coffee. Even in Portland where good coffee is relatively abundant I
prefer my own.
Demian
On 6/19/11, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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3) From: Lynne
I like to check out our local Chowhound board - several members have
recommended a few places close to me (one is a new little place George
Howell opened up). All roast themselves - and I'm anxious to try their brews
(when I can afford the risk, both to my pocket & stomach, lol) Hopefully I
won't be reporting back the same!
I figure you're referring to DD's. They originally came from my neck of the
woods, here in MA - they are just plain AWFUL now. I cannot understand how
anyone can drink their swill - but I guess, what w/the advertising (they
play the New England bit strong - even though they are owned by a foreign
company (at least I *think* they are). I also think many here may not like
the *$ burnt coffee, and with all the milk/cream & sugar they add, they just
can't tell the difference.
That, in addition to the fact - most people simply have never tasted beans
like we roast ourselves. They just don't know!
Lynne
On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Demian Ebert  wrote:
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4) From: Sandy Andina
Bless me, Tom & Maria, for I too have sinned--IOTW, taken more than just a few weeks off from roasting. Expediency has led me to frequent my local artisanal roasteries for ready-to-grind beans (and I've been using the "My-K-Cup" ground coffee holder in my Breville as well as my espresso machine & Technivorm).  I've been on the road too often and too long, plus spending insane amounts of time pursuing gigs (contact me offlist for the Andina & Rich tour schedule--we self-professed "caffeinds" may be in your area and would love to do a house concert or play your coffeehouses);  scarcely time to kick back, eat & drink, or do anything that can't be multitasked while on the computer.  (And I can personally attest that instances of roasting to "third crack" are directly proportional to the number of roasts in progress while answering e-mails). Mea culpa, mea maxim culpa (are Jews allowed to say that? We have our own brand of guilt, of course).
On Jun 19, 2011, at 12:16 PM, Bob Hazen wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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5) From: Sandy Andina
Drunken Donuts---bleccch!!!  I'm lucky enough to have Metropolis in my neighborhood, closer than even said donutmongers.  Sometimes if I have to be in the Loop I bring home a half-pounder of Intelligentsia's latest.    I wish more Chi-area homeroasters would have stalls at some of the farmers' markets I play--and since my singing partner drinks NOTHING but coffee, EVER (for him, water is for bathing, brushing teeth & brewing coffee), he would be ecstatic to have fresh homeroasted brewed coffee available to refill his trusty travel mug between sets!
On Jun 19, 2011, at 1:18 PM, Lynne wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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6) From: Ken Schillinger
From: "Sandy Andina" snip- Drunken Donuts---bleccch!!!  I'm lucky enough to 
have Metropolis in my neighborhood, "
I'm luckier still; I have no coffee or doughnut shops in my area. If I did 
my 130 + pound of excessive weight would no doubt grow!
Ken
Who has met many doughnuts he has liked...
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7) From: Terry Stockdale
As long as the confessions are going on, I've got to confess also.  
We're going through kitchen remodelling and I disconnected my Vivaldi II 
last Sunday and haven't made drip or vacuum since then.  One day, I 
stopped on the way to work and got a cup of Community Coffee, which was 
too hot to drink.  Coffee last week was Mellow Joy at work.  It's a far 
cry from my normal two 16-oz thermos of fresh homeroast that I take to 
work.  At least I dilute it with some hot water.
Last night, I couldn't stand it any longer. I dug out my old Rancilio 
Silvia - I knew there was a reason I hadn't tried to sell it yet.  Since 
Silvia has a reservoir (the Vivaldi II is direct-piped to the water 
source), I can use it - and have...
One double Americano last night using something that got into jars but 
not marked - I think it was Panama Finca la Camiseta.  Then, two double 
Americano's of the same today plus a double espresso of the same.
Silvia still knows what she's doing!
I roasted a pound of Brazil Joao de Campos Yellow Catuai today for some 
variety.  I can't wait for the remodelling job to be complete, but 
that's about 5 more weeks.
Terry Stockdale
On 6/19/2011 2:46 PM, Sandy Andina wrote:
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8) From: Sandy Andina
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"mea maxim cuppa:"  gimme a grande....
Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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9) From: Barry Luterman
As far as Portland is concerned last week I got a horrible cup of coffee at
Stumptown
On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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10) From: miKe mcKoffee
Should have crossed the Columbia or veered to Beaverton :)
Slave to the Bean  miKe mcKoffee
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11) From: Sandy Andina
Thanks for the heads-up--headed out that way in late Oct.  We don't have any Stumptowns here in Chicago, though I understand there's now one in Brooklyn.
On Jun 19, 2011, at 4:23 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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