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Topic: Decaf (71 msgs / 1468 lines)
1) From: Ralph Cohen
On Sun, 29 Oct 2000 23:37:25 -0600, Michael Vanecek wrote:
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I just got some last week for my mother who only drinks decaf and she
*LOVED* it.  My wife and I also enjoyed it although we never usually
drink decaf.  It has a rich full flavor and it has convinced my mother
to get rid of her instant decaf and start grinding her own, instead. 
(Of course, she'll let me roast it for her.)  The raw beans are very
small, but they expanded greatly once roasted and I found they roasted
a bit more quickly than most of the other beans I roast.  I just took
it though the first crack and then cooled it down.  Tom picked out a
real winner in this coffee and I'll soon be ordering more.
Ralph Cohen

2) From: Ralph Cohen
On Sun, 29 Oct 2000 23:37:25 -0600, Michael Vanecek wrote:
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I just got some last week for my mother who only drinks decaf and she
*LOVED* it.  My wife and I also enjoyed it although we never usually
drink decaf.  It has a rich full flavor and it has convinced my mother
to get rid of her instant decaf and start grinding her own, instead. 
(Of course, she'll let me roast it for her.)  The raw beans are very
small, but they expanded greatly once roasted and I found they roasted
a bit more quickly than most of the other beans I roast.  I just took
it though the first crack and then cooled it down.  Tom picked out a
real winner in this coffee and I'll soon be ordering more.
Ralph Cohen

3) From: ginny
Carolee<
Thanks for asking the question. I am still having trouble with getting a perfect decaf.
ginny

4) From: ginny
Thanks Les,
I have the Africn and will order some Donkey. Perhaps I am still not roasting the beans enough. For me it is harder
to sight roast decaf.
ginny

5) From: ginny
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6) From: ginny
which one, I am not a decaf person but my family is...
ginny

7) From: ginny
Aaron:
It does ac different. I don't think I have yet to roast a decen batch. I don't drink it but a couple of friends do, they like it but it did not taste exceptional to me.
ginny
good luck

8) From: Scott
Just ordered some of SM's new "Ethiopian MC decaf Yirgacheffe."
Boy, those beans are DARK!! But for their size, they already look like a
Full City roast.

9) From: Michael Rochman
Tell us about them...I bought in for 5# today. They "read" fabulous. I don't
drink decaf, but my better half does.  Mike
Just ordered some of SM's new "Ethiopian MC decaf Yirgacheffe."
Boy, those beans are DARK!! But for their size, they already look like a
Full City roast.

10) From: Michael Vanecek
My parents and inlaws are decaf drinkers - let me know the results. I'm
under the impression that roasting decaf is harder than standard because
they roast faster. I've always stayed away from the stuff - being a
programmer, I gotta have my juice. But for the sake of my relatives, I'd
consider getting some if I were brave enough to try and roast it...
Mike
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11) From: Michael Rochman
Mike, shall do. We expect the coffee to be fabulous. Thanks, Mike
My parents and inlaws are decaf drinkers - let me know the results. I'm
under the impression that roasting decaf is harder than standard because
they roast faster. I've always stayed away from the stuff - being a
programmer, I gotta have my juice. But for the sake of my relatives, I'd
consider getting some if I were brave enough to try and roast it...

12) From: Andrew Thomas
Paul asked about decafs. I drink a fair amount of decaf. Among my recent favorites are Yirgacheffe MC that you mentiond, Brazil Santos SWP, and Mexican Esmaralda. I roast all 3 a ways into second crack. (I do keep notes, but being new at this I haven't got a grip on all the variables yet. Most coffees are fairly forgiving of variations of roast, in my opinion.) I drink mostly espresso, and the Santos is especially good for that, either straight-up or in a decaf or low-caf blend. Esmaralda makes really good drip coffee and Yirg MC is fine any way you do it. I'm sure there are other great decafs. I hope I live long enough to try them all.
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13) From: Young McQueen
I have been told that green decaf beans (especially water processed) have a
VERY short shelf life Cf. non-decaf beans.  Others have experience with
this.
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14) From: miKe mcKoffee
Seems the List Server has been drinking decaf again today... I can see posts
in the archives that don't show up for hours!
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15) From: John Blumel
On Oct 24, 2004, at 3:02am, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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If they make it to the archives, it's not likely the list server on 
decaf, but rather, some other relay between the list server and you.
John Blumel

16) From: Oaklandguy
It seems the server has been OK, but maybe another relay in between.  =
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something was affected by the rains and/or snow we had in northern =
Calif.
last week.  Internet at response at home and work has been sluggish.
On Tues. or Wed. I posted messages maybe 5-10 minutes apart.  One showed =
up
right away, the other one didn't show up for several hours.
Then again, maybe a few of the www hamsters decided to take a vacation . =
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Brent
Roastin' in a PII for a drip brew
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17) From: Carol
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New to roasting and still trying to find time/temps that produce a good =
decaf, also bean recommendations.  Using the iroast and have used the =
presets and well as my own with a variety of beans - results all too =
"thin", lacking character!!
Carolee

18) From: Les
Ginny,
You tried the Donkey blend?  I find that it is good as a vac pot and
espresso.  The African Highland blend is good, and the Mexican decafs
seem to always come through for me.  The others I have tried just have
not matched up very well.  I tend to roast them a bit darker, a couple
of snaps into second crack for normal brew or for a darker roast 10
sec. into a full second crack.
Les
On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 06:41:48 -0800 (GMT-08:00), ginny
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19) From: Les
You are right Ginny, they are harder to roast.  My suggestion is to
trust the profiles you have developed for your roasters.  I have found
that they do look darker than they really are.  What is your profile
for a city roast?  Do the same profile with the decaf.  It will look
like full city, but taste like a city roast.
Les
On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 07:00:44 -0800 (GMT-08:00), ginny
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20) From: Les
Ginny,
It is under "Sweet Maria's Blends" not under decaf.  It is the second one down.
Les
On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 07:07:30 -0800 (GMT-08:00), ginny
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21) From: HeatGunRoast heatgunroast
Hi Carol,
I assume you are roasting for espresso.  Correct?  Scan Tom's DC
offerings, paying attention to his "body/mouthfeel" ratings.  Donkey
Blend is nice, but Komodo blend is more to my taste (I add about 20%
bright Yirg or Kenya--a separate roast).  The Brazil Mogiana DC
----rated at "5"---(I haven't tried it, but it's on my "next" list)
looks like a good DC blend prospect.  And I'm also partial to Sumatra
and Sulewesi. A good, heavy body "base" with some brighter accents
should help whatever brewing and roasting suggestions you get here.
Marty
On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:36:40 -0500, Carol  wrote:
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22) From: John Blumel
On Feb 15, 2005, at 12:55pm, HeatGunRoast heatgunroast wrote:
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You don't say what level you are roasting to but roasting too dark can 
roast the body out of a coffee. On the other hand, if you are new to 
roasting, it might take a while for your palate to adjust fresh coffee. 
Also, brewing method can affect body.
John Blumel

23) From: DEchelbarg
I love the  Ethiopian WP Decaf (DP Sidamo), just love it at Full City.
Dave E

24) From: MS
Recently I had an absolutely fabulous Panamanian decaf which I was roasting to city - City + (about 435 degrees in around 10 minutes).  Right now I am working on a Guatamalan Antigua that might be just as good or better.  Only it is noticably spicier, somthing i didn't notice at all in th last Guatamalan beans I had.  
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25) From: DEchelbarg
You haven't tried the new water process method -- truly stunning as Tom's 
reviews indicate.

26) From: DEchelbarg
In a message dated 2/15/2005 2:25:52 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
badabingbadabean writes:
which one, I am not a decaf person but my family is...
ginny
Ethiopian WP Decaf; Sulawesi, and those that have the phrase: "WP Decaf," 
which is different than Swiss Water.     There are others listed that have WP, 
but I'm stuck on the two I mentioned.
Dave

27) From: Frank Haist
Tom's cupping reviews mention which decafs use the  water process done 
in Mexico, the so-called "new" method. I've been using Donkey for a 
while. It makes a solid espresso and does well in caps (cuts through the 
milk sufficiently). Great body, but I find it lacking in distinctive 
flavor. Brown is delivering an order that includes the Ethopian decaf (a 
Sidamo Horse bean) today, so I'm hoping that will satisfy the 
distinctiveness factor I want.
---Frank
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28) From: Ben Gold
MY favorate ever has been a Guatamalan, but even lots with good reviews are not predictable. My newest blend of favor of half DC, half regular (blended after roasting) is Brazil with Guatamalan going both ways. Brazil with Honduras COE was great too.
MS  wrote:
Recently I had an absolutely fabulous Panamanian decaf which I was roasting to city - City + (about 435 degrees in around 10 minutes).  Right now I am working on a Guatamalan Antigua that might be just as good or better.  Only it is noticably spicier, somthing i didn't notice at all in th last Guatamalan beans I had.  
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29) From: Rick Copple
Ben Gold wrote:
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The Panamanian sounds good. I have a friend who can only have decaf. 
I've told him about my home roasting fun, so I'm thinking a pound of 
home roasted decaf for him would be good. He can't have much caffeine, 
so appreciates decaf. I like full throttle, though. ;-)
On a blend note, since blends are mentioned here, I ended up trying 
another blend by need of having more beans to grind and not enough of 
one. I had the last of the Bolivian taken to Vienna roast, but it was 
only half as much as I needed. Since I have a lot of the Brazilian 
Peaberry to go through, I added that to the mix.
If you like just plain good coffee flavor, this would be a blend for 
you. The "raisin/plum" taste was very hard to pick out, but in there 
none-the-less. The bitterness of the Vienna roast and the mellowness of 
the Brazilian Peaberry (City+) seem to offset each other, as did the 
milk chocolate and raisin/plum flavors so that what you ended up with 
was no real distinguishing flavors that much, just a very "coffee" 
taste. Interesting, nothing that I probably would want normally, but 
just a nice solid cup of coffee. If you are looking for pizzas, this is 
not your blend!
-- 
Rick Copple
Marble Falls, TX

30) From: Aaron
I just got a batch of decaf coffee in that I am going to try roasting up.
I remember seeing some words on the list that decaf behaves differently 
than regular coffee when roasting and that you have to do something 
special with it to get it to turn out good.
Any ideas from others who have done decaf before?
Thanks
Aaron

31) From: Brent
Aaron, 
I roast decaf regularly.  The only thing special you have to do is listen
closely for 1st and 2nd cracks.  The cracking sounds in decaf are quieter
and there are fewer of them.
Otherwise, I roast them just like regular beans and you may need to play
with the roasting profile to find the sweet spot.  I have to say that I've
never had a bad decaf from SM.  I'm not roasting for espresso.
Brent
Roasting in an SC/TO
For drip/moka/presspot brew
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32) From: George Holt
One thing when roasting decaf you are starting with a bean that is already=
 
dark from the decaf processing. So you can't really judge your roast by the=
 
color of the beans as they progress in the roasting process. And the cracks=
 
are quite a bit quieter then non-decaf version of the same bean.
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33) From: Brett Mason
If you want to attenuate your decaf roasting, do a half pound in a
skillet or wok...  It's nice and quiet, and you'll be able to control
the heat, the time, and listen to the cracks without any interruptive
noise from the roaster...  This shold give you a decent first shot at
decaf, and give you a reference to color/roast level that can baseline
the same bean in any other roaster...
Good luck,
Brett
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34) From: Derek Bradford
Hi All,
I thought I'd give an update into my decaf adventures.  I roasted a pound o=
f
Komodo on Tuesday and tried it tonight after 36 hours rest.  While it's not
wonderful, it's really quite good.  I'll try it again in the morning, but i=
f
decaf can taste this good then I'll give it more time.
Thanks for all your tips.  I took the roast pretty easy and made sure to
roast it far enough.  If I recall correctly, it went into second crack by
about 30 seconds.
Cheers,
--Derek
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35) From: Brent - SC/TO Roasting
Homeroasted decaf is very good.  All of Tom's offerings over the past coupl=
e
of years have been enjoyable.
It would be cool to see some COE decafs.
I find it funny that after homeroasting their own beans and discovering
what a different world it is, people sometimes still look down their nose a=
t
homeroasted decaf.  While there may be some subtle differences in taste for
the normal palate, it's nothing really noticeable.  It's definitely nothing
like that horrid burnt-tasting stuff still available at many places.
Decafs will probably become more popular as the baby boomers become the gra=
y
boomers.
--
Brent
Roasting in an SC/TO & i'Roast2
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36) From: Chuck Acridge
OK, maybe it's blaspemy to all the purists in this group, but I gotta  
ask.  For having a group over in the evening, they don't want to lay  
awake all night because of the caffein.  So - two questions.  Is  
there any way to buy my coffee of choice and decaffeinate it myself?   
Or am I limited to the few choices I see at Sweet Maria's that is  
already decaf?
Chuck

37) From: Brett Mason
...On the second point...
I took some African Highland WP Decaf to a meeting of 30 people, and they
are still talking about how rich the coffee was.  They cannot believe it's
decaf, but I heard more about it last night.  Truly a success.  Next Sunday
I will take another decaf, and I expect the same raving responses.
One of the downsides of our coffee pursuit is the stuff runs out.  Doesn't
matter which one you love, there will come a day of departure where you say
goodbye.  Either it is gone, or another crop just isn't the same...
One of the upsides is the vast array of new coffees always showing up...
Try Tom's decaffes...
Brett
On 10/9/06, Chuck Acridge  wrote:
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38) From: Tim Wat
Chuck Acridge wrote:
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Has anyone tried approximating / mimicking the Swiss Water process at 
home?  The generalized descriptions I find on the net make it sound like 
all that is needed is fresh water, carbon filter system and the means to 
soak green beans.  Doubtless there's more involved than that, but I'm 
curious if anyone's tried to "home-decaf"?
Tim

39) From: raymanowen
It's not blasphemy at all, Chuck- just realize all your friends are going to
think they're drinking high octane Avgas if you freshroast some Decaf,
especially those from Sweet Maria's! The 20-question pop test will be- How
many won't be able to get to sleep because of the non-Decaf "you slipped
them."
Get ready, "Oh, I can't drink this. It's sure good but I can't drink regular
coffee. Doctor's orders..."
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"Stick of gum for the doc as you find a new one- Ray's orders."

40) From: Michael Guterman
Chuck Acridge wrote:
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Because some of my medication makes me very sensitive to caffeine, I use 
mostly decaf.  Tom's decafs are great, and there is a pretty good 
choice, actually.  They span the types of coffee quite well.  I use a 
Solis Master 5000 for my decaf, and often have people claim that it just 
can't be decaf.
As for your question, there is supposed to be a decaffeinating stir 
stick coming to market, but I have not seen the actual product yet.  
 From what I have read it should work fairly well.
Michael

41) From: Les
Tim,
Unlike roasting, decaffination is a very sophisticated process if you want
any flavor in your coffee.  Sure you can soak everything out of a nice
arabica bean and then you will have flat tasting blah brown water.  Tom's
decaf selection is very good and you can enjoy some awesome coffee.  One of
my favorite tricks is to mix a good Mexican decaf (current selection is Mexico
Organic Chiapas WP Decaf) and mix it 50/50 for a good half caf.  The Komoto
blend is one of the best coffees on the list period!  The African Highland
blend can't be duplicated by anything in the caf section.  I have been
meaning to ask Tom if he could duplicate that blend in a caffeinated version
it is so good!
Les
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42) From: Tim Wat
Les wrote:
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Hi, Les:
Yes, I assumed that SW has a registered trademark for a reason, was just 
curious if some bold soul has actually tried to DIY it.  Considering the 
lengths some have gone to explore the roasting experience, I thought 
someone might have tried their hand at decaf'ing.
Best,
Tim

43) From: Tim Wat
Les wrote:
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Les,
On a related note, I remember reading somewhere that roasting decaf has 
some notable differences than roasting "leaded".  What's your experience?
Tim

44) From: Eddie Dove
Chuck,
You cannot go wrong with the decafs that Tom offers.  I have so much fun
serving coffee to people and listening to them go on and on, then watch
their jaw hit the floor when I tell them it is decaf!
Eddie
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This is the same reaction I get too when announcing the coffee is  
decaf. I like to tell people that it's OK to like the decaf!
ThBull 'running on 1/2 full'
On Oct 9, 2006, at 5:26 PM, Eddie Dove wrote:
Chuck,
You cannot go wrong with the decafs that Tom offers.  I have so much  
fun serving coffee to people and listening to them go on and on, then  
watch their jaw hit the floor when I tell them it is decaf!
Eddie
On 10/9/06, Chuck Acridge  wrote:
OK, maybe it's blaspemy to all the purists in this group, but I gotta
ask.  For having a group over in the evening, they don't want to lay
awake all night because of the caffein.  So - two questions.  Is
there any way to buy my coffee of choice and decaffeinate it myself?
Or am I limited to the few choices I see at Sweet Maria's that is
already decaf?
Chuck

46) From: Lynne
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I have only had the Costa Rican Decaf - it is out of this world. I am 
trying a few others when Harvey gets here.
Roasting the decafs do take some practice & getting used to (they do 
roast faster, and this one, at least, is darker to begin with - but oh, =
what bliss!!!
Lynne
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I have only had the Costa Rican Decaf - it is out of this world. I am
trying a few others when Harvey gets here.
Roasting the decafs do take some practice & getting used to (they do
roast faster, and this one, at least, is darker to begin with - but
oh, what bliss!!!
Lynne
On Oct 9, 2006, at 6:26 PM, Eddie Dove wrote:
Chuck,
You cannot go wrong with the decafs that Tom offers.  I have so much
fun serving coffee to people and listening to them go on and on, then
watch their jaw hit the floor when I tell them it is decaf!
Eddie 
On 10/9/06, Chuck Acridge
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there any way to buy my coffee of choice and decaffeinate it myself? 
Or am I limited to the few choices I see at Sweet Maria's that is
already decaf?
Chuck
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47) From: Randall Nortman
On Mon, Jul 16, 2007 at 04:58:56PM -0700, Frank Awbrey wrote:
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I second that.  There are a lot of curmudgeonly folks around here that
gripe about decaf as a matter of years of conditioning, it seems.  The
biggest problem with decaf is the lack of selection relative to
regular beans.  Well, and roasting decaf is quite a bit trickier, and
the shelf life of both green and roasted beans seems to be less than
non-decaf.  But if you get everything right, the decaf beans offered
by SM's can be really outstanding.
Anyway, even if they're not quite as good as the regular beans, there
is only so much regular coffee I can drink in a day.  In fact, it's
quite a small amount relative to how much I'd like to drink of all
this wonderful coffee.  Decaf lets me drink more coffee, and even if
it's 0.002% less supremely delicious than regular coffee, I still
pretty much always want another cup.

48) From: Wes Tyler
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49) From: Randall Nortman
On Sun, Sep 09, 2007 at 03:14:59PM -0700, Wes Tyler wrote:
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Well, the question you ought to be asking is which is the best crowd
pleaser.  The African Highlands blend is a great coffee, but most
people will not like it because of the brightness.  I have found the
Komodo Blend roasted to a solid FC or FC+ to be a real crowd pleaser.
It is ready to brew just a few hours after roasting, and remains quite
drinkable for days, so you have latitude in your schedule.
The Brazil, Oaxaca, and Guat would also be good choices, but I've
found each of them to be a bit finicky -- you have to get the profile
right for your roaster.  The Komodo blend is very forgiving, so long
as you don't turn it black.  Stretch it out after first crack starts
to develop body.
-- 
Randall

50) From: Robert Shields
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Wes,
African Highlands WP Decafe,  roast to Full City.  Beautiful floral =
aroma, Mild, great balance.
On a lighter note, Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through =
the day consuming only things that are good for you.

51) From: Larry English
I'd try the Guatemala Huehuetenango decaf, roasted to just FC (no further).
It will surprise most decaf drinkers, and probably most regular drinkers who
try it, with a good body and hints of chocolate.  The Mexico Oaxaca is also
very nice.  In general I like the Central American decafs and some of the
northern South Americans as well - e.g. the Colombia Huila.  A friend said
of the Colombia, "I like it - lots of coffee flavor," whatever that means.
Larry
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52) From: Brett Mason
I took a carafe of African Highlands Blend, FC+ Drip to our fellowship group
tonight...
I don't think you can go wrong with any of the decafs, but this is one of my
favorites...
Brett
On 9/9/07, Wes Tyler  wrote:
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53) From: Dave & Beth
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As a partaker in Brett's coffee tonight, I'd have to say it was awesome.
Highly recommended!
Dave
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[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Brett Mason
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 8:52 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Decaf
I took a carafe of African Highlands Blend, FC+ Drip to our fellowship group
tonight...
I don't think you can go wrong with any of the decafs, but this is one of my
favorites...
Brett
On 9/9/07, Wes Tyler  wrote:
I don't drink decaf, but am furnishing coffee for a church group in 2 weeks.
Of the offerings currently available from SM, which do you decaf drinkers
prefer? 
Thanks, Wes  
Pinpoint customers
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54) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
Wes,
This doesn't seem like much help, everyone has such differing tastes, isn't
it wonderful?
I drink only decaf.  My favorite everyday brew is the Mexico Organic Oaxaca
Decaf, typically roasted to City +.  I can't describe the flavors, but to
me, I love the finish and the flavors that stay in the mouth after
swallowing for quite some time.
I'm new to home roasting, established June 1.  I'm going to have to consult
my log to see how many roasts I now have under the belt.  I do roast
non-decafs now and again to give as gifts and to hone my skills with actual
green beans that produce chaff.
I have just received my order of the *Kenya Peaberry Auction Lot WP Decaf *and
I am on pins and needles looking forward to roasting some of that this
evening after the kiddies are asleep.
I'm sure whatever bean you choose to roast and brew for your church group
will be appreciated by all.
Regards,
Bonnie P.
Santa Rosa, CA
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55) From: raymanowen
Man say: "I don't drink decaf,..." [Nor do I!] "...but Of the
offerings currently available from SM, which do you decaf drinkers
prefer?"
The answer to your question is, "Unequivocally,Yes!"
My Celtic Critic honey Despises Coffee, including some of my early
adventures in straight shots, but I finally roasted (FC+?- weren't
shiny, now they are) and brewed some Ethiopian Harar MAO Horse DC
beans I've had awhile.
I got these when one of my older friends at the Kingdom Hall told me
he likes coffee and had heard good things about my home roast. He
could no longer tolerate the caffeine.
When we remodeled the hall two weekends ago, I only took some of my
normal coffee down in an airpot when I stayed overnight. (6p-9am-
breakfast) Then I remembered the decaf Horse. I thought some might
like it. What better time to try my first decaf roast? Hopefully my
spiritual brothers would offer some helpful clues before they threw
heavy things at me!
Long story short- my Celtic Critic Honey loved the smell of it
brewing, and asked for the Horse this morning- straight. Everybody
that drank any of it described it as sensational, but thought it
couldn't be decaf.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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56) From: Justin Marquez
The best a decaf can be..
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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57) From: Wes Tyler
Thanks to all who gave preferences and roast advice on decaf. I suppose the=
 only reasonable thing to do is order a pound of each and invite more peopl=
e to the party.
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58) From: Larry Johnson
Now that sounds like a plan.
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59) From: Lynne Biziewski
What time should we arrive?
Lynne
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60) From: an iconoclast
On Dec 15, 2007 8:53 AM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Ann
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61) From: silascoelho
Non-members are not allowed to post messages to this list. - My wife
does lile decaf, but we could not find anyone really superb (for =
expresso), any suggestions??
regards
Silas
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62) From: French Lewis
The Donkey Blend makes a very nice espresso, and this blend is usually in stock.    When Sweet Maria's has the Indonesian Komodo Blend, stock up, because IMHO, it makes an outstanding decaf espresso -- one that can be mistaken for non-decaf.
Hope this helps,
French
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63) From: silascoelho
I'm new to the list, and really like coffe, specific expresso. My wife in partiular just like decaf, any good (full body?) suggestion for decaf??
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64) From: David Rossell
My favorite decafs are the Ethiopia Dry-Process Sidamo and the Panama Carmen
Estate (no longer available).  The Sidamo is sweet and fruity (I think Pinot
Grigio when I drink it), and the Carmen has a nice almost carmelized brown
sugar flavor at FC.  At least that's what my uneducated palate is pulling out
of 'em.  Good luck!
David

65) From: Justin Marquez
On the Sweet Maria;s Decaf green coffee page at:http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.others.decafs.html#brazilwpdecafRead the numbers on the left of Tom's reviews - one is specifically for
"Body".  Highest-body available decaf right now is the *Brazil Cerrado WP
Decaf *witha couple of others close behind it.
Decafs roast faster than regular green coffee. Typically at about 85% of the
time required, so go slower than you would for regular lest you go too dark
too soon.
Two of my favorite decafs are not currently available: Kenya AA and SM's
African Highlands Decaf Blend. Of the current ones on the list I like the
Ehiopian Dp Sidamo and the PNG Kimmel.
One of the very best espressos I ever had was a decaf. (However, I don't
make espresso, so I am no expert on it, I just know what I like.)
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66) From: golfermd01
I've roasted the Sumatra for friends and they loved it...
Dan
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67) From: John and Emma
Any suggestions on the Behmor profile to use with decafs? I bought my first
decaf on this last order (the Costa Rican). I've never roasted a decaf
before and this is first time I've ever seen the beans. I was a little
surprised when I noticed that they looked partially roasted already. I
didn't know what I was expecting but I didn't think the beans would be
brown.
I have very little knowledge when it comes to decafs. What process is used
to decafinate the beans available on SM's? Does Tom or someone at SM's do
the decafinating or are the beans purchased this way?
John H.

68) From: silascoelho
Tks Dan, Justin & David
for sure I will get Sumatra/Brazil Cerrado & Ethiopia Dry, In fact I have a small batch of non-decaf Ethiopia Sidamo and I love it.
I did not tried yet the Sumatra's (regular neither decaf), let me get some from SM and share the findings
Justin, really good your tips on time (I'm new on the coffe roasting, and by what I learned so far, I still have several pounds to 'burn' till get something consistent)
best regards
Silas

69) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
John,
I roast a lot of decafs on the Behmor and I almost always use P2, but I also
factor in if the bean is a blend, or from low altitude, and use the
recommendations in the manual for those types of beans.
For my decafs, I always use the small mesh drum because they have more
"deformities", smaller bits of bean that fall thru the large mesh drum.
Also, I don't use the chaff collector with my decafs either, because there
is little to no chaff.
If you have enough of the bean to roast the first 1/2 lb on P1, then note
the time to 1C and when 1 C ends, you can determine the time to set the
roaster for P2.
P2 works well because it can stretch the time between 1 C and 2 C, and with
the decafs, there is a shorter time between the two.  That is why I like to
have 1C start at or a tiny bit before the roaster goes goes to the lower
power, at 60% of the total roast time you put in.
Tom discusses the different decaffination processes on the website, and for
each bean he tells you the decaf. method.   He gets them already
decaffinated, but he knows which process and where the beans were sent to be
processed.  It's in each coffee's notes.
Good luck,
Bonnie P.
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70) From: Justin Marquez
I regularly roast decaf in my Behmor.  About one-half of our morning coffee
is decaf.
In the Behmor, I add 2 cups greens (actually, I weigh it to somewhere
between 324 to 326 grams) to the drum. Then I select P1 and generally leave
it on the default time.  (It doesn't matter about the time, as I monitor it
all the time during the roast and decide when to hit "COOL".) I use a
separate digital count-up timer. Normally, the 1st outlier offirst crack
happens at about 13:00 into the roast.  About 15 seconds later C1 gets
rolling. After about 2 minutes, I open the door for about 1 minute. After
closing the door I wait about 15-30 seconds (the longer time applies if the
voltage is lower and the roast is slower) then hit COOL, unless I desire it
to go into second crack, in which case I wait until I hear it. Here is stuff
from a recent log entry for decaf:
Initial no-load voltage = 122.2
324 grams batch decaf
1# Setting, P1, 18:00
1000 Watt, voltage now = 118
First "power down" at 6:17
1470 Watt, voltage now = 115.6
C1 Outlier at 12:52
C1 Roll at 13:00
Door Open at 15:15
Door Closed at 16:15
Cool at 16:30
(no C2 heard)
Hopefully this will help you.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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71) From: Lynne
Welcome to the list, Silas!
I've so loved the Sumatras I've tried (exact names escape me; I keep
horrible records - I saved the labels - somewhere); also Ethiopia Sidamo.
Honestly, I've tried gazillions of different types of Sweet Maria's beans
(kind list members sent me kaboodles of them to keep me from having to
switch to Lipton tea, lol), and I don't think there's any from Sweet Maria's
that's disappointed me.
A while back, I would have said that I didn't like Kenyans - then, with one
roast, I got the most incredible tasting coffee (sad to say, I haven't been
able to replicate that one near-perfect roast)...
Ah.. wonder if Don Quixote was actually talking about homeroasted coffee...
Lynne
:-)
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