A Scratch and Sniff Post .

Remember when I told you all about my husband's new hobby of coffee roasting? And how I shouted from the proverbial rooftop about why I love him and how he loves us? What I tried to communicate a few weeks ago was this: it makes me incredibly happy to watch my husband find happiness. For those of you who've met my husband, you already know that he is rarely found without a smile. A smile that doesn't just stop at his lips, but one that reaches up and crinkles his eyes, and pulls back to reveal that toothy grin, and is usually accompanied by a welcoming and ease-inducing chuckle.

But, I have to say, this newly acquired hobby has only upped the smile count around here. And I love that. Robert Heinlein once said, "love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own". It's not my goal to pick apart a quote today, but I would just say this: I don't view my husband's happiness as an absolute essential to my own, but I dare say that his happiness doubles mine. I love this line from a longtime favorite by Sara Grove's-- life with you is half as hard, and twice as good. So, today, I wanted to share a little bit about this newly found happiness, via photographs, that we've found. Just a warning-- you might be scratching and sniffing your screen by the end! Have a wonderful week and give a listen to the song below.








relaxing with a mag and his roast // the set up // the green beans // our WhirlyPopper // at 475 the beans go in // checking the beans during their five minute roast time // Graeme taking a turn // had to include a picture of spring! // an overview // out they come! // getting rid of the chaff // completed roast // time to enjoyp.s. If you are considering roasting your own coffee, our advice is 'go for it!'. It is enjoyable, very manageable, and comes with a low start-up cost. Feel free to ask any questions that might pop into your mind and I'll run them by my coffee roasting connoisseur!


22 comments:

  1. It's the cooooolest. I am so impressed and thrilled for you guys! I'm sure the smell is amazing. Enjoy! :)

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  2. Maggy,
    Would you believe that I don't drink coffee? I admire it : ) (I'm a chai girl.) But, who knows? Maybe I will begin doing so very soon! I loved your comment on Instagram-- I almost had captioned that picture "scratch and sniff". And after seeing your comment I knew I had to use it on this post! Happy day to you!

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  3. So beautiful. Twice as Good has felt like my marriage album for the past two years... love it! And now I want a big ole cup of coffee.

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    1. Holly,
      Oh boy, do I hear you on that one! Love that song too. If you ever are in the Portland area, I will personally serve you a big ole cup of my husband's coffee! : )

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  4. Um...this would make my Phil and me SO beyond happy!!! Roasting our own beans...really??? I can hardly contain myself! Really??? I see a new hobby in our horizon. I mean, we drink 2 to 3 pots a day, so why not?

    Ahhh...Sara Groves! Did you know she lives right here in the Twin Cities?

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    1. Jenny,
      You guys will love it! Two to three pots a day? How are you guys even still alive? :) Seriously though, this would be right up your alley. Maybe a great Father's Day/Mother's Day gift to yourselves! Let me know if you go for it!

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  5. oh sarah - i love your pictures, your photography is wonderful to look through!
    always a treat to find a blog i find beautiful :)
    thanks for your comment on my blog - i answered your question in my comments section :)
    i'll be back - sweet blog :)
    xo
    stacy bostrom

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    1. Stacy,
      Everything that you wrote about my blog I feel like I could turn back ten fold when talking about *your* blog. I was thrilled to come across your beautiful space and talent! Thank you so much, in advance, for the answers to my lens questions. I'll pop back by this evening!

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    2. So glad I clicked over to -->Stacy Bostroms--> blog!!! WOW!!!! GORGEOUS stuff!!!!!

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    3. Erin, I know. I. KNOW! Absolutely beautiful! So glad you clicked over too!

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  6. Mmmmm I can practically smell it!! How fun! And your pictures are beautiful as always : )

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    1. Sara! You would love it-- it does smell incredible! Thanks for your sweet words on the photos. I always feel so blessed to own the camera I do and to try and capture the every day stuff and the big stuff too. I just feel like I have so much to learn, still, with my camera!

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  7. This is so precious! My husband wants to get into coffee roasting as well. It does seem like a wonderful hobby. :-)

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    1. Susannah-- tell him to go for it! He won't regret it!

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  8. I can smell it...I actually can...all the way down the Columbia river gorge...right to my front door. And Sara Groves....she is the sound track to my life! I L0VE that woman. At any important part of life, and the small ones in between, I can tell you what the song was that got me through. That is a great, GREAT song, about the people in our life. Just lovely friend!

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    1. Oh friend. I knew it. I knew you would love Sara Groves. I think we just became even better blog friends, if that is even possible. : ) We really have to meet in the middle-- I totally can bring the coffee for that blueberry galette! : )

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  9. LOVE your little backyard setup. Um...might I say..."so Oregonian?" HeeHee! Really great, though! Seriously! John and I went from having coffee only when we went out for breakfast in the beginning of our marriage...to now our every morning cuppa (and occasional afternoon), via the french press. It's become all about the process over here! And we truly became "lovers of the brew" when we started getting fresh (I mean FRESH) roasted from our friends down south. SO...I put my money on the fact that you WILL become a convert to coffee!!! :)

    Also, do you have a burr grinder? Someone got us one for Christmas and it also made a HUGE difference in the way it ground up the coffee. Ours is Cuisinart and you can adjust the courseness as well as the amount. Happy days to Steve's new hobby!!!!!

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    1. Sweet friend,
      I must confess, normally the roasting would be done in the garage but my husband was nice enough to roast out in the cold and wind so that I could snap pictures! Ha! Still quite Oregonian, if I do say so myself, though! And, we just spotted a Burr grinder at Costco the other day for an incredible price. I really should have insisted that Steve buy it on the spot. Next time we are there we will get it. Love your recommendation and just wish we could share a cup of Steve's brew under one roof!

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  10. my husband started brewing his own beer and has a similar joy & a glow. we sure enjoy having out home brew and experimenting with new flavors!

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