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Topic: Beach Coffee (3 msgs / 107 lines)
1) From: John Abbott
Les,
Great report! Sounds like a great time. Real Cowboy coffee!! I don't eat
bacon but I have vivid memories of waking up to the smell of coffee perking
and bacon frying. The two smells combined and Although it was 50 years ago,
I can still remember. A lot has to do with that ocean breeze!
John - heading for the SM5K for a refill
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2) From: Les & Becky
I didn't take any roasted coffee on our annual beach trip over Labor Day
weekend.  I took 2 lb of Uganda Bugesu greens, my antique over the fire
popcorn popper, my hand grinder, my stainless antique vac pot, and an old
"cowboy" perk pot.  The wind blew at least 30-40 mph all weekend!  I had a
real nice bed of coals going, and we pop some popcorn in my roaster.  I then
got out the coffee beans and threw in somewhere between 4 and 8 oz.  I began
roasting, and the first thing I noticed was I couldn't see the beans!  So, I
thought smell and crack!  After about two minutes, I had a nice aroma of wet
straw coming off, and some steam, so I knew things were proceeding OK.  At
about the 5 min. mark, first crack began.  I kept a nice slow shake going
and soon first crack was over.  I then let them roast just until 2nd crack.
I didn't have much trouble cooling in the 60 degree weather and the breeze!
As soon as the beans were cool, I looked at them with the flashlight, and
there were just right!  The next morning, I brewed up a vac pot and it was
excellent.  I then realized that I was low on coffee, so I roasted two
batches over the AM fire!  HEY Jim, have your beans ever flamed on you?  The
beans caught fire!  I quickly blew them out, and continued roasting.  I
roasted this batch a little darker .  However, after cooling they
didn't smell burnt.  I had enough left over for today, and I ran them
through the Solis, and vac brewed my regular way and it was a mighty fine
cup of coffee!  The old perk made a stout cup of coffee.  I set the pot
right in the coals, and she just perked away!  Over all it was a great
relaxing time, with family, and some fine coffee.  I thought about our
"newbies" on the list, and in my pondering I realized this isn't rocket
science unless we want it to be.  Have fun, that is what the hobby is all
about.  Learn the smells and listen for the cracks and all will be well with
your coffee.  You really don't have to see the beans.  Hey you Alps guys
have been trying to tell us that for a long time!  Happy roasting and Tom is
Back on line!
Les
Roasting in S. Oregon
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3) From: Jim Gundlach
On Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at 12:05 AM, Les & Becky wrote:
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Yes,  but I've learned to control it.  I've also rationalized it as just 
another form of smoke.
     Jim
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