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Topic: Introducing myself to the list (17 msgs / 345 lines)
1) From: Owen O'Neill
Hello to all -
I've been jumping in on the replies for a few days now but believe it's
time to properly introduce myself. As a coffee drinker for over thirty
years (I'm 47 at this moment but am graced with eternally youthful
movie star good looks....  yeah, right....  uhhh....  on second
thought, let's just say I'm healthy and grateful for it!).
My burgeoning interest in espresso led me down the path of equipment
research, the inevitable upgrades and ultimately to home roasting,
which has produced the single biggest quality increase of any other
change I've made along the way. I rarely drink drip coffee these days
but am actively in search of ideal espresso blends.
My Gear: 
 
Currently using an Isomac Tea and Mazzer Mini for espresso production. 
Drip coffee is typically done in a one cup Melitta if I'm drinking
alone or a cheapo drip maker and thermal carafe when company comes
around.
Started roasting six months ago with a WB Poppery (found in my parents'
closet in mint condition!). Living in a Northeastern climate in a third
floor walk-up apartment limited my winter roasting activities but I
just acquired a second hand Alp in great shape (yes it works and gets
hot enough!) and am really loving the drum roast flavor profile.
SM's has, of course, been a great resource for beans and information
and I look forward to actively participating in the list when time
permits.
I have started a nonprofit ad-free web site just for fun. Its primary
focus is helping folks find great espresso and coffee when they're
traveling (I travel for work regularly and seem to get stuck with the
'bucks way too often by default and lack of information). The content
is minimal at present but I plan to add a forums style presentation
software with drill down capabilities that will  allow visitors to
quickly search by location for the espresso and coffee choices in a
variety of locations.  I welcome content and ideas/suggestions from
all.
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
From: "Owen O'Neill" 
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Consider yourself properly welcomed now that you've properly introduced
yourself!
 I have started a nonprofit ad-free web site just for fun. Its primary
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Cool idea. Idea/suggestion: what's the URL? :-)
MM;-)
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3) From: Les & Becky
Owen,
Welcome to the list!  What kind of tamper do you use?  I am always
interested in tampers, as it has become my specialty!  I doubt I will ever
forget that first great shot of homeroast!  I never realized as espresso
could be so sweet and complex!
Les
Roasting and turning tampers in S. Oregon
www.thortamper.com

4) From: Michael Burer
Greetings, everyone!
 
I am a brand new list member and SM customer, and I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself to the list. My love for coffee grew out of my time in my doctoral program. I had to study lots for my comprehensive exams, and with two young children plus a full time job I needed something to keep me going those late nights and early mornings. After a while I gravitated to pricier store-bought brands and cafes, and now my development has brought me to home roasting and grinding.
 
I had been using an inexpensive blade grinder for some time, but I have purchased a Zassenhaus Knee Mill, primarily because of the recommendations on the SM website. What attracted me to it was the high quality of the construction itself and the extreme consistency of the grind. I like that it is powered by me; anything to save on electricity is a good thing, in my opinion.
 
My roaster is a Fresh Roast Plus. I purchased it with the multiple sample coffees. What I like so far is the "earthiness" of the entire process. I enjoy the smell of the green beans, the various smells during the roasting, and the very fresh smell while grinding. I haven't tasted anything yet which has knocked my socks off, but I'm hoping to get there soon.
 
Looking forward to learning a lot from the list!
 
Grace,
 
Michael Burer
Forney, TX
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5) From: Vicki Smith
Welcome Michael. I understand what you mean when you say you like the 
"earthiness" of the process. No matter how highly nuanced some of our 
technique and practises become, there is something very satisfying and 
basic about taking greens , applying heat, grinding, and then making 
very good coffee.
vicki
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6) From: Les
Welcome!  The Fresh Roast will teach the fundamentals.  I would highly
recommend getting a good heat gun and dog bowl.  You will get better
flavors, or bite the dust and get a more expensive plug and play like a
Hottop or a Behmor.  You will find a dramatic increase in flavors from those
three methods over the Fresh Roast.
Les
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7) From: Bryan Wray
Whoever said it originally was right, there really *are* a lot of people jumping on the list lately... doesn't this make like 5-10 in like 2 weeks?  And not to mention people that are just lurking...  Good stuff, good stuff.
-Bry
"It is my hope that people realize that coffee is more than just a caffeine delivery service, it can be a culinary art"- Chris Owens of Cafe Grumpy in NYC.
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8) From: Amy Bailey
I was on the list for a few months, made it to the NYC gathering, and fell
off the list for a while.  Sprained my foot, bought a house, etc.  :)  But
now I have a back yard for easier roasting!
            ---Amy
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9) From: Jim Gundlach
Hi Amy, welcome back.
       pecan jim
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10) From: Amy Bailey
Thanks!  :)
           ---Amy
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11) From: Michael Burer
Les, what do you mean by a heat gun and dog bowl?
 
Michael
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Welcome!  The Fresh Roast will teach the fundamentals.  I would highly
recommend getting a good heat gun and dog bowl.  You will get better
flavors, or bite the dust and get a more expensive plug and play like a
Hottop or a Behmor.  You will find a dramatic increase in flavors from those
three methods over the Fresh Roast.
Les
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12) From: Sandy Andina
An actual electric heat gun (like for stripping paint) and a stainless- 
steel bowl (get the largest size) sold in pet stores to hold dry  
kibble dog food.
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13) From: John Grubbs
Michael,
The heat gun provides the heat for roasting. The dog bowl, or other
stainless steel container, holds the coffee beans while you stir and apply
the heat. Another option for a container is a bread machine. It does the
stirring for you, but does not usually supply any of the heat. For the dog
bowl method, check outhttp://www.coffeecrone.comJohn">http://www.homeroaster.com/heatgun.htmlFor the bread machine method, take a look athttp://www.coffeecrone.comJohn
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14) From: Les
Thanks for answering for me.  It is a real hands on way to roast.  It
produces good results and teaches a lot about roasting.
Les
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15) From: Michael Burer
Thanks for the ideas, everyone. Sounds like an inexpensive way to learn a lot. I'll probably head to the hardware store next payday to try this out.
 
Michael
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Michael,
The heat gun provides the heat for roasting. The dog bowl, or other
stainless steel container, holds the coffee beans while you stir and apply
the heat. Another option for a container is a bread machine. It does the
stirring for you, but does not usually supply any of the heat. For the dog
bowl method, check outhttp://www.homeroaster.com/heatgun.html
For the bread machine method, take a look athttp://www.coffeecrone.com/)">http://www.coffeecrone.com(http://www.coffeecrone.com/)
John
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16) From: Brian Kamnetz
I use a heat gun, and a stainless steel bowl I got from Target, with a
sieve-like bowl, also from Target, that fits nicely inside the
stainless steel bowl.
Brian
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17) From: Vicki Smith
I've been using a bread machine/heat gun combination for two plus years. 
If Ron and I both have jobs at the same time again, I'm considering 
getting a Behmor. Standing in my unheated garage in the midst of an 
Alberta winter just gets old after a few years.
IMO, the HG/BM is a great way to really pay attention to what happens 
when you apply heat to beans. You see, hear, and smell everything that 
is going on and you have a great deal of flexibility as you vary the 
settings on the heat gun and the distance between the gun and the beans.
I'm one of those "can't walk and chew gum" sorta gals, so not having to 
worry about stirring the beans made it easier for me.
vicki (AKA coffee crone)
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