Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all…And so begin the holiday rounds, which will likely keep me from my keyboard for a few days. Very probably a good thing. Let me take the moment to wish you and yours a warm and happy holiday, whatever day and whatever reason you choose to...

By leaps and bounds…

More nifty notes from Google — information about the archivists [folks who knew that, some day, this whole Internet thing just might take off] and statistics that tell the tale: Number of articles per year (roughly): 1981: 4 000 (from May 11)1982: 27 0001983: 62...

Decaf stinks.

No, I don’t drink decaf. But Mom does, since the good doctor suggested it. Ever the good son, I suggested trying another doctor. Meanwhile, I picked up some “green” decaffeinated coffee beans and roasted a batch. I’m told it was good… and...

Holiday Blends

I recently recounted in some detail my adventures in roasting and blending coffees to give as gifts for the holidays. And, as it happened, I ended up with *two* blends that are gonna be wrapped up with little bows on ’em. The unexpected blend happened when I...

Hacking the Hearthware Gourmet

Yesterday I roasted nearly four pounds of coffee… in three ounce batches. Today I attacked my Hearthware Gourmet with a spoon [and a drill, and some electrical supply bits]. It’s now a 6 oz. roaster. I’ll put a picture essay up on Bloggle sometime...

You love ’em or you hate ’em…

Virtually nobody walks the middle of the road where it comes to flavored coffees. For some, flavored coffees are the very definition of Gourmet Coffee. For others, flavored coffees are nothing less than the bane of Specialty Coffee. How’d we get here? Since...

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