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Oct 29, 2018

My wife, son and I drove up into the mountains recently, and our mission was to fire roast coffee up there. You may say “Why couldn't you just do that in your backyard?” Because it's not the same. We went out, did it in the wild, and we got our hands dirty, and the coffee tasted so much better.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. Whatever time it happens to be when you're listening to Morning Mindset. If you're listening to this with your morning coffee, fantastic. Good morning. I am your host Paul Markel and we're going to talk about leading a more positive and productive life, and if you have purchased the Morning Mindset book, good.

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Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life. If you purchase the book, if you enjoyed the book, if you would recommend it to others, please let other people know. It would be fantastic if you would leave a review of the book on Amazon, whether you got it as a Kindle or paperback version so that other people could understand.

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The fact of the matter is, third-party reviews matter a lot when it comes to promotion and people obviously know that I want to promote my own book. But if you recommend it, it may mean something else. I let's talk about getting your hands dirty. Now during a previous episode, maybe more than one, I talked about you cannot find inspiration sitting behind a desk. Right?

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You're can't find inspiration sitting behind a desk, and matter of fact that phrase maybe on a coffee mug that you could purchase and sip your morning beverage out. So I took my own advice often. I need some inspiration to come up with new topics for this Beast that we call Morning Mindset podcast because you know, I'm doing it five days a week which means that five days a week.

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I have to come up with a new Fresh interesting topic. Hopefully, it's interesting for you to talk about. So, what did I do? Recently recently. I went up into the mountains. Yes, I kind of live in the mountains, but I live at 7,000 feet. But technically the 7,000 feet that I live at is considered a valley because we are between two large mountain ranges.

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So my wife and my son and I we drove up into the mountains and our mission was to fire roast coffee and you say “Why couldn't you just do that in your backyard?” Because it's not the same. Now, actually, what we want to do is we wanted to record it on video and I wanted to record it in an attractive setting.

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What we did is we took green unroasted coffee beans, and a cast iron kettle basically a dutch oven and a hand grinder. Yes, an actual hand grinder for coffee. You pour the beans in it and then you work the crank around. It's a little box. You probably have seen him in old-timey western movies people were sitting there by the campfire and they were grinding the coffee and then a percolator.

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That's right a coffee percolator, which is actually invented around. 1880 time frame. So what we did my wife and my son and I we went up into the mountains. It was pretty chilly was in the upper 30s or so, but we found a spot where the wind wasn't bad and we lit a fire, and we roasted the coffee beans now have to admit that roasting coffee beans over a fire in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven basically was something that my wife came up with it was an idea that my wife had that she wanted to do.

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She had been the manager of a coffee shop. She'd actually run a couple of different coffee shops, and she was she was very much into coffee in the process of making coffee and where it comes from and how its roasted and so on and so forth and she studied in research and she actually visited coffee roasting houses and talk to them to see how they did it and so forth and she decided that she was going to roast her own coffee and so sued trial and error she figured it out and it was time for me to actually do it.

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So we did now the reason this is called getting your hands dirty is because what we actually got our hands dirty and had to light real actual fire in Asheville campfire, and there's there's soot and smoke involved you end up when you leave your clothes and your hair smell like smoke your hands are dirty from the soot from the bottom of the pan or what have you but we roasted the coffee.

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Then we took the beans the freshly roasted beans dark almost black a very dark brown. Like I'm a hug any brown poured them into the hand roaster. I sat there on the ground or I'm sorry, the hand grinder ground them up, then put them in the percolator, put the percolator on the fire, on the edge of the grill.

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They're boiled it up pour it into a couple of canteen cups and set by the fire and drank our coffee. Now the entire process probably took around 30 minutes, maybe a little more maybe close to 40 minutes by the time we got the fire going roasted the beans ground the beans boiled the coffee and drinking like now that's a long time.

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There is no way you're sitting out there you're thinking there's no way in hell, I would invest 40 minutes in making a cup of coffee now admit that you know, that is a pretty good investment. Now the actual being roasting. From lighting the fire to getting the beans on the fire destroying them and then getting them out and cooling them took about 15 to 20 minutes or so.

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So those but if you're going to do that, you could do a whole bunch of beans store them and then grind them at your leisure and Brew them as coffee. The coffee was delicious. It was wonderful one of the best cups of coffee I've ever drank. My wife agreed so it's not just me. But we got our hands dirty.

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We didn't use any Electronics. No batteries. No apps no plug in anything everything we did was manual. It was old school, and we drove home. We know we spend a few hours up in the in the mountains, and yes, we videotaped it. I had my son along as a videographer and he videotaped the how to what we drove back down out of the mountains got home and that evening both my wife and I we had a really satisfied feeling.

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We had that feeling that we had accomplished something, that we'd actually done something worthwhile with our time. Now, you might be thinking that's silly ball. I can just go to the store by pre-roasted beans pre-ground beans. I don't have to undertake to grind them in order to roast them. I just buy them in a bag throw them in a pot hit start and it goes and you can do that.

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That's fine. I'm not telling you that you have to go out and roast your own coffee or grind your own coffee or whatever, but there's something cathartic there's something very very. Spiritually Worthy. Of getting your hands dirty and doing it yourself. How many of you had mothers or grandmothers who planted Gardens Every Spring, and they harvested the vegetables throughout the summer and into the fall and they cook those vegetables and those vegetables were tomatoes or carrots or you know corn or beans or whatever. They meant a lot to them, because they didn't just go to the store and buy them. They actually went through the real process.

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They got their hands dirty planting. They pluck the weeds, you know, they tended to them that they watered when this when it wasn't raining enough, and they grew those themselves and they were very proud of that and it was something that made him feel good something that made him feel worthy and in our digital age when everything appears via the push of a button and most of the well all of our entertainment whether it's music or video or whatever or the written word in many cases, it's all notional, It's all digital.

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It's not real. It's not a thing you can put your hands. I would recommend to you if you want to live a positive and productive life every once in a while. You need to take the time to get out and very very deliberately get your hands dirty. All right, ladies and gentlemen, I'm your host Paul Markel that will talk to you again real soon.


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*Alex*

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