Today, life is good. As some of you noted, I posted last week that my
FreshRoast+ had died. At least it died at the end, not the beginning of a
On Monday, I walked into my office at Auburn Univ. to find in my faculty
mailbox a 1-quart Ziploc bag filled to bursting with dark, beautiful coffee
beans. A note read: "Uganda AA-S Budadiri Specialty Pres 01/01. Bracket
roasted over pecan wood fire app. 2:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 25 '02"
The "pecan wood" is the giveaway: It was from fellow faculty member Jim
Gundlach who, as you know, roasts over pecan wood fires in nearby La Place,
The amazing thing is that we've never met (this is a *large* university and
we're in different fields), but know each other from this homeroast list!
We're definitely going to get together for a cup on the front porch.
I'm having an espresso from the Ugandan right now and it's fantastic. I'm
too new at making espresso to have acquired the ability to describe it --
but it doesn't need sugar, doesn't ask for milk, and isn't as earthy as I
expected. I already had tried a nice French Press on Monday, but Jim said
that it needed a longer rest. But would you have waited??
As icing on that tasty Ugandan cake, I just got off the phone with the Fresh
Roast folks. I said it broke, he said he'll send me a new base, I said I'll
then send him the old one. No rummaging for misplaced receipts, no "were you
using it to dry your socks?" or anything else.
My very public thanks to Jim, to Fresh Beans Inc., and to SweetMaria's for
providing this list. And, of course, to you folks who make this a working
M.G. Rich, happy in Alabama
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