John: 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. ginny 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.
Paul: Well done guy... ginny did the dog get in?
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
On Feb 13, 2005, at 11:15am, Gene Smith wrote: <Snip> Yeah, "Need coffee... need coffee... need coffee..." John Blumel
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 Dennis On Feb 13, 2005, at 10:34 AM, John Blumel wrote: <Snip>
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???? Bob
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: <Snip> -- John Nanci AlChemist at large Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/
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." Demian On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 11:34:46 -0500, John Blumel wrote: <Snip>
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 work! Les On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 08:46:10 -0800, AlChemist John wrote: <Snip>
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: <Snip> -- John Nanci AlChemist at large Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/
You never wrote for Frank Zappa, did you?
No Ed but I have read some of his stuff. Les On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 22:44:35 -0500, Ed Needham wrote: <Snip>
Sometime around 09:15 2/13/2005, ginny typed: <Snip> 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/
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!! lol Dennis P On Feb 13, 2005, at 9:47 PM, Les wrote: <Snip>
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! apologies all Paul Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com
please post some music samples so we can share the joy.... Brett On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 09:15:41 -0600, Dennis Parham wrote: <Snip> -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast __]_ _(( )_ Please don't spill the coffee!
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: <Snip>
Gene- 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.
Short Version! Don't get between me and my beloved; you could get hurt! Tom Ulmer wrote: <Snip> -- Ben Treichel Program Manager S.E Michigan SwRI 248-232-7365 (o) 248-935-6845 (m)
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 steamboats... Gene Smith dreaming of paddlewheels, in Houston
Gene Smith wrote: <Snip> Thinking?? Of course I have been accused of resembling a drizzly bear coming out of hibernation in the morning.
<Snip> 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
On Feb 16, 2005, at 1:55pm, Gene Smith wrote: <Snip> Apparently, Ben showers before he has his coffee. John Blumel
Where do you find these 'drizzly bears'? Must be from the 'wet coast'. ********************* Ed Needham "to absurdity and beyond!" ed at homeroaster dot com (include [FRIEND] somewhere in the subject line of any email correspondence) *********************
Perhaps in the fog forest? On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 08:56:39 -0500, Ed Needham wrote: <Snip> -- Jim in Skull Valley
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.