[Homeroast] Tuesday Afternoon Cup

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Tue Dec 29 12:36:09 CST 2009


I miss having the SM candy store just in the next town over!
Me too. That's one of the reasons we are moving to Portland.

On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 8:18 AM, Doug Hoople <doughoople at gmail.com> wrote:

> That was yesterday, actually, in Te Awamutu, just outside of Hamilton, NZ,
> 21 hours ahead of California time.
>
> I had my first cup of homeroast since arriving in NZ in early November,
> a Nicaragua El Quetzal Natural Process, roasted to C+ over 15 minutes or
> so,
> 1st crack at around 11. Brewed in a Bodum 8-cup press, which isn't ideal
> (the vacpots await our return to Wellington next week).
>
> Very nice, mild cup, sweet and nutty, with a satisfyingly long finish.
>
> Bought a high-end Makita heat gun and trotted off to Rocket Coffee in
> Hamilton. Asked if they sold greens, and they said yes. Talked to a fellow
> by the name of Glen, one of two Glens who work there. Glen knew all about
> SM, and had a row of SM cupping spoons hanging on the wall next to their
> big
> 15 kilo roasting machine. Glen talked about meeting Tom at an El Salvador
> CoE event a year or two ago. He spoke in a strange and telegraphic style,
> with bursts of information that I had a hard time making out, and he must
> have assumed I knew more than I did. I'm a homeroaster, not a professional
> coffee buyer, so a lot of what he was telling me just went over my head.
>
> The Nicaragua was nice, but Rocket prices its greens in a way that
> indicates
> that they're much more interested in their main line of business, namely,
> selling bulk roasted coffee to New Zealand's thriving cafe trade.
>
> I've been in touch with CoffeeKim, a South Islander and new member at the
> SM
> forum. Kim suggests the same approach that Tom suggested, namely asking for
> greens at cafes that roast their own. Wellington's got lots of those, so it
> should be fertile ground.
>
> I miss having the SM candy store just in the next town over!
>
> Happy New Year, Everyone!
> Doug
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