In This Issue:
2. Some Words from Our Sponsors
3. Coffee Basics: Clean Your Pot!
4. Coffee Bean Traveler Part 2 of 3
5. Attention All Cuppers
6. Problem: Coffee grounds in the cup
7. Uncommon Grounds
8. Links to My Friends
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I got a little carried away with the last issue. When I had not
received it about 12 hours after sending, I sent it again. The
first one came in about 20 minutes later. My list server has been
having a few problems lately and I just didn't trust it. I don't
complain much, though, since they don't charge anything for the
service. They maintain my list, take care of subscriptions, and
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One of these days I'm going to have to use a list server with
better dependability and more services, but since I don't make
anything from this journal, it's kinda hard raiding the sugar
bowl for expenses I can live without.
Check out the coffee ads this week for some very good deals just
for readers of Badgett's Coffee eJournal, such as 5 pounds
roasted Sumatra Mandhelling for $19.95, Organic New Guinea green
beans for $3.75 per pound, free freight, and more!
I had a complaint last week from a reader that I will share with
you. Her comment was in reference to an ad in my issue for adult
humor: "This site has *nothing* to do with good coffee, period,
and I don't think "adult websites" are what you need to include -
most of the time they depict women as sex objects." Her comment
is 100% correct and I appreciated her taking the time to write. I
listened and I "thunk real hard" on the subject, and I agreed.
Please notice that there are no more such ads in this issue.
As I explained a few issues back, I entered an ad swap program in
order to increase readership. I am continuing the program because
I think it works, but I will no longer include adult humor ads.
If anyone misses those ads, I'm sure you can find all the adult
humor you want with your favorite search engine.
I had a birthday recently and I noticed one thing. No matter how
old you are and how much you say birthdays are "no big deal",
it's the one day of the entire year that you never ask anyone,
"What day is it?"
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look. The Links Page has been updated. Also, I recently joined
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coffee websites. Go ahead and hit the link, then come back here.
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2. Some Words From Our Sponsors
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"Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we
terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only
objective is to make a hole in one with you."
Fred Allen, 1894-1956
3. Coffee Basics: Clean your pot!
For most of my coffee-making life I have been rinsing my brewing
equipment with hot water. It always seemed to do the job, since
the coffee and grounds washed away without much trouble and it
was so easy. (I especially like the easy part.) Well, I recently
learned that a rinsed pot is not a clean pot, and the coffee
residue left behind does affect the taste of the next pot of
coffee. You can't easily see the oils, even on glass, but they
are there. They get older and older and add a slightly rancid
taste to the coffee.
Do yourself a favor and wash with hot soapy water and see if the
next coffee you make tastes better. Find some cleaning brushes at
a kitchen store and the job will be easier. If you use the
dishwasher, be sure to rinse again by hand because many washers
leave some soap residue. (Cascade is great but not in coffee.)
"Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against."
4. Coffee Bean Traveler Part 2 of 3
This month we continue the story of our coffee bean's life and
times. Previously we took you through the early stages of a
bean's processing all the way through sorting. Our journey
continues with exporting.
Exporting: Inside a large jute bag you and your similar sized
friends wait. However, you don't mind because you are inside of a
large comfortably cool and dry warehouse. You feel yourself being
moved around but can't tell where you are because of the
darkness. At one point you think you are on a boat because of the
constant rocking motion. After months of waiting, your bag is
selected and placed on a small truck.
Roasting: The jute bag has been cut open and you can see where
you are. You hear people speaking a language you've never heard
before. You've traveled thousands of miles to end up in a small
coffee roasting shop somewhere in America. The roastmaster scoops
you up and pours you into his roaster. You find it shockingly hot
at first, but it soon feels good to you because you are a green
coffee bean and it is your destiny to be roasted. The high heat
begins your transformation. You feel the moisture turning to
steam and crackling inside of you. Right down to your core your
color slowly changes from a light olive green to a grassy yellow
to a light brown. At your dark brown stage you feel more deep
changes taking place as your sugars begin to caramelize and oils
seep to the surface of your skin. Suddenly, you feel a rush of
cool air and you are spilled out onto a tray where you quickly
cool to the room temperature. Looking around, you find yourself
surrounded by dark glistening roasted coffee beans, and you are
proud to be there.
Grinding: You've been allowed to rest for a day after your
dramatic transformation from a chewy green bean to a crunchy
brown roasted bean. As you rest and catch your breath and relax,
you enjoy the wonderful roasted aromatics that are slowly
released from all the beans crowded around you. Early the next
morning you are once again scooped up, but this time you are
placed into a small tin hopper. Immediately you hear a horrible
grinding noise, and you are sure this is the end. Before you know
it, you are being crushed between burrs of a grinder and reduced
to hundreds of small fragments. Every ground around you is in
shock from this brutal crushing. In the panic the grounds release
even more aromatics filling the air with intense aromas of fresh
You believe this is it, you've found your destiny, crushed with
To be continued......C.B. Miller, BetterBeans.Com
BetterBeans.Com: Our Reason for Be'an
Small coffee roasters are perking up all over the country,
recreating styles and blends which were nearly impossible to find
just a few years ago. The quality of these blends remains
unparalleled by those of the giant coffee companies. However, it
is difficult to experience these wonderfully fresh roasted
coffees because the roasters are scattered all over the country.
That is until now! BetterBeans.Com is committed to finding the
best coffee roasters in the nation and delivering their coffees
fresh to your door each month. Visit our site at
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Support your local roaster!
Copyright 2000 BetterBeans.com
"The man who can right himself by a vote will seldom resort to a
musket." James Fenimore Cooper, 1838
5. Attention all Cuppers
"Acidity is the bright, dry sensation that enlivens the taste of
coffee. Without acidity coffee is dull and lifeless. It is not a
sour sensation, which is a defect, nor should it be astringent,
though it sometimes is. At best it is a tart, often rich vibrancy
that lifts the coffee and pleasurably stretches its
range and dimension. Acidity can be overpoweringly clear and
wine-like, as in most Kenyans, sweet and delicate as in many
Peru's, low-toned and vibrant as in many Sumatra's. The darker a
coffee is roasted, the less overt acidity it will display."
The above is just one part of the new Coffee Review Page you can
find at CoffeeWholesalers, one of my sponsors (and suppliers).
Want to learn more about cupping? It is an art and a must-have
skill for all roasters. Even if you will never roast coffee,
learning to cup (and practicing constantly) will greatly enhance
your coffee enjoyment. Check out this page and add your rating.
See how your rating compares with others. Remember, you can never
learn too much about cupping.
"Unless drastic reforms are made we must accept that fact that
every four years the United States will be up for sale, and the
richest man or family will buy it." Gore Vidal, 1969
6. Problem: Coffee grounds in the cup, by Granita Guru
This week I received a call from a coffee shop for service on
their Faema espresso machine.
Problem: The machine leaked one or two ounces of water in the
drain tray after each extraction of espresso. Also there was fine
coffee ground settling in the bottom of cup in each espresso
If anyone knows the reason why it happens and has a solution,
please e-mail to email@example.com. For my solution, read on.
The coffee grounds are too fine. Fine particles of grounds are
passing through the shower plate in the porta filter and
filtering into the cup with espresso.
The one or two ounce water leaking after each extraction cycle
of espresso is also due to too fine coffee grounds. The water
is only partially filtering through the coffee ground in the
porta filter. Some water is back flushing and coming down into
the drain tray.
"If you have a weak candidate and a weak platform, wrap yourself
up in the American flag and talk about the Constitution."
Matthew Stanley Quay, 1886
7. Uncommon Grounds
Uncommon Grounds Coffee roastery in Berkeley is a small company
trying to make a BIG difference.
SUSTAINABILITY is the buzz word of the 21st Century and we have
been trying to add texture to that word. One third of our work
force is over forty. We have actively sought out older talent,
even knocking on the doors of retirement homes in our search.
With the graying of the baby boomers and the recent hit of Clint
Eastwood's latest geriatric film "Space Cowboys", it isn't rocket
science to realize there area lot of us waiting and eager to be
recycled out there. Sustainability has a lot of faces and wears
a lot of hats.
Not only do we woo employees "of a certain age" to remain
productive and active in our own business, we actively generate
interest in our own "becoming " sustainable corner of the world.
In September we will be hosting a conference for local business
and municipalities called Improving Your Bottom Line: Competitive
Advantage, Innovation, and the sustainable
business Model. We want everyone to learn how
THE BIG GUYS DO IT.
Uncommon Grounds is a woman owned business celebrating its
sixteenth year. We are part of a coalition of 450 businesses
here in the West End which is fronted by the lovely Aquatic Park.
The Emeryville area bordering us is the new dot com mecca.
Berkeleys' Fourth street is minutes away. The cafe attached to
our roastery is a magnet for writers, artists, film makers and
the brains that people the think tanks at UC Berkeley. Our
roastery is open to the public. We have a diverse and talented
work force along with our Gray panthers. We think your readers
would appreciate a look.
"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved
my friends." Walt Whitman
8. Links to My Friends
Visit the links page on our website to get the latest links to
both coffee related and unrelated sites of interest. The links
page was last updated on July 29, 2000. Check it out. You might
find some old friends and make some new ones.
"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction,
is the first and only legitimate object of good government."
Thomas Jefferson, 1809
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