jeff wrote: <Snip> For your defense, that's what I 'heard' you say the first time. :) Just to take the debate somewhere, let's assume that I have a $75 budget to get either a new coffee maker or a new coffee grinder. For the coffee maker I want something easy (ie: start it and forget it) that makes at least 6 cups at one time. I also don't want something that requires a lot of maintenance. I want to be able to drop the pieces in the dishwasher for cleaning. A grinder needs to be durable enough to last five years of once daily use. I'm presuming it would be burr grinder. I don't care if it's manual or electric, although manual has some appeal. Which one should I get? What make/model? Why? LarryD $0 Bannerless Web Hosting, 10 POP and Web Email Accounts, & more Get It Now At www.doteasy.com
I wrote up a post on this on my blog a while back...http://www.livejournal.com/users/periol/19188.htmlSeriously, for $75? Buy a Zass and a French press. You can start and forget the press for 3 minutes. ;-) You're going to get FAR superior coffee to the coffee you would get from any coffee maker for less than probably $150. Some people on the list have some seriously tweaked Bunn makers that work for them, but for my money, this is it. If the press coffee doesn't work for you, get a used chemex from ebay or something. That's what I use every day for my coffee to go. Five cups in the morning into the thermos, good all day. At $75, you're going to regret wasting money on anything that runs on electricity. :) cheers peter Larry Dorman wrote: <Snip>
Peter Barnes wrote: <Snip> Thats how I got started, and how I recommend people start.
At 08:37 PM 6/2/2004 -0400, Ben wrote: <Snip> Ben>Thats how I got started, and how I recommend people start. Me too. Buy a zass. Our zass is still going strong after 11+ years of more than daily use. A good grinder is _the_ place to start in spending money for coffee making. What model? The best zassenhaus you can buy for your $75. http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.zas.shtmlExcept I'd pad the budget and get the 169 a little more expensive but it's the most sturdy. Cheers, Johnny
<Snip> $75 is a low budget for a coffee maker and a grinder. Id opt for a Chem X SM sells them under $36 for a 10 cup.http://sweetmarias.com/prod.zas.shtmlnow I know you will be over budget by $25 but you will have some quality">http://sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtmland a 161 D Zass hand grind burr grinder $62http://sweetmarias.com/prod.zas.shtmlnow I know you will be over budget by $25 but you will have some quality coffee equipment for $100 that should last a life time if properly cared for. Just a thought Ron Kyle
i like the idea (already posted) of a Zass and a press. it is really tough to beat the press for brew quality and simplicity at a relatively low cost. as for the zass i've not tried one but there does seem to be a lot of rabid-- i mean serious-- proponents. : ) -jeff r
jeff wrote: <Snip> Yep, And I own a Faema Compact and a Rocky. However, my Zass still get a place of honor, and goes on trips iwth me.
<Snip> Can you believe that my wife actually asked me if I was bringing coffee with me on our upcoming roadtrip? Duh! Back to that in-dash espresso unit... Jeff Wikstrom
I agree, I have a Zass 169 DG (a bit beyond the budget you mentioned) = and love it. There are less expensive Zass grinders and I'm sure they = are good as well. I don't think you can get a better grinder for several = times the price. Some day I'll get a MM, but this will do for a long = time. French press coffee is great, that's what I drink at work all the time. = Some times you can find them cheap at garage sales or thrift stores. Dave Lowe
<Snip> with <Snip> You know...I bet a turbocharger would make a perfect on-the-road roaster. Instead of using the blower to supercharge the engine, you route it to roast the beans. Roasting chamber should be made of some really heavy pyrex, and should stick right through the hood - with a nice, high-flow chrome air cleaner for a chaff catcher... Gene Smith riding the wild learning curve, in Houston
<Snip> with <Snip> You know...I bet a turbocharger would make a perfect on-the-road roaster. Instead of using the blower to supercharge the engine, you route it to roast the beans. Roasting chamber should be made of some really heavy pyrex, and should stick right through the hood - with a nice, high-flow chrome air cleaner for a chaff catcher... Fresh coffee on the road problem...Solved! Gene Smith riding the wild learning curve, in Houston
From: "Peter Barnes" <Snip> <Snip> If you don't want a press, another choice is an electric kettle and a = Melita pour-over. Jean :~)
On Sun, 2004-06-06 at 15:54, Jean wrote: <Snip> Or a Chemex - which Sweet Maria's sellshttp://sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtml#chemexAnd it makes to kill for coffee
From: "John Abbott" <Snip> a Melita pour-over. <Snip> True, but he said he didn't want to fuss. With an electric kettle, a = press and/or pour-over are close to fuss-free, especially compared to = the quality (lack of) of an auto-drip. Vac pots are awesome, but = probably not the best choice for one who really would prefer an = auto-drip. I would have suggested the Krupps Moka Pot (best sub I've = seen/tasted for auto-drip stand-in), but that wouldn't fit his budget. Jean