No, that's not true. First of all, I was warned by some roasting friends I know before I came to this site, that there were many obsessive compulsive types here (basically, a click of lunatics), and that I should not pay any attention to them. I was also sent private emails from people at this site who answered other "go with the flow" questions I posted when I said I was a newbie roaster and posting for the first time, and they also said I should not pay attention to certain people at the site. Evidently this has happened to a considerable number of other people too. That really surprised me, but I am grateful, because I was prepared for this type of response. Btw, I posted this same question to a very famous coffee authors site and it was "received" in a totally different manner - that's my main point. Some people here got a lot of nerve saying I got an attitude. I was merely curious. That is no reason to poke fun at someone who has no knowledge about something. I was also told that if I disagreed with any of the nuts here, I would get insulting private emails (that happened too). You did not know any of this. I know what I said and who I directed it toward, and did not mean it to include anyone that encouraged me to try it. I truly believe that those who encouraged me to try it know who I was talking about. The Internet gives cowards heart they would never have in person. Interestingly, out of all the answers I got the encouraging ones were mostly females. Females are far less warlike than males, and I believe that probably explains their insecurity and the threat I posed. And I was prewarned about this, so it really came as no surprise. Anyway, I did pre-grind and then afterwards roasted the Sumatra. It was a success. End of thread. I'll try to ask more mainstream questions next time. diyer PS. I am of the female gender, who is this he?- obviously an assumption again! I recently purchased a HWP roaster from a local vendor who got it for me and suggested I try his site for coffee orders. Guess who won't be buying coffee here. Ken Davids is far more understanding and without any attitude at all directed to newbies.
Diyer, Having participated in this group for a couple years, I really don't buy the assertion that there's a "click of lunatics" in the "regulars" of the group. At least that has not been my experience and I read this list almost every day. Opinionated, obsessive about coffee, technically knowledgeable, helpful, often funny, out-of-box thinkers, care about the craft, etc, are what I've come to know about the group. In my experience, the real "lunatics" blow in and out with the wind and are not the "regulars". Heck, this group has even tried to help them too, even when they were totally obnoxious. There's no foul in asking questions, exploring new ideas, etc. Heck that happens here all the time. However, your "assumptions" statements were not well received by more than just a couple in the group. I don't feel it's a "warlike male issue" because you got war-like as well and claim to be female. Every week, there are new home roasters that find SweetMarias and this group. If you choose not to do business with SweetMarias, that would be your greatest loss IMO. This group is the second best thing about SweetMarias. Nobody here is perfect, immune from saying the wrong thing at times, or free from being misunderstood. I truly hope that you will find a way to take advantage of the group, the vast experiences here and make your own contributions. Coffenut :^)
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This is a multi-part message in MIME format. It seems like this person already had their mind made up before they = ever posted, and were just waiting for an opportunity to go for the = throat. I certainly agree with the idea of ignoring such a person, = instead of giving them even the respect of a response! To everyone let me say I truly value your friendship, it is an honor to = associate with you on this list. It is a valuable part of my roasting = education to have the opportunity to interact with such a diverse and = helpful group of people. Thank you for all your posts and for all the = help over the years!! Scott Jensen First of all, I was warned by some roasting friends I know before I = came to this site, that there were many obsessive compulsive types here = (basically, a click of lunatics), and that I should not pay any = attention to them.... That really surprised me, but I am grateful, = because I was prepared for this type of response.