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PostSubject: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:38 am

Anyone else get up early drink coffee and have a bowl of their favorite morning toebacky?

I'm having Starbucks Veranda blend, and I'm smoking some Macbaren plumcake in a Dr.grabow pot, I tend to smoke stuff like this and McClelllands 3 cherry blend in the mornings, Macbaren plumcake is not my favorite tho, but it was chosen due to the "closeness" rule, and also Jf. Germains plumcake is much better, but hey this stuff has to get smoked right?
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:51 am

Well that sounds relaxing. I sat on the deck fer awhile with a briar block and a dremel. After the wife started stirring I came back in and now having some coffee with her. Fer me making a bowl is just as good as packing one. I tend to get lost in what I'm doing. Being oblivious to the real world always relaxes me.
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PostSubject: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:02 am

Usually start the day with a pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (not the Wallingford Estate beans, but almost as good) and a bowl of either Aj's Very Special Blend which is a wonderful blend by one of our own BoBers, or a 4-Noggins mix, pretty much all are great blends.

Sit on the porch overlooking a wooded area enjoying watching small wildlife scampering about. My trusty dog/brother sitting next to me waiting for his coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:37 am

I usually start the day after my insulin and breakfast with a cuppa Community Coffee or French Market N'awlins style ( lots of cream and a bit of sugar) with whatever I'm starting the day smoking. mmmmmm Twisted Evil


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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:43 pm

Weekends and days off are usually the same, up before 5 (usually closer to 4), black coffee or black tea and a bowl of PS 702 Pressed Burley. While I surf the net I usually listen to a ham repeater system through an ipad app or maybe some sideband on the Grundig Yacht Boy when the reception is decent.

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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:49 pm

Having Starbucks with my pipe would be like having a McRib with a bottle of fine wine. Laughing Not gonna happen.

I will, however, go after my local roaster's blend with the stove-top espresso machine, wait for the sun to rise and of course--grab a pipe. Most of the time it is a light tea, as caffeine and I are at odds with one another most of the time.

I live for two times of day, sunrise and sunset. There's about an hour and a half of magic that recharges the soul, twice a day. I soak it in whenever I can.

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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:34 pm

I was up at 4:30 this morning drinking Folgers from an electric perk pot. I was smoking And So To Bed.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:16 pm

I roast a Bourbon varietal coffee from El Salvador to just before 2nd crack. Do a 1lb a week and brew it up by weighing 55g of whole bean and then grinding as course as possible for a 1 liter French Press. Pour water just off the boil, stir, steep for 4 minutes and then press. Serve in a thick walled ceramic mug with SPC Mississippi River tobacco.

Sublime . . .
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:45 pm

I'm normally up early on the weekends I don't have to work.

Make a pot of strong black freshly roasted coffee beans, ground daily. Usually Full City roast or darker.

Get on BoB, e-mail, and after a light b'fast (not a big eater) have a bowl of OGS, BBF, HV, or the like.

Really enjoy the early morning quiet hrs.


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PostSubject: Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:25 pm

...always up between 4:30 and 5 AM...Coffee or Tea along with a usual bowl of matured Virginia or a VaPer...I usually have 45 minute to an hour before I start calling my youngest sons to get ready for school...That time with pipe and mug is sacred to me...and always has been.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:27 pm

I don't get up early, but I always drain most of a pot of Community Dark Roast.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:05 am

GeoffC wrote:
I roast a Bourbon varietal coffee from El Salvador to just before 2nd crack. Do a 1lb a week and brew it up by weighing 55g of whole bean and then grinding as course as possible for a 1 liter French Press. Pour water just off the boil, stir, steep for 4 minutes and then press. Serve in a thick walled ceramic mug with SPC Mississippi River tobacco.

Sublime . . .

Love French Press coffee, ours just broke so we are in the market for a new one, also a lover of perculator coffee, atuo drip and keurig are my least favorite but my wife cant stay away fro the keurig all day
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:49 am

I love the French Press because you are in control and following those steps with fresh roasted coffee you will never get a better cuppa. I found this 1 liter press that has a slidable tray to make it easy to get the grounds out. Perfect if you saving spent grounds for the garden or just cleaning up. Found a great rotary grinder for work from Bodum. No pop-corning the beans like the burr grinder. Reduces static and make a much more uniform grind.

For all day sipping I have a 1 1/2 liter French Press and I transfer to a Coleman camping thermos. Works great!
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:52 am

I have considered starting my day off this way more than once recently. However that would require me to get out of bed earlier. I'm working up to it. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:16 am

I start my day everyday with coffee that I've roasted (I run a coffee roasting business)...

But, since I have to get the kids ready and get to work, I don't get a pipe every morning...sometimes on the weekends I do, though.

Today was a Colombian coffee from the Santa Ines region, a three farm cooperative from the Antioquia municipality. 1700-1850 meters above sea level. Caturra, Castillo, and Colombian varietals.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:19 pm


Briarbabe
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:52 am



I have considered starting my day off this way more than once recently. However that would require me to get out of bed earlier. I'm working up to it.

im with you on this one I would love to be a morning person but unless I am going fishing I am not up until 7:00 am ish.
I am a little jelly. you guys make the morning sound so inviting
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PostSubject: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:30 pm

Morning are the best.....night quiet....birds are still... get a chance to meditate on life. Just my cup of coffee and my pipe...sometimes my little buddy Pepe...if he gets up in time. He's an old feller and needs his sleep.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:55 pm

GeoffC wrote:
I roast a Bourbon varietal coffee from El Salvador to just before 2nd crack. Do a 1lb a week and brew it up by weighing 55g of whole bean and then grinding as course as possible for a 1 liter French Press. Pour water just off the boil, stir, steep for 4 minutes and then press. Serve in a thick walled ceramic mug with SPC Mississippi River tobacco.

Sublime . . .
...it better be before second crack, that's gettin' into Dark Roast Territory, which I can say, I've never been a fan. Laughing Four minutes seems a little long for most coffee to steep, but if it's as coarse as you say, it probably yields quite a solid (but basic) flavor. The tropical South American coffees I used to work with did really well with about an 8-minute ramp up to first crack, I'd usually pull the batch around 395F - 400F and let 'em coast to about 405F. In a little 1lb roaster it can get tricky, but for mixed batches, if you're off a pinch you can always make up for it (or just spike the one that was over/under done)...

...I love Salvadorian coffee. Panamanian is probably only one I like more. Colombian has been hit and miss with crops lately, especially over the last few years. Not sure what's going on.

I haven't roasted in over a year, but miss doing it. I was doing specifically espresso roasts, but they'd work just fine for French Press (which I suggest anyone who likes coffee get...they are cheap and effective...even for tea!)

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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:47 pm

I've often thought about getting into home roasting. Researched the daylights out of it. Was going to go for the Behmor from SM, burr grinder, the whole works.

Finally came to the point of realising -

1. I didn't need another somewhat expensive and consumptive hobby.

2. I only really drink 2 cups of coffee daily. Well, 3 on the weekends. And that's way down from what I used to do yrs ago.

3. There's a great variety of freshly roasted whole beans available in my area for reasonable prices. Spoiled for choice sometimes!

Of course there is the advantage of home roasting to ones specific taste on some particular variety. That notwithstanding, and I've had the pleasure of some top-notch home roasts (one of BH's comes to mind), it's just not worth my time, effort, and expense to get into home roasting when my coffee "needs" are so small anymore. YMMV of course...

Yes I know there are less expensive alternatives than what I've outlined. But I'm an equipment/process geek, and if I can't control every last aspect of the product I'm not gonna be satisfied.

Geez....do I know how to hijak a thread or what?

(Kyle started it)

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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:49 pm

I love a morning smoke, but only on the weekends, usually Saturday. Typically I'll smoke a mild VA, or an English like Skiff Mixture.

I quit coffee in the beginning of August. After my mom passed away in May, my anxiety was through the roof and I had to throw my coffee habit overboard. At heart I have always been more of a black tea drinker. I have limited myself to one cup of Earl Grey or a good breakfast tea each morning and that's it. My anxiety is now at an all time low, I sleep better & have more energy and I am WAY less irritable. As much as I loved drinking a good cup of deep roasted black coffee, for my body it's poison.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:58 pm

Technically speaking there isn't an Espresso Roast. There are Espresso Blends.

I usually do a Full City to Full City+, I like to have some tooth on the bean. Bourbon varietal is my favorite. The plant does not produce many coffee cherries and more energy goes into the fruit. Higher the elevation the brighter the coffee. Best is shade grown, high elevation coffee. More stressed the plant the more flavor you will get out of it. When I was tramping around small family coffee farms near San Ramon, Nicaragua I was pulling off the coffee cherry and eating them. It was amazing how elevation changed the flavor of the coffee cherry.

Best coffee I ever had was Finca Mauritania from Aida Batlle in El Salvador. Her 3 farms sit on the Santa Ana volcano. About 6 years ago it erupted and covered the plants in ash. By luck a rain storm washed the ashes off before destroying all the crop. What was left was amazing. Once in a lifetime coffee. My wife and I owned a coffee shop at the time and we introduced Aida's Special Reserve at $50 a pound. Local news showed up and interviewed Aida (she is a coffee celeb in her own right) and we sold all of our 10lb lot in an hour.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:53 am

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
I love a morning smoke, but only on the weekends, usually Saturday. Typically I'll smoke a mild VA, or an English like Skiff Mixture.

I quit coffee in the beginning of August. After my mom passed away in May, my anxiety was through the roof and I had to throw my coffee habit overboard. At heart I have always been more of a black tea drinker. I have limited myself to one cup of Earl Grey or a good breakfast tea each morning and that's it. My anxiety is now at an all time low, I sleep better & have more energy and I am WAY less irritable. As much as I loved drinking a good cup of deep roasted black coffee, for my body it's poison.
For me Black Tea kills my stomach unless I've had something to eat. City+ to Full City home roasted (depending on the origin) coffee always gets the nod. I've been favoring Guatemalan small lots this year.
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:04 am

Brewdude wrote:


Geez....do I know how to hijak a thread or what?

RR
Hard to hijack a thread that really had no purpose other than to BS like you do at a cafe...LOL
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:41 am


I am drinking some of that familiar, reliable Folgers while smoking some Or Olam. It is a great combo for me...
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PostSubject: Re: The Bob Cafe   Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:01 am

I love coffee and burley on weekend mornings. Now-a-days the little man usually does the waking (at 6:30) so there's not much alone time for daddy (not that I'm complaining). On those rare mornings.

With Blackhorse's help, I started roasting my own too. So far I'm using a popper and getting descent light to medium roasts, but I have to do a slight modification to the popper to get darker roasts, and I haven't worked myself up to that just yet.
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