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Topic: The good and the bad of reading this list (59 lines)
1) From: Steven Van Dyke
Finally getting caught up on things enough to come on and mention a couple
of recent developments in my coffee world.
First, the bad things:
I'm finding that there's almost no place I can go for a cup of coffee
anymore, and very few where I can get a coffee based drink like a latte.
I'm still ok on the frozen coffee drinks like *$ Frappacinos, but nothing
else seems to be able to hide the taste of staled coffee I've become so
adept at spotting.
I *was* going to get the wife a new computer (to go with the cable modem we
just got) but I'm drinking coffee out of it instead.
That leads to the good things:
The wife decided that she just *had* to get me some big present *on* my
birthday (to go with the two nice new lenses she'd already bought me).  The
only thing of significance I'd been looking at that was in the realm of
possibility and that she hadn't already got me was the Solist Maestro 5000.
We couldn't find any place in Kansas City to get one on a Monday evening,
but I did find out we could get a Capresso 1000 - a very similar machine.
Of course, the difference between Tom's price and fancy-store retail,
well... that's why I say I'm drinking coffee out of her new computer (cafe
cremes to be precise).  But it's *really good* coffee...
This weekend at the mall I spotted a Stir Crazy popcorn popper and mentioned
that it could be used as part of a roaster.  Since it was fairly inexpensive
she let me go ahead and get it (after I confirmed what I would have to do to
it - nothing).  Did a test roast of my very own 'Turbo Crazy' roaster with 1
cup of Mexican Oxaca Pluma along with a comparison roast in my trusty
FreshRoast.  (Note: we already had the air oven).  Roast went well although
I did build up a fairly heavy ring of chaff around the roaster (next roast
includes a box to catch chaff).  Cooling was an interesting experience.
Dumped my 'just into second crack' beans into my steel colander and took it
outside (roast in the sunroom).  Unlike the FreshRoast with its built in
cooling the TurboCrazy delivers a smoking, snapping, still active mass of
beans.  Several minutes of pouring the beans back and forth between the
colander and a large steel bowl (I have one of each) cooled them enough to
put in the fridge for final cooling.  I've now added a fan to the equipment
pile.  Test cups pulled the next day showed a slightly smoother cup from the
Turbo Crazy - a reasonable result due to the slightly longer roast time.
So, overall I'm spending less money on coffee *outside* the house, but then
again I don't have much left to spend on anything anyway.   But it *is*
really *good* coffee...
Enjoy!
Steve :->
(oh, and check out my simple homepage -http://www.svandyke.com- Lots of
new pictures recently added)
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