You got that right, welcome to our world Stan, its all good really !
There I was - able to go out and have a coffee thinking that nearly every coffee I drank from a Cafe was great. *Now thanks to CoffeeSnobs I find that I enjoy very few cafe coffees :(. * My days out are not the same.
I prefer to drink the coffee I make at home on a cheap sunbeam with fresh ground coffee from Brown Bay. *Will I ever be able to look at cafe coffee in the same light again?
I have also been afflicted by Upgradeitis which appears to infect any who view these pages. *Is it a conspiracy?? *::), *I say yes, it appears that a few persons have managed to pass this virus over the internet by nefarious means :o. *Is it an international conspiracy I ask you?
Having been inflicted with this disease I now look longingly, not at my wife, but at coffee machines and dream about the perfect cup. *When will it end? *I have today been out buying various local beans and found myself drinking several short blacks (which I am not particularly fond of) to assess the mouth feel and body. *Again this is not a normal act of a rational person. *The people in the stores looked at me sadly as if I was worthy of pity. :( :(
But then I found a fellow sufferer and we spend over an hour discussing the various flavours and varieties of coffee. *The effect that changing the grind has on the flavour and shot time. *We also discussed the benefits of home roasting and experimenting with times etc. etc. and he roasts commercially but has a coretto at home. I was reluctantly drawn away by the ever suffering spouse. *As I was leaving I saw his wife looking at him sadly (and they sell freshly roasted coffee beans). *He was making himself another ristretto. ::)
I ask you all to take care it does appear that good coffee & CoffeeSnobery is addictive ;D ;D
You got that right, welcome to our world Stan, its all good really !
Totally agree Stan, its all a conspiracy but at least it tastes great.
SWMBO looks at me as if I have gone made some days, especially after i come home with kgs of green beans.
I bypassed upgradeitis by starting at the upper end, the difficult part in that was to convince SWMBO that to start at a lower point would mean upgrading within 12 months anyway.
Yes Stan, weve all been afflicted by it, its usually oj or tea at most cafes for me and then I cant wait to get home for a decent cup of java.
I walk into a cafe and check out the doser *to see if its full of grinds, whether they hand tamp, the proficiency of the barista etc etc...................this transformation from someone who is happy to accept the c............p served up by most cafes to a fully fledged Coffeesnob is a rapid progression but one I am totally comfortable with and now I feel it is my duty to educate other poor consumers to the joy of good espresso!!
To be insane is bad but to enjoy your insanity is what makes life bearable. I am not addicted to (Slurp) coffee, Im not, I dont need another, I just want another because it makes me feel good. ;D ;D ;D
I said almost word for word exactly this,.. back in about January. Weve been spoiled I tellya.Originally Posted by Stan link=1208667838/0#0 date=1208667838
only difference here,.. you need to move along to GreenBay and home raosting...soohhhhhhhhhh much fun!!I prefer to drink the coffee I make at home on a cheap sunbeam with fresh ground coffee from Brown Bay. *Will I ever be able to look at cafe coffee in the same light again?
Havent I spent enough :-[ now you are encourageing me to spend more, dam you - The Iroast 2 doesnt cost that much does it??? ::), not that I have browsed - no I cant spend anymore, can I? No I must save money for a rainy day [smiley=vrolijk_1.gif] or maybe a giotto, perhaps a Hottop wont hurt.
Why are the men whith the white coats here dear???? :o :o :o
not our fault, Stan... you just cant help yourself ;D ;D
as a home roaster first off you dont need a HT or a Gene...but go for the bigger batch-capacity.
get a Corretto ; they are great to learn with, very hands on, nose right above the beans, you can see, smell and hear it all.
put those extra dollars towards the Giotto... ;)
good luck with the men in white :P
Youve seen those men in white coats too eh?!! In a thread title Supply & Demand 10th Mar,..I was also a little concerned about them........Originally Posted by Stan link=1208667838/0#6 date=1208672364
<<snip>>Ive almost finished my green started pack,.. got about 120g of beans left, and so I did buy up big in the Feb Beanbay,...like 10kg big ... and I hope to collect them this week sometime. Ill have to hide these some place in the house you understand because hubby will think I have totally lost the plot and send me away to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time and Ill be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and... erm...where was I??.. <</snip>>
One step at a time Stan.... go for a popper or even a coretto first...cheaper and kinda fun roasting beans with something you got for pennies.
I am OK I did a toured several coffee plantations on the Atherton Tableland this morning, I think I had a little to much caffine. re the money I am a Baby Boomer spending the kids inheritance - so what do I care.
But it is great to have a hobby where the variables make it almost impossible to learn everything.
maybe I should have another coffee - Im not addicted - Im not addicted - but another one wont hurt. Maybe the Peru Grace, or maybe the Ethiopian or maybe the Tichum blend or the Black mountain. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D See I am not insane ::) ::)
And thats Coffeesnobbery with TWO Bs! :P ;D ;DOriginally Posted by Stan link=1208667838/0#0 date=1208667838
Stan now that you have aknowledged that you have a problem, you on the way to recovery.But first you must biuld a corretto or something that will make those urges you have ease, maybe its a BBQ roaster or like me a H/G pot roaster or maybe a 1kg drum roaster.
What can I say the spell check didnt pick it up. :( I am a baby boomer not a computer wiz :-[
Besides I didnt know it was a spelling competition :P
But I am willing to take criticism NOT, I am not sensitive - I am not - really not. Do you really think I spell wrongly :-[ :-[ :-/ I was learnt proper at skool. :P
I am currently browsing the roaster pages - looking at what may suit. A popper wont because even on a winters day it doesnt get much below 25 deg up here so I am still researching. I have a local supply for Green Beans and there is always Greenbay.
Coffee is not addictive but the making of the perfect cup certainly is ;D ;D ;D
Admit it Stan the bean has got you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay I am hooked but luckily so is the spouse. We are looking for the best way to enter into roasting - so the journey continues. ::)
I am glad that humor is an asset for a Coffeesnob. 8-) 8-)
Mate, you must be somewhere near townsville, if you source out an old style pop corn popper it will work fine, just dont put too many in at a time. I started with one and it was a good cheap way to start, and also get a feel and an ear for the various stages and different beans, not only that but by doing small roasts at first you will waste less as you barbecue some and under roast others.
You should pick up a second hand one for under the $10 mark and then of course the dreaded upgradeitis is inevitable but you will be more the wiser and will have browsed the mega amounts of wild and wonderful home made roasting devises this site sports, Its all good mate......
About 300ks north give or take a detour. ;)
You reckon a popper will still do the job? :-/
Hi Stan and welcome to Coffeesnobs.Originally Posted by Stan link=1208667838/15#17 date=1208772644
In answer to your question, yes a popcorn popper will definately do the job!
Alot of us actually started out with one before moving onto something bigger and better.
If you have a look in the " Home Roasting" forums, you will find a threads on Popcorn Poppers and how to cook with it.
Hope this helps and good luck! Popcorn popper roasting is fun.
Ok somewhere around Tully or inland a bit, and yes mate the old style poppers were built a lot better than the newer ones and by putting less in, as in one hand full at a time, will extend your roast times somewhat by letting the hot air pass through the beans easier.
You can also adjust your roast times by this method........
Im in Cairns - used to live in Innisfail - I will investigate it a bit further. Thanks for the info [smiley=thumbsup.gif]
Its all good Stan, Ray.
Originally Posted by Stan link=1208667838/0#12 date=1208769950
My point was more of how snobby we snobbers are! ;D Not so much your spelling or lack thereof... ;) :D
Yeah Stan... dont take notice of anyone who cant even spell scooter girl. Phrrrrt! *[smiley=evil.gif]~~~~~~~~~ *runs*
::chases after Remy...::
Er...what are we running for? ;D ;D
Actually, I am more of a gal than a girl! :D
Never argue with lady (you are a lady arent you) ::) ::) :D