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Topic: Thanks for the warm welcome and the responses. (6 msgs / 318 lines)
1) From: Joe Landry
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Thanks for the warm welcome from Gin, Les, many others.  This is a great =
list.  (this is coming from
a guy who supports an investors website as well as being on many other =
traders and investment type lists).
Getting into this culture means so much to me......I have memories of my =
parents roasting green beans 
in an outside kitchen in Louisiana during the 40's, the timing for this =
would have to be after the WW II because of food 
rationing. In the middle of sugar cane country and we couldn't purchase =
any sugar, much less coffee beans.
Of course the degree of roast was Full City ++ or Vienna roast. Smoke =
poured out from the stove top cast iron pot as
someone stirred the beans. No subtle flavors left in those beans but =
enough caffeine. Mom made it in a small drip coffee
 maker, pouring in one ladle of water at a time, and served it up in a =
demitasse. 
I did find the Adobe PDF site for the Krups equipment after searching =
the search results.  One of you
is correct, the Krups machine is a toy and I'll  have to graduate to a =
real espresso machine when my
tastes develop.  Now the next purchase is a Chemex brewer and an upgrade =
to the blade grinder.  
I got to say what great service I'm getting from Maria with well written =
responses to my Email from her.
Going to Richmond and SF this Sept and planning to make a pilgrimage and =
a purchase or two for the trip back
home. 
Loved the dog bowl site but for now I'm using the I Roaster  < 1/2 lb =
and the back deck of a house in Clear
Lake Texas. I don't have an ambient temperature problem in Houston ever =
(well maybe in Feb)  and the deck would
be the perfect place for a dog bowl roaster. 
I noticed someone on the list is from Houston...any source for green =
beans other than Spec's downtown? 
Best regards
Joe L. 
Sorry my Outlook Express messages seem to carry a lot of mark up =
language when it gets
to the digest. Would like to know now to eliminate.  
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Joe 
welcome to the list, no question is ever silly, we all sit at different 
levels of experience.
I don't know the machine you are talking about so I most likely cannot =
give 
you answers related to you specific Krupps. You might try their website =
for 
PDF's of older models.
As to tamping I use about 25 pounds.
again welcome and I know the krupps folks will assist shortly.
ginny
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2) From: Lesley Albjerg
JOE,
 
Don't upgrade to a Blade Grinder!  In investment language you are throwing your money away!!!  We can banter about ways to roast and different brewing methods.  BUT an even grind can only be achieved by using a burr grinder.  If it were me with my experience (I have wasted double the cost of a Minni), I would go with a Mazzer Mini or a Rancilo Rocky.  If you want to stay under $100.00, a Zass 169 handcrank puts out a very nice even grind.  You cannot brew good coffee with a Blade Grinder.  You have fine and large coffee grounds so you end up with over and under extracted coffee.  Believe me, it doesn't even out in the cup either!
 
Les
Joe Landry  wrote:
Thanks for the warm welcome from Gin, Les, many others.  This is a great list.  (this is coming from
a guy who supports an investors website as well as being on many other traders and investment type lists).
 
Getting into this culture means so much to me......I have memories of my parents roasting green beans 
in an outside kitchen in Louisiana during the 40's, the timing for this would have to be after the WW II because of food 
rationing. In the middle of sugar cane country and we couldn't purchase any sugar, much less coffee beans.
Of course the degree of roast was Full City ++ or Vienna roast. Smoke poured out from the stove top cast iron pot as
someone stirred the beans. No subtle flavors left in those beans but enough caffeine. Mom made it in a small drip coffee
 maker, pouring in one ladle of water at a time, and served it up in a demitasse. 
 
I did find the Adobe PDF site for the Krups equipment after searching the search results.  One of you
is correct, the Krups machine is a toy and I'll  have to graduate to a real espresso machine when my
tastes develop.  Now the next purchase is a Chemex brewer and an upgrade to the blade grinder.  
 
I got to say what great service I'm getting from Maria with well written responses to my Email from her.
Going to Richmond and SF this Sept and planning to make a pilgrimage and a purchase or two for the trip back
home. 
 
Loved the dog bowl site but for now I'm using the I Roaster  < 1/2 lb and the back deck of a house in Clear
Lake Texas. I don't have an ambient temperature problem in Houston ever (well maybe in Feb)  and the deck would
be the perfect place for a dog bowl roaster. 
 
I noticed someone on the list is from Houston...any source for green beans other than Spec's downtown? 
Best regards
Joe L. 
Sorry my Outlook Express messages seem to carry a lot of mark up language when it gets
to the digest. Would like to know now to eliminate.  
<Snip>
Joe 
welcome to the list, no question is ever silly, we all sit at different 
levels of experience.
I don't know the machine you are talking about so I most likely cannot give 
you answers related to you specific Krupps. You might try their website for 
PDF's of older models.
As to tamping I use about 25 pounds.
again welcome and I know the krupps folks will assist shortly.
ginny
<Snip>

3) From: Tom Ulmer
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Joe-
I have fond memories of Landry's restaraunt in Galveston when it was family
owned. Is your surname and proximity to Galveston Bay just coincidence?

4) From: Ben Treichel
Joe Landry wrote:
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Joe,
Chemex's are fine but everybody should have a press pot & a Zass hand 
grinder. These are the 'blue suit' of coffee making.
Ben

5) From: Barry Luterman
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Absolutely, I agree, I upgraded to the Zass 169 and a Bodin Santos. =
Coffee improved immeasurably for a little over $100. Don't regret my =
decision one bit. If you ever decide to upgrade to an electric burr =
grinder. The Zass 169 is beautiful to display on a nick-knack shelf. Or =
even just to own.

6) From: Lowe, David
I'll drink to that! (Sipping some Kora, brewed in a press and ground =
with a Zass... my standard setup for work!)
Dave Lowe


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