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Topic: Christmas blend? (10 msgs / 200 lines)
1) From: DeCambre.Peter
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2) From: Stacey Boon
Can anyone recommend a nice blend (and degree) of roast for Christmas?   I see these commercial christmas blends and am not sure what distinguishes them...
Stacey
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3) From: disracer@msn.com
Most commercial Christmas blends are flavored coffees.
Michael B 
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4) From: Justin Schwarz
If you are trying to put together coffee for gifts, I have 2 suggestions.
1) the coffee that you enjoy most and is also plentiful in your stash, blend or SO, degree of roast is subjective to your personal taste.
2) you may have some lesser favorites that others may enjoy and holiday gifts can be a good way of clearing out your stash for some new arrivals. 
-Justin 
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5) From: Kevin C
Almost all of them are just marketing. 
The only one that I ever recall being different was the Gevalia special (before i started roasting) which had some mulling type spices added. It was actually pretty good- I would love to do something like that myself. I haven't bothered to google coffee mulling recipes though. That would be a great start. 
-kc 
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6) From: Jim Gundlach
A few years ago I won a coffee roasting contest with a blend made up of the same coffee at three roastings.  This was back when I roasted most of my coffee in a wok and two of the roastings in the blend were done in the wok, one just through the first crack and the other just starting the second.  The third component was roasted over a pecan wood fire in a over the camp fire pop corn popper so the level of roasting was a mix of first and second crack. The first two roastings were about the same size, close to two fifths, and the one over the pecan wood fire was about the last fifth.  It was roasted five days before the competition.   I forget what country the beans were from but I did get them from SweetMaria's.  I think Tom said that it had different flavors as different levels of roasting, but I am not sure.  
       pecan jim 
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7) From: Bob Hazen
For me Christmas Blend would be some brewed homeroast, Irish Whisky and 
sweetened whipped cream.  There's "probably" another name for that....
Bob

8) From: Lynne
I'd call it "yum"...
Lynne
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9) From: Seth Grandeau
My annual Christmas Blend is made up of whatever I have left over in small
amounts, mixed together, pre-roast, and roasted to a nice City+.  Never the
same two years in a row!
My favorite of the store "Holiday" coffees is the Wintry Blend at Trader
Joes (I'm sure I'll be labeled a heratic for this).  In the words of the
Trader himself, "We added whole green and red peppercorns, fresh whole
cloves and chunks of sweet cinnamon. The coffee isn't flavored; rather,
it's spiked with spices."  One of these years, I'll try adding the spices
to my annual Christmas blend, and see how it comes out.
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10) From: Lynne
The "spiked with spices" interests me. That sounds interesting for a
special holiday brew.
Sad to say, I never roast anything special for Christmas. My family
(besides my son who currently lives w/me) doesn't carry on my (older
family) tradition of having coffee after our meal. This was standard in our
house growing up. Kind of sad that my mom passed away before I even
discovered homeroasting - man, she loved her coffee. I know she would have
really appreciated my roasts.
At the risk of going off topic, we lived closer to my Italian relatives,
but still had the traditional telephone calls on Christmas morning to my
Dad's Polish side. When I was a kid, we'd all gather together over an
aunt's house - wonderful, big Christmases. After she passed away, our
holidays were sparser - then my mom & two remaining aunts passed away in
November of 2000 - which put a chill on our holidays after that.
We're just starting to finally get our holiday spirit back - but I think
the real help will be with some consistent grandkids! (My daughter is
getting married in March, so I'm instructing her to hurry up w/the babies,
hahaha).
As for my current December roasts - I'm finishing up with the last of my
Decaf Bug - once I started using my air popper to roast, I finally stopped
getting horrible brews. Oh, what a glorious cup! Gonna miss this one...
 I just put in an order for a decaf sampler and a five pounder of the
Ethiopia DP Sidama Aleta Wondo. Probably shouldn't have spent the money as
we have a few more tight months ahead of us, but giving up my homeroast
just seemed to be too much of a sacrifice.
Lynne
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