HomeRoast Digest


Topic: newbie anxiety (36 lines)
1) From: Gary Zimmerman
Brian Noriega wrote:
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Brian, try not to sweat it.  I was the same way when I started - just 
overwhelmed by all the variables that come into play, trying to "get it 
right."  There are so many things to consider, even the food you eat while 
you drink coffee, the time of day, and your emotional state!  And 
ultimately, taste is subjective.
Once I accepted that there was no "right way", and no "right roast", and 
just realized that if I like it it's fine, I became a much happier 
roaster.  Maybe I'm not "trying" so hard anymore, but I'm enjoying the 
process immensely.
Even when I find a blend of beans and degrees of roast that seems to yield 
a perfect perfect cup, the chances are that I will never be able to 
precisely reproduce it.  Using the same beans in the same proportions and 
brewing the same way the next day may be only half as good!
We're trying to hit a moving target, and furthermore, it's moving in about 
20 directions simultaneously!  Take your pleasure in the quest.  Enjoy your 
successes AND your "failures," because even bad home roast is generally 
better than anything you can buy.  And even if it's not, you have the 
personal satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself, and that's worth a 
lot.  Bragging rights.
  :-)
-- garyZ
Whirley-drip(paper)-black
        & vacuum
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