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Topic: All this OT, I don't get it... (15 msgs / 417 lines)
1) From: ginny
Tom:
Great points, great list.
I am curious why you would not want a back up machine in case one dies? Hence keep both.
ginny

2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I am not really sure where all this off topic animosity is coming 
from. It's really more than one person. There's a lot of great things 
about this list-community, and if there's a person on the list who 
hits a nerve for you, well, that IS what a community is about too. 
Let's be realistic people, we share an interest but that doesn't make 
this a utopia free of dissent. Please just ignore posts that irritate 
you, it's the grown-up thing to do. There's a lot of strong 
personalities on the list and that makes it interesting, with an 
occasional hiccup. This squabbling lately has been distracting, and 
more than a hiccup. Let's let it pass.
I mentioned the Brazilian sample roasters ... been working with them. 
The roasts are actually very good, running off propane, but I won't 
cup any of it because they painted the damn things in places they 
shouldn't have. I think that's a latino manufacturing thing: make a 
machine, maybe it's a little scuffed or rusty, then you just spray 
the entire thing with paint ... I mean, they sprayed the grease 
nipples, the gears, the burners. So I roast and it stinks. I won't 
drink coffee smoked with paint fumes! So I rolled it outside and am 
going to spend an hour stripping paint off the key parts, the drum 
exteriors, the burners, etc.
Roasted on the Diedrich all morning, running good,but I think Maria 
is going to make me sell off one of the roasters, and I am thinking I 
will keep the Probat, even though it means a lot of wasted effort 
installing the Diedrich. We just don't need 2 machines. The same 
logic that makes me the owner of 6 motorcycles, an MGB, a Lambretta 
etc etc was at work when I snatched up this Diedrich. But I think on 
my 40th birthday something clicked in my head and I realized that 
when these things are in your way (as a 2nd roaster would be), it is 
a daily drain on my ability to work. My rule has always been that you 
can be an "accumulator" as long as you can keep the junk out of the 
way and organized. Well, I guess Diedrich must go...
Tom
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            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom

3) From: Les
Ginny,
I got to really look at 3 Probats this past weekend. Two I know were older=
 
than me. One was built in the early 1900's and still going strong. When you=
 
hear "Probat", think TANK! They are really built.
 Les
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4) From: Michael Dhabolt
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if looking from the front of the store) a Probat. If so and if something 
that size could be had at a reasonable price, I think I'll start on a new=
 
Xmass wish list.
 Tom
 The small sample roasters at Stumptowns roasting digs really caught my eye=
 
also (and probably closer to something I could afford). Are the Brazilian=
 
sample roasters you are looking into similar?
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5) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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I will get some pictures up soon, so you can see what I am referring 
to. Yes, they are basically Jabez Burns knock-offs. (That is what 
Stumptown has for sample roasting).
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom

6) From: Michael Dhabolt
Tom
 Cool. That looks like a good roaster as it is, but even better a great 
vehicle for some modifications. If you check miKes pics of PNWGIII you can=
 
see I was somewhat taken with the ones of Stumptown. I've got another 10 
pics that I didn't leave for the picture album - figured it would probably=
 
bore most folks. Looking forward to your pictures (and any other 
information).
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7) From: Johnny Kent
Mike, I'd love to see the xtra pictures of the J-B sample roasters if you 
can put them up somewhere.
Johnny
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8) From: Jared Andersson
I really like the off topic stuff.  It is what keeps me coming back to
the list multiple times a day between my coffee interests.  Without
them I would likely only to check my archives for a specific topic. 
The biggest off topic posters are also the biggest on topic posters. 
I encourage all off topic protesters to post some on topic info.  I
bet you have a lot to share and I am interested in reading about it. 
My on topic post today consists of the fact that my great friend John
Quackenbush just gave me my sixth original 1970's West Bend poppery
after giving me my first one a few years ago to start all this coffee
madness.  Let's all give it up for my great friend John.  He doesn't
roast but works hard to get me what I value every time he is at a
thrift store.  Jared
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9) From: Spencer Thomas
On 6/22/05, Jared Andersson  wrote:
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Yes, but...
The most recent thread that got my goat was the "pink panty" thread. 
I just  skip it.  It's not worth it for me.  If I want that sort of
thing, I can go down to the bar.  Some OT stuff is ok, as long as it's
interesting, but when it descends to personalities and insults, just
give it a rest, please!
=S

10) From: Les
Yeh, Mike it was a Probat. I was trying to figure out how I could get the=
 
Wandering Curmudgeon up from Texas with his ski mask in hand so we could 
smuggle that puppy down to Roseburg.
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11) From: Michael Dhabolt
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12) From: John Abbott
A couple of weeks ago I was in Academy looking at BBQ Grills AGAIN and
ask the sales guy if they carried ski masks  and
with hesitating he said "Yes" and gave me the isle number.   I have to
ask myself - - since we consider 55 as extreme cold, and when it
snowed on Christmas eve it was the first time in 104 years - and the
current temperatures are and have been 100+ -- -why do they stock ski
masks?
But for a share in the Probat I might just fly it up there :-)
John - who wears a XXL ski mask - who's a fat head?
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13) From: Gene Smith
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Umm...Spencer...what sort of "bar" are we talking about here?
Gene Smith
who doesn't drink much (except coffee) and therefore must get his panties 
twisted here

14) From: tom ulmer
Man, I am really out of touch. I was thinking one of the mall stores would
be a good source.

15) From: Rick Copple
John Abbott wrote:
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Wow! Snow in the Texas Valley! Now that is an event.
Probably one of the funnier things I recall from living down there for 
1.5 years was when it threatened to freeze one winter, and the weather 
man came on with the intensity of a meteorologist tracking a tornado in 
the Midwest to tell us that the whole weather crew of the station would 
be up all night watching the temperature and reporting on it!
Now, I can see this when not everyone has a dopler radar at home, knows 
how to read it, to track tornadoes with themselves and you need to be 
able to jump in at any moment to warn people to take cover....but 
everyone has a temperature gage, or most everyone that cares. It isn't 
rocket science to look out your window at the gage and say, "Yep, it's 
almost to freezing now." What purpose do you need a whole weather crew 
breaking in to tell you how cold it is all night long? I find it hard to 
know what they might be doing at the station...everyone watching the 
temperature go down! "Oh my, it's dropped another degree....break into 
the programing!"
Now to be clear, down in the Texas Valley where they grow citrus and 
there are a lot of transplanted palm trees, any time it goes below 
freezing it is a big economical hit to the area. I remember when I first 
went down there in 1994 that many of the orange trees had their first 
sellable crop from the trees since they were all killed off a few years 
before that due to freezing and they all had to be replanted. So it is a 
big deal down there when it gets to freezing. But the weather crew 
treating it like a tornado watch was just too much!
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Rick Copple
Marble Falls, TX


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