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  1. MacRadish

    MacRadish Well-Known Member

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  2. crazyjoedavola

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    I've been roasting my own coffee for about 12 years. Always have dealt with Sweet Maria's. Awesome people, great product and service. Usually buy 20 lb bags at a cost of approx. $100 - $120. They have a great deal with UPS for low shipping costs. I use the Poppery for roasting, it's a work horse. In the beginning, I used a few different roasters and every one broke in a fairly short time. Usually they were under warranty, so I got replacements. But it was a pain. In the last 10 years the Poppery's motor has never burnt out on me. I have had to replace one due to inside pieces starting to break apart due to constant heat. But that took about 6 years of heavy use. It's no where near a great roaster, but it gets the job done. I roast right over the sink so all the chaff goes right in. I have a window fan right over the sink the sucks all the thick smoke right out. I also have the Technivorm brewer, which is fantastic. There are many great of ways of brewing, most which have been covered here. For those on a budget, I recommend the Clever Coffee Brewer at Sweet Maria's for $22. Produces a great cup of coffee.

    http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-brewers/filtercones/clever-coffee-dripper-large.html

    The Poppery can be had on Ebay. But make sure you buy the original, (not the Poppery 2).
    Once you start roasting your own, you will realize how crappy most coffee is. One member did say to drink it within the first 5 days of roasting, (which you can). You really should let it sit for a few days and let the gases escape. After that, it should be kept in a container or bags with an escape valve. Caffeine doesn't start to break down until about 3 weeks after roasting. You will find that you will need less coffee to get that buzz that you are looking for. Most store bought coffee is way past it's prime for caffeine content. I also recommend a burr grinder, though some say it isn't necessary.

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  3. Tweek

    Tweek Well-Known Member

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    No way I'm drinking any coffee made by Mr. Kibosh himself...

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  4. deadheadbill

    deadheadbill I can see clearly now the smoke is gone...

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    I use a french press most of the time. I also love Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and have a friend who roasts it there over coals and mails it to me. Here is a pic of him roasting my beans. :)

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    and here is him doing the second best thing he does. :)



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  5. Oscar_Milde

    Oscar_Milde Forum Crawler

    That's pretty awesome, doesn't get more authentic than that, does it? :D
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  6. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    Or any morning--hippie speedball :science:

    Just to update, I have not purchased any roasted coffee beans since I got this. It's easy to use and clean, I am very satisfied with this purchase!
    :tup:
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  7. Havelock Vetenari

    Havelock Vetenari Patrician

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    Here my Gene cafe coffee roaster has been going since april 2010,i have only bought green beans since.
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  8. basement farmer

    basement farmer My face is melting...

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    I tried and liked this synthetic kopi luwak: http://coffeeprimero.com/ AKA cat poop coffee.

    The entire story is in the link, but it is very smooth even at it's blackest.

    As for technique, I bought an insulated SS press off of overstock. It was inexpensive but nice because it allows you to control so much of the brewing process.
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  9. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    That one looks interesting. It's a rotating drum with a fan/forced air?
  10. Snappo

    Snappo Caveat Emptor - "A Billion People Can Be Wrong!" Accessory Maker

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    Just ordered from one of my favorite coffee suppliers - Peet's. In season, but not for long...Jamaica Blue Mountain. Pricey, but worth it! $39./half-lb. Whole bean.
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  11. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    To each their own Snappo, but I've never liked JBM, even when I tried it out in Jamaica. I put it in the same category as Hawaiian Kona for they both have very unique flavors but I don't enjoy either of them. Much prefer African Coffees.
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  12. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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  13. Havelock Vetenari

    Havelock Vetenari Patrician

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    Yep,see here for instance : http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.details-genecafe.php
    Love this thing,it has been performing brilliantly since april 2010.
    I leave my beans to rest/degas for 48 hours at least,72 preferred...
    Not too sure what all the actual mechanisms are,but i(and most home- and professional roasters seem to think so as well) am pretty sure i can taste a marked difference(flatter,much less pronounced flavours) between just roasted and rested for at least two days.
    Also i seem to find a difference in different beans,the Ethiopean Yrgacheffe just takes 2 days and doesn't seem to change much after that,but an Indonesian Java(both washed Arabica's) seems to become that little bit richer in flavour with an additional day of rest(for the grand total of 3 days).

    As to the Jamaica Blue Mountain and the Kona Hawaii,i actually quite like them both,the Jamaica for its chocolately smoothness and the Kona for its unusual spiciness.:drool::D
    But they do seem to be overpriced quite a lot and there are just as good or better coffees out there for far less money.
    As to the subject of expensive,different coffees...yes i have had real Kopi Luwak in the past,before learning more about it.;)
    So i probably never will again,simply because i wouldn't want to contribute(however far removed) to the possible mistreatment of the Civet cats,besides the high chances for and the solicitation of fraud...
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  14. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Incoming . . . :drool:

    Received this with my new computer, its awesome. The caffeine hits so quickly and rather than making my palms, feet, and pits sweat, I actually feel energized . . . :tup:
    http://www.thebeanforge.com/shop/falcon-fuel/

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  15. Vicki

    Vicki The Bionic Woman

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    This is me without coffee.....

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  16. Snappo

    Snappo Caveat Emptor - "A Billion People Can Be Wrong!" Accessory Maker

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    I like using my french press. The oils are intact and it makes a nice difference in the flavor and mouth feel.
  17. Caligula

    Caligula *results not typical.

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    Wrong quote. Edit.
  18. Quetzalcoatl

    Quetzalcoatl i i i

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    I like switching between my French press and my pour over. They both make a fantastic cup but in different ways.
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  19. friedricey

    friedricey being human

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    Everyday. I love Vietnamese coffee! God addicted to it when I was living in Vietnam.

    I mix mine with natural honey.
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  20. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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  21. Snappo

    Snappo Caveat Emptor - "A Billion People Can Be Wrong!" Accessory Maker

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    I must say... that is a novel set of instructions! I love the way it's laid out!
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  22. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    I LOVE my AeroPress. Used to just use a French Press before but I like the Aero a whole bunch better, but I use the inverted method with a stainless screen rather than the one above with paper. Makes the coffee that much tastier.

    Also, I do it a bit different than the instructions above. I use 200F water, fill it all the way to the top of the press and let steep for 60 seconds before turning it over to plunge. Also use a pretty fine grind........just a few steps coarser than Expresso.

    That's one of the great things about the AeroPress............experimentation. Kinda of like vaping, eh?
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  23. Quetzalcoatl

    Quetzalcoatl i i i

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    Stopped by a local coffee shop today and got a "Hammerhead" which is coffee + espresso. Was surprisingly good, kicked the laziness out of the OG I have, and that caffeine :whoa:
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  24. Enchantre

    Enchantre A short, pithy statement

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    "Depth Charge" is what that's called around here... if I order a chai latte with a shot, it's called a "dirty" chai.

    Once I had too much caffeine... the Mad Hatter latte, which had, I think, 7 shots of espresso. I fell asleep. Complete shutdown. Didn't come back to myself for about 5 hours.

    That shit's a drug. ;)
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  25. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a strip bar in Thailand.
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