At 05:27 PM 5/20/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>> Did you get a Zass, or even better, a Fass? I always feel especially
>> proud to see a Fassenhaus out there...
>> My first Zass was a Fass, but actually is a Zass - tough on non-users to
>> read the script on the handle...
>> OK, just for a sanity check, go to www.ebay.de and search for
>> Zassenhaus - you will be astonished at the availabilityand prices...
>> We're just a long way from Kansas, Toto...
>It seems that I have succeeded in driving up the prices of Fass/Zass's all
>over ebay. One Fass I bid on is currently up to $36. I guess it is good to
>let the big spenders get it out of their systems when I am looking at a
>back up to take camping.
>That is why I turned to Mr Tross. Anyone got an idea of how the grind is
>adgusted on grinders like that? I don't know if it is OK to post a link,
>but you can search ebay for Armin Trosser. It seems less than Zass's are
>currently going for.
Atlanta Nine-month-old Home Roaster de-lurking here.
First of all, Hello to all of you whose names I have gotten to know over
the past five-six months; especially BigFish George and ZigZag Nancy, who
may remember me as "verde" in other Cyberspaces.
Second, to the point at hand. The "Armin Trosser" and another brand named
"KYM" have a wing-nut style adjusting lever on the lower end of the
grinding assembly. Remove the drawer and take a peek. Both of these are
sturdy grinders. They don't have quite the snob appeal of a Zassenhaus,
but I have never done the "consumer reports" comparisons for reliability or
sifted out and graphed the "fines" - although I'm sure somebody has. I
have also gotten other brands of grinders on eBay that I have just given
away in disgust.
I got two Zasses through the German eBay site for about forty bucks
each. That's about $15-20 for the grinders and the rest for shipping and
currency exchange. Germans tend not to use PayPal (because they have a
sophisticated interbank money transfer system), so getting the items paid
for can be a real issue. In one case I just sent two Yankee twenty dollar
bills because I couldn't find a convenient place to get Euros in Atlanta
(one American Express office had them). In the eBay "Community" forums
there are some folks who ware helpful with understanding how to send money
to Germany and will do translations to German for you, if you like.
I also got a Fassenhaus from an American seller. Thanks to whomever posted
Finally, de-cloaking. I got drawn in by the "for only fifteen dollars you
can get a popcorn popper and roast your own coffee." Wow, that's
cheap! Hook, line, and sinker! They didn't tell me that one popper leads
to another, especially for a tinkerer. Graphs of time and temperature;
sights sounds, and smells -- calibrating the old Intuition for Zen Roasting
Heatgun/dogbowl, eh? That's pretty cheap, too. At first. Gotta have the
better model heatgun before long. And a better dogbowl. And a turntable
to help in stirring the beans.
Bread machines will stir the beans for you, you say? at the thrift
store? Very cheap. Got four of them for under twenty bucks, along with
four more poppers. Of course, I had to explain all this to everyday in
line with me at the thrift store. "Mad scientist," they're muttering.
So, I stripped down the bread machines, found out that one of them would
"stir" for fifteen minutes and had a place to put one of Tom's thermometers
right there in the side of the loaf pan. Could roast up to a pound even in
Can mount a heavy pan to the bottom mechanism of a bread pan, you
say? Drills, saws, pop rivets, eh? Cheap, very cheap. Can roast a pound
and half with digital probe to help while slowing the roast between first
and second. Cheap, kinda cheap.
Over a hundred pounds of greens and two dozen varieties. Cheap, really, or
certainly very reasonable, when compared to *$
A network of two dozen friends and co-workers to support the roasting
habit? No problemo. I know of a guy named "Tom" who has hundreds
supporting his. ;^) They even send him money. He even has a guy named
Harvey to help out. Heheheh.
A friend has mentioned something to my wife about an "intervention," but
they're both compromised at this point being turned on to home roast as
they are. Anyway, it sounds scary and I fear I might have to sell off my
collection of vac pots, Chemexs, poppers, press pots, home-made burlap
bags, etc, to pay for treatment. I only have two moka plots and I haven't
even used those Turbo Ovens or the 57 rpm motors yet. I even let myself
get outbid on three Variacs.
I can't be THAT bad, can I?
Is it safe for me to try espresso? A friend said that if I stuck to the
large chain coffee shops I'd be OK. Is this true?
Loving the ambient temps here in Atlanta,