I don't suppose a revolution, but I was just saw the Alp featured in
a program from the floor of the 2001 Housewares show in Chicago. (It
was on HGTV at 5 p.m. EST on March 3, and may be repeated.) There's
also a special presentation on the Web that is
supposed to have more information on the featured products.
The Alp's segment was brief (though longer than some products got),
but long enough to show the machine at rest and with beans swishing
back and forth in the drum. It was shown by Swissmar rep Anthony
Lemme, whose name I think has been mentioned here as the real maven
on the machine. The price is now $350, btw.
The announcer had the good sense to ask where users could get green
coffee, but I'm sure Tom will be disappointed (if not downright
annoyed) that Lemme suggested only checking 'upscale supermarkets' or
buying direct from Swissmar. Not sure about the rest of you, but I
live in an 'upscale town,' full of 'upscale markets,' and nary a one
has green coffee beans. I thought it
Other coffee stuff included some retro-modernist Bodum coffee pot
named after (but not designed by, I bet) the late Eileen Grey, the
Krups AromaControl thermal drip coffeemaker, and a bizarre set of
tableware with coffeebeans rattling around inside the clear plastic
The weirdest thing I saw before abandoning the show in favor of the
weather report was a "wine aging unit" -- a special metal dish (about
half an inch tall and just larger than the base of a bottle of wine)
and a small metal doodad that rests on the cap of the bottle. Said to
function via magnetism, and costing a cool $50, the unit is supposed
to add apparent years to the wine within one hour. The interviewer
said this was sure to be a hit with wine aficionados. Oy.
Now I'll go back to checking the progress of this big nor'easter
that's supposedly coming, and getting ready to make a nice big pot of
spaghetti carbonara. . . But did want to warn everyone that now the
hordes will undoubtedly be taking up home roasting. Hope Tom bought a
lot of Alps and tons of green.
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