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Coffee Junkies Unite!!!
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tone2bone

Total Topics: 10
Total Posts: 22
Hi Guys, I read earlier that John Hall is a coffee Junkie,any others out there? I know I qualify, I allways liked coffee from my teen years until now. I once was happy with Folgers,but 9 years ago I gave up alcaholic beverages. At that point I decided I should try the best,since I was abstaining from liquor. I bought Starbucks,Seattles best etc. Then I went off the deep end and started roasting my own at home. I buy the beans green on ebay. WOW ! If you have never tried it you should. The difference is incredible. In the morning I will drink a cup for John. I have some really good Kenya peaberry now. I adore the African varieties. Keith

Jul 21, 09 | 7:10 pm
nehsgolfer

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Total Posts: 47
I just got back from a trip to the Kona Coast on the big island of Hawaii and I discovered Kona coffee. It is the only coffee that I have ever been able to drink black without it leaving a terribly bitter taste in my mouth. Maybe I'll send John some.
Harold Hensley

Jul 22, 09 | 4:51 am
FredB

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Total Posts: 94
Some say "coffee snob;" I prefer "connoisseur." I also roast. Do you go to first crackle or second?

FredB

Jul 22, 09 | 6:08 pm
tone2bone

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Total Posts: 22
Hey FredB, I have tried virtually every roast level and method. I like the African varieties when the 2nd crack has just started,maybe 10 seconds into it. I bought some Columbian and Bolivian that I favored well into the 2nd crack. I also found blending 50/50 dark and light roasts works well for me. I sometimes roast in a cast iron skillet over propane,but usually use a modified popcorn popper. The popper produces very small quanities,but also very uniform roasts. A good cup of fresh roasted coffee from home makes me want to use Starbucks as a pothole filler in my driveway. I have read much about Kona, but haven't been willing to pay the premium price yet. Keith

Jul 22, 09 | 6:29 pm
tone2bone

Total Topics: 10
Total Posts: 22
Hey Guys, forgot to mention a good place for coffee info. sweetmarias.com they have charts for roast levels and cupping comparisons as well. Keith

Jul 22, 09 | 6:32 pm
deadedith

Total Topics: 34
Total Posts: 165
+1 for sweetmaria. Lots of great information. They got me started home roasting. I'm a dark roast kinda guy. A line from an episode of Law and Order:
Q: can I get you some coffee?
A: any moment of any day.
:-)
Dave B

Mar 30, 10 | 5:05 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

Total Topics: 47
Total Posts: 332
I too am a caffiend. I like it black. No cream, foamy milk, or syrup flavors for me, *shudder*. When I used to live in Berkeley my favorite was Peet's. Now I usually purchase local roasters, here in Grand Rapids, "Biggby," or if I am ever in Marquette, Mi, I stop by Dead River (!!). Since being diagnosed with Crohn's, I now go for mild varieties. Columbian and Kona are great. You've got to use good water. I buy gallons of spring water and make it in my office at work.

I've been yearning to get into roasting my own beans but have always thought it would be a very expensive hobby. Y'all mean to tell me that it isn't?

Mar 30, 10 | 7:59 pm
deadedith

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PEETS!!!!!! I used to do the Berkeley Peet's; in fact, a friend took me there for a lunch break and I had my first cup of Peets and my world changed forever.. I'm almost not even exaggerating. I took my first sip and said to my buddy: "What IS this??? I want it always!!" Well, it was surprising for someone who thought he knew what coffee was. Good times.
Dave B

Mar 30, 10 | 9:15 pm
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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Total Posts: 332
For a few years, 2000-2002, every day, I used to walk my dog Bailey over to the Peet's on 4th St in Berkeley, wait in the long-*** line, order the cup of the day, talk to the crazy people hanging out on the sidewalk, and then walk all over with Bailey, and sometimes go back and get another one. Then I'd go to work. Man, that was a great routine. Yeah, Peet's turned me into a daily coffee drinker. I definitely wasn't before that.

Mar 31, 10 | 6:32 am
deadedith

Total Topics: 34
Total Posts: 165
As for home roasting - I bought a roaster from sweetmaria for $135.00. Green beans are a few bucks a pound. You can roast a batch to your taste in 15 minutes and there you go. Naturally, there are people who have done lots of experimenting with getting a darker roast or an oilier roast or whatever, and sweetmaria has a lot of that information, but the basic process is straightforward and produces very drinkable results.
Dave B

Mar 31, 10 | 6:59 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Total Posts: 1011
I am down to 20 cups a day

john hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc

coffee cream no sugar no skim milk and no CAFFINE FREE

May 10, 10 | 4:24 pm
deadedith

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Total Posts: 165
Man, I wish I had your will power!!! :-)
Dave B

May 10, 10 | 4:27 pm
tone2bone

Total Topics: 10
Total Posts: 22
Hey guys ! I just wanted to drop a quick line to Martin Lane about the roasting process. Martin, if you are interested in home roasting some beans you can definately get started on the cheap ! I did my first roasts in a cast iron skillet designated for coffee only. all you need is a skillet,a glove, a spoon or spatula and a heat source. Try it outdoors unless you have a really good exhaust or range hood. It is really messy with the smoke and chaff flying around. Some people use a heat gun and a bowl. You can also use a hot air popcorn popper. Just do a you tube search for home coffee roasting and you can get alot of ideas. After my 3 years of roasting I can truly say that the big roasters cannot produce a better batch,beats starbucks hands down ! My point is you don't need to buy a fancy roaster at all, but be carefull. It can become very addictive just like the guitar building hobby ! Allways striving for perfection,or as near as we can get. If you try the skillet method and stir constantly you can get a very uniform roast and even using top quality beans you will be paying only 30-50% of the packaged gourmet coffes. You can also experiment with different roast levels from city to french. It is really alot of fun , everyone should try it at least once. If you need any links on research just hit me with an email and I'll be glad to send you what I have tried and the ones I know will work. As one Telecaster lover to another I wish you the best. By the way ,do you still have that Esquire ? or are you a fullscale Tele guy ? I have a Swamp ash body with a Warmoth pro boatback neck and Rio Grande pickups. She can smoke any Fender out there ! Best regards . Keith

May 10, 10 | 6:21 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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I am lucky , my brother in law has a roaster. Here is a blend that makes great espresso and capachino Kenyan high altitude beans with Hawian Kona do a dark roast. This is one kick , in capachin I have a gaggia machine this can give the shakes to a piece of granite. do about 1/2 and 1/2
john hall

May 13, 10 | 3:42 pm
deadedith

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Total Posts: 165
WEll John, I may take up that challenge. Except I will do 1/2 +1/2 And 1/2. Yes that is over 100% which is technically impossible. But I want to actually levitate to your shop from here in Oregon. :-)
Dave B

May 13, 10 | 5:24 pm



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