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Welp, one kilo of green coffee beans arrived today. I paid way over the odds for it, but it’s from a local roaster with a good reputation.

Imagine my surprise when it came with a gift of Costa Rican coffee and a handwritten welcome note from the owner. Also that chatty newspaper in the photo (which Uncle B assures me was extremely expensive to print).

Is this what happens when you knowingly overpay? Is this what it’s like to be rich? Hoo! I could stand having my butt smooched on the regular.

I got Monsoon Malabar, which I’ve had before and liked. Wikipedia says: “The harvested coffee seeds are exposed to the monsoon rain and winds for a period of about three to four months, causing the beans to swell and lose the original acidity, resulting in a flavor profile with a practically neutral pH balance.” Yup, that’s how I like it.

The plan is to roast in mall batches as needed. I’ll let you know.


Comment from Pupster
Time: February 16, 2023, 11:00 pm

Very cool. It’s always nice to get something personal-ish after a purchase. 4 years ago the company I currently work for sent Mrs. Pupster a “Welcome to North Carolina” gift bag after my interview went well, she was on the fence about the move until then.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2023, 12:41 am

What does roasted mall taste like?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 17, 2023, 11:25 am

Are you going to buy a small roaster or roast beans in the oven? Your house is going to smell wonderful 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 17, 2023, 6:45 pm

I’m too lazy to fix the typo, durned, so I guess I’ll just own it.

I’m using the air fryer, Deborah. I looked it up and it’s been done. You can’t do a dark roast, but I don’t like a dark roast.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 17, 2023, 10:46 pm

You said that before, about using the air fryer; I forgot. It’s a great idea.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2023, 11:32 pm

Heh, answering to me for a wiseass remark, nah. As usual I just latched onto first squirrel to be hit by the streaming bus of my alleged consciousness.

I’ll bet roasting coffee smells awesome. Next town over has a nut roasting company that I passed on the way to work in the morning – before I became a lounging lizard – and I used to roll the windows down, capture the scent, turn off the a/c or heat and then roll the windows back up to maximize the sensory experience. I’m imagining roasting coffee would be like that, and if it is, HEAVEN. Better than chocolate chip cookies.

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