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Topic: Thrift store finds (26 msgs / 618 lines)
1) From: MS
just returned from my local thrift store, which had some pretty good stuff today.  One coffee item I bought was a hand grinder.  It looks like a Zas but is nowhere labeled to be one.  There are also no dove tailed joints apparent from the outside of the box; there are a couple of screws on two sides.  these sides wrap around and hold the front and rear.  The the wooden casing has a painted cherry (well, maybe it is an apple) hanging from a twig with a leaf on the front above the drawer.  I have never used a hand grinder before so I am just assuming that the set up for setting the grind is the same on all.  You hold up a tab on a spring and then turn a washer like ring under it down to create a finer grind.  When you turn it down all the way you get a grind that is about like the espresso grind on my Solis Maestro (I use just a slightly courser grind for drip).  Just a little way up from the finest you get a grind that is like Folgers grind for all around use. Very little if
 any rust anywhere though the metal on the lever is tarnished.  the box is in good condition with the finish on, though worn or maybe just faded on on spot.  You could smell that the box was used, but couldn't have been used much. A previous owner has scratched into the box "Houston Texas, 1951."  Cost to me: $1.00.  I just made my first cup with it.  A little weak, though I mixed my experiemtnal grinds and made under 4 cups, which makes it hard to judge the amount of water. 
   
  The other find, which I did not yet buy, is an espresso maker called a "Shettland European Espresso Maker."  At least I am pretty sure it said "Shettland" though maybe it was Sheppherd.  I can't find either brands when I google the name.  It appeared to be in excellent condition.  The box says it was made in Switzerland and is 800 Watts.  The outside casing is white plastic.  You apparently pour water directly into the top, has a large round knob that unscrews.  It threads into a heave metal fitting.  The box cautions that when it is on contents are under pressure.  Does anyone know about this; have any idea of what kind of Espresso maker it is?  If I recall correctly, there are two systems that are used, pump or steam.  How do I tell which this is?  The print and nature of the box suggests that it dates back to early ninetees at the matest, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was from the 70s.  It was obviously sold in the USA and it is URL listed.  Is 800 Watts sufficient
 for an espresso maker?
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
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	The other find, which I did not yet buy, is an espresso maker called
a "Shettland European Espresso Maker."  At least I am pretty sure it said
"Shettland" though maybe it was Sheppherd.  I can't find either brands when
I google the name.  It appeared to be in excellent condition.  The box says
it was made in Switzerland and is 800 Watts.  The outside casing is white
plastic.  You apparently pour water directly into the top, has a large round
knob that unscrews.  It threads into a heave metal fitting.  The box
cautions that when it is on contents are under pressure.  Does anyone know
about this; have any idea of what kind of Espresso maker it is?  If I recall
correctly, there are two systems that are used, pump or steam.  How do I
tell which this is?  The print and nature of the box suggests that it dates
back to early ninetees at the matest, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was
from the 70s.  It was obviously sold in the USA and it is URL listed.  Is
800 Watts sufficient for an espresso maker?
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The large cap fill screw sounds like every "steam toy" I've ever seen.
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3) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
great stuff- very unusual. maybe somebody actually brought these from 
europe (?). i love thrift stores! Amazing what coffee items you can 
turn up, but i always look through the vinyl records, and for wacky 
t-shirts too.
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just returned from my local thrift store, which had some pretty good 
stuff today.  One coffee item I bought was a hand grinder.  It looks 
like a Zas but is nowhere labeled to be one.  There are also no dove 
tailed joints apparent from the outside of the box; there are a 
couple of screws on two sides.  these sides wrap around and hold the 
front and rear.  The the wooden casing has a painted cherry (well, 
maybe it is an apple) hanging from a twig with a leaf on the front 
above the drawer.  I have never used a hand grinder before so I am 
just assuming that the set up for setting the grind is the same on 
all.  You hold up a tab on a spring and then turn a washer like 
ring under it down to create a finer grind.  When you turn it down 
all the way you get a grind that is about like the espresso grind on 
my Solis Maestro (I use just a slightly courser grind for drip). 
Just a little way up from the finest you get a grind that is like 
Folgers grind for all around use. Very little if any rust anywhere 
though the metal on the lever is tarnished.  the box is in good 
condition with the finish on, though worn or maybe just faded on on 
spot.  You could smell that the box was used, but couldn't have been 
used much. A previous owner has scratched into the box "Houston 
Texas, 1951."  Cost to me: $1.00.  I just made my first cup with 
it.  A little weak, though I mixed my experiemtnal grinds and made 
under 4 cups, which makes it hard to judge the amount of water.
The other find, which I did not yet buy, is an espresso maker called 
a "Shettland European Espresso Maker."  At least I am pretty sure 
it said "Shettland" though maybe it was Sheppherd.  I can't find 
either brands when I google the name.  It appeared to be in excellent 
condition.  The box says it was made in Switzerland and is 800 Watts. 
The outside casing is white plastic.  You apparently pour water 
directly into the top, has a large round knob that unscrews.  It 
threads into a heave metal fitting.  The box cautions that when it is 
on contents are under pressure.  Does anyone know about this; have 
any idea of what kind of Espresso maker it is?  If I recall 
correctly, there are two systems that are used, pump or steam.  How 
do I tell which this is?  The print and nature of the box suggests 
that it dates back to early ninetees at the matest, and I wouldn't be 
surprised if it was from the 70s.  It was obviously sold in the USA 
and it is URL listed.  Is 800 Watts sufficient for an espresso maker?
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4) From: Sandy Andina
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Sure sounds like a "steam toy." The large round knob as the tank  
cover is the dead giveaway--on these machines tank and boiler are one  
and the same.You will get better brew from an Aeropress or a moka pot.
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Sure sounds like a "steam toy." =
The large round knob as the tank cover is the dead giveaway--on these =
machines tank and boiler are one and the same.You will get better brew =
from an Aeropress or a moka pot.
On Sep 26, 2006, at 5:06 =
PM, MS wrote:

The = other find, which I did not yet buy, is an espresso maker called a = "Shettland European Espresso Maker."  At least I am pretty sure = it said "Shettland" though maybe it was Sheppherd.  I can't find = either brands when I google the name.  It appeared to be in = excellent condition.  The box says it was made in Switzerland and is = 800 Watts.  The outside casing is white plastic.  You = apparently pour water directly into the top, has a large round knob = that unscrews.  It threads into a heave metal fitting.  The box = cautions that when it is on contents are under pressure.  Does anyone = know about this; have any idea of what kind of Espresso maker it is?  = If I recall correctly, there are two systems that are used, pump or = steam.  How do I tell which this is?  The print and nature of the = box suggests that it dates back to early ninetees at the matest, and I = wouldn't be surprised if it was from the 70s.  It was obviously sold = in the USA and it is URL listed.  Is 800 Watts sufficient for an = espresso maker?
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5) From: David Clarke
It sounds very like the steam pressure method which unfortunately does not
yield very consistent results.  It is very difficult to get the right
pressure as it all depends on how much water, how hot it is etc.  My very
first machine was a Krups ­ same thing and I couldnąt believe the differenc=
e
when I eventually bought my first Italian espresso machine with a pump.
Stick with the pump machines, and except in very rare cases (Synesso for
instance), the Italians make by far the best espresso machines in the world=
.
My machine at home ­ Rancilio Sylvia ­ great machine and a good companion t=
o
the Rocky grinder.
Hope that helps
David
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6) From: David Clarke
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It sounds very like the steam pressure method which unfortunately does not
yield very consistent results.  It is very difficult to get the right
pressure as it all depends on how much water, how hot it is etc.  My very
first machine was a Krups ­ same thing and I couldnąt believe the differenc=
e
when I eventually bought my first Italian espresso machine with a pump.
Stick with the pump machines, and except in very rare cases (Synesso for
instance), the Italians make by far the best espresso machines in the world=
.
My machine at home ­ Rancilio Sylvia ­ great machine and a good companion t=
o
the Rocky grinder.
Hope that helps
David Clarke

7) From: Brett Mason
Hey nice get - you can treat it like you would a Mokka Pot - grind coarse
enough to not be bitter - and enjoy.
Who can get down on a $1 fun machine?
Brett
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8) From: MS
Thanks to everyone for commenting on my finds.  Maybe I will go over tomorrow and buy the espresso maker just to see what the steam system is all about.  I have an old Krups pump system (which was also a find, at $5) and though it probably pales compared to more sophisticated ones, I am very pleased with it (but sometime I wonder if I am tasting the pleasure of a successful treasure hunt).  The machine they have over at the thrift store now only costs $4, so it is not much of a loss.  
   
  I gave the hand grinder its first legitimate try this evening and it is just as good, if not better than my Solis Maestro.  The grind I used for my drip maker was just a little coarser than the grind I get from the Solis, but nice and even, and the taste of my coffee--a Colombian Huetenango decaf--somehow was more "classic."  Not only that, when my wife saw it on the shelf she did not realize it was for use; she thought it was just a nice antique. Well from now on when I use it I will remember your good wishes and comments. 
   
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9) From: peterz
So I put  my order in at a thrift store: went there thinking that I 
really need a decent espresso machine, one that weighs over 50 pounds.
Alas, I had forgotten that some time ago I had also put in an order for 
a Gelato machine (Same way!).
Well, today that order was filled.
A nice counter top Gelato machine for ten bucks.
It really  was not as easy as it sounds.
I kept wandering through the store with a strange feeling that there was 
something there for me... and the third time through that section, there 
it was, in a box mis labeled.
Gosh, I never even tried it out until I got it home, but it works fine :)
Does anyone have any recipes for Gelato using coffee?
So far, just orange juice.
PeterZ
Concentrating on thrift store ordering, here in LHC ( and I am still 
waiting for my Zojirushi steamer!)
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10) From: Angelo
  Pete,
I had to laugh at the "put in an order" line. That's exactly how I 
used to explain how I got so many deals at thrift shops. I remember 
putting in an order for a couch, specifying brand, color, material 
and bottom price. Well, two weeks later there it was, exactly as 
"ordered". I told the clerk, "I see my order has arrived". The 
quizzical look on her face was priceless...  :-)
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11) From: Lynne
I am so jealous of all you guys with your thrift store finds! :-(
Without a car, I'm limited to my local Salvation Army, and whatever they
have there is
overpriced - no really good finds at all.
On the other hand, I manage to scrounge some stuff on garbage day - got a
really nice
butcher block table recently, and a perfectly good almost-a-set of dishes
yesterday. It's
amazing what my neighbors will throw out..
Need to put my order in for some coffee stuff - oh, almost forgot - picked
up a whirly-blade
coffee grinder, too. Perfect condition, same brand I use.
(Darn, why can't my neighbors toss a Rancilio Rocky or a Mazzer?!)
Lynne
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12) From: Terry
I busted my popcorn popper roaster (completely my own fault), and broke the glass on my French Press.  I had been drinking drip brew for close to a month, and I was almost out of roasted beans.  Off to the GoodWill.  I visit frequently hoping to find replacement glass to stock up on, or anything I think I can use to build my roaster.  I haven't had much luck.  That is until last week.  In one stop, I found an air popper ($2.99) with a busted plastic top, glass chimney ($.99) to extend the roasting chamber and help raise the temperature, and not just a replacement FP glass, but an complete working French Press ($3.99).  That one stop and less than $8 put me back in the home roasting game just in time.  
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13) From: kevin creason
I would like to know which types of thrift stores will have the really good
scores like that.
Last week (while evacuated) I stopped at the Salvation Army family store
where I was at and found an Abco aluminum base with a Pyrex vac top for
$2.99. This is my second vac set (sans filter, but I have two thanks to
ebay). The other was a plain Cory for $2 at my generic non-denominational
outreach store.
But I keep praying for a really nice grinder or espresso machine... but
which stores do they seem likely to appear at? Catholic services? Goodwill?
Sally Ann? generic out-reach? special needs? women shelter? Garage sales in
a store-front?
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14) From: Angelo
Kevin,
It's basically a crap shoot. There was one place that had a deal with 
Zabars and they got in a bunch of coffee paraphernalia over quite a 
long time. Open box specials. I guess they could get more for the tax 
write-off than to sell it at a discount..
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15) From: Brian Kamnetz
Terry,
What kind of popper did you find? (I'm rooting for an original Poppery
or original Popcorn Pumper....)
Brian
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16) From: Edward Bourgeois
I'm sooooo bummed. Was looking on my local craigslist today and saw
Espresso machine $30. Opened page up and it was an Olympia Cremina
lever machine!!!! in good cond,!!!! It did not list the name of
machine but had a picture. It was listed a few days ago and email came
back that it was gone. :-(
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17) From: Terry
Brian, 
I got a Proctor Silex Popcorn Pumper.  I am happy with it.  Especially the price.  The one I busted was a Wear-Ever Popcorn Pumper.  I was happy with that one too.  A friend just gave me a Moka Pot.  Next time my french press breaks, I won't have to go back to drip brew.  I am new to roasting and I am finding it to be a very satisfying hobby.  
TC
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Terry,
What kind of popper did you find? (I'm rooting for an original Poppery
or original Popcorn Pumper....)
Brian
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18) From: Brian Kamnetz
Terry,
I used a Poppery 2 for a couple years and greatly enjoyed it. It had a
switch to the heat element so at the end of the roast I could turn off
the heat while the fan kept going to cool the roast. Once I moved to
sea level the popper didn't seem to have quite enough oomps, so I
moved to heatgun roasting, which is also a bit more convenient because
I can roast a week's worth of coffee in a single roast (1/2 pound of
greens).
Moka pot is my everyday style of extraction. If you have some time,
you might try it a few times so that you have an alternative to the
press pot. Both are good, but they are different, and you might enjoy
having two options.
Brian
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19) From: NANNERNLP
All this talk of thrift stores had me stopping at my local Goodwill today.  I 
use a Walgreens Popcorn popper and I probably have at least 80 roasts from 
the thing. I figured it would be good to find a backup.  Lo & Behold I find a 
toastmaster just like mine-looks unused $2.00 and a Wearever Popcorn Pumper 
$3.50 also looks unused. Of course when I started this homeroasting obsession, not 
a single popcorn popper to be found.  Glad to have stopped & will keep 
looking.
Nancy
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20) From: raymanowen
I have a Thrift Store Plan for All:
Spot me a couple of bucks for gas, and I will set up a bi- weekly schedule
for scouting out your area. Except for bread machines, the thrift store
personnel have been trained to clear all the neat stuff from the shelves for
the duration of my shopping tours.
Shop for anything you could possibly want on the alternate weeks, and it
will all be there, shiny, pristine, even NIB. Guaronteed!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
The way things work-
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21) From: Jamie Dolan
La Pavoni Club Combo   -   $10 at thrift store.
Only thing missing was the steamer knob.
Jamie
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22) From: raymanowen
Might have been overpriced at $10.
Does it come with coffee already in its comical grinder? How would you know
when to clean it? (Oh, I'm sorry- a light probably comes on. It's a nasty
automatic...)
Just think- For the lack of a knob, you saved $10.
I think this guy wouldn't want another one, even for $10, (An Epinion):
"I received a La Pavoni Club Combo Duet on Monday. It arrived defective and
I called the toll-free number for the US importer included in the
information and on the video tape. I got nothing but a run around. I was put
on hold and ignored. Another call and told to call back because the
technician went to lunch (while I was on hold). Passed from person to
person. Finally, I talked to the (apparently only one) technician who
confirmed that the product was devective and needed to be returned.
"Then, I was told I had to pay for the return after one of their reps told
me the day before that they would "naturally pay for shipping."
"I next went to the online store from which I bought the product and got
even worse customer service. I operate a business that has an online site
and I would expect my customers to go elsewhere if I treated like I've been
treated. There's no excuse for this.
"After this experience, I'm returning it for a refund. Heaven help me if I
needed service on this product. No thank you. Tomorrow, I'm going to a local
retail store and buying a different product. I paid in the long run just to
save $30 online"
*Recommended:*
"No"
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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23) From: Jamie Dolan
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Never used the grinder, I have my Mazzer Mini E.
The reason I really wanted it is because when I make multiple drinks,
I can froth on one machine and pull shots on the other at the same
time.  Great for when guests are over.  The steam wand seems pretty
powerful.  I have to use a glove so I don't burn my hand due to the
missing knob.
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24) From: raymanowen
Just what I was thinking about the Carpesso Leaks- It's a powerful steamer
too. $170 worth.
Its brew temperature is stable enough with warm water in the reservoir. The
brew temperature is adjustable too, depends on starting the brew during a
point in the heating cycle. Pure Crema and Flavor earlier. I ran out of
roast after the Moka pot, or I'd have another right now. Love it.
Run the two heat devices on separate electrical circuits. Make sure they're
not powered by the same breaker. Duplex (Dual) electric outlets could be
powered by two separate 15a circuit breakers, but they're usually on a
single breaker.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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25) From: Brian Kamnetz
Nancy,
In case you ever get a hankerin' to modify your new Popcorn Pumper....http://members.cox.net/felixdial/popper.mods.shtmlJust out of curiosity, is your popcorn pumper the heavy, 14---watt
original model? Most are not, but I am rooting for you!
Brian
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26) From: NANNERNLP
Thanks Brian,
That will be my next baby step, modifying the pumper, unfortunately, this one 
is only 1250 watts, but I am still excited about it.  You never know what 
might turn up at the thrift store, as long as I arrange my schedule with Ray's.
Nancy
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