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Topic: small coffee brewer (12 msgs / 371 lines)
1) From: John Lauck
I'm looking for a small brewer that I can use in my office for my home
roasts.   Does anyone use one of those "pod" coffee machines and make their
own pods?  Something simple to clean and that just brews a cup or two would
be perfect.
I know I'm going to sacrifice some of the quality in a small brewer, but
it's better than drinking the companies Maxwell House!
John

2) From: Tim Wat
John Lauck wrote:
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I'm a FP junkie, so I might suggest the smallest (6 tasse) Bodum FP.  
Don't know if you have access to hot water and a sink, but that would be 
my first choice.  I've not sampled one of those pod beasts, but I'm 
afraid.  Very afraid.
Tim

3) From: Eddie Dove
I got one of them for free and tested it with my home roast.  I gave it
every chance, but it didn't make the cut.  I wrote a review on it and I
tried to be fair but just.  I don't think it is worth wasting home roast on
it.
Pour over ... AeroPress ... French Press ...
Eddie
On 11/1/06, Tim Wat  wrote:
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4) From: John Lauck
I'm worried what management will say about a big coffee machine in my
carpeted office surrounded by computers.  I've been brewing tea using a
glass infuser and the hot water from the kitchen coffee machine.
The whole process of pods does seem time consuming (and quality reducing)
when it comes to making my own.
How is the AeroPress?  When I used to work from home French Press's were my
favorite, but as my taste has changed to prefer an Americano, I sometimes
find a French Press a bit to strong.
I have at least 3 small bodum fps at home which are probably my best
solution.
Thanks for all the ideas!
On 11/1/06, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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5) From: Tim Wat
John Lauck wrote:
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Sort of a non-answer as I currently don't own an AP, but if I understand 
Tom's description on the SM site, it actually brews stronger than 
typical FP (hence the misleading allusion to the AP's espresso 
capabilities), which is then diluted to suit taste.  Like I said, no 
personal experience, but it may be moving in the wrong direction for you.
Personally, for those who think my FP results are too strong, I either 
dilute with hot water, use coarser grind or shorten infusion time for them.
Tim

6) From: Brian Kamnetz
John,
When I used to make coffee in my office, I had a microwave in my office and
a thin glass carafe that was good for heating enough water for one mug at a
time. I had a Zass 169DG and a stash of beans in my office, and used one of
those little plastic cones with the paper filters, though others don't like
the paper and use wire mesh. It was very easy to clean, just dump the filter
and grounds into the trash and rinse the plastic cone. It worked very well
for me.
Brian
On 11/1/06, John Lauck  wrote:
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7) From: Scot Murphy
On Nov 1, 2006, at 12:49 PM, John Lauck wrote:
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I don't use one, but I gave one to my mom: a Phillips Senseo. She  
loves it. To avoid buying pods, I got her these little plastic pods  
that you can fill with your own coffee. She wasn't happy with  
cleaning those, so I did a little search and found a metal doohickey  
(Presto MyPod) that fits the same purpose and isn't as hard to clean.  
This is it:
You'll probably like the Senseo. The only problem is, it brews kind  
of small cups. But with the MyPod, you can use your own coffee, save  
money, and clean easily.
Scot "do I get a finder's fee?" Murphy

8) From: Brett Mason
In my office, I have:
  Hamilton Beach 1.7L cordless teapot
  Large Bodum French Press
  Swissgold 1-Cup
  Zassenhaus 156 mill
I get water out of the water cooler.
I rinse in the sink in the rest-room (no kitchen)
My bosses don't mind.  I regularly make them a cup...
If you want something stronger, do what I do - grind VERY COARSE, and
use 2 drawers full in the FP.
DIlute as necessary of course - I love the sweet nectar from my Bodum...
Brett
On 11/1/06, Tim Wat  wrote:
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-- 
Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

9) From: Leo Zick
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i just had a nice number of replies on this question too.  the aeropress
sounds like the best office coffee alternative. i havent bought one yet, but
it sounds ideal..
if you do grab one, please post and comment on it!
 
for brewed i prefer a press pot as well, so im hoping this is close.  i find
americanos stronger than a press pot, btw.  
From: John Lauck [mailto:recaffeinated] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 3:07 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +small coffee brewer
I'm worried what management will say about a big coffee machine in my
carpeted office surrounded by computers.  I've been brewing tea using a
glass infuser and the hot water from the kitchen coffee machine.  
The whole process of pods does seem time consuming (and quality reducing)
when it comes to making my own.
How is the AeroPress?  When I used to work from home French Press's were my
favorite, but as my taste has changed to prefer an Americano, I sometimes
find a French Press a bit to strong. 
I have at least 3 small bodum fps at home which are probably my best
solution. 
Thanks for all the ideas!
On 11/1/06, Eddie Dove <  
southcoastcoffeeroaster> wrote: 
I got one of them for free and tested it with my home roast.  I gave it
every chance, but it didn't make the cut.  I wrote a review on it and I
tried to be fair but just.  I don't think it is worth wasting home roast on
it. 
Pour over ... AeroPress ... French Press ...
Eddie 
On 11/1/06, Tim Wat  wrote: 
John Lauck wrote:
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I'm a FP junkie, so I might suggest the smallest (6 tasse) Bodum FP.
Don't know if you have access to hot water and a sink, but that would be 
my first choice.  I've not sampled one of those pod beasts, but I'm
afraid.  Very afraid.
Tim

10) From: Leo Zick
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im using the filter now.  except for an insane blend of yemen and sumatra
with double the number of scoops, (2 instead of 1), it takes away all the
flavor. :(  
From: Brian Kamnetz [mailto:bkamnetz] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 3:17 PM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +small coffee brewer
John,
 
When I used to make coffee in my office, I had a microwave in my office and
a thin glass carafe that was good for heating enough water for one mug at a
time. I had a Zass 169DG and a stash of beans in my office, and used one of
those little plastic cones with the paper filters, though others don't like
the paper and use wire mesh. It was very easy to clean, just dump the filter
and grounds into the trash and rinse the plastic cone. It worked very well
for me. 
 
Brian
On 11/1/06, John Lauck  wrote: 
I'm worried what management will say about a big coffee machine in my
carpeted office surrounded by computers.  I've been brewing tea using a
glass infuser and the hot water from the kitchen coffee machine.  
The whole process of pods does seem time consuming (and quality reducing)
when it comes to making my own.
How is the AeroPress?  When I used to work from home French Press's were my
favorite, but as my taste has changed to prefer an Americano, I sometimes
find a French Press a bit to strong. 
I have at least 3 small bodum fps at home which are probably my best
solution. 
Thanks for all the ideas! 

11) From: Sandy Andina
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I have a Senseo pod machine--I threw away the little paper hockey  
pucks it came with--and bought a pair of refillable "Eco-Pads" on  
eBay.  It is still a PITA to rinse them out completely, and the  
machine makes a small, weak-ish, not-hot-enough cup.
Get a mini-electric kettle, grinder (or bring fresh ground every day)  
and an AeroPress. Cleanup? Eject the puck and filter into the  
wastebasket, rinse the few remaining grounds off the rubber plunger  
end briefly, and you're good to go again.  French Presses are messy  
to clean--I've tried to clean them before checking out of many a  
motel room, and the grounds can easily clog a small sink or toilet.   
Or use a 1-cup pourover filter holder, paper filters and a mug;  
discard the paper filter and grounds when done.  (Rinsing a gold  
filter is as messy as rinsing a press pot).
On Nov 1, 2006, at 1:40 PM, Eddie Dove wrote:
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Sandy
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I have a Senseo pod machine--I =
threw away the little paper hockey pucks it came with--and bought a pair =
of refillable "Eco-Pads" on eBay.  It is still a PITA to rinse them =
out completely, and the machine makes a small, weak-ish, not-hot-enough =
cup.  
Get a = mini-electric kettle, grinder (or bring fresh ground every day) and an = AeroPress. Cleanup? Eject the puck and filter into the wastebasket, = rinse the few remaining grounds off the rubber plunger end briefly, and = you're good to go again.  French Presses are messy to clean--I've = tried to clean them before checking out of many a motel room, and the = grounds can easily clog a small sink or toilet.  Or use a 1-cup = pourover filter holder, paper filters and a mug; discard the paper = filter and grounds when done.  (Rinsing a gold filter is as messy as = rinsing a press pot). On Nov 1, 2006, at 1:40 PM, Eddie = Dove wrote:
I got one of them for free and tested it with my home = roast.  I gave it every chance, but it didn't make the cut.  I wrote = a review on it and I tried to be fair but just.  I don't think it is = worth wasting home roast on it. Pour over ... AeroPress ... = French Press ... Eddie On = 11/1/06, Tim Wat <timothywat > = wrote:John Lauck wrote: > I'm looking for a small brewer that I = can use in my office for my home > roasts.   Does anyone use = one of those "pod" coffee machines and make > their own = pods?  Something simple to clean and that just brews a cup > = or two would be perfect. > > I know I'm going to sacrifice = some of the quality in a small brewer, > but it's better than = drinking the companies Maxwell House! > > John I'm a FP = junkie, so I might suggest the smallest (6 tasse) Bodum FP. Don't = know if you have access to hot water and a sink, but that would be = my first choice.  I've not sampled one of those pod beasts, but = I'm afraid.  Very = afraid. Tim h= omeroast mailing list =http://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change = your personal list settings (digest options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go = to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = = --Apple-Mail-302--574073242--

12) From: Scott Marquardt
On 11/1/06, John Lauck  wrote:
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You won't sacrifice any quality if you use an Aeropress, and if you
use an unconventional filter you'll get better quality than most other
methods.
I regularly bring several origins to work, and we have an Aeropress
bar. Those of us who use it are parasitic off the Bunn machine's hot
water, though.  ;-)  A few months back, the Bunn service person
helpfully tweaked the hot water temperature so it would be high enough
for brewing (no, we don't brew at the temps recommended in the Aero's
instructions).
With several origins on hand and several people enjoying them, there
simply is no better method. If it were just me, it'd be the same thing
-- I'd be doing a cup each of several origins, each day. And the
cleanup time for an Aero is all of a few seconds at most.
I'm one of these fanatics for the device, but it's not gratuitous
fanaticism. My reasons can be easily defended. In fact, like any good
fanatic, I'd welcome arguments against the device.    ;-)
HTH!


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