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Topic: taste test on the 20th at Mike's (24 msgs / 634 lines)
1) From: Les & Becky
I want to thank Mike and Debi for a wonderful afternoon on the 20th.  I knew
the day was going to be good when I was offered an Americano, Napoleon
Estate, Island  St. Helena as soon as I walked into the door!   Oh did we
drink coffee!  I am not going to rain on Mike's parade and spill the beans
on the results.  We are not good cuppers!  When cupping good coffee, one
must consume it, not spit it out!  However, I was amazed at the closeness of
our scoring!  We dined on fine Traeger smoked ribs with all of the
trimmings.  Miss Sylvia was presented with a new tamper, made from Silver
Maple and Madagascar Rosewood!  We had a good time conversing about coffee
and other topics.  This is a fun group to be a part of even though we do get
into it at times!  Again, a heart felt thank you to Mike and Debi!  By the
way, they really do exist, and are not a marketing tool for Tom!  I had the
pleasure of seeing the JBM barrel too!  I sure would like to have one to cut
in half to plant two of my coffee trees!
Les
Doing my taste test this PM on the Songbird!
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2) From: John Abbott
 NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT
FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!
NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT
FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!!
NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!! NOT FAIR!!  NOT FAIR!!

3) From: Dave Huddle
JOhn, 
Life is ................
 
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Dave
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4) From: Ben Treichel
I got to get a business trip to Seattle!
susan oppenheim wrote:
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5) From: John Abbott
Portland!!  You need a trip to Portland, Mike is just across the creek in
Vancouver.  I think we should organize a fly-in!!  I'm a vegetarian (health
reasons) but I'd break training for those ribs!
I have a sister and brother-in-law living in Orange (named after the color
of the sky) county who plan to move up in a year or so to Portland. They
have begged us to move up there with them.  My constant answer:  It would be
too dangerous to my budget to live THAT close to Mike McCoffee.

6) From: Ben Treichel
  :-[  But I don't have any business in Porttland. However, I was 
thinking of a nice long Alaska Cruise (on a smaller boat) for my B'day.
John Abbott wrote:
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7) From: TFisher511
John,
I have no doubt that Mike "Treager" Mc Coffee could cook some truly 
outstanding vegetarian meals on that smoker grill. I own a Holland grill and 
cook meat, veggies, bacon, pizza and all kinds of good meals outside in the 
Florida sunshine.
Terry F
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8) From: John Abbott
Terry, I have NO doubts about that!  I still grill for the family and have
discovered that grilled veggies take on a great and wonderful taste. When I
bought the grill last year my wife was positive it was to roast beans, but
still let me get it.  A month after I got it, my doctor took me off all
animal fat :O)
I plan to roast over the grill eventually, but have really been sidetracked
by this computer controlled Fresh Roast. I think I've got it running right
FINALLY!  I'm setting up all of my roasters in the shop for a marathon
tomorrow. Roasting for our family gathering and they are all guzzlers and
we'll go through a lot in a week.

9) From: Les & Becky
John,
Who said life was fair?
Les
Posting cupping results after my daughters birthday party!  She is 15 today.

10) From: Rick Farris
John wrote:
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I've been unemployed since 12-Feb and haven't really felt an urge to go back
to work.  UNTIL last week when my brother finally caught up and passed me in
the coffee-making equipment department.  Damn him.  Now he's got a Gaggia
Classic *and* a Solis 5K Digital.  Now I've got to get a job, just to get
ahead again.
Of course his Gaggia isn't nearly as nice as my Livia, and I've got over a
hundred pounds of beans and he has barely five...
-- Rick
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11) From: Charlie Herlihy
--- Rick Farris  wrote:
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 Yeah, but he has a Solis 5K...;o)
Charlie
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12) From: Andrew Thomas
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13) From: John Abbott
You have to follow the   MINE  MINE  MINE  MINE   conversations :O)  Mike
knew!

14) From: John Abbott
Why does this remind me of the quitter's creed?  The one who dies with the
most material wins.  In our case it must be the one who dies with the most
beans wins.  But with only 100 pounds you don't sound too serious about the
race :O))

15) From: John Abbott
OH now wait - being an SM5K owner I'll have to stick up for your brother
here!!  I've been unemployed since July 4, 2000 and I can't think of
ANYTHING that would make me want to go back to work.  OK, maybe if the
coffee was really, really good.

16) From: R.N.Kyle
Yeah your ahead for now, but not for long, You get a job, and I'll keep =
and eye on your stash while your at work ,so your brother will not =
bother it:O)
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

17) From: Rick Farris
John wrote:
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Well....I've got another 20 lbs of Kona coming...  And consider that I drink
a little under two pounds of coffee a week.  So actually, counting the Kona,
I have about a 15 month supply.  How about you?  :-)
-- Rick
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18) From: John Abbott
Yeah I've got the same beans coming :))  At this moment in time I'm down to
about 140 pounds.  I got in the 20# ordering column from Tom and just can't
get out of it.  There are two coffee drinkers living here, but most of the
folks in my retirement resort know all about my Solis Master 5000 and my
HotTop, so I get lots of help going through the coffee. I've already
received LOTS of hints about what bean people would like for Christmas.  We
manage to go through about 3/4 a pound of coffee a day.  Much more than that
and I'll have to start charging and get a license.
My comment about you not being into the race was tongue-in-cheek and meant
to be VERY CSA.  My problem is the shelf life of the beans. I've got some
that are getting dangerously old.  Since I converted both of my kids to home
roasting, I may send them a bunch of the aging greens. They will use them
immediately and think I'm a nice dad again.

19) From: Andrew J. Lynn
While we're on the subject of having an awful lot of coffee beans, 
another newbie question:
How long do green beans keep, and how should they be stored?  Is it like 
tea, air sealed in a cool dark place?  Or is it okay for them to breathe 
in cotton sacks?  I figure they probably shouldn't be refrigerated or 
frozen.  I find myself with several pounds of beans, which seems 
necessary to get a good variety, and I'm concerned about keeping them 
for several months.
I have a closet pantry that doesn't get direct sun and is climate 
controlled year round - being in Texas we run central AC most of the 
time, except for the rare times it gets cool enough that the outside 
temperature is tolerable.
Andy Lynn
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20) From: John Abbott
Hi Andy,
	Being a DEEP southern Texan (1500 yards from Mexico) I have about the same
set-up as you. A closet pantry does a great job. I have managed to score a
couple of shelves for my coffee, both green and roasted. I keep the greens
in cotton sacks and the roasted coffee in vacuum sealed Ball/Mason jars.
The life of a green bean has a bearing on its longevity. If it has been
properly stored and handled you can get upwards of 3 years from the beans
before they begin to turn and lose their punch.  This is just one more
reason we all deal with Tom & Maria, they move their bean stock in under a
year, so we have about two years of shelf life.  If you buy from some other
vendor, you may be running the risk of buying improperly stored and aged
beans.
     Where in Texas are you enjoying life?
Good cupping
John

21) From: susan oppenheim
if one can live vicariously through another
can one cup, taste and imagine also vicariously through the roasters' list????
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22) From: Mark A. Chalkley
John,
If those "dangerously old" beans get too dangerous for you to handle,
just send 'em on up here to "sniper country" in VA.  We're hardened
now (not from dealing with the sniper, but from exposure to the media
circus over all this), so they won't be too dangerous for me to deal
with. I'll even pay the postage... ;>)
Mark C.
On Wednesday, October 23, 2002, 1:06:42 PM, you wrote:
JA> Yeah I've got the same beans coming :))  At this moment in time I'm down to
JA> about 140 pounds.  I got in the 20# ordering column from Tom and just can't
JA> get out of it.  There are two coffee drinkers living here, but most of the
JA> folks in my retirement resort know all about my Solis Master 5000 and my
JA> HotTop, so I get lots of help going through the coffee. I've already
JA> received LOTS of hints about what bean people would like for Christmas.  We
JA> manage to go through about 3/4 a pound of coffee a day.  Much more than that
JA> and I'll have to start charging and get a license.
JA> My comment about you not being into the race was tongue-in-cheek and meant
JA> to be VERY CSA.  My problem is the shelf life of the beans. I've got some
JA> that are getting dangerously old.  Since I converted both of my kids to home
JA> roasting, I may send them a bunch of the aging greens. They will use them
JA> immediately and think I'm a nice dad again.
JA>

23) From: Andrew J. Lynn
John Abbott wrote:
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Thanks John, that's good to know - now I can go out and buy a dozen 
pounds without worrying :)
I am impressed so far with sweetmarias.com - they give you much more 
information than most dealers I've seen and the prices are excellent.
I'm in the Houston area, recently relocated from Boston.  Not only do we 
have the heat, we get the humidity as well!  At least it's cooled down 
these past couple of weeks.
Andy Lynn
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24) From: Rick Farris
John wrote:
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As was my reply!
-- Rick
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