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Topic: Tom: a request on the "coffee cupping reviews" (5 msgs / 110 lines)
1) From: coffenut
Tom,
I really appreciate (and use) your detailed "coffee cupping reviews"
provided for each bean on your site.  There is a problem with the review
data that I'm hoping you can solve at some point in the future.  One
example, I just ordered some Costa Rican Finca La Amistad and wanted to see
your taste profiles and recommendations for roasting.  When I navigate over
to the cupping reviews, there is no data on that bean...only two other Costa
Ricans are there now.  I know you are busy and sometimes the reviews lag a
new bean that just arrived, which is perfectly understandable.  It appears
(in some cases, not all) that as a bean is not available, it's cupping info
is also no longer available.  I've seen some cupping info go away as the
bean is no longer available while other beans that are not in stock still
have the cupping info available.  I'd prefer having access to all the
Cupping reviews you've done whether the bean is currently in stock or not.
Is it possible to present all your cupping reviews in some reference
location on your site?
Thanks,
Coffenut  :^)
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2) From: Don Staricka
 
At 09:08 AM 2/2/01 -0500, you wrote:
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I second that request. I still have coffees going back several years that I 
haven't used up. For instance, I recently roasted up some Indian Mysore 
that came in a sample pack way back when. I had no idea how to roast it. 
Fortunately, the roast I chose came out just right. In fact, this coffee at 
this roast was absolutely wonderful and I regretted not buying some when it 
was available. But I digress. An archive of past reviews would be very 
helpful. Just be sure to place the archive in an area where it won't be 
confused with the coffees currently available.
Don
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3) From: Seth Goodman
 
At 12:57 PM 2/2/01, Don Staricka wrote:
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Did you know that Tom  *already* archives many (but not all) of the 
description pages of his "retired" coffees?  Go to 
 and scroll almost to 
the bottom of the page.  You'll see, in the navigation bar there, the hot 
links:
Archives: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3
or directly:
There's no particular order to the archive, but most browsers can do a 
search, if necessary.  The complete cupping review for  Indian Mysore can 
be found on Page 2, for example.
HTH,
Seth Goodman
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4) From: coffenut
Seth,
Good work.  I've been over most of Tom's site (more times than I'd like to
admit) and never noticed those somewhat obscure "archive links".  For sure,
that's where some of the out-of-stock beans are now living.
Tom, I'm wondering...wouldn't it make sense to have only one database
location for "cupping reviews"?  You can't order beans from the "cupping
reviews" anyway, so why not keep them all together for ease of reference?
Thanks Seth for the help.  Coffenut  :^)
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5) From: Tom & Maria
Yes ...the reviews can lag behind a bit. Its a problem with being
incredibly busy, and I am really the only person who can transfer them from
MS EXCEL to HTML...  But I do transfer all reviews to the Review Archive
pages when the coffee is not available anymore. What I can improve is
making those pages more orderly, now that the quantity of reviews on them
is so substantial. I sould probably just make it alphabetical by country...
Tom
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