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Topic: Techies and Misc Stuff (7 msgs / 281 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria
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Youthinks the truth! But we have passed over some big hurdles and 
things seem to be getting under control. I was able to add some new 
coffee arrivals to the list last night,etc. But it has indeed been a 
very rocky road.
I was just catching up with the list a bit and on this topic I just 
wanted to chime in: I hope we can continue to strike a balance on the 
list between the "techies" and the "non-techies" because both groups 
can learn from eachother and both positions are completely vaild. 
Coffee has indeed become much more technical because roasting and 
general coffee science has really come along in the past couple 
years. (Be assured, Nestle knows EVERYTHING and has for a long time, 
but they and a handful of others were not about to share information 
as a company like Illy would.) But coffee ultimately belongs to the 
senses... I think you all know that my quality focus is on the green 
coffee and cupping, because if it aint in the green coffee it will 
never be there in the cup, nomatter how exacting the roast system 
is...
BTW I needed to make an edit on the web page but thought I would 
mention it here: the Kiawamururu is like the Lot 82 of last year, it 
has a good deal of punch and a very aromatic caramel roast taste, but 
isnt so much about fruit or finesse. In fact, I think I got the 2 
best Kenya lots out there, but it was really hard to find them, and 
there just wasnt many incredibly impressive Kenyas in the auction or 
at the brokers. So in general I would call it an off year for Kenya.
I hate to admit but our idea of a "sale" on coffee has fallen through 
completely. I couldnt get it together before the move and now I dont 
know how I would orchestrate it, or if we can even afford to have 
one. I wanted to have a "customer appreciation" type thing, because I 
do really appreciate those who buy our green coffee! Anyway, the good 
news is that being in Oakland means that we are either picking up all 
our coffee at the 4 public and private coffee warehouses or getting 
free delivery to the warehouse. That saves us .15 to .23 cents a lb 
in trucking, and in a few cases a bit more. So I started last night 
to reduce the prices by that amount on all lots of coffee that we 
have received here in CA, and of course all the new lots will reflect 
our savings. So in a way, passing on this savings is going to be a 
boon to those who are now more distant from our location.
We are already reaping a lot of benefits from being here. We probably 
received about 75% of our coffee through the port of Oakland when we 
were in Ohio anyway, and now we can actually go to the cupping rooms 
of brokers for samples, and to the warehouses for coffee. The main 
Specialty brokers here are Holland, Knutsen, Royal, Volcafe and 
Atlantic, but a lot of the privateers who represent one origin or one 
farm are warehousing coffee only in this area -that's because there 
are 3 dedicated public coffee warehouses for that purpose. The Annex 
is the biggest one and I am sure we will be making trips there a lot. 
Royal is one of the best brokers out there with a staggering list of 
coffee, and they lease their own warehouse here ...in fact their 
offices/cupping room is right out at the Emeryville marina. Peets is 
about 10 blocks away, McGloughlin is right next door to us, Uncommon 
Grounds is 5 blocks, Caffe Roma is 2 blocks, Peerless and Mr Espresso 
are down toward the Oakland docks ... there is a LOT of coffee here. 
We'll probably still get a few coffees from New Orleans port, but 
that is usually limited to E. Africans in season. And New York is 
still an option for a couple coffees too.
Anyway... I am behind on a couple reviews.... cant find some boxes 
with my cupping room supplies and in fact we are having some 
electrical problems running the home roasters because of overloaded 
110v circuits (you would think a former machine shop with a whole 
bank of 3 phase 220v circuits wouldnt have trouble like this!)
Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
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2) From: R.N.Kyle
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Thanks Tom, I think the appreciation comes to us in the excellent job =
you do to bring us the very best selection of Greens available, and =
offering them at great price. I for one thank you.
Ron Kyle
a coffee roaster from South Carolina
rnkyle

3) From: James Gundlach
On Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at 11:08 PM, Tom & Maria wrote:
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On the contrary, when they put in 220 for the heavy stuff they tend to 
go with light duty 110.  Been there and done that.
Jim Gundlach
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4) From: Dan Bollinger
Tom & Jim,  My experience, too. I've been in and around a lot of factories.
110 is just for the occasional personal fan and boom-box.
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5) From: Mark A. Chalkley
Tom,
Thanks for the update!  Your message about the demise of the sale came
through at 1:52 AM (Eastern), but I'd placed my order for 10 lbs and a
couple of books around 7:40 PM a few hours earlier.  So, like most of
us here, I think, I'd decided to forget about it anyway, especially
since you were already passing on the per-pound savings from your
reduced shipping costs.  (Of course, my costs doubled from $12 to $24
because I "had" to use 3-day shipping, rather than wait the 10-12 days
for ground to the boonies of eastern Virginia.  But that's my fault, a
combination of procrastination - I need some of the coffee for guests
who are visiting - and impatience...)
The big issue here, to me at least, is that, for most of us, really
good coffee is a luxury.  The fact that it ends up costing about the
same or less than lousy coffee because of the excellent pricing of
your green beans is just a bonus.  Keep up the great work in
selecting, informing, and offering!
Mark C.
On Thursday, September 12, 2002, 12:08:21 AM, you wrote:
TM> I hate to admit but our idea of a "sale" on coffee has fallen through 
TM> completely. I couldnt get it together before the move and now I dont 
TM> know how I would orchestrate it, or if we can even afford to have 
TM> one. I wanted to have a "customer appreciation" type thing, because I 
TM> do really appreciate those who buy our green coffee! Anyway, the good 
TM> news is that being in Oakland means that we are either picking up all 
TM> our coffee at the 4 public and private coffee warehouses or getting 
TM> free delivery to the warehouse. That saves us .15 to .23 cents a lb 
TM> in trucking, and in a few cases a bit more. So I started last night 
TM> to reduce the prices by that amount on all lots of coffee that we 
TM> have received here in CA, and of course all the new lots will reflect 
TM> our savings. So in a way, passing on this savings is going to be a 
TM> boon to those who are now more distant from our location.
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6) From: dewardh
Jim:
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go with light duty 110.  Been there and done that.
Yep . . . around here they typically deliver three phase as 220 delta (all 
floating) . . . you have to (or PG&E has to) put in a transformer to get 
220/240 center tap ground (split phase) or 110/120 single phase.  Life's just 
full of "hidden gotchas" . . .  . . .
Deward
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7) From: Andrew Thomas
--- Tom & Maria  wrote:
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Thanks for the update, Tom. I can barely imagine the headaches you must have experienced while moving Sweet Maria's from OH to CA. For what it's worth, you made it look smooth from this end.
Andy
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