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Topic: Temp Measurements - IR Gun Use? (4 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: John McCormick
I'm a newbie to this list ... but a long-time coffee lover.  I currently
grind eight o'clock beans with a whirly grinder every morning and
French-press my very strong morning coffee ...   The dunkin stuff, and
restaurant coffee is tasteless dishwater to me.  I'm looking forward to
getting into espresso sometime but don't have room in my kitchen for the
unit ... that all being said, I just wanted to mention that I've recently
begun checking water and coffee temperatures with an IR temperature gun
(just recently placed in the consumer market for $30 to $80 ... I paid $35
for mine) and found it to be very quick and easy ... just aim the gun at the
water about to go into the press or coffee being poured out, press the
trigger and viola ... the temp is displayed to 0.1 deg F accuracy ...
granted the overall tolerance may be greater. 
Forgive my newbie interjection if inappropriate to this group.
Another comment is that I've found a significant flavor difference if
non-filtered tap-water is used versus Brita filtered water ... I've hardly
heard a reference to this aspect of end-quality results ... but again this
may be such a basic part of espresso-brewing that it goes without mention.
I'm looking forward to a kitchen remodeling project this spring and already
told my wife that my reward for the remodeling investment is reserved space
for a espresso machine and burr grinder.
Happy Holidays,
John McCormick - Pittsburgh PA

2) From: Michael Dhabolt
John,
Welcome aboard.  Sounds like you may have found a home.
Re: Water and its relationship to your impending move to the dark side, you
may want to read this -http://www.big-rick.com/coffee/waterfaq.html. In
fact it took several reads for it to settle in to my poor over caffeinated
cranium.
Mike (just plain)

3) From: Eddie Dove
John,
Welcome aboard!  When you remodel the kitchen, make sure the cabinets are at
least 24 inches above the counter tops.  This will be of great benefit to
you when you purchase the grinders that we talk you into for all of your
coffee grinding needs.  ;-)
Again, welcome to the list!
Eddie
On 12/21/06, John McCormick  wrote:
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4) From: James
Here in Southern CA such filters are mandatory. I use both the Brita and th=
e Pur filters. The Brita are pitcher types and the Pur is a faucet mount. A=
while ago I taste tested and decided that for coffee I preferred the Pur fi=
lter.
 
I could not imagine directly plumbing an espresso machine with =
our less-than-stellar tasting water, not to mention that due to the high TD=
S content, there is significant scale/lime issues. I just descaled my espre=
sso machine after 6-7 months of daily usage...
 
James in Southern CA=
----- Original Message ----
From: John McCormick 
To: homeroast
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2=
006 9:35:39 AM
Subject: +Temp Measurements - IR Gun Use?
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Another comment is that I've found a significant flavor difference if
=
non-filtered tap-water is used versus Brita filtered water ... I've hardly=
heard a reference to this aspect of end-quality results ... but again th=
is
may be such a basic part of espresso-brewing that it goes without ment=
ion.
I'm looking forward to a kitchen remodeling project this spring a=
nd already
told my wife that my reward for the remodeling investment is r=
eserved space
for a espresso machine and burr grinder.
Happy Holiday=
s,
John McCormick - Pittsburgh PA=
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