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11 May 2008 @ 08:48 pm
It seems I got a little carried away roasting coffee tonight - in my defense, it was one of those situations where it just seemed useless to leave that little bit of green left in the bag, but the end result leaves me with too much coffee to get through before it will start to turn stale .  You really want to use coffee within about 3 weeks of roasting, and when you're only doing espresso shots in the morning for one person, well, a pound can go a long way.  Much less a more than a pound.

So, I have a quarter pound or so extra of some freshly roasted Guatemalan Huehuetenango, Organic Fair Trade I can offer up to someone willing to pay the postage (We'll say $2?  That sounds about right.)   It's roasted to Full City +, which will be a nice full flavored cup.  Captain's Coffee has this to say about it, and I must say I agree with it 100%: "High grown complexity, Dutch Cocoa, spice and flowers combined with a buttery smoothness make this one of Guatemala's finest coffee offerings."

It's personally one of my absolute favorite single origin coffees - very, very smooth.  These are whole beans, so you'll need a grinder.  I understand, of course, that most people own whirly blade grinders, which means, sadly, you won't get the full appreciation of the coffee.  But freshly roasted, freshly ground with a whirly blade is still leagues better than pre-ground stale that has sat for days before use.  Chances are, if you own a whirly blade grinder, this will be one of your first forays into home brewed, freshly roasted coffee, and if that's the case, you're in for a treat.  (Er, yes, I am a coffee snob.  In case that was in any way unclear.  I make no apologies for my obsession addiction hobby.)

(Maybe I need to do another coffee post with links to burr grinder recommendations. It's been awhile.)

Anyway, only one of these up for grabs.  First to comment asking for it, gets it!
KayJayUUkayjayuu on May 12th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)

I don't have a whirly-blade grinder either!

*cries more*
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 12th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)

Seriously? I could have sworn you had a burr grinder....

Well, you might be interested in Costco's current offering on the Saeco Titan Burr Grinder for a real steal at $69.99 shipped (this grinder is normally $100-$130). It's a repackaged and slightly improved Solis Maestro, a very decent entry level burr grinder.
KayJayUUkayjayuu on May 12th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm seriously thinking about this grinder. Send the coffee on to the other poster, since I couldn't use it at its peak freshness. But thanks for the tip! *goes to research it more*
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 13th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
If you end up buying the grinder, I'll roast some extra in my next batch to send on to you. :)

Re: my own research - it is a great little entry level grinder. Some people think it's riding the line at being able to grind for a really good shot of espresso, but I've heard that mostly when it's paired with machines like the Silvia and upper end stuff. I've heard good things about it as first burr grinder with something like a Saeco (irony) or Gaggia.

I'm actually considering getting myself one just to use for drip, moka pot, and french press coffee. That way I won't ever need to fiddle Rocky's settings away from espresso. :D
L.A.frenchroast on May 12th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
Ooo, ooo! I only have a whirly-blade, but I do at least have one! If the person above doesn't lay claim to the coffee, I would really love to have it...
rhienellethrhienelleth on May 12th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
E-mail me your address, if you would - suliabryon at gmail dot com