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Topic: Presso (13 msgs / 369 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
Early in the fall someone said that TJ Maxx was selling Presso
espresso makers for $7. I went to three TJ Maxx stores in Columbia SC,
one in N.Charleston, and one in Augusta, GA. By then, especially after
fighting the traffic all the way through Augusta, I was disgusted and
I decided to quit looking. Today I was in Kalamazoo MI shopping with
my sister and walked by a TJ Maxx. Went in, asked for the Presso, and
a helpful salesman walked right up to one on the Clearance table. Four
bucks! I am now the proud owner of an All-Clad Presso! (Well, I will
be after my sister surprises me with it as a Christmas gift in a day
or so....) Now I will have to try to ferret out the suggested mods and
hope they are simple enough for a klutz....
Brian

2) From: Stephen Niezgoda
Do yourself a big favor and try to figure out some way of gauging what 9bar
feels like. I think Jim Shulman recomended trying to break 4 sheets of sran
wrap or something.  I tried too fine of a grind too hard of a tamp to much
pressure and the thing exploded and ended in a morning trip to the doctor t=
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look at burns on my chest.
Start coarse then go fine
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Stephen,
I generally recall your post when your Presso blew up. Thanks for the
more specific tips. Good to know.
Brian
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4) From: Sandy Andina
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I find that slightly finer than paper-filter drip seems to work  
best.  And I don't tamp per se--I use the bottom of the included  
scoop (with my thumb resting in the indent on the handle) to gently  
level and slightly compact the grounds. Almost no pressure at all-- 
more like a tap.
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paper-filter drip seems to work best.  And I don't tamp per se--I use =
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the handle) to gently level and slightly compact the grounds. Almost no =
pressure at all--more like a tap.
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Do = yourself a big favor and try to figure out some way of gauging what 9bar = feels like. I think Jim Shulman recomended trying to break 4 sheets of = sran wrap or something.  I tried too fine of a grind too hard of a = tamp to much pressure and the thing exploded and ended in a morning trip = to the doctor to look at burns on my chest. Start coarse then go = fine On 12/23/05, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz> = wrote: Early in the fall someone said that TJ Maxx was selling = Presso espresso makers for $7. I went to three TJ Maxx stores in = Columbia SC, one in N.Charleston, and one in Augusta, GA. By then, = especially after fighting the traffic all the way through Augusta, I = was disgusted and I decided to quit looking. Today I was in = Kalamazoo MI shopping with my sister and walked by a TJ Maxx. Went = in, asked for the Presso, and a helpful salesman walked right up to = one on the Clearance table. Four bucks! I am now the proud owner of = an All-Clad Presso! (Well, I will be after my sister surprises me = with it as a Christmas gift in a day or so....) Now I will have to = try to ferret out the suggested mods and hope they are simple enough = for a klutz.... = Brian homero= ast mailing list http://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast To change your = personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to = http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = --Apple-Mail-27-301594416--

5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Thanks, Sandy,
That's the kind of concrete advice that really helps a novice like me.
Brian
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6) From: Alchemist John
Brian,  having now read everything I can find on the thing, are you 
going to fill the dead space about the piston.  Jim Shulman carved 
out some teflon, but some silicon should do the trick nicely.  It 
appears, without it, the shots are always ruined at the end with a 
spray of white foam.
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7) From: Sandy Andina
I don't mind the white foam, since I know this is a Presso and not a  
regular piston espresso machine.  I use it in situations where I'm  
lucky to have the chance to brew anything, and I'm happy to have it  
and not have to go to *$.
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8) From: Brian Kamnetz
I'm still visiting my sisters in Michigan. When I get back home I will
take a look at the suggested Presso mods. Do you have a web site,
John? (I am not all that handy, so it would have to be something
pretty simple....)
Brian
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9) From: Alchemist John
Yeah, HB has a full section, as does Jim.http://www.home-barista.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t!0&highlight=pressoAt 16:00 12/25/2005, you wrote:
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10) From: Brian Kamnetz
Thanks, looks like good info. I will look it over more closely when I
get back home.
Brian
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11) From: Bullock, Arron
Brian, is there any chance they had more? I've been buggin' all the =
local TJMaxx/Marshall stores within an hours drive. One store has 2 for =
$100 each.
Here's hoping we can work something out.
Arron "no e-bay for me" B.

12) From: Brian Kamnetz
Aaron,
Sorry to say there is no chance that this store had any more Presso
units. Three salespeople converged on my sister and me and helped us,
and they mentioned that they had only this one unit left. Sorry. As I
may have mentioned, I had checked the 3 TJ Maxx stores in Columbia SC,
the one in North Charleston, and the one in Augusta, GA., all to no
avail before I checked this one in Kalamazoo, so keep plugging.
Brian
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13) From: Brian Kamnetz
Hi,
Some of you may recall my elation around Christmas when I found an
All-Clad Presso for $4 at a TJ Maxx. I am finally moved to my new digs
and finding places to put things. Over the weekend I got to the Presso
and took it out of the box for the first time, and tried to figure out
how it works. Turns out that there was a reason it was so cheap. The
directions mentioned the filter cup; upon thorough inspection, I
concluded that I don't HAVE a filter cup.... Bummer.
Brian "it's GOTTA be here somewhere" Kamnetz


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