I found a place nearby in Almonte named Equator Coffee that sells Fair Trade green coffee from some very unusual places, so I started experimenting. So far we've tried coffee from East Timor, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Mexico (I like the East Timor the best). I know they say caffeine is addictive, but I've never really been bothered by it - just headaches if I go several days without coffee. But this roast-your-own stuff...MAN! That is REALLY ADDICTIVE! Now that I've had fresh-roasted, fresh-ground coffee, I find myself thinking about coffee at odd times, thinking how good it tastes, how much I'd like some, how ordinary coffee just really doesn't have any taste in comparison, and maybe I should go home and roast a batch. It's a little spooky.
In addition, I've discovered how to make coffee with a vaccuum coffee system, and it's far better than anything else. Percolator is still fine, but on weekends, when I have time to stand by the stove and watch the process, I'll get out the vaccuum pot and make a big batch, and it really produces better flavour (and fewer grounds) than any other system. The only thing that stops me from becoming a full-time coffee junkie is that it's a bit cumbersome to set up the roaster, (and the smoke does set off the smoke alarm a lot, so that's a disincentive, too), then I have to let the beans sit and stabilize for several hours, then I have to grind it. So we have "real" coffee every few days, and the rest of the time, it's that usual tasteless garbage I USED to think was so nice! Dean scoffs at me, because he says at the office, he's used to drinking coffee that's even worse, so our ordinary coffee tastes quite good to him.