08-05-2018, 06:53 PM
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  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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For me there is only one place that is consistently perfect. Sweet Maria’s

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 08-06-2018, 02:38 AM
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  • Sully
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(08-05-2018, 06:53 PM)Barrylu Wrote: For me there is only one place that is consistently perfect. Sweet Maria’s

Same here.  I've tried other places for green beans but the quality is not as consistent as Sweet Maria's.

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 09-09-2018, 09:28 PM
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Hi Barry,

I meant to tell you how beautiful your stained glass work is. I know a bit of what's involved and you are accomplished.

Absolutely agree with everything you've posted, especially about Sweet Maria's, Tom is a master of info when it comes to coffee.

I admire his business model and he certainly makes exquisite coffees available in smaller amounts for home roasters.

   I have also taken advantage of the Coffee Shrub, the wholesale site for ordering larger amounts without having to order a 62K burlap sack

which takes me quite a long while to go through. PLUS, I much prefer having on hand 4 or 5 different regions, estates etc. in smaller amounts.

   If one gets into larger amounts, sometimes a local fellow or two of home roasters can go together on a full bag and take advantage of

the substantial savings. Until then...Sweet Maria's.  I also belong to GCBC a fine way to get EXCELLENT coffees, shipping can be $ tho.

Keep on roasting!

Glenn

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 09-10-2018, 08:49 AM
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  • Barrylu
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These are some of my lamps I made in the past. If you are interested.
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 09-10-2018, 05:28 PM
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Wow Barry!

Nice items. I really like the way you've mounted the lamps on various bases. perfect complement to each otgher.

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 08-07-2019, 10:27 PM
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This is making me want to take a walk to Sweet Maria's! Not the most pleasant walk by any means, but I love the destination.

Anyway, my FreshRoast SR700 is my pride and joy. I got it a few months ago and enjoyed every moment of it. Before that, I used a ceramic green tea roaster off of Amazon. I either got awesome coffee from it, bland/baked coffee or perfect coffee, with no way to really dial in a profile. After almost a year, sometimes I could get better coffee than I could get at Philz, occasionally worse than I could get form Starbucks and Target. I wouldn't personally go back to using that houjiki for anything other than houjicha. If I had to go back to stovetop, I'd use a stovetop popcorn popper and fit it with a temperature probe. When you're just going by smell and sound, you can dial in a "profile" for one bag of beans, but the next harvest from the same region may roast all too differently. Going by bean temp keeps you at least honest with yourself about internal consistency. 

I can't say every single batch with my SR 700 is by any means perfect, but I feel as though it's helped me learn more than I would have otherwise, about profiling for both bean and brew method. And it's given me more consistent results than I've ever had. But like with wet shaving, YMMV.

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