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Topic: A good Time was had by All (8 msgs / 149 lines)
1) From: Michael Dhabolt
Saturday was the day for the annual Pacific Northwest gathering of the
committed, comittable and just generally twisted coffee folks at the
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee aka Mike & Debi McGinness abode.
As usual the hospitality, bonhomie, cuisine and, of course, coffee was
unparalleled.  Old friends, some new ones, and missing some that
couldn't make it.  Generally, a good time was had by all.
And a sincere 'Thank You' to miKe and Debbie.
Mike (just plain)

2) From: Brian Kamnetz
Mike (just plain),
Did anyone take photos that can be shared with the list?
On 6/25/06, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:

3) From: Sandy Andina
Same with the Chicago Acoustic Guitar Forum gathering--I brought  
Silvia, Rocky and freshly roasted beans; safe to say they wowed the  
crowd and made some of them think twice about ever stopping into  
Starbucks. It was the first time any of them had tasted real espresso  
or cappucino or seen latte art.
On Jun 25, 2006, at 2:09 PM, Michael Dhabolt wrote:

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
On 6/25/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
I don't think so.  I didn't notice a camera all day.  The afternoon
was spent tuning a Brewtus and Silvia, pulling shots from a Bric, a
Brute and Silvia, marveling at Greg's CCR, shooting the bull,
appreciating miKes culinary skills and did I mention pulling shots
from a Bric, a Brute and Silvia.  I had an hour and a half drive home
afterwards and was 'wired' to the level that I'm not sure the car
tires were touching the ground.
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Sure sounds like a good time! Maybe one day I will be in the area and
will be able to attend a PNW...
On 6/25/06, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:

6) From: Dave Nielsen
I'll second that, as ususal miKe and Debi hosted an excellent
Gathering!  Thanks much to miKe, Mike, Barry and Greg for helping me
to start getting a handle on Miss Silvia, now officially christened
Sophia.  We used Greg's hardware to check temperature at the basket
and dial in the PID a bit.  Greg also provided me with a loaner 58mm
tamper (Vivace Ergo) until my new tamper arrives, thanks again!
Greg's computer controlled HotTop was awesome, ain't technology
wonderful?  Air temp, bean temp, multi-level profile, full control of
heating element, bean dump, cooling tray and more from the laptop
through the interface, some nice roasts going on there.
All of the food was wonderful, miKe's burgers and beans were yummy to
say the least!  Good coffee, good company and even though it hit a
temperature of about 93 it was good to kick back in the shade a just
talk coffee, food and friends!
Thanks again to all!

7) From: Les
I wish I had been there!  Alas, the wood turning seminar was excellent
and I learned some new things that will translate into better tampers
I hope.  Second I went to one of my other 2 obligations, book club and
had excellent plank BBQed salmon with all the fixings.  The coffee was
yuck but the company was great!  So tell us more about the Brut all of
you that played with it at the PNWG IV.
On 6/25/06, Dave Nielsen  wrote:

8) From: Michael Dhabolt
We all missed you.  Sounds like you had a good time.
The Brute is a very nice machine, after a little playing it started
producing great shots at consistent temps - everything you could hope
for.  Someone had installed insulation on both boilers (seems as
though they are uninsulated in stock configuration).  Barry and miKe
had spent the previous evening trying to get it to not climb in brew
temperature shot to shot.  With the addition of a little more grey
matter on Saturday aftenoon we reached cranial criticality and came to
the conclusion that the heat balance had been thrown out of whack by
insulating the brew boiler so we removed it (insulation) - readjusted
everything and it worked perfectly.
For those unaware, the Brute uses a Heat Exchanger to transfer heat
captured from the steam boiler to preheat the water going to the brew
boiler.  The thermo balance engineered into the thing seems to be
fairly critical.
Final thought - - it pulls an outrageous shot.  And it is pretty.  And
it gets a little twinkle in the eye out of Barry, everytime he looks
at it.
Mike (just plain)

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