[Homeroast] identifying green beans

John and Emma jehorchik at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 19:50:47 CST 2012

Another plug for SM's. I have never bought green beans from anywhere else. I
have just got a friend into home roasting and told them that there are other
places where you can buy them but I don't know of anyone who is more astute
and particular on choosing the beans they sell.

Tom and Maria I appreciate the time you spend traveling and sampling (good,
bad, terrible and fantastic) coffees so you can ensure we get what we are
paying for and know it has been tested by an expert.

I have never had the pleasure of meeting either of you but have great
respect for both of you.

John H. 

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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] identifying green beans

Send me a picture - there are some coffees that are hard to ID from 
appearance, but Kona is distinct in several ways. By the way, doing 
blends with 10% Kona and 90% other stuff is pretty common, especially 
in grocery-bin type outlets. It seems everyone is pretty aware of it, 
even most consumers (I think). Anyway, if you are buying coffee at a 
place that does Kona Blend, you probably won't care about issues of 
quality and freshness that much. For Kona to be really good coffee, 
it needs a lot of care, and good handling after processing as well. 
If you store coffee in Hawaii after hulling it, it's going to fade 
pretty quickly. Anyway, as we know with all things in coffee, the 
term Kona doesnt mean good, nor does Tarrazu, or Estate, or 
Micro-lot, or anything else really. Back to the point, send the image 
direct to me or to the forum (the list can't take attachments) and I 
will see if I can help.
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