Monday, August 09, 2004

Back and Hamstrings [Yin Reports]

I'm sure I'll pay a penalty for so much Yin and so little conventional practice, but in the long term this will pay off.

So many sessions have a surprise. Tonight I really focused while doing a seated hamstring stretch. Unexpectedly, I got a brief massage of my upper back. Damned if my hamstrings did not relax.

It was the biggest single release of my hamstrings I've ever encountered. They have been a problem ever since highschool. Is there a connection that is not obvious? Or, was it the effect of deep focus and then sudden, unprepared focus on the upper back.

For sure, good hands were a big factor.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Sweet Maria's Order

My second order is ready for pick up.

Code Name Quantity Price/Ea. Total
1124 Indian Organic Washed Robusta - 1 lb 1 $4.20 $4.20
1000 Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu -Conquistador - 1 lb 1 $4.90 $4.90
1016 Nicaragua Matagalapa Maragogype - 1 lb 1 $5.20 $5.20
1005 Costa Rica Tarrazu Peaberry -SM Select - 1 lb 1 $5.90 $5.90
1008 Guatemala Antigua -Los Pastores - 1 lb 1 $4.60 $4.60
1009C Guatemala Organic Coban - El Tirol - 1 lb 1 $4.80 $4.80

This is exciting. So far I've only roasted from the 1/2 lb samples; this gives me some capacity to compare two different roasts of the same bean. Notice the Robusta -- I'll try an expresso roast w/a bit of the Robusta. But, I've not yet installed the thermometer, so I'm still roasting by color & smell.

The bottom line
I spend about 2.5 times these prices per pound and use about a pound/week. That means in about 4o short weeks I'll save enough for a fairly good roaster. A really good toaster, the kind Tom uses only costs about $17,000. I can afford that in about 2,000 weeks. Let me know if you want to make a donation.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Slow coffee?

Molly sat out the coffee fest, but Seth and I got wired. We had 4 roasts from Friday's session to squeese into breakfast. We were pretty happy, but its clear that additional care, skill & perhaps a bit of technology will improve the coffee.
Its hardly slow food. I can roast a pound faster than I can get to Peet's and back & its only 1 mile away.