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Topic: Morning Coffee Thoughts (26 msgs / 551 lines)
1) From: ginny
I agree since most of what I do is by hand and by myself around here, hence this old house will still be a work in progress when I up and finally die.
I must admit to a splurge on a mini and my espresso machine, though I use my Zass all the time for a press for friends when they come by that way I do not need to change the setting on my mini, yes I am spoiled.
and now that you have mentioned your Zen Roaster, we wanna see and deserve to see what it look like.
so cough up at minimum a side view.

2) From: ginny
Well done guy...
did the dog get in?

3) From: Gene Smith
I am curious as to what list members think about as they make their morning 
coffee.  This is probably not a question for those whose morning coffee 
making involves pressing the 'on' button on a pre-filled drip machine, but 
rather those of us who start the day fiddling with espresso machines and 
other arcane paraphernalia.
Lately it seems that my coffee making thoughts start off with thinking 
about steamboats.  Not the mighty river queens, but the smaller size that a 
mere human might own and operate for personal fun.
Maybe it's the steam I use to froth the morning latte.  Could go back to 
Mr. Allnut having a brew up with water straight from the boiler of the 
African Queen.  I don't know...but I'm curious to know if any of my fellow 
listers have recurrent 'coffee thoughts' in the morning.
Gene Smith
dreaming of steam, in Houston

4) From: John Blumel
On Feb 13, 2005, at 11:15am, Gene Smith wrote:
Yeah, "Need coffee... need coffee... need coffee..."
John Blumel

5) From: Dennis Parham
well... fortunately my coffee is helping meIm get over being quite 
pissed... (not drunk to our European English folks...lol)  But I have 
been fighting with my Bosendorfer 290 Piano Sampler and Midi Keyboard 
with my computer... I just picked up an M-Audio Firwire Audiophile 
soundcard for my laptop but DANG I am still getting pops and crackles 
in my sound! unless I set the latency to about 32ms !!! SHEESH!!! 
:'((((((!!!!!!!  GGRRRR!!!!!!  and ALL I want to do is play some Chopin 
Fantasie Impromptu!!!! :'-(((((  but DANG my harar is a hummin and a 
singin a song in my Belly!!!  hehehe
On Feb 13, 2005, at 10:34 AM, John Blumel wrote:

6) From: Bob Baker
Sipi Falls Cappa this am....Silky textures. WOW!!! Just have about a lb  
and a half left.
Looked on the order form, it's gone, Les did you
buy it all????

7) From: AlChemist John
As most know, I use a Zass as my only grinder.  Oddly, almost every time I 
use it I think that it would be "easier" to get a Rocky or something.  And 
then realize that I LIKE using my own power to grind my coffee.  It leads 
to thoughts that so many people now days want everything to be easier - I 
just don't - I want it simpler and the Zass is simple.  Sure, the espresso 
machine is "techy", but not like a high end one with everything 
automated.   I would love a "simple" lever machine, but oddly, those are 
way more expensive and out of my budget.  Maybe one day I will find a deal 
of a lever machine I can afford.
I use a shovel to dig, not a roto-tiller, or tractor or other time and 
energy saving device.
This often leads to the thoughts that my Zen roaster is way more 
complicated than I wanted.  I was going to keep this to myself until it was 
done, but I have the designs finished for a new SIMPLE Zen roast - I won't 
say more until it is done, but it feels right.  I figure it should take no 
more than a couple hours to build.
Now, I am not trying to advocate "simple" or that some stuff I do is not 
simple (so please don't point those out) - These are just what was asked 
for - my morning coffee thoughts.
Off to milk the goats by hand, clean out the barn by hand, and plant some 
raspberries and strawberries by hand.
Sometime around 08:15 2/13/2005, Gene Smith typed:
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

8) From: Demian Ebert
My brain seems to be doing stuff in a similar mode to John's most
mornings....It's like an automatic ritual to which no directed
thinking is required. Then sometimes the ground coffee smell will
reach out and smack me awake and into the present moment. Then I sort
of go, "oh yeah, this stuff is really good."
On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 11:34:46 -0500, John Blumel

9) From: Les
Lest anyone think Alchemist John isn't Techy!  He is surrounded by
ultra high tech machines all day at work.  I have been in visiting him
when things start moving and needles poke into vials and little arms
do all kinds of gyrations  while they make funny sounds and all these
graphs are being generated on the computer screen.  I am sure
Alchemist just loves to get away from all of that when he is away from
On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 08:46:10 -0800, AlChemist John  wrote:

10) From: AlChemist John
THAT is it exactly.  I use $100,000  machines at work that are amazing - I 
need the balance of simple at home.
Sometime around 11:28 2/13/2005, Les typed:
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

11) From: Ed Needham
You never wrote for Frank Zappa, did you?

12) From: Les
No Ed but I have read some of his stuff.
On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:44:35 -0500, Ed Needham  wrote:

13) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 09:15 2/13/2005, ginny typed:
You saw the original at the PNWG II didn't you?  Tom has a photo on his 
home roaster page.  The next incarnation is still in the works - you will 
see when it is done.
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

14) From: Dennis Parham
HA!! lol well this morning I am again nestled in from my my black and 
white ivories with my steamin cup of my Blueberry Harar (Ethiopian 
Organic FT Harar SM) ahhhh....... :D but i think I have fixed my 
problem with sound!!lol  I just added more DDR ram to 1 gig to my Sleek 
Aluminum Powerbook G4 and turned off the DFD..NOW! IT WORKS!! 
FANTASTIC!!! OH YEA!!  lol  OOPS! I mean to send that post to Frank!! 
Dennis P
On Feb 13, 2005, at 9:47 PM, Les wrote:

OOF, ouch, put out the dog.  Go chase a squirrel
Charlie,  make yourself useful!  Cawfee, need cawfee,
needcawfeenow. now, dammit now! get out beans,
presspot, grinder, boil water,grind beans.  Beans into
presspot wait, wait, wait, wait  OK now! Press plunger
then pour. Lift cup. 
Now face the world. face the mirror, face the furies,
face the fates,and face the music and dance.  But
first let the dog in.  Good boy Charlie!
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16) From: Brett Mason
please post some music samples so we can share the joy....
On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 09:15:41 -0600, Dennis Parham  wrote:
Brett Mason
   _(( )_  Please don't spill the coffee!

17) From: Dennis Parham
Bret, here is a song I wrote over the phone for my friend ... :-)http://parhamguitars.com/wendysocean.mp3  Maybe it can be played for Valentines Day ;-)
Composed and performed by Dennis Parhamhttp://www.parhamguitars.comOn Feb 14, 2005, at 10:09 AM, Brett Mason wrote:

18) From: Tom Ulmer
Pre-caffeinated thought patterns are completely random in nature. It takes
an effort of self-discipline to delineate and stumble through feeding the
animals, getting the trash to the curb (is today Wednesday?), and properly
preparing the coffee. Extraneous forces provided the Palm Beach Post pushed
the cognitive into whether Catafulmo really assaulted his ex-girlfriend in a
fit of rage - well of course he did but who really cares that he's rich and
criminal- and will Scripps ever find a location for its biotech research
facility - any idiot knows the county commissioners will never reach
consensus! Why does this have to be such a small minded publication?
Then that wonderful black elixir is finally ready to emerge from the press
pot. Ah, another exquisite brew.
admin] On Behalf Of Gene Smith
Sent: Sunday, February 13, 2005 11:16 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: +Morning Coffee Thoughts
I am curious as to what list members think about as they make their morning 
coffee.  This is probably not a question for those whose morning coffee 
making involves pressing the 'on' button on a pre-filled drip machine, but 
rather those of us who start the day fiddling with espresso machines and 
other arcane paraphernalia.

19) From: Ben Treichel
Short Version!
Don't get between me and my beloved; you could get hurt!
Tom Ulmer wrote:
Ben Treichel
Program Manager
S.E Michigan
248-232-7365 (o)
248-935-6845 (m)

20) From: Gene Smith
Thanks, everyone, for your morning coffee thoughts.  I guess I'm the only 
one who stands at the espresso machine in the ayem, thinking of 
Gene Smith
dreaming of paddlewheels, in Houston

21) From: Ben Treichel
Gene Smith wrote:
Thinking?? Of course I have been accused of resembling a drizzly bear 
coming out of hibernation in the morning.

22) From: Gene Smith
Thanks for the image, Ben.  I'd hafta say that 'drizzly bear' is a spot on 
description of what I look like while dreaming of paddlewheel steamboats in 
the morn.
Gene Smith
feeling a little ursine at the moment, in Houston

23) From: John Blumel
On Feb 16, 2005, at 1:55pm, Gene Smith wrote:
Apparently, Ben showers before he has his coffee.
John Blumel

24) From: Ed Needham
Where do you find these 'drizzly bears'?
Must be from the 'wet coast'.
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"
ed at homeroaster dot com
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25) From: Jim Wheeler
Perhaps in the fog forest?
On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 08:56:39 -0500, Ed Needham  wrote:
Jim in Skull Valley

26) From: David Johnson
This morning as I get up to grind and brew the first cup of the day, I
also intended to evaluate my newest grinder Mr Dudley. (formerly eBay
auction item  6183316072).
Since my purchase, I have found that Mr Dudley was a company in Oceanside
California. It is now owned by a company called "Progressive
International" in Kent, Washington. They no longer make coffee grinders,
but do make peppermills. Most are in the low to medium range (I think -
not knowing too much about peppermills, I suspect there are others on the
list that can correct me.).
For $15 (shipped), it is hard to hold this guy to a high standard. He is
about 8 inch tall plus the handle.  The beans are loaded onto an open
hopper that looks a little like the Zass 161. They fall into a glass tube
where they are held for grinding. This overcomes one of my gripes about my
Zass. I can now load enough beans for a whole Santos e-vac into the
grinder at the outset. The drawer is square and small and needs to be
emptied 1/2 way through the grind (a similar problem I had with the Zass).
There are felt pads on the bottom to prtect the unit and the counter. I
suspect this is not original.
After a few preliminary grinds, I was thinking that I was going to be
having problems. I had noticed with my Zass that the burrs did not touch
uniformly all the way around. Others had noticed the same thing in prior
messages with their Zass's. Things were even worse with Mr Dudley. When
run without beans, the finer settings would actually catch and hang up. I
backed off 1, loaded the beans (Harrar) and started grinding. Things
smoothed right out. The grind was fairly even but coarse. I decided that
for $15 I could risk turning it up a notch. Smooth. The grind was a little
coarse for Vac pot but without a lot of dust and no static. I will try it
as FP later.
So what happened? One of the advantages of the clear holding chamber is
that you can get a decent look at the burr/grinder assembly without
takingit apart. The center gear that turns the beans against the burr
seems to be free and gets tighter as the adjustment fits it. I suspect
that the beans themselves act to center the grinding assembly. It would be
much easier to make that way and wouldn't need the accurate tolerances
that a fixed grinder would. Possibly the same for the Zass?
As for Mr Dudley, To paraphrase: if the grind tastes good, the grind is good.

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