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Welcome to Badgett's Coffee eJournal
"All the Coffee That's Fit to Print"
Issue No. 17 - September 15, 2000

In This Issue:

1. Welcome
2. Some Words from Our Sponsors
3. Coffee Music and Kids - by Robert A. Piacente
4. Decaffeinated Coffee by Sterling Moon
5. Grow Your Coffee From Seed by Sean Stiles
6. Caffeine Withdrawal: What to do when you fast
7 What Causes the Foaming?
8. A Little Humor
9. Links to My Friends
10. Feedback


1. Welcome

Welcome, my friends, and thank you for subscribing.

A great issue this week, thanks to help from some nice folks.
You'll find humor, caffeine withdrawal advice, how to grow
coffee in your home, a little coffee music, Coffee Kids, and
some good deals for you from our sponsors.

Took my family on a great trip recently, from South Jersey to
Toronto. Saw some beautiful sights in the Finger Lakes Region of
New York, Niagara Falls, and the beautiful city of Toronto. All,
of course, in the name of coffee research. (Do you think the IRS
will go for that?)

I found that if you pick your hotels carefully, you don't have
to leave your good coffee at home. Many hotels have coffee
makers in the rooms, so you can easily carry your own coffee
beans and grinder with you.

I learned recently that someone is about to come out with a home
roaster that will roast one pound and will sell for under $200!
Wouldn't that be great? I'm excited about it and will keep you
informed of the progress.

If you haven't visited my website lately, please take a quick
look. The Links Page has been updated. Also, I recently joined
the "Express Top 50" webring, which is a good collection of
coffee websites. Go ahead and hit the link, then come back here.

If you would like a past issue, please email me and I will send
it to you or anyone else.

My goal with this journal is to promote good coffee. I want to
learn, educate, and entertain. I publish every Friday via email
and readers include coffee consumers, home roasters, coffee
geeks, retailers, growers, roasters, and equipment dealers. If
you want to learn more about our most wonderful beverage, this
is the place. I don't sell anything and subscription is free.

If you want to advertise here or submit an article, contact me.
I don't charge for ads, links, or advice. My deadline for ads
and articles is Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Eastern.

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and reliable. Because of the possibility of human and mechanical
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1. Some Words From Our Sponsors

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Here are some examples of the available coffees and the prices
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5 Pounds of French Roast = $18.95 + Shipping
5 Pounds of Colombian Supremo = $19.95 + Shipping
5 Pounds of Kenya AA = $22.95 + Shipping
5 Pounds of Sumatra Mandhelling = $19.95 + Shipping
5 Pounds of Hazelnut Creme (or any of my flavored coffees) $22.95 + Shipping

Shipping charges vary, but you'll pay exactly what I pay
Assume about $5.00 per 5-pound bag.

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"We need education in the obvious more than investigation of the
obscure." Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1913

3. Coffee Music and Kids Robert A. Piacente Island C.T. & S.Co.

I haven't come across new coffee music in a long while at least
not until now. While on a visit to a Manhattan (New York City)
music store I found an interesting title " A Putumayo Blend -
Music From the Coffee Lands." The title alone was enough to
perk my interest, so to speak. At first I didn't know what to
expect of the album until I turned on a music preview station
to give it a listen. The preview track was pleasing and after
the purchase I was very delighted to find out that there was a
connection between these recordings and "Coffee Kids."

Not since my discovery of Sunday Morning Coffee and Sunday
Morning Coffee II from American Gramophone has there been music
so appropriate for my roasting, brewing and drinking of coffee.
The album presents several artists in a collection of uplifting
melodic Latin and African works that typify the music culture
within the coffee producing countries.

The Africa's selections are from the Congo, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and
Uganda. South America covers Peru, Colombia, Jamaica, Brazil,
Cuba Mexico and Costa Rica. And last but not least is our very
own Hawaii. While other coffee areas are not on the album,
noticeably missing was El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua,
you'll find what is there is rich, full-bodied, and aromatic.

My choice of the selection was number 5, "Below the Baseline",
the entry for Jamaica by Ernest Ranglin. The Background
information on the CD tells me that this cut was from the tile
track of Ranglin's 1996 Island Jazz recording. This one placed
me in the mood for an old coffeehouse, dark glasses, a French
beret and a little chin hair.

The best thing about the album for us was the support of Coffee
Kids. Coffee Kids was established to promote and improve quality
of life in coffee farming communities. With its unique program
of self-directed projects focusing on access to education for
children, developing community micro-enterprises, and
preventative health care, Coffee Kids truly represents every
thing good about coffee people. Coffee Kids also embraces
the whole community of coffee, working with local agriculture
as well as education of coffee consumers and businesses.

For more information about Coffee Kids write or call Coffee
Kids, 207 Wickenden Street, Providence, RI 02903 or 1-800-344-
9099. And their web site is To get a
true taste of this music try your local music store, contact
Putumayo World Music, 627 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 or by
phone try 1-212-995-9400.

This music and a link to Coffee Kids are also available at
Island C.T.& S.Co. Web site
Island C.T.&S. Co. has been serving the Home Coffee Roaster
since 1994. For readers of the Badgett's Coffee eJournal who
would like a free review copy of CHAFF mailed to your home just
drop us some email at our site with your mailing address.
Article from Issue #4 of CHAFF, the Newsletter for the Home

Reprint permission given to Badgett's Coffee eJournal.

"The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in
rising again after you fall." Vince Lombardi, 1968

4. Sterling Moon: Decaf

Sterling Moon offers a large selection of decaffeinated coffees
-- quality versions of our other coffees with the caffeine
removed. There are two processes by which caffeine is removed,
the European Method, a washing of the beans with methylene
chloride, whereby the chemical and the caffeine are then
removed. This process leaves the best flavor in the bean. Much
Ado About Nothing would be an apt title for the alarmist
controversy over utilizing methylene chloride in the
decaffeination process. Mice fed methylene chloride at the
equivalent of the amount in 4 million cups of decaffeinated
coffee a day experienced no toxicological or carcinogenic

The other method of decaffeination is the Swiss Water process,
where no chemicals are used. Those coffees are marked SW on our
site. No matter which process is utilized, there is always a
little caffeine left in all coffees after the decaffeinating
process, but it is a miniscule amount.

Sterling Moon Specialty Coffees offers 88 of the world's finest
coffees, most of which are available in a decaffeinated version
- even our secret blends!

To maintain freshness and full flavor our coffee is only roasted
upon receipt of your order then vacuum packed and immediately
shipped on its way to your home or office door.
Shop online not in line.

"If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or
make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, though he builds his
house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his
door." Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1855

5 Grow Your Coffee From Seed

First get yourself some good coffee seeds, there are different
varieties (ours are arabica). Use vermiculite or your favorite
sterile potting soil.

Vermiculite Sprouting Method: Put damp vermiculite and coffee
seeds into clear plastic bag, put twist tie to seal it. Wait
and watch, making sure that the vermiculite doesn't dry out and
within a week or two (possibly longer depending on freshness and
vitality of seed) you will see the coffee seed open and start to

As they open and start to grow, remove starting seeds and put
each individual into a small pot with good sterile soil and good
drainage. The coffee start will look funny at this stage with
the coffee bean standing up, no leaves yet. The plant will
require part shade with temps in 70-low 80, and soil damp,
spritz of water every morning won't hurt.

Coffee loves to be fed. In Kona if you want your coffee to
really thrive you must apply fertilizer 4 times a year.
When the tree is young it requires a fertilizer rich in Nitrogen
and just about any manure will work; chicken (poop) tea is my
favorite with a little maxi crop and humic acid if you can find
it .

If you keep giving your tree more room as it grows (at least a 5
gallon pot) it will start to bear coffee in 2 years - try to
encourage verticals by transplanting each time in a angle of 45

During flowering make sure to apply misted water and/or diluted
chicken tea directly to the flowers (needed in order to bear).

Sean Stiles

Kona Purple Mountain Coffee

"If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame,
come cash." Jack London, 1899

6. Caffeine Withdrawal: What to do when you fast.

If you are reading this, you are most likely a coffee addict,
which means that when you abstain from coffee, you get a whopper
of a headache from caffeine withdrawal. There are several
reasons to avoid coffee and caffeine, but the most common are
surgery and Yom Kippur. Hopefully, you won't have to contend
with surgery too many times in your life, but if you are Jewish,
"the holidays" come around every fall, ready or not. Yom Kippur
is a complete fast day; no water, no food, and no coffee, from
sundown Sunday to sundown Monday (more or less).

The best way to avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches is to
gradually reduce your caffeine intake to zero before the fast.
You will still get the headaches as you taper off, but you can
take aspirin or ibuprofen and you won't have the discomfort
caused by not eating or drinking. Read the label on your pain
reliever because many contain caffeine. Yom Kippur is on Monday,
October 9 this year, so start reducing ahead so that the
withdrawal is gradual and relatively painless.

I usually drink about 4 cups coffee per day, so I will start the
Thursday before Yom Kippur getting ready. I will drink 3 cups
Thursday, 2 cups Friday, 1 cup Saturday, and no coffee Sunday. I
will get headaches during that time, but at least I can still
eat and drink and take ibuprofen. By Sunday, I will have almost
no headache. Be careful not to ingest caffeine from any other
source, such as soft drinks, candy, or pain pills while you're
withdrawing. Read the label to be sure.

I have been doing this routine for 5 years and I urge you to try
it. Please let me know how it works. L'Shana Tovah, Robert

"A mans grammar, like Caesar's wife, must not only be pure, but
above suspicion of impurity." Edgar Allen Poe, 1844

7. What Causes the Foaming?

When you pour hot water onto freshly roasted coffee, the coffee
foams and more than doubles in size. This is a good way to see
if your coffee was roasted recently or not, for those that
haven't yet discovered or tried home roasting. What causes the
foaming, and why doesn't stale coffee foam? I posted the
question recently to and received the an interesting
response. I would ordinarily publish the author's name, but I
could not reach him for his permission.

"Fresh coffee contains loads of volatile organic stuff that's
within spitting distance of being gaseous at room temp. When
it gets hit with hot water, it boils away instantly. After
the coffee is a week or so old, most of this stuff has either
evaporated away or oxidized to substances that are not so

To appreciate this point it's best to look at the equipment
used to study the chemistry of the aroma components of
coffee. One extracts the aromas with liquid nitrogen and
separates them in a gas chromatograph that has a freezer
instead of a heater to control column temperature."

"We are armed with language adequate to describe every leaf in
the field, but not to describe human character." Henry David
Thoreau, 1851

8. A Little Humor

A woman and a man are involved in a car accident; it's a bad
one. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly
neither of them are hurt.

After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So you're a
man, that's interesting. I'm a woman. Wow, just look at our
cars! There's nothing left, but fortunately we are unhurt. This
must be a sign from above that we should meet and be friends and
live together in peace for the rest of our days."

The man replied, "I agree with you completely."

"This must be a sign!" the woman continued. "And look at this,
here's another miracle. My car is completely demolished, but
this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely it is meant for us to
drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune."

Then she hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in
agreement, opens it, drinks half the bottle and then hands it
back to the woman. The woman takes the bottle, immediately puts
the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, "Aren't you having any?"

The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the

"Attack another's rights and you destroy your own."
John Jay Chapman, 1897

9. 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.

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting
the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."
Clarence Darrow, 1920

10. Feedback

Tell me what you think. What do you want more of..less of...what
would you change, add, or delete?

Please direct all inquiries, comments, article submissions, and
suggestions to: Robert Badgett

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