This is such a beautiful video on roasting, I felt compelled to repost this here. You will enjoy this video.
Roasting from John Giannakos on Vimeo.
Everything from cleanhotdry is always really well done. Some opinions expressed there are a bit different than mine, but I have never seen a blog with better presentation.
Lord, thank You for beauty and the ability to appreciate it. Keep my head deflated and on straight. Here we go.
Friday, November 12, 2010
What's to come:
|A first for me, both for roasting and tasting. India's seem to be very rare.|
|This is another first. Tanzania's are almost always sold as pea-berry, but there is no reason that a "flat-bean" cannot be equally exceptional. This ought to be a great learning experience.|
|A solid varietal here. There are very few ways to lose with this coffee. This will be a sure thing in the midst of the other two "exotic" coffees.|
Lord, thank You for the great coffee and the ability to purchase and consume it. Bless those that have worked so hard to propagate this coffee and make it available for me. Keep my head deflated and on straight. Here we go.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I dressed up as a cup of decaffeinated Starbucks Pike Place Roast, literally the most terrifying material item I can conceive of. The problem with this sort of a costume is that even if you add subtleties like a coffee sleeve with special boxes checked off "disgusting," "terrifying," "lava hot," and "decaf," people still think you're a fan. Take a look for yourself:
|close-up of the front of the sleeve|
|reverse side of the parody sleeve|
|my thoughts, just for good measure|
Overall, I'd say the festive evening went well. Part of the agreement you have to sign before you can take your newborns home from the hospital is that you dress your entire family in a set of costumes that coordinate. So, in order to bring the rest of the family in on the action, my daughter was a Sweet 'n Low and my son was an Equal packet. My wife, Micalah, was the orchestrator of the coffee horror show, she was a Starbucks "barista." More photographic evidence:
|without baby bodies inside...|
|coffee family of HORROR!|
Lord, thank You for the time to hang out with my family and extended family in Christ. I'm sorry for inadvertently advertising for the supreme heresy, Starbucks. Forgive me of my ignorance. Keep my head deflated and on straight. Here we go.