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We had a relaxed and very enjoyable gathering this afternoon with about =
a dozen coffee roasters and fans. The best part for me was seeing =
everyone else's toys in action - now that I've seen the Aero, I want =
one. We had 2 Mazzer Minis, a Giotto and an Andrea, a HotTop, a HGDB =
setup, and a Stir Crazy Turbo setup, not to mention an ibrik, a Turkish =
grinder, various French presses, and more roasts than we could sample in =
an afternoon although we valiantly drank our way through multiple pots =
of French press, dozens of espresso shots, and a round of Greek/Turkish =
coffee. Add to that all the food we ate, and no one went home unbuzzed =
Demian and I both did double roasts and the taste test results were =
interesting. I roasted the same beans twice, once in my HotTop and then =
tried to match the same level of roast with my HGDB. Everyone liked the =
HotTop roast best. Demian brought a double roast he did in an iRoast =
and with his Stir Crazy. Everyone liked the iRoast best. I would have =
predicted the opposite, especially for the HGDB roast which I have more =
control over than the HotTop.
In any case, thank you everyone who came for a great afternoon! I =
forgot to take any photos, but someone did snap a few and I hope will =
put them up somewhere we can all see them.
By the way, after everyone left, I got in a good long swim in the =
Endless Pool - next time you all should take me up on the offer to bring =
your suits and towels!