Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Brewin' the Joe. Coffee to some of you.

Posted Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 1:37 PM
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  • "I don't drink it as strong as restaurant offerings anymore"…..Wow !…..I don't drink restaurant coffee because it tastes so weak to me…..You and I are on opposite ends of the coffee spectrum…Wonder if you could handle the coffee I roast in house to be bold and strong…Would you like to try?

    I do applaud the care you give your mother in law. She is very fortunate to have you in her life…..

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 9:07 AM
  • Her birthday is next month (99) but we had a family weekend this weekend because our youngest great grandchild (8) has to be in school then.

    Family came from El Paso, Jackson, MS, Michigan and Missouri.

    Sure, I'm open to home roasted coffee, regardless of the octane rating. :-) I've been wanting to do it myself but it may have to be in a pan or popcorn popper unless I find a roaster in a yard sale. (Very unlikely)

    I can drink strong coffee if it is fresh, but pot coffee that has aged just turns me away. Had my fill when I was in food service.

    Espresso from an Italian restaurant on the street of New York was my introduction to coffee, so I'm game

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 10:02 AM
  • My sister gave me a Keurig awhile back and now I'm hooked....it stopped working for a few days so I thought it went kaput and had to go back to brewing a pot with my Mister Coffee machine....what a mistake, it was awful and I could not believe, just a few months earlier I had been drinking that junk for so long!

    So the dilemma subsided finally when JC Penny's had a new Keurig on sale and 65% off at that! I bought the 575 chrome model...final price $116ish. And wouldn't you know it my old machine started working again the day before the new one was delivered!....figures!

    I have always drank dark roast....the fresher the better, so Keurig ended up being perfect for me especially with the reusable cartridge...high commercial brands like Folger or Maxwell House have not cut it for me for quite awhile now because they grind anything they can find or buy in my view! So, recently I have been mixing an espresso roast with a majestic dark roast and it hits the mark it seems, considering I drink it off and on most of the day!

    By the way, I can't stand Colombian coffee there is something that is just bitter to me about it and the darker it is the worst it gets!....it has to be Arabica beans or I can't even drink it!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 12:25 PM
  • Palindrome I have had your fresh roasted coffee and I think I would prefer it over any I have ever had....Steve, she's and expert connoisseur of fine "Joe Java" don't let the beauty fool you, if she gets you to that one cup your spell bound! Ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 12:32 PM
  • Chefgrape,

    Sometimes nice words will pick up my day better than any cup of coffee she says blushing.


    When I was planning a coffee enterprise last Fall I purchased a second coffee roaster. I would be happy to let you try the one I am now using and give you some green coffee to try using it with. You will then know if you have a further interest….Be warned….As good as the coffee smells when it is starting to roast it does ( if you like dark coffee ) put out a lot of smoke toward the end of the roast. You may want to roast away from others….I have been known to roast outdoors every now and then...

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 3:19 PM
  • I have have heard that about roasting. Does the smell stay like old fish or mellow out?

    I have always loved walking into a fresh roast shop but I realize they vent most of it out.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 9:30 PM
  • The smoke dissipates fairly quickly depending upon conditions….The coffee aroma lingers long enough for me to reaffirm why I LOVE roasting…I remember one time a couple of years ago the weather conditions were just right outside to make my corner smell like a major roaster was working around the clock for a day or two….The closest smoke detector to my roaster is at this time without battery…..Protection…Something to consider….

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 11:48 PM
  • If I owned a coffee shop again, I would definitely roast some beans, even if it was not for public consumption.

    We used to grind a small batch of beans for espresso, just to keep the aroma strong in the shop, but roasting adds another dimension.

    How long does a small batch take? I might rig a shop vac to pull out the smoke by creating a mini hood and roast in the greenhouse. Deb does not object to smelling coffee, just drinking it. :-)

    Thinking a little more, I have a "heat cabinet in the greenhouse that used to be where our whole-house wood heater used to do its' think. There is an exhaust pipe for the in there that would easily adapt to a hood.

    Hmmm,getting better all the time. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 11:44 AM
  • Steve,

    It takes about 6 minutes to roast a small batch and a few extra minutes to cool…I am happy to roast some beans for you, share a few tips that I have learned and let you read some written information.

    Just completed a roast…..Smells so good…

    I met a man once who owned a coffee shop and to lure customers into the shop he would roast some beans in a small roaster near an open window but not offer the beans for sale…..He said it worked….I would prefer to sell the beans.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 1:53 PM
  • I would not sell until I knew I was good. I heard it can be ruined as well. LOL

    I'll come over and have a cup of coffee Palindrome. My schedule is a little more flexible now.:-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 3:39 PM
  • Let me know when you would like a demonstration. If you are still interested afterwards you may take home a roaster and try it yourself...

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, Aug 1, 2017, at 8:59 AM
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