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Topic: Nothing Like Good Coffe on Christmas! (2 msgs / 58 lines)
1) From: Oaxaca Charlie
--- HalfHyde wrote:
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  I also roasted the last of my ISH. Most went as a stocking
stuffer for my youngest son, knowing he'd both apreciate AND
share it. The last of my second favorite SM offering-Mohks
Ismaeli lovingly done in the fireplace popper so as not to lose
a single tiny bean. Then my real treasure, my precious lb. of
beans I picked and processed myself a month ago. Grown at 6,200'
elevation from a 300+ year old patch planted before any
commercial plantations, for the clergy in Oaxaca city. Old Yemen
variety quietly going extinct, but still a hundred or so trees
left. Half I whole dried, carefully covering at night and
stirring through the day. The other half done "miel style", just
depulping and drying in a single layer with lots of stirring
every day to prevent strong ferment flavors from ruining it. 
The whole dried beans are, as expected, crema bomb chocolatey
nector. But the miel-ay carumba! Strong, powerfull almost
overwhelming flavors. Sweet as honey and almost as thick. I can
see how this "semi-washed" process gives both body and some
flavor to so so lower grown Brazilian and Indonesion. With the
best beans it's da bomb. It's a tricky process that if not done
exactly right and in dry dry weather can result in spoiled
beans. Specialty buyers, like us, will have to ask for it and be
prepared to pay for the extra work and risk involved.  Really,
there's nothing like GOOD coffee at Christmas. ;o) ;o) ;o)
Charlie
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2) From: dewardh
Charlie:
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prepared to pay for the extra work and risk involved.
Contrarian as it sounds in a collapsed world coffee market that is *exactly* 
what we should be doing . . . serving notice that we, at least, are willing to 
pay a fair price for carefully prepared quality beans.  For all our efforts the 
quality that comes out of the porta-filter cannot be any higher than the 
quality that goes into our roasters . . . and if we don't keep those trees, and 
those people, and many others like them alive and happy there soon won't be any 
quality coffee to be had at all.  You're the guy with the contacts . . . what 
can the rest of us do ? ? ?
Deward
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