Coffee and canisters

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Yesterday’s coffee roast. Couple 1/2 pound + batches. I love these stainless canisters. Found them in a lab years ago. They hold a perfect half pound. Added chalkboard labels for identification.

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Coffee and some nonsense

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It’s time for another episode of coffee talk, with your host…dB.

I think it’s gonna be a long day.  I woke up at 2:00am (bed at 11:30), and could not fall back to sleep no matter what I tried.  One of those times my mind was racing over several things;  from designing and fabricating a coffee roaster in my mind, to new workshop layout and fixtures, to room layouts and paint colors… oh boy.

So I finally got up at 3:30.  Worked on a spreadsheet and write up for a potential new business venture for a while.  Made an early breakfast of cheese, butter, cucumber, avocado and sesame salt on toast.  Finally made my first pot of coffee at about 5:00.  Got a chemex from my sister for Christmas.  Really enjoying it.  Guess its been over a week now.  I think I can taste the subtleties a bit more when compared to the french press I’ve used for about 12 years.  I sound like a coffee snob, truth is I’ll drink gas station coffee, and quite often do.  But I do like the roasting thing.  I’ve stove-top roasted so damn many beans for Xmas presents, I guess that’s why building a roaster has been on my mind more than usual, though I’ve been planning one for about a year now.  Had a friend who wanted to buy my coffee, but I can barely keep up with my own habit at this point.

Well, today will either bring a nap, or several more pots of coffee, maybe both.  Ok, off to work.

Now discuss…

Xmas gifts

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Last minute Xmas stuff today…

Turned a rough pencil holder/thingy for my grandfather.  I think its locust.  Found it when I cut an old apple tree earlier this year.  It has some weird anomalies where the branches met the trunk.  Seems like there were a bunch of similar downed trees in that area.  This piece doesn’t have a noticeable anomaly, I just used a plain section.  Turned the top and bottom.  Wire brushed and sealed the rough part.  Drying overnight.  Just in time!  I made a piece from an abnormal section, which I’ll post later.  Its a gift for someone who looks at my tumblr page often.

Also roasted 6 batches of coffee on the stove top as last minute presents.  That’s enough to make me seriously consider starting my roaster build.

And I had time to work on a secondary bench for my new shop.  I’ll post a few pics of that later…

Happy holidays if you like that kind of thing!

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Hey, a non tool related post. Found a local place that sources, imports and sells green coffee beans. They sell them green but also roast a couple tons a week. I’m psyched to find a place so close with a decent variety and good prices. I’ve been stove top roasting my own coffee for about a year now. They have a demo on Saturday so I’m going so I can pick their brain about roasting and see their big Probat roaster in action. Here comes the tool type part- want to see how a commercial roaster works so I can build my own at some point. Oh and a new coffee roasted tonight, Papua New Guinea, we’ll see how it is in the morning.