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1) From: pfields
Does anyone on the list have any suggestions for Decaf to roast. Currently 
i am using a Kenyan AA German KVW, at a full city roast.
I am looking for a better taste and consistency ( more full bodied if there 
is such a thing with Decaf).
Let me know
Peter

2) From: Rick W
I've had good experience and good feedback from those served with the
Harar Horse Decaf (via Sweet Marias).  It's long been one of my
favorites in the caffeinated version and the Decaf is also excellent.
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3) From: The Rankin's
I would like to find a neutral tasting decaf to blend for a half-caf or
low-caf.  I don't want to override the origin character of the
caffeinated bean though.  I have been thinking that maybe the Brazilian
decaf that Tom offers for espresso might work.  Any opinions or
experience with that.  Thanks.
Don

4) From: Barbara Greenspon
Hi:  I've just been doing this sfor several months, but I'm hooked. 
In my family, there is one person who can't have much caffeine so I've
roasted lots of decaf, all from Sweet Maria's.  Without exception,
we've loved every one of them.  The only one I haven't tried is Kenya. 
My personal favorite is the
0000,0000,0000Sulawesi Toraja WP Decaf.  Even
those of us who drink my caffinated roasts love the decaf!  
Good luck..
Barbara
On Nov 1, 2003, at 11:51 AM, pfields wrote:
Does anyone on the list have any suggestions for Decaf to
roast. Currently i am using a Kenyan AA German KVW, at a full city
roast.
I am looking for a better taste and consistency ( more full bodied if
there is such a thing with Decaf).
Let me know
Peter
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5) From: rnkyle
Brazils are always good blenders. adds a nice nutty flavor.
Ron

6) From: Prabhakar Ragde
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It's my impression that the water processing of decafs mutes varietal
tastes anyway, and it would take a caffeinated bean that's pretty
neutral itself to get overwhelmed by a decaf. If you're aiming for
espresso, I think Tom specifically mentions the possibility of Donkey
Blend as a base for half-caf blends. My initial try with this, putting
full-caf Uganda Budadiri over it, was not a success, but I think it
was due to inexperience with FR+ variac-ing. 
Was roasting Moka Kadir tonight in my HWP and it simply stopped dead
just as first crack was starting. I panicked, pulled out the FR+,
dumped all 90 grams into it, and attempted to finish it off
unvariac'ed. I will let the results rest for a day but I am not
sanguine about them. I'm really hoping that the I-Roast comes through
with flying colours. --PR

7) From: Spencer W. Thomas
My favorite so far is the Ethiopian Ghimbi Natural Decaf, but he's out 
of that. It has definite varietal flavor as opposed to so many other 
decafs.  Here's what Tom had to say about it.  I hope he can stock it 
again sometime:
	*Notes:* An incredible Decaf! The MC decaffeination process seems to 
produce the best African coffees; we have never seen these kind of 
results from the Swiss Water Process performed on African coffee. This 
is processed in Germany under the strict EU environmental guidleines at 
the Coffein plant (along with KVW, these are the premier quality 
European decaffeinators. They cost a little more than other plants, but 
are well worth it.) Even the unroasted "green" coffee has a remarkable 
aroma. It tends to darken up a bit more in the roast process than the 
resulting roast flavors. And like all decafs there is almost no chaff 
released in the roast process. This coffee originates with an excellent 
lot of Ghimbi, and that is part of the great results in its 
decaffeinated form. The cup in unlike regular Ghimbi in so much as it 
has lighter body, and more of a wet-processed Ethiopian (Yirgachefe, 
Limmu) character: aromatic, fruity, honeyed, delicious!
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8) From: Bruce Bowman
Hi Peter-
You might want to try the decaf sampler that SM offers. I believe it's
made up of current offerings. Like you we drink strictly decaf and
really enjoy the Donkey espresso blend. Works great in our espresso
machine & our moka pot. We also enjoy the current Kenya AA offering
which is decaf'ed in Mexico. Still playing with roasts for it, but what
I get from the Fresh Roast+ probably won't relate to any other roaster.
Bruce
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9) From: Les & Becky
I like the Mexican Esmarelda for this reason.
Les

10) From: Jim Couch
Finally, a place has opened up in my hometown, actually has been around a
while but has changed locations and at same time has decided to offer green
beans that he will roast or you can take 'em home and do it yourself. The
air popper I use is a small one just haven't been able to find one of the
old big ones, it's a Kitchen Gourmet B-328. I'm saving my coins for an
i-Roast 2 (or if I can sell a guitar or gun probably a hottop or another one
of the commercial sample roasters) Even before the guy's shop is "really"
open have purchased a Lb. each of what he swears is some of the best Harrar
Horse he has ever had and Sumatran Mandheling Grade A...... When me and my
lil popper "get it right" results can be amazing. One batch of the Sumatran
had a flavor very like A Shiraz wine (don't much care for dry wines but do
love that flavor in coffee) and have had some that just....had taste but it
wasn't a particular flavor....best I could say about it was....It didn't
make me sick. What I am looking for is methods and time for roasting to a
reccomended level and of course what level to take each up to...... Don't
know for sure but think he gets most of his beans from Royal and SM's Biz
name is JoeJoe's Espresso. T.I.A.
Jim
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11) From: Lynne
Welcome to the list, Jim!
I've never roasted in an air popper - but there are plenty of people here
who can help you with that. I will say, though, you don't have to go with
the most expensive toy to get the great results - I started with a stovetop
Whirly-Pop, and when that broke, I started roasting stovetop in a little
pot, and haven't looked back since.
'Course, I'm a bit unusual in my preference for roasting this way - I feel
it gives me more control.
 You won't go wrong with any greens from Sweet Maria's. They are very
particular in what they choose to sell, putting quality way beyond the need
for profit.
Have fun!
Lynne
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12) From: Jim Couch
wish I could find a Whirly Pop somewhere around here.....but I have searched
high and low, if i am "lucky" the folks know what I am talkin about but
have'nt seen one in several years...
Most normal reactions are suggestions that have something to do with just
buying a large can of Folgers or Maxwell House...Duh!
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13) From: Joseph Robertson
I used to find them on ebay or West Bend popers that are famous for
conversions to bean machines. I haven't searched for awhile so I'm not up on
what is out there. Good luck in your search. I know they are out there.
JoeR
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