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Topic: Java Wand: Are They Kidding? (3 msgs / 76 lines)
1) From: Steve Hay
Anyone seen this "Java Wand" thing?  It is a straw with a filter on the end
of it.  Novel idea, but I think you would overextract your coffee with this
device.  I'm SURE you would ruin any tea you tried to make.  It would
probably be a good modern version of the bombilla.
Has anyone tried this?
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Steven Hay
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2) From: Branden Byers
I went to their website to have a look. Yeah, it looks very similiar
to the different bombillas I use for Yerba Mate. I guess the benifit
of this one would be the glass straw as opposed to my metal or plastic
ones. You're right about the overextraction for sure, unless it is
drank within a few minutes. That's why I usually brew my mate in a
French Press.
Of course, this does pose an interesting experiment. Try drinking
coffee with a hint of Mate tradition: Fill a coffee mug with coffee
grinds to 1/2 or 2/3 full. Cover mug with hand and turn upside down to
shake any fines to the top so they don't clog the filter. Insert
bombilla or Java Wand into the gound coffee. Pour over hot water.
Drink the entire cup (the host should be the one drinking the first
cup due to the strenght and potential bitterness) and then refill with
hot water and pass on to the next guest. They do the same, and then
the next and the next. Just keep passing it around in a circle. Now,
mate can last for many cups this way without changing drastically in
the cup (minus the first cup) but I wonder what would happen to the
coffee over this time?
Okay, so maybe not the best idea, but it's the only idea I can come up
with for a wand like this Java one. I guess if I get bored, I'll try
one of my bombillas in a cup of cowboy coffee....
-Branden
On 9/10/06, Steve Hay  wrote:
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3) From: Branden Byers
Actually, I just thought of one possibly somewhat practical idea. Why
not use a bombilla or Java Wand at the cupping table? Rid of those
time honored silver spoons and use a device such as the bombilla! No
chance of slurping up grounds and if they are used during a cupping
competition more than one person could be sticking their filtered
straws into the same cup at the same time.
Alright, so maybe it wouldn't work so well in a professional setting,
but if anyone is cupping at home and wants to try an alternative, a
bombilla might just put a different spin on cupping. The only issue I
see is with aeration. A cupper would be missing that first initial
spray of coffee against the tongue. But this could be solved to a
slight degree by bringing the liquid into the front of the mouth,
remove bombilla from lips and then aerate.
I might just have to try this one but alas I have spent way too long
on this subject that at first I found silly...
-Branden
On 9/10/06, Branden Byers  wrote:
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