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· 06/02/2020 9:10 AM
keep healty bro, love roaster form home

· 05/27/2020 10:14 AM
Anyone else have issues seeing the whole window of a thread when accessing from a mobile phone? Any fixes?

· 04/02/2020 4:50 AM
Morning Ed, I haven't done any green coffee hoarding yet but am hoping the supplies don't end up like the toilet paper isles!

· 03/31/2020 2:53 PM
Hey Ed. Thanks. roar

· 03/31/2020 11:21 AM
Hey quarantined home roasters! I hope you have great coffee! If they have a run on coffee, I hope you're set with your great home roast! Find me on Facebook! Ed Needham

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An Introduction to this Forum...
HA! I make a suggestion and now I'm moderator. I guess I asked for it. Here's my situation. I cut my teeth on Sweetmarias, and still buy from them occasionally, but the cost of paying for their expertise in acquiring and culling out all the so-so or bad origins is a bit high when you need to buy in larger quantities.

I roast in 6-7 pound batches and over the years (31 years of roasting!) I've gained a few skills and connections to source my own beans, without the help (and extra $$$) of Sweetmarias or some other small-quantity, homeroaster oriented business.
Sure, you're getting into the deep water when you buy a whole bag or half bag of beans. It's quite a substantial cost, and a PITA if something goes wrong.

I have occasionally purchased greens from a new source and crossed my fingers, hoping they match the sample. I've only had a few experiences where beans were clearly not the same as the sample. I've never lost money in a coffee deal, and I've never been stuck with bad beans.
Since the early '90's, when the internet began being useful for the common guy, I've been networking and collaborating with other coffee folk to find ways to have better homeroast. The greatest tool available to me for finding great beans is other roasters. I keep my ear to the rail, and when someone tells me of a spectacular bean, at a reasonable cost, I jump. Coffee is an agreicultural product, and what is good today, might not be tomorrow. One lot from an origin might be incredible. The next only so-so. Finding the incredible and having the unbridled joy of a half bag sitting in your kitchen is what this is all about.
I want to share my sources, tips and incredible beans, and more importantly (to me) I want to hear about yours. Let's roll!
Edited by homeroaster on 08/21/2008 11:53 PM
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"
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Thank you Ed.

I do believe this is a long overdue topic for

As a Founder of HR you know it is hard to get things right from the beginning.

Thank you again for this great idea. As you said let's roll...


love ya guy,

Kaffee Bitte
Woohoo!!! Ed is in the house!!!

I can't thank you enough for all the words of wisdom you gave me when I was beginning the drum build!

"Some days it's spice, other days it's bitter dirt."
Favorite? How can there be such a thing?
I am hoping that Ed will republish some of his former articles.

Great to have him back at the old cafe!!!


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