I think you have hit one of the things that is not relative, a matter
of opinion, tast, tast buds, aesthetics, but is ralative in a
I don't think I have contributed to this list, I have sent a few posts
to alt.coffee thru the last year. I am continuously appalled as to how
much equiptment some on these lists have in their possession -- that
is until I take inventory of what I have, by hook or crook
accumulated. I now have a Gaggia espresso maker, a Braun filter, and
my daughter has an old 988 Krups pump espresso maker, a Solis 166
about 60 lbs of green coffee, a GE vac coffee pot 6 pop corn poppers
(3 WBP II's (a fourth in its original box) a popcorn pumper a Salton
popper and that is on top of three stove top Moka pots and two stand
alone moka pots (Salton and Braun).
Except for the Gaggia and the Solis grinder and of course the green
coffee everything has been gathered thru thrift stores, many garage
sales, deep discount clearance/floor demo sales or thru a guy I knew
who used to owned a kitchen boutique in New Hampshire (my first moka
pot called "Atomic"). I have spent little money, I have been at it
since the seventies.
I too drive cars thru their useful life and beyond (I had an '80 Volvo
2 door I drove 349,000 miles until last year when some chollo totaled
it as it was parked on the street in front of my apartment).
These who have the greater discretionary income leave great piles as
they move onto the next thing. With time you too will accumulate in
turn but with patience and improvisation and a bit of indulgent
tolerance from your mate you too can enjoy good coffee the whole time.
In this connection has anyone on the list tried to rebuild the rubber
gasket on the Sunbeam C-20B, mine is still working but is crumbling
away -- it makes such good coffee and so simply -- just no theatrics
since it is steel.
I'm thinking silicone but am concerned with the additives they use in
the tub caulks nowadays -- maybe an automotive gasket maker?
Anyone with experience
John in San Fran
with one of the HW's.
I agree that each user needs to evaluate his or her own preferences.
why the title says "Different Strokes...". But opinions, even strong
are what makes the world go round.
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