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My latest coffee order just arrived. So many wonderful beans. ^_^ (Well, pre-ground to "home espresso" size - but it'll all get used up within around four to six weeks)


Snowshoe hare, for the caffeination of.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dune Union Roasted AAA Estate, the Spiciest coffee you'll find anywhere. =:D
... are you adopting, by any chance? I'm increasingly small and take up little space, and would hardly increase your daily order by much.

Oh.. that's a weekly order, then? Well.. perhaps you'd have to order a few m...

... more than biweekly...

..hmm. Ok, perhaps that wouldn't work out. Still! Nice box. :D
Why, indeed - there's plenty of space in the warren. ^_^ And you do recall those photos of the kitchen, ne? Space to experiment! A veritable culinary playground, with unexploded chilis to protect it from the unwary. Or the unwary from it.

And then there's the chocolate in the fridge..
See, you went and made me drink an extra large cup of coffee now!
Ahhh, but was it good coffee? ^_^ (Although, I suppose there's much to be said for quantity too, depending on the state of caffeination, or lack thereof)
Eh, it was okay coffee. The highest level of coffee making equipment I have is a Senseo, and I the coffee had gone a little stale, so it was adulterated with vanilla nutmeg and cinnamon.

I need to find a good supply of 62mm fair trade and nice tasting coffee pods.
Oh, no worries about the equipment - it's just a cheapie drip machine in the salt mine, and an old teapot back in the warren. ^_^

Still wish the owners had left their espresso maker, though.. that was a serious bit of kit. It'd grind, brew, and dispose all automatically - just put the cup in position, and press the button. Seemed to work very well, albeit judging only by the cup I had while meeting with them to assess my suitability for the tenancy.

Is there such a thing as an after-market refillable pod? I suppose that's a bit against the principle, but then you're free to use whatever coffee you like, rather than being confined to whatever's available in that format. It'd save having to buy a new machine - but then, those can be cheap, even if quite basic. The espresso maker here is another Cookworks dirt cheap affair - plain steam pressure-powered device, but still, it does quite an acceptable job. =:9 Should prolly pick one up for the warren as well, plus - if I can find a source - some nice syrups. I was always fond of a good quad shot mocha (often using Sumatran beans) with caramel syrup to start the day, back at Terran. ^_^
People made 'make your own pods' and reusable holders, but they all suffered the same flaw that they couldn't contain the grinds perfectly. And get one grind stuck in the little hole in the Senseo's pod holder, and the machine will over-pressure and lock up.
What a lovely sight!

You're well along the happy highway to complete caffeinated bliss. When you start roasting (and grinding) your own, you'll nab a new notch on the nirvanadometer. There's nothing like freshly roasted coffee.

You've just made me that much more ashamed of the giant-size (32 oz!) iced coffee I bought from, er, ahem... McDonalds, on the way into work yesterday. *sniff*

(32 ounces of sickly-sweet hazelnut coffee *will* wake you up. but having lived through it... I don't recommend it. I was still fidgeting at midnight.)
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the steep of the brew that thoughts acquire speed, the teeth acquire stains, the stains become a warning, it is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

Question: which version of Dune do you prefer? The Dino DiLaurenis version, or the John Harrison version aired on the SciFi channel?
Well, if you do get yourself some nice syrups, I can share with you all of our recipes ;P

And ditto on having to go and brew myself coffee after reading this... decaf, mind. I don't have to work tomorrow but still, throwing my sleeping patterns off kilter is not a good idea. Ah, addiction. I remember in one of my creative writing classes a girl was reading an essay she wrote on smoking and drinking coffee, and at the end half the class was like, "Damn, I need a cigarette now..." while I was thinking, "Damn, I need a latte..."
How do you hand-roast coffee, though? Do you take each bean and hold it over a flame, careful not to burn your fingers? :)
Well, that too would result in hand roasting. =:)

Supposedly, it's pretty easy - just a matter of finding somewhere with the "raw" beans, and giving them just the right heat for the right amount of time. I may give that a shot sometime, just for the fun of it - there's almost nothing you can't buy on the web, after all, radioactive isotopes included. =:)

I wonder what the flavor would be like, if one were to scan a CO2 laser over the beans. Seems you'd be able to control the depth of roasting quite accurately, though whether that'd actually be desirable, I've no idea - given unroasted coffee isn't very popular, I can only conclude it's not too good in its natural state. Come to that, I wonder what raw cacao beans are like..
No idea, but I'm sure "interesting" would be an apt description no matter what. :)

Of course, as for myself, I was mostly curious to which extent "giving them the right amount of heat for the right time" actually qualifies as hand-roasting. :)
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