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Topic: Christmas Tradition Gift (18 msgs / 662 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
First I'm not missing exactly, been somewhat "out to lunch" the last few 
weeks as it were. This year's triple whammy of my youngest brother dying 
followed by my mother dying capped off with getting laid off finally caught 
up to me. Been battling some depression etc. I really realized it when one 
day for coffee all I had was a single cup from the first of the weekday 
morning eVac pot Debi makes when she gets up for work. I'd turned Miss 
Silvia on and didn't even use her! I knew it was getting bad then... Don't 
worry pulling out of it, so far today I've pulled myself Americanos of KPC 
PB Kona & Wood's Kona.
Second, a hearty Welcome to the last few weeks new List members! Enjoy the 
journey.
Third it's been my Tradition the last couple of years to offer a Christmas 
Gift to the List. A bit late this time but better late than never! BTW, this 
is not a list traditional "Tradition" offering with expected List 
reciprocation, just my thank-you gift to the List.
I'm gifting 1# Kona Premium Coffee Co XF greens to the 4th OFFLIST 
respondent since IRRC it's my 4th Christmas on the List. Name to be drawn 
tomorrow Christmas evening when we get home from my sisters. Let's say 
cutoff 8pm PST.
If you'd like 1/2# of it roasted, 1/2# greens that'll be fine too!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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2) From: Tim TenClay
I would like to be added to the list :-)
Know, too, that you are in my thoughts during the season (and beyond.)
Grace and Peace,
  `tim
-- 
Rev. Tim TenClay
Dunningville Reformed Church (www.dunningville.org)
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3) From: miKe mcKoffee

4) From: Vince Petrell
Mike,
I would like to be entered in the drawing. Love Kona coffee!
Thanks,
Vince
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5) From: Dennis Parham
id love to be added to the tradition miKe!  hmm....Kona.... hehehe
Dennis Parham
On Dec 24, 2004, at 12:19 PM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee

7) From: miKe mcKoffee
(Thanks Ginny, your Mystery Tradition offering reminded me.) 
It's been my tradition to offer the List a gift of Kona for Christmas. Last
year I made it the 4th respondent since it was my 4th Christmas on the List.
But this year rather than the 5th respondent will draw by random number
generator so everyone whether daily reader or less frequent has equal
chance. Respond off list, name to be drawn next Saturday Dec 10th.
This year's Christmas gift is 1/2# Moki's Kona, but not from the lot Tom was
offering. This is from the actual lot submitted to the Kona Cupping
Competition which was Tom's personal favorite Kona during his judging the
competition! Greens have been kept vac bag sealed, guaranteed still
excellent zero bagginess. The past I've given a pound, but this special lot
was extremely limited availability and more spendy and don't have much left
so only a half. (I consider it my current #1 of the 14 Konas currently in
stash)
Winner has the option of greens or I'll roast same day USPS Priority
shipped. (would roast my usual Kona City+ 11min profile) Could also roast a
1/4 and a 1/4# greens.
Again, respond off list, name to be drawn Sat Dec 10th.
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
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8) From: mIke mcKoffee
Using a random number generator from random.org, the winner is the 8th
respondent of 38.
Congratulations  paulsack !
Please send me your snail mail addy and whether you want 1/2 greens, or 1/4#
roasted $ 1/4# greens. Wouldn't be shipped USPS Priority same day roasted.
miKe mcKoffee
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9) From: mIke mcKoffee
Make that WOULD be shipped USPS Priority same day roasted... Also 1/4 & not
$... jeeze
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10) From: Paul Sack
Wow, great news! I love this list.
Mike, I'm sorry to hear about the SF1 falling through. It would have 
been neat to compare the same coffee roasted in my RK Drum and your 
SF1. I'll email you off-list.
-Paul
On Dec 11, 2005, at 2:38 AM, mIke mcKoffee wrote:
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11) From: miKe mcKoffee
It HAD been my tradition for seven years running to gift the List a Kona
offering. Realized somehow with the economy crash last fall and it's
negative effects on running my Roastery & Café biz' didn't get around to =
it.
While it's a bit late this season once again I'm offering a Christmas Coffee
gift to the list. But this time instead of Kona like it's always been in the
past it'll be 1/4 of the LAST 4LB of my Panama Esmeralda. (Greens kept vac'
sealed and frozen.)
Choice of 3/4LB roasted or 1lb greens.
The winner will be selected by random number generator based on entry order.
Reply OFF LIST to mckona AT comcast.net. Include your full snail mail addy
please. If you win I don't have time to track you down. Also include your
choice of roasted or greens else roasted will be sent.
Entries close Thursday Dec 17, 2009 5PM PST. Winning shipment will be sent
out USPS Priority Friday Dec 18, hopefully in time to make it for Christmas.
Remember, if no mailing address included in entry you won't be entered!
Entry open to US only, sorry.
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, may the spirit of brotherly love and
peace be with you and yours during this season and always.
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12) From: miKe mcKoffee
OOPS! Been so busy with the Roastery Coffeehouse build out, running the
Roastery and running Paradise Cafe forgot to do the drawing! Thanks for
reminding me with your Cup Tradition post this morning John. Don't recall if
I was wearing an electrician's or plumber's hat Thursday evening when the
drawing was supposed to happen, regardless better late than never.
It's seemed to me of late the List has been much last active compared to
previous years. This type of drawing confirms it. Only 35 entries which is
the lowest for my Christmas Tradition gifting since '04 when there were 32.
Entries peaked in '07 with 92. I know, who cares, who won!
Results brought to you direct in a certified sealed (electronic) envelope
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As requested in the entry 1LB Panama Esmeralda greens will be sent to San
Clemente California. The recipient? They'll be addressed to Greg Hollrigel
:-)
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13) From: John and Emma
miKe,
You are very kind in your offerings. Being in Canada I can not part take but
want to say if I was still living in Seattle you could have added me to the
list.
John H. =

14) From: Yakster
Congrats, Greg.  How's the "Western White House" these days as it was known
in the days of Nixon.
I'll be down your way next week in Mission Viejo visiting the folks.  Sadly,
I probably will be without espresso, but will bring along a selection of
home roast.  If I had gone for the Mypressi Twist, I'd be all set, but I
don't regret picking up the La Peppina lever.  My SSR came yesterday and now
I've got the kettle temperature controlled thanks to a friend who has a
surplus electronics business and came across a PID for pennies.  It was
amazing to dial in New Classic Espresso (just finished roasting a batch here
in the garage on the Behmor) at 200, 202, and 204 degrees in the kettle and
watch the fruit and crema come out as I raised the temp.
Is it true that beyond Keene Coffee, there's not much to find behind the
Orange Curtain in the way of good coffee places?  I'm lucky to have escaped
to Silicon Valley where I have a favorite place that serves fresh Ritual,
Ecco, and Barefoot roasted coffees on a Dalla Corte machine (Red Berry
Coffee Bar across from San Jose City Hall).
If you know of any other good coffee places down there, let me know.
Mike, thanks for doing this.  While you see the list waning, it seems like
we've had several new members join up in just the last month or so.  I guess
I still qualify as a newbie myself.
Take care,
-Chris
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15) From: Greg Hollrigel
Wow!  Thanks Mike!  What a great Christmas surprise.  I can hardly wait and
am truly thankful.  I hope my roasting will do it justice.
Greg =

16) From: Greg Hollrigel
Chris:
Thanks.  Nixon's house is doing well.  I usually see it daily in the
mornings when I surf below there.  :-)
It is true that beyond Kean (in Newport Beach and Tustin/Irvine) there is no
good coffee, in my opinion.  I have heard some people talk about Laguna
Coffee Roasting Co. on PCH in Laguna Beach.  I think it's good compared to
Starbucks, but not as good as my homeroast or Kean.  Kean is hit or miss,
for sure, again in my opinion.  The next closest shop, as far as I'm
concerned is Klatch in San Dimas, which is a solid 60-90 minutes north.  If
you're driving, it may be worth hitting up some shops on the way down.  Your
homeroast will probably be the best if you don't feel like driving.
You definitely are lucky with Barefoot so close.  I have been there once
during one of my trips up to the Bay Area.  I asked for the "Barista
Delight" or whatever it was called.  The guy made a latte-ish drink with
sage sprinkled on top.  I was a little unsure of it after the first taste,
but then, after it sank in, I was blown away about how good the drink was.
I hope to visit there more.
I also just visited the newish Blue Bottle café in Oakland on Tuesday.  I
enjoyed the multiple drinks I had there.
I keep promising myself to visit Klatch, but I need to find a reason to
drive that far.  Almost came up with one, but then things fell through.
Some day.  We definitely need a good shop down here, and I have thought
about doing it myself and buying out another shop in my town that is in a
great location, but I don't have the confidence yet.
What is an SSR?  Are you talking about pulling the shots on the NC Espreso
on your new espresso machine?  I would like to hear more about it.
I'm going to email you off list about your Kyocera grinder and espresso,
because I'm having difficulty dialing in my Hario Skerton grinder on my
Gaggia Factory.  If anyone else has successfully used a Skerton hand grinder
for espresso, please reply so I can email separately on that.  I've been
playing with both the "stepped" and "stepless" adjustments to no avail.
I've resorted back to my Zass grinder, but have been having some concerns
there, and not totally happy with my shots lately.
Given that warning, Chris, if you're interested in meeting another
homeroaster and having some of my shots, which may not be as good as I
strive for based on my recent history, and if I'm home since I'll be
working, let me know, and I'll shoot you my address.
Greg =

17) From: Bruce Garley
Keenes is pretty good depending on the barista. I think I've tried
everything in San Clemente, San Juan, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel without
finding anything comparable. Does anyone out there have a different
experience? There's a place at the corner of Oso and Marguerite that roasts
their own beans, but the shots were just ok (IMHO).
Bruce Garley
Plant Whisperer
San Juan Capistrano, CA
 
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18) From: Yakster
Greg,
SSR is a Solid State Relay.  After I picked up my La Peppina lever from
eBay, a good friend offered me a PID temperature controller and an enclosure
to add temperature control to it, but it needed a solid state relay to
handle the 1100 Watt heating element of my machine.  I ordered one from eBay
and put it together on Saturday. You can see a picture of it on my
Home-Barista posting here:  http://tinyurl.com/yfvjp4j. *I made the box so
that my Lever just plugs into a cord so I can always use it without the PID
box.  I'm also thinking that this same PID could also be used some day with
a roaster... maybe I should pick up a second SSR so I could control heater
and fan.
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*I met up with my Friend who has a Gaggia Carezza that he installed a PID on
and a Gaggia MDF and another friend who has a La Pavoni Romantica a few
weeks ago to talk coffee and pull shots.  I brought my new La Peppina Lever
and the Gaggia and La Peppina were pulling side by side shots.  It was good
to compare machines and grinders... my Kyocera was winning because the MDF
needed to be zeroed, we all learned a lot and I lent my friend with the La
Pavoni a popcorn popper and some greens.
As for meeting up, it sounds like fun, but I think I'll have to pass... I'll
be booked up with family commitments.  I know I'll be in the doghouse if I
bring up a coffee-centric event to my Wife while we're down there... but
maybe another trip.  Keep me in mind if your up in the bay area too.  It'll
be Christmas with the folks, my wedding anniversary with the Wife, and New
Years before returning back home.  The Wife already thinks I spend way too
much time on coffee.
The only coffee side trips that are likely are stopping at Linnea's cafe in
San Luis Obispo on the way down.  It's a good halfway point and I think I've
convinced my family that this place (downtown) is much nicer then stopping
at Starbucks for a rest and a cup even though it's less convenient for
offramps and parking.  You've got to choose your battles.
-Chris
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