[Homeroast] Sweet Maria's New Coffee Alert

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 19:20:01 CDT 2012


I think that is a good system: Harvest the information in Tom's
reviews and make decisions based on the results of your research.

Brian


On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM, John and Emma <jehorchik at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am in agreement with Brian. Even if I had bought a coffee I did not like I
> only spent a week with a coffee "that is disappointing only in that it isn't
> above average, though when ordering from Tom, average constitutes quite a
> high bar."
>
> Just placed my order. Ordered 17 different coffees, one pound of each except
> the Brazil Fazenda Do Serato Lot 50 which I bought two pounds of.
>
> I chose based on Tom's reviews.
>
>
> John H.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of Ken
> Schillinger
> Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2012 7:26 PM
> To: 'A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
> list,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html'
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Sweet Maria's New Coffee Alert
>
> For my money it's hard to go wrong with your approach. I've been known to do
> the same thing, but if there's something I really like I'll stock up on it.
>
> Ken
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of Brian
> Kamnetz
> Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2012 2:12 PM
> To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this list,
> available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html
> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Sweet Maria's New Coffee Alert
>
> John,
>
> I used to go through a process similar to what you describe. Back when the
> list was more active I used to cut and paste rave reviews into a document
> and save them until it was time for me to order. The problem was that I
> order ~16 pounds ~ twice a year, so by the time I was ready to order, the
> things people had been raving about were gone. I finally decided that I sort
> of like all the coffees that Tom offers, so I gave up trying to figure
> things out and to instead rely on "dumb luck". I now order an 8-pound
> sampler with each order, adding a pound or two of whatever Ethiopians were
> available, and also a couple pounds from Central and South America, and
> whatever I see that Tom says he really likes. This "dumb luck" approach
> works at least as good for me as any more systematic process I have followed
> in the past. An example is a Ruwanda coffee that came as part of the sampler
> that was delivered with an order a week or so ago. I would never have
> ordered the Ruwanda coffee, but I love it. I was at a family reunion and
> roasted it yesterday for my sister. We tried it right after roasting and it
> was wonderful. We tried it again today and it was wonderful in a different
> way. It's now on the way to Florida with my sister.
>
> I suppose there are flaws in my method and it wouldn't be an attractive
> approach for everyone, but on the other hand it saves me lots of frustration
> and offers some wonderful surprises. The worst that can happen is that I
> spend a week or two of coffee that is disappointing only in that it isn't
> above average, though when ordering from Tom, average constitutes quite a
> high bar.
>
> Brian
>
> On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM, John and Emma <jehorchik at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks Denis,
>>
>> It does bring back memories of this coffee. It was the best cup I have
>> ever had next to the ones I had in Costa Rica on the farms.
>>
>> I keep a spreadsheet of all the coffees I have ordered over the years
>> and note country, bean name, process type, roast level and personal
> preference.
>> This helps me go back over the years and see what I have liked best
>> and I sometimes use it to help make orders. Maybe I should have added
>> date ordered.
>>
>> When I started buying green beans from SM's I started by region and
>> country to get an idea of areas my wife and I preferred. This helped
>> me learn that though we prefer Costa Rican beans and Guatemala are
>> supposed to be similar we never found a Guatemalan bean we like. Then
>> I bought based on process type. Helping us learn whether we preferred
>> one method over another. Over the years I have found process type
>> didn't make as big of a difference in our preference then I had
> anticipated. I then bought based on cupping score.
>> Found that to us this really wasn't the best method on deciding what
>> beans to buy. Then I started buying based on brightness, flavour, body and
> finish.
>> More recently I have bought based on various random reasons.
>>
>> Now I am in need of more beans and find it hard to decide what to buy.
>>
>>
>> John H.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>> [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of
>> denis bordeleau
>> Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2012 12:27 PM
>> To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
>> list,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html
>> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Sweet Maria's New Coffee Alert
>>
>> Dear John H.     I made some research in the very interesting Sweet
> Maria's
>> Coffee Archives department under 2008-2011 Ethiopia arrivals and found
>> Ethiopia Harar Horse DP-Lot 17406 with a very interesting description
>> and a cupping score of 89.0.  The date of arrival was March 2008.  It
>> looks like the last one up to now.  I hope that will help you remember
>> it but I certainly cannot presume anything about the usual
>> availability, if there is any.  Unfortunately I did not have the chance to
> roast that bean or to taste
>> it either.    Best regards.       Denis
>>
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>>  De : John and Emma <jehorchik at gmail.com> À : "'A list to discuss home
>> coffee roasting. There are rules for thislist, available at
>> http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html'"
>> <homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com>
>> Envoyé le : samedi 28 juillet 2012 14h26 Objet : Re: [Homeroast] Sweet
>> Maria's New Coffee Alert
>>
>> Byron,
>>
>> I sent out an email a couple of days ago and in it I mentioned." I
>> don't remember the last time I saw Harar Horse available? When is it
>> usually available?"
>>
>> Can you answer this question for me?
>>
>> John H.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
>> [mailto:homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of
>> Byron - Sweet Maria's Coffee
>> Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 5:01 PM
>> To: A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this
>> list,available at http://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html
>> Subject: [Homeroast] Sweet Maria's New Coffee Alert
>>
>> Hello everyone. Here's the 2 new coffees we are adding. Expect more
>> offerings from Central America in the coming weeks. Also, thank you
>> for everyone who had shown support for keeping the Homeroast email list
> alive.
>> We will continue to host it and use it to announce new coffees right
>> after they are available for purchase. Take care. Have a great weekend.
>> *
>>
>> Ethiopia Dry Process Saris
>> Abaya<http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.africa.ethiopia.php?source=sid
>> e#3497
>>>is
>> heavily fruited with a blend of berries and spice, and healthy doses
>> of chocolate. This coffee has a "weighty" body and silky mouthfeel.
>>
>> Nicaragua Dipilto Cielo
>> Azul<http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.central.nicaragua.php?source=si
>> de#358
>> 0>has
>> an almond nuttiness to it, with butterscotch and honey.
>> *
>>
>>
>> --
>> *Byron Dote*
>>
>> Sweet Maria's Coffee Inc.
>> 1115 21st  Street
>> Oakland, CA 94607
>>
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