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Topic: Whole Bean brewup (14 msgs / 286 lines)
1) From: Aaron
Ok here's the highlight of my stupidity for the day.
Woke up, did the rictual of measuring and brewing a swissgold cup full 
of coffee to take to work.
oh wait.... isn't that supposed to be  measuring GRINDING and then 
brewing the beans????
Yeppers, I ran a swiss gold full of whole bean coffee. (at least I didnt 
use green beans) Now I don't think I will suprise anyone by saying it 
was rather weak BUT.... not to be thwarted, I have a wet chopper / 
little food processor whatever you want to call it.  Threw it all in 
there, hit the button and chopped it all up beans / water everything.  
Let it run for about 30 seconds then threw it back into the M wave for 
another minute to bring water temp back to about correct temperature.   
I then threw the concoction back into the swissgold bottom part to 
strain out the coffee grounds.
It did foam up a little bit in the chopper but not bad at all really, 
and the m wave busted it back down.
All in all, a whole lotta extra work but darned if it wasn't a half way 
decent cup of coffee afterall.  Seriously it turned out ok, I was kind 
of suprised it did turn out as good as it did.
***Note to self:  If the water runs through the swiss gold in under 15 
seconds, you forgot to chop the beans again.

2) From: Lynne
You need to put this under the "Make Us Laugh" tradition.
(proof you REALLY needed that cup of coffee)
On Dec 19, 2006, at 12:23 PM, Aaron wrote:

3) From: Jim Anderson
This may make you feel better.
The other day, I weighed out 150g of green beans to load in my I
Roast. Grabbed everything and headed outside. Got the roaster going
and started playing ball with our dog. About 5 minutes later I
realized I wasn't smelling anything.
Yep, forgot to put the beans in the roaster. First time in about six
years of roasting.
Happy Holidays,

4) From: Aaron
That's funny Jim on how we through what ever machinations... manage to 
dunce out and forget the most critical and basic aspects of the art we 
do.  I will admit to pouring the water through an empty SG from time to 
time... yanno, maybe it's time i start doing the french press again... 
at least that way I can see if there's coffee in there or not....
yep.... the wheel's spinnin but the hamster is dead....

5) From: miKe mcKoffee
Dumped the beans to be ground onto the hopper lid forgetting to remove the
lid and watched them bounce all over the counter and floor... (yes, everyone
run away bean was recovered:-) Actually have done that one twice IIRC.
I've dumped the grounds into the PF back flush blank, talk about a "stalled
shot!"... (always keep two PFs on the drip tray, one with basket and one
with back flush blank)
Started to pull shot into drip tray forgetting I WAS NOT doing a flush but
rather pulling a shot...
Dumped greens into Rocky once forgetting I was heading for the garage to
roast in the Rosto... 
But no, don't recall brewing whole beans. But then, my recall may be on
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.

6) From: Bill Morgan
Dumped newly roasted beans from the popper to the cooling fan, with no
colander in place.  (Spraying hot beans onto 50-degree concrete cools them
very, very quickly, in case you wondered.)
On 12/19/06, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:

7) From: raymanowen
I don't ever wanna do it. Wouldn't be prudent.
My blower is aimed over the fence at my neighbor's garage. I noticed a few
months ago that the grass was waving and leaves blowing around when I
powered it up.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
1,000 bean pick up-
On 12/20/06, Bill Morgan  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty
Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976

8) From: David Morgenlender
I filled my grinder with water instead of my drip brewer.  That grinder =
worked again.  Fortunately, this was before Rocky, when I was buying =
inexpensive grinders!
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9) From: David Schooley
I dumped whole beans into my Technivorm's water  reservoir a while  
back. Fortunately it was the whole beans.
On Dec 20, 2006, at 9:06 AM, David Morgenlender wrote:

10) From: Derek Bradford
I nearly filled my Europiccola with milk one morning.  Screams of NO
NO NO!!! came from across the room and caught me just in time.
On 12/21/06, David Schooley  wrote:
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11) From: MichaelB
Wow. That kind of alarm is priceless. Wish I had one like that.
About a month ago I turned the machine on and the GFCI tripped. I tried it a
second time and it tripped again. I ran down to the panel to check the
circuit breaker. That was on. I tried another outlet. Same thing. Then I
finally realized - the machine had no water in it. I had emptied it to put
in fresh water and forgot to fill it. The sight glass had no line in it so
it looked full. It turned out to be just a 15 minute delay in my
espressomaking - but I'm very thankful that the GFCI circuit did its job.
On 12/21/06, Derek Bradford  wrote:

12) From: Aaron
Michael something does not sound right about your unit tripping the gfi 
because there was no water in it.  Only current passing to ground will 
cause that to happen.   Current passing to ground is a FAULT in your 
equipment (unless it's a surge supressor / ups but we won't go 
there).... no water will cause it to happen because it very well might 
cause the heating element to burn out / ground out, but the mere fact 
that there was no water should not by itself, without cascading into 
something else cause it to trip.
You might want to take a good look at the unit to see that some damage 
was not sustained somewhere and it is just waiting to show itself to 
you.  This could possibly be a cause for much concern

13) From: Kevin
The other weekend I just finished roasting a batch of my last 8oz of SM
Select Peaberry.  As I was walking up my basement steps carrying my latest
achievement, I tripped spilling 3/8's of a lb all over my basement floor.
To make matters worse, our three cats use the basement for their latrine (3
litter boxes) so out came the shop vac and there is where that 3/4 of that
roast rests today.  I only had 1/8 of a lb to show for my efforts.  Too make
matters worse, I really like the CR SM Select Peaberry...
On the brighter side, I'm down to my last 4#s of beans so stash
replenishment is scheduled for January!
On 12/21/06, Aaron  wrote:
My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin

14) From: MichaelB
Thanks for your concern. Even though I am in a holiday spirit I would not
want to light up like a Hanukah candle or Christmas tree. However I'm
certain my machine is in good working order. It is an Olympia Cremina, a
lever machine, with few electronics to go astray. I bought it new 24 years
ago and it is in perfect condition. I use it all the time and turn it on and
off about 5 or 6 times a day, every day. I had maintenance and electrical
work done a few years ago by an authorized dealer. A new heater and circuit
breaker - so it is equipped to deal with this kind of misuse and bounce
right back. I don't understand the details but it's something like the
overheating circuit causes the GFCI to trip even before the built-in circuit
breaker can trip. As soon as the overheating stops - putting water into the
machine - it starts working again. It all happened so quickly and was
restored so quickly that there was no chance of heat damage, and the circuit
breaker is still operational should I have another brain cramp and do this
I remember vaguely before the days of GFCI, that the machine once shut down
like this. Then it tripped the machine circuit breaker and I had to push the
button to reset it. Presumably that would have happened here if not a GFCI
circuit. BTW, Les and Alchemist have the same model machine. They may have a
better understanding of how the safety features work.
On 12/21/06, Aaron  wrote:

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