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    CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

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    I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Andy for looking after a couple of us while in Afghanistan.* Armed with hand grinders, AeroPresses and freshly roasted BeanBay beans, were getting getting by OK!!!* Thanks Andy, for putting up with the customs declarations and stuff around to keep us stocked up on freshly roasted beans.* Theyve been great for morale!* Much appreciated!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    That is absolute GOLD and Andy you should be proud. Well done boys, enjoy the coffee and stay safe.

    Jonty

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Andy, are we able to "gift" a bag of beans for these legendary blokes?

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by 476B7955696B6C6F0A0 link=1336247274/0#0 date=1336247274
    I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Andy for looking after a couple of us while in Afghanistan.
    Three bags? Once your colleagues get wind of your setup youll be on permanent Aeropress duties and need 3kg of beans.

    Well done guys, glad that life in Afghanistan has been made more comfortable and well done Andy for making it possible.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Hi Guys,

    Keep safe and enjoy the coffee, Im waiting to see if Andy can keep me supplied too, in a different part of the Sandpit.

    Tiddler2

    Your friendly eyes in the sky ;)
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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    great to see the coffeesnobs spirit reaching so far popping up in the most unusual places

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Thanks all. Yeah, we get given a fair bit of stick when people see us grinding etc, but most of the folks I make a brew for end up stopping by two weeks later to say my AeroPress just arrived!!!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by 1530312B265F0 link=1336247274/1#1 date=1336256966
    That is absolute GOLD
    It certainly is.

    You can be in a miserable, hostile part of the planet but still make the effort to improve your coffee.

    Well done fellas!

    Quote Originally Posted by 3936293A383E333330315F0 link=1336247274/2#2 date=1336259127
    Andy, are we able to "gift" a bag of beans for these legendary blokes?
    Of course!* Just order as normal, select Morgan St as the postage address (free), drop me an email and Ill send it on.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2B363B3B333A2D6D5F0 link=1336247274/4#4 date=1336284692
    waiting to see if Andy can keep me supplied too, in a different part of the Sandpit.
    Sure can.* Replied via email.

    Quote Originally Posted by 123E2C003C3E393A5F0 link=1336247274/6#6 date=1336674538
    we get given a fair bit of stick when people see us grinding etc
    ...and then they smell the aroma!

    This thread really put a smile on my face.
    8-)
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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Andy - whats the preferred send size of the bags?

    Im going in before Sunday to order some of my favourite (Fiefy Latte Blend, of course!) so thought Id tack on a bag each for Tiddler2 and Mas Cafe. Any preference, you fellas (provided you read this in time - if not, Ill leave it Andy to let me know...)

    Enjoy the coffee guys, and stay safe - we are thinking of you!

    Cheers
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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by 4A6D7B6971020 link=1336247274/8#8 date=1336730395
    Andy - whats the preferred send size of the bags?
    Any size is fine as Ill sort packaging to suit their freight limitations when I roast.

    Ill also match 1:1 anything that gets donated.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by 426D677A030 link=1336247274/9#9 date=1336732624
    Quote Originally Posted by 4A6D7B6971020 link=1336247274/8#8 date=1336730395
    Andy - whats the preferred send size of the bags?
    Any size is fine as Ill sort packaging to suit their freight limitations when I roast.

    Ill also match 1:1 anything that gets donated.
    Order placed. Email sent.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Me too.

    Stay safe over there guys and thanks for all that you do.

    Thanks also Andy for making this happen. Geez its good to be a CSer. :)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Wow! Folks, I am truly humbled by you generosity! Thank you on behalf of all who will enjoy the brew!

    Andy - as per our recent correspondance on shipping addresses, I wont be here much longer, so please address anything to be shared around amongst CSers in Uruzgan to Jeff.

    Thanks again folks - Im humbly embarrassed, but very appreciative of the sentiment and Im sure the rest of the AeroPress gang here will be too!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    8-)

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Thank you very much to all for the support above. Like Ben has said, it is greatly appreciated.

    I will personally make sure that all donations sent over will be shared amongst the team here.

    Thanks again for your support.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Boys, I bet you wont find anything like THAT in the Bush Bazaar!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by 2A2D3528307B74420 link=1336247275/14#14 date=1336890271
    will be shared amongst the team here.
    Im sure they will sniff out the good stuff without waiting to hear from you first!
    8-)

    Thanks to fivegallon, Coffee2Di4, MeanBeanz and Talk Coffee below is a picture of the showbags heading to "the sandpit".

    Roasted coffee, tea and cocoa heading to JH, GR, SG & PH (PH also has an Aeropress).

    howjr96 is getting beans from this Bean Bay (Honduras Montana de Comayagua, Burundi Ngozi Microlot & India Elephant Hills AA Grade) along with a couple of kilos of Wow to drink and share around.

    Well done CSrs, Im sure you put a big smile on some faces a very long way from home!


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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Guys,

    My stuff arrived today, totally unexpected because I didnt received my email and hadnt visited this thread for a few weeks.

    It came a a big shock, the best part is receiving your support and thoughts while were over here, just doing our job.* It really links us back to you guys in Oz, as well as getting great coffee.

    Just waiting for clearance from the Boss to get some photos of the Aeropress in use by the Aircraft.

    Once again, thank you very much for the coffee from PH and crew.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Our pleasure, PH - no problems if you cant take a photo, well understand, just enjoy the coffee! Its just nice for us to send a care package thats a bit different!

    Stay safe.

    Cheers
    Di

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    On this Memorial Day week-end here in the US yall have brought a tear to this old vets eyes. As one who served during a time when our troops were disdained rather than appreciated I know full well what the support of those back home and a care package from them means. My hats off to yall and may we always be so supportive of those who serve.

    Once again snobs youve made me proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of people.



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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Well Im not sure of the proper salutation. "Happy Memorial Day" doesnt cut it as it is usually a time of sad reflection but I sure hope its an enjoyable one.
    Thank you for your contribution, JP, both on here and to history.

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    One of the guys about to have the best cup of coffee at altitude that hes ever had.

    Thanks to all of the CSers who donated and especially to Andy for sending it all out to us.* It is very much appreciated.



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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B464B4B434A5D1D2F0 link=1336247275/21#21 date=1338737072
    One of the guys about to have the best cup of coffee at altitude that hes ever had.

    Thanks to all of the CSers who donated and especially to Andy for sending it all out to us.* It is very much appreciated.
    They trust you blokes with guns but not real cups? hehe...

    Enjoy the brew guys and the thanks is to all of you!!!

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    Re: CoffeeSnobs in Afghanistan

    Hi tiddler2

    That pic scares me a bit...caffeinated guy with a gun I had a laugh.

    Seriously it is a pleasure to know you guys are enjoying the same good coffee we are in Oz.

    Keep in practice so you can crank up the CS addiction when you get back home.

    Enjoy.

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    Andy,

    Are beans still being sent to the "sandpit"? Even tho' the guys and gals are on rotation did CSers start something
    that still continues?

    I know they're coming home soon but they aren't home yet............
    If there is a contact still over there, can we still do something?

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    Andy, if this still is a goer I'd love to make a donation as I have a 'family member' in the sandpit atm managing a LAV crew.

    Jonty

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    So funny - just came across this thread, and am writing from the Middle East Area of ops, AND just put an order in for a resupply through Andy about a week ago! I've just about run out of the stuff I roasted before leaving, and the extras my wife sent, so fingers crossed Andy's delivery makes it.

    In other words, yes there are still CS'ers serving OS I'll post some pics of my happy bags when they arrive!

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    Hey Andy, Just writing to say thanks! Order arrived the other day - absolutely beautiful I've now been enjoying your Brazil Bourbon roast, and so have the other guys.

    Your service is most appreciated!!

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    Urgh... Hi Jon!
    I didn't see your previous post else I would have looked out for your order.

    I roasted it but Paula posted it so she wouldn't have noticed that it wasn't heading to Tassie.

    You don't have to pay postage to the ADF forwarding address (2kg maximum) so next time just select "Morgan St Pickup- Free" and we'll forward it on to the ADF address manually.

    Enjoy the coffee (and please keep safe!)

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    Hey Andy,
    No probs mate - I got greedy and wanted to try your chilli Choc chai, so was over 2 kg anyway. It was worth it tho Giving some love to Fiefy's blend at the moment - really enjoying this! Next order will be in a fortnight or so I think, and will keep that to 2kg AND let you know about it first. Thanks again tho, again really appreciate having good coffee here, even if I am substituting my Faema for an Aeropress and a krups thermos lock thing....
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    Hey Andy, next order put through - as pick up this time, I had a laugh, so should be easier this time
    Really have to say thanks again, and particularly loving Fiefy's Barista Blend - just awesome in the cup, even with the delays in drinking. Very impressed!
    Cheers mate,
    Jon

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    It's us who should be thanking you, Dr_Jon...you guys are doing an awesome job and its great you can also get to enjoy great coffee still.
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    Cheers Andy, and thanks for the kind words too Scoota Andy, the order with your extras arrived this arvo - thanks heaps for the lovely surprises too! The medics with me have already claimed the tisanes (which look and smell fabulous btw!), and the cocoa is on rotation for hot chocolates already. Just in time too, as I was at the dregs of the last bag!
    Anyway, I figured this was an appropriate pic of war-zone essentials...
    This was also timely as the rest of my tour is in country, and I've already had requests from my US colleagues for 'more of that awesome coffee!' So now I've got a stash to bring back with me
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    Only too happy to share Jon.
    Good picture too, the new CS bags are nearly camouflage colours but the cocoa... hmmm, not quite there


    Stay happy, safe and enjoy!

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    I wouldn't want to kill the vibe here, but I know for a fact you can get good quality beans in Kabul and most of the country. The local shops stock it all. I lived in Afghanistan from 1999 till last year, and before the Taliban fell, we did need good folks to post coffee to us, you can buy it now easily. I suppose what I am saying is when you lived there, and buy local, you are supporting local business. Which for Afghans, is a good thing.
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    Thanks Blackolive, but unfortunately I don't have that sort of freedom! I go between work, the mess, and my compound. Apart from that, maybe the boardwalk area of the base where I can buy an exorbitantly expensive cup of American style coffee, so Andy's supplies have been a godsend, and I can use my Breville and Aeropress for a good coffee before heading off for work in the morning. Pic attached of my 'happy place' The camo fabric on the right is actually concealing an aviary - cockatiels, budgies, and a parrot; love hearing them chat away, swank and carry on as the sun comes up.
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    That's a very cool "happy place" too!

    An aviary? Nice... I can see how the sounds of the bird would add some life and nature to a hostile and blokey (read: sweaty and smelly) environment.

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    Fair enough Dr Jon. Not much freedom = not much good coffee. An unenviable position.

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    Movember in Afghanistan

    CoffeeSnobs does Movember in KAF!

    Huge thanks to Andy for helping support my Movember efforts. As a morale building exercise, and to show my US colleagues what real coffee should be like, I ran a morning tea to coincide with the Movember shave off. It was a huge success, and we raised over $1000 for men's health. Funnily enough, most people get paid for growing a Mo, but for me it was all about shaving it off - for the first time in at least 10 years. As the owner of the busiest mo around, I ended up raising $650 in about 20 seconds for this feat of bravery All the folks really enjoyed themselves, and particularly the fresh coffee generously donated by Andy, so CoffeeSnobs now also has a place in US Navy lore, with many people being amazed at the difference between fresh-roasted (well, as fresh as AusPost and a remote base in Afghanistan can be!) coffee compared to their normal fare of Keurig and Donut King coffee.

    Some pics of the event below, but see my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/caffeinatio...ee?ref=tn_tnmn and my MoSpace for more Movember Australia - Home
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    Good onya'll! Great coffee. Great cause. Everybody wins!


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    I really enjoyed reading this whole thread. Says a lot about the CS community

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parsimony View Post
    I really enjoyed reading this whole thread. Says a lot about the CS community
    Here, here. Great stuff to all involved.

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