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Topic: best 'at desk' brewer? (30 msgs / 1030 lines)
1) From: Leo Zick
i need something VERY easy while sitting at my desk.. and am really  
tired of crappy office coffee (its either brown water drip pots, or  
keurig cups).  anything that requires cleaning of glass, containers,  
etc is out, so i cant bring my french press in. :(
is there anything really simple, like maybe just throwing a gold tone  
filter on top of a cup and pouring water over it?  then i can dump the  
filter of the grinds, and rinse or wipe the mess with a wet paper  
towel till im home to clean it.
the filter over a cup thing seems sort of archaic, but would it work?   
is there anything else that can make coffee 'on the go'? a little  
travel mug with a grinds chamber up top would be an awesome idea, if  
it doesnt exist.. you can shake it or push them through, and the  
grinds stay in a chamber and can be removed and dumped, so all you  
have to rinse is a travel mug type thing. much easier in my work  
environment..
any ideas everyone? thanks!

2) From: Wesley Simon
I use a swiss gold one cup pour over at work.  We have a hot water tap on
some of our drinking fountains as well as the Bunn coffee makers.  The Bunns
tend to not be hot enough.  I simply take my filter into the bathroom and
rinse the grounds out and down the drain.  There isn't enough grinds to
cause plumbing problems.
Wes
On 8/14/06, Leo Zick  wrote:
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3) From: Rich Adams

4) From: Leo Zick
wow they actually make one!http://www.coffee-makers-espresso-machines.com/swissgold-kf300-1-cup-pour-ov=er-drip-coffee-maker.html
nice.. ill have to look into options on it. :)
btw, think grinds are an issue?  i dump my FP grinds into my sink  
since it seems the easiest. think thats bad?
thx!
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5) From: Justin Marquez
On 8/14/06, Wesley Simon  wrote:
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I have a SG 1-c here at the office. When I use it (not so often since
the Aeropress arrived...), after brewing I toss the wet grounds into
the garbage can and rinse the reamaining fines down the sink.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

6) From: Dave McCracken
I use a Melitta #2 drip cone directly into my coffee cup with a paper filter 
in it.  I know many of you disparage the use of paper filters, it does make 
cleanup incredibly simple in a non-water environment.  The paper and grounds 
can go directly in the trash can, and the cone is ready for re-use.
When I worked in an office I also had a $10 hot water pot.  It could get me 
boiling water in about 2-3 minutes.
This setup coupled with a cheap grinder worked very well in my office, and 
generated a steady stream of co-workers stopping by to see what that 
wonderful smell was.
Dave McCracken

7) From: rwh
Bialetti makes an electric version of their 6-cup moka pot. Easy to use
and easy to clean.
--rickhttp://www.amazon.com/Bialetti-%22Moka-Easy%22%2c/dp/B0009HBAZI/sr=8-3/qid55564963/ref=sr_1_3/104-0658452-3445517?ieF8Leo Zick wrote:
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8) From: Leo Zick
great links, thanks!!
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9) From: Leo Zick
i have no problem grinding before i leave to work, im still miles  
ahead of the  game...
i know you get better taste with a gold tone, but would the paper  
filter method be all that bad? it sounds ideal..http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtml#filterconesQuoting Dave McCracken :
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10) From: Tom Ufer
HSN has a travel mug (French Press) that may do the trick:http://www.hsn.com/cnt/search/searchresults/default.aspx?Ntt=french+press&N=0&Ntk=Std&st=1&criteria=boolean&days=&minprice=&maxprice=&o=esearch

11) From: Michael Wascher
I use an electric pot to heat the water, a whirly grinder to grind the
beans, and a small french press that gives me two mugs at a press.
On 8/14/06, Leo Zick  wrote:
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"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

12) From: Michael McTryk
Hi Leo
I agree with others that the the Swiss Gold one cupper is a good
choice for office use and is what I used to use at work.
I have now switched to using an Aeropress and really do like the taste
of the coffee better than the Swiss Gold. I recently used my Aeropress
on a camping trip where I had no ready access to clean up water. My
procedure was as follows: using two paper towels I would set  all the
apparatus on one paper towel leaving one towel for cleanup. After
pressing simply eject the grinds puck into garbage, wipe the excess
off the plunger and also wipe the coffee dribbles off the press. As at
home I would still save the filter for more than one use.
I do admit that using the Aeropress is a bit more hands on than the
Swiss Gold but cleanup is easier as you really don't need access to
water to clean it on a regular basis.
Other considerations are that you will use more coffee with the
Aeropress. You will use 7 grams with the Swiss Gold and likely around
15 - 20 grams with the Aeropress.
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13) From: Sandy Andina
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How about a stainless-steel travel press mug? You brew into the same  
cup from which you drink, and when done drinking just dump the  
grounds and rinse it out (I dump the grounds into the toilet to avoid  
making a mess in the sink).  An Aeropress is a little more  
complicated and takes some more time, but it makes even better coffee  
and you just eject the puck into the wastebasket and wipe off the  
business end of the piston with a tissue or paper towel and you're  
good to go.
On Aug 14, 2006, at 8:11 AM, Leo Zick wrote:
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Sandy
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How about a stainless-steel =
travel press mug? You brew into the same cup from which you drink, and =
when done drinking just dump the grounds and rinse it out (I dump the =
grounds into the toilet to avoid making a mess in the sink).  An =
Aeropress is a little more complicated and takes some more time, but it =
makes even better coffee and you just eject the puck into the =
wastebasket and wipe off the business end of the piston with a tissue or =
paper towel and you're good to go.
On Aug 14, 2006, at 8:11 =
AM, Leo Zick wrote:
i need something VERY easy while sitting at my = desk.. and am really tired of crappy office coffee (its either brown = water drip pots, or keurig cups). = anything that requires cleaning of glass, containers, etc is = out, so i cant bring my french press in. :(is = there anything really simple, like maybe just throwing a gold tone = filter on top of a cup and pouring water over it?  then i can dump the filter of = the grinds, and rinse or wipe the mess with a wet paper towel till im = home to clean it. the filter over a cup thing seems sort of archaic, = but would it work?  is = there anything else that can make coffee 'on the go'? a little travel = mug with a grinds chamber up top would be an awesome idea, if it doesnt = exist.. you can shake it or push them through, and the grinds stay in a = chamber and can be removed and dumped, so all you have to rinse is a = travel mug type thing. much easier in my work environment.. any = ideas everyone? thanks! homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = --Apple-Mail-31--966381413--

14) From: Leo Zick
i didnt realize the aeropress was this easy.. that doesnt sound too bad. :)
btw.. lol at:
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i think i can do that, lots of practice!
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15) From: Sean Cary
When I was in Iraq this year I used the The SwissGold One Cup Coffee Brewer
KF-300 that SM sells and a pour over - I hid a small hot pot under my desk
to make hot water ( I worked in a huge Joint Operations Center/JOC in the Al
Faw Palace - so this was somewhat of a feat...  I guess the Army folks just
took the steam coming out from under the Marines desk as normal?)
Anyway...
I ground coffee in my hooch, made a cup or two to get me going using a
normal pour over, then bagged enough to make 2 cups at work using the
SwissGold thing - this setup was good to go.  Since then I have purchased a
3 cup press pot that I might use in its place - but glass and Marines don't
go well together so that might not be my best option for my next Iraq trip.
Some of the folks on the list sent me coffee and set the hook so I was home
roasting when I got home - with a GREAT deal of help from Michael Dhabolt
hooking me up with a Dhabolten Roaster.
Sean M. Cary
Major USMC
Tempus Fugit - Memento Mori

16) From: Aaron
Sean glad you were able to get good coffee.
When I was still in, I made it a point of always having good coffee, (ok 
at the time it was better than navy coffee), which was bought at several 
countries we stopped in.  Had my own pot in CCS and would gladly 'wire' 
the midwatch to keep everyone going.
It  worked out well, as other folks would see coffee at espresso cafe's 
and stands and usually each country id end up with a few pounds of the 
local beans to add to the growing collection to distribute.
Granted I had a steam toy for an espresso / cappucino machine but 
compared to what we had, it was better than nothing.
Good coffee DOES make a big difference.
Walmart has stainless oh... I guess ill call them beakers, they resemble 
big cups really, that would be great for you to use your french press 
squeezer in, I have one BUT... the steel conducts heat very well, wear 
gloves when using it, and you wont have to worry about dropping, 
banging, or any other act a marine or squid might do to break it.
Also, I will not confirm or deny just throwing the grounds into a glass 
container, letting them brew, then whizzing them in the centrifuge for a 
few seconds to settle them down and pouring off the resulting coffee.....
where there's a will, there's a way.
aaron

17) From: Leo Zick
Thanks for the reply..  
While the aeropress would most likely be my best bet, im still tossed b/t it
and a pourover filter. Maybe ill hunt around the local mega stores tomorrow
and see if I find a cheap pourover, and use that as a test, since it's a
cheaper start..
Thx and hope you don't have to get back out there anytime soon!

18) From: Alchemist John
Does a hand grinder and lever machine count as "at desk"?  Certainly quiet.
At 19:32 8/14/2006, you wrote:
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John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

19) From: Scott Marquardt
Roger the cleanup. At the farmer's market, I serve one-up Aerobrews and use
a paper towel per brew for cleanup. Works well.
Something about the Aero, though: I've had to cut back on my grind now that
I'm using (a) much hotter water, (b) much more of it, and (c) the 5 micron
polyester filter media.
Frankly, I'm getting the same efficiency from the Aero, now, that I'd
usually get from a pourover. Much more than from a French press.
On 8/14/06, Michael McTryk  wrote:
I do admit that using the Aeropress is a bit more hands on than the
Swiss Gold but cleanup is easier as you really don't need access to
water to clean it on a regular basis.
Other considerations are that you will use more coffee with the
Aeropress. You will use 7 grams with the Swiss Gold and likely around
15 - 20 grams with the Aeropress.

20) From: miKe mcKoffee
Yeah, but the long line of people at your desk might be disruptive to office
productivity!;-) 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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21) From: Michael Wascher
Jean bought me a stainless steel french press a couple years ago. It's what
I usually use at home, and what I travel with too. It's rugged, will take a
beating. It also assures that my bags will be c opened.
On 8/14/06, Sean Cary  wrote:
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"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

22) From: Justin Marquez
On 8/14/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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Just call it a "meeting" and the low productivity factor will be
accepted as normal.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

23) From: Brett Mason
I am at my desk.
My Hamilton Beach cordless kettle is heating as we speak.
My Zass 156 has just ground the Guatemala Huehuetenango.
My SwissGold 1 Cup is ready over my travel mug.
The rich sweet nectar is less than 4 minutes away...
It doesn't get much better than this!
Brett
On 8/15/06, Justin Marquez  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

24) From: Woody DeCasere
has anyone tried the gaggia electric moka pots, i thought if they worked
well, they would be a great desktop coffee maker.
Woody
On 8/15/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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25) From: Sandy Andina
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I have an electric Bialetti Moka Express, which I occasionally load  
up with Bustelo the night before when my husband has a craving for  
the stuff in the morning.  It is not easy to extricate the filter  
basket until the unit is cooled; you need to dump the grounds and  
thorougly rinse both basket and top chamber (the bottom sees only  
water, and the mfr. warns against using soaps and detergents).
On Aug 15, 2006, at 9:41 AM, Woody DeCasere wrote:
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Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
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I have an electric Bialetti Moka =
Express, which I occasionally load up with Bustelo the night before when =
my husband has a craving for the stuff in the morning.  It is not easy =
to extricate the filter basket until the unit is cooled; you need to =
dump the grounds and thorougly rinse both basket and top chamber (the =
bottom sees only water, and the mfr. warns against using soaps and =
detergents).
On Aug 15, 2006, at 9:41 AM, Woody DeCasere =
wrote:
has anyone tried the gaggia electric moka pots, i thought = if they worked well, they would be a great desktop coffee = maker. Woody On 8/15/06, = Brett Mason <homeroast> = wrote: I am at my desk.  My Hamilton Beach = cordless kettle is heating as we speak. My Zass 156 has just = ground the Guatemala Huehuetenango. My SwissGold 1 Cup is = ready over my travel mug. The rich sweet nectar is less than = 4 minutes away... It doesn't get much better than this! = Brett   On = 8/15/06, Justin Marquez <jjmarquez > = wrote: On 8/14/06, miKe mcKoffee < mcKona> = wrote: > Yeah, but the long line of people at your desk might be = disruptive to office > productivity!;-) > Just call = it a "meeting" and the low productivity factor will be accepted as = normal. Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez = (Snyder, TX) = homeroast mailing list http://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailma=n/listinfo/homeroast To change your personal list settings = (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo=.html#personalsettings
-- = Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast    = Zassman
-- = "Good night, and Good Coffee" www.onthisjourney.typepad.co= m = --Apple-Mail-54--873456721--

26) From: Leo Zick
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bustelo?!?!
UGH  
From: Sandy Andina [mailto:sandraandina] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:48 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +best 'at desk' brewer?
I have an electric Bialetti Moka Express, which I occasionally load up with
Bustelo the night before when my husband has a craving for the stuff in the
morning. It is not easy to extricate the filter basket until the unit is
cooled; you need to dump the grounds and thorougly rinse both basket and top
chamber (the bottom sees only water, and the mfr. warns against using soaps
and detergents).
On Aug 15, 2006, at 9:41 AM, Woody DeCasere wrote:
has anyone tried the gaggia electric moka pots, i thought if they worked
well, they would be a great desktop coffee maker.
Woody
On 8/15/06, Brett Mason  wrote: 
I am at my desk. 
My Hamilton Beach cordless kettle is heating as we speak.
My Zass 156 has just ground the Guatemala Huehuetenango.
My SwissGold 1 Cup is ready over my travel mug.
The rich sweet nectar is less than 4 minutes away...
It doesn't get much better than this!
Brett
On 8/15/06, Justin Marquez  > wrote: 
On 8/14/06, miKe mcKoffee < mcKona  >
wrote:
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office 
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Just call it a "meeting" and the low productivity factor will be
accepted as normal.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)-- 
Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
Zassman 
-- 
"Good night, and Good Coffee"
www.onthisjourney.typepad.com
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com

27) From: Sandy Andina
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yeah, that's what I keep telling him. I refuse to sully my Technivorm  
with it.  He likes it because of the sentimental value--one of his  
favorite patients gives it to him, and he realizes that with her  
limited income, for her to purchase it it's quite a gift.
On Aug 15, 2006, at 6:39 PM, Leo Zick wrote:
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Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
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yeah, that's what I keep telling =
him. I refuse to sully my Technivorm with it.  He likes it because of =
the sentimental value--one of his favorite patients gives it to him, and =
he realizes that with her limited income, for her to purchase it it's =
quite a gift.
On Aug 15, 2006, at 6:39 PM, Leo Zick =
wrote:
bustelo?!?! UGH = From: Sandy = Andina [mailto:sandraandina] = Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:48 PM To: homeroast= s.com Subject: Re: +best 'at desk' = brewer? I have an electric Bialetti Moka = Express, which I occasionally load up with Bustelo the night before when = my husband has a craving for the stuff in the morning. It is not easy to = extricate the filter basket until the unit is cooled; you need to dump = the grounds and thorougly rinse both basket and top chamber (the bottom = sees only water, and the mfr. warns against using soaps and = detergents). On Aug 15, 2006, at 9:41 AM, Woody DeCasere = wrote:
has anyone tried the gaggia electric moka pots, i = thought if they worked well, they would be a great desktop coffee = maker. Woody On = 8/15/06, Brett Mason <homeroast> = wrote: I am at my desk. My Hamilton = Beach cordless kettle is heating as we speak. My Zass 156 = has just ground the Guatemala Huehuetenango. My SwissGold = 1 Cup is ready over my travel mug. The rich sweet nectar = is less than 4 minutes away... It doesn't get much better = than this! Brett On 8/15/06, Justin = Marquez <jjmarquez > wrote: = On = 8/14/06, miKe mcKoffee < mcKona> wrote: > Yeah, = but the long line of people at your desk might be disruptive to = office > productivity!;-) > Just call it a = "meeting" and the low productivity factor will be accepted as = normal. Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez = (Snyder, TX) = homeroast mailing list http://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast= To change your personal list settings (digest options, = vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsetting=s
= -- Regards, Brett Mason HomeRoast Zassman =
-- "Good = night, and Good Coffee" www.onthisjourney.typepad.co= m Sandy = www.sandyandina.com
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28) From: Leo Zick
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it has an interesting sweet flavor, but gives me instant agida and gets my
heart pumping.  i dont care for that!
bustello and pilon  are both on that list.  
From: Sandy Andina [mailto:sandraandina] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:13 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +best 'at desk' brewer?
yeah, that's what I keep telling him. I refuse to sully my Technivorm with
it. He likes it because of the sentimental value--one of his favorite
patients gives it to him, and he realizes that with her limited income, for
her to purchase it it's quite a gift.
On Aug 15, 2006, at 6:39 PM, Leo Zick wrote:
bustelo?!?!
UGH  
From: Sandy Andina [mailto:sandraandina] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:48 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +best 'at desk' brewer?
I have an electric Bialetti Moka Express, which I occasionally load up with
Bustelo the night before when my husband has a craving for the stuff in the
morning. It is not easy to extricate the filter basket until the unit is
cooled; you need to dump the grounds and thorougly rinse both basket and top
chamber (the bottom sees only water, and the mfr. warns against using soaps
and detergents).
On Aug 15, 2006, at 9:41 AM, Woody DeCasere wrote:
has anyone tried the gaggia electric moka pots, i thought if they worked
well, they would be a great desktop coffee maker.
Woody
On 8/15/06, Brett Mason  wrote: 
I am at my desk. 
My Hamilton Beach cordless kettle is heating as we speak.
My Zass 156 has just ground the Guatemala Huehuetenango.
My SwissGold 1 Cup is ready over my travel mug.
The rich sweet nectar is less than 4 minutes away...
It doesn't get much better than this!
Brett
On 8/15/06, Justin Marquez  > wrote: 
On 8/14/06, miKe mcKoffee <   mcKona>
wrote:
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office 
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Just call it a "meeting" and the low productivity factor will be
accepted as normal.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)-- 
Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
Zassman 
-- 
"Good night, and Good Coffee"
www.onthisjourney.typepad.com
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com

29) From: Leo Zick
Just thought id update everyone with my small setup.  I went with a one cup
filter cup, and paper filters.  As far as convenience, its amazing..  I
bring hot water from the side of the pod coffee maker at work, and a bit of
milk.  Im going through 2-3 paper cups each time, and try to recycle the hot
water one, but all in all, not a big deal.  Cleaning up is a breeze, dump
the filter, wipe the inside of the filter cup, and done.  Really really
nice!  I grind beans the night before, so much more fresh than what id
normally get..
As far as taste, seems a bit flat. So, I started pouring the hot water into
the cup of coffee beans, and let it steep for a few mins, then pour through
the filter. Helped a bit, but still flat. Either im too used to espresso, or
the water isnt hot enough.  Ill just have to experiment.
All in all, quick, easy, and cheap. Perfect for work, and I get the aroma of
the remaining beans the rest of the day.. Ahhhhh :)
Thx to all for the help!

30) From: Don Cummings
I put my money on the paper causing the flatness.  I agree about the cleanup
though.  A Swissgold does require a quick rinse but worth it in my opinion.
On 9/29/06, Leo Zick  wrote:
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