[Homeroast] Need Help - Almost an Empty Nester

Lynne Biziewski lynnebiz at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 16:35:04 CDT 2015

Carol, I'm sort of an empty nester. Well, I have one son who sort of lives with me (I say sort of, because he took off across the country for the past month, and although he is headed back, he might just take off again). But even though he is a coffee drinker ("I can't wait to get home and have Mom's coffee - and a shower." Lol!), we brew our own. 

Yeah, and seeing how long it sits in the French press kills me (he doesn't time the brew!!!)... but I digress. 

I roast with a Poppery II popcorn popper - used to roast stovetop, but had to stop when I had one of the worst electric stoves ever made, in a previous apartment. I have to do several batches for a weeks worth for me, or us, when he's home. I try not to roast too dark, but you can easily do that since that's what you like. An insulated French press works great for me - I have one cup a day, but I make my coffee very strong. 

I have fibromyalgia - my doctor said the brain functions (misfunctions?) in a similar way as brain injury. I cannot understand verbal instructions, and my memory problems border on being dangerous (when I had a backyard, I would often forget to let my dogs back in the house!), so I totally understand. It stinks, but I adjust.

Letting go of stuff usually makes me feel better. It's hard when we attach sentimental value to things - that is always my top priority. But sometimes, those things can weigh us down.

You're the only one who can decide if you can do with less - and if you want to!


p.s. To everyone - I apologize for not trimming my message. I use an app on a Kindle now, and can't figure out how to trim them!

On August 5, 2015, at 12:58 PM, Carol Lugg <heislord at elpasotel.net> wrote:

Good morning! I have what I suspect is not a unique problem, and I would
like to ask you for your help. For several years now I have used a
Hottop to roast my coffee and the Rancilio grinder. I have kept them in
pretty much mint condition. My problem is that we recently purchased a
Keurig, and while our youngest son likes my home roasted, French Press
made coffee, he seems to have taken to the Keurig, and uses it pretty
much exclusively now, because it's faster. I love roasting my coffee,
but if no one else is going to drink it besides me, a lot of it goes to
waste. My husband doesn't drink coffee, and our oldest son is married
and lives 2 hours away now. He loves my coffee, but as you can see,
that's not option either.

What I would like to know, is what are my options? I don't know that I
am ready to sell my equipment, but it is taking a lot of space on our
counters, and it's kind of sentimental to me, because my husband, who
doesn't even drink coffee, bought all of this for me.

I also have an old FreshRoast that I bought several years ago, when I
first got into this, to see if I would really want to continue doing this.

Any ideas? I'm a little lost right now. I miss my coffee drinking buddy,
but I also understand the ease of the Keurig for a young man. Are there
any roasters that wouldn't cost boatload of money and would fit my
needs? I have been thinking about getting a different grinder too,
mostly because I would like one that does a better job at getting the
grind right where I want it. Any ideas in this department would be
helpful too.

I know this post has taken a lot of twists and turns might be a bit
confusing, but I love roasting my beans, and I just don't get to do much
of it any more, since I can't drink that much coffee that quickly.

Thanks for your help!,
Carol Lugg
(Sunny and hot Colorado)
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