--Apple-Mail-5--147067127 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed Wondering how many coffee related Christmas toys did people get? I got a Fluke 54 - thermometer and a filter handle probe device. Have to capture some temp data from my Giotto! Clif - SomeWhere in Florida with Rocky the Cardi and Garfield the Tabby Odie PWC at the Bridge 01/18/2006http://www.freewebs.com/aesk/inmemoriam.htm--Apple-Mail-5--147067127 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1
Clif, Really nice Fluke ... can you directly import into a spreadsheet and plot graphs? Do I understand correctly that it can log two inputs? Eddie -- My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett wrote: <Snip>
My sister gave me $60 for a tamper. I am probably going to wait until I upgrade from my Gaggia (though I haven't even used it yet!). Then I will get a Thor that I can put on my mantle between shots! Incidentally, I made my sister another cup of Yellow Bourbon in the moka pot again today, and she was raving again. She thinks it's way better than the Americano she had at the Water Street Coffee Joint in Kalamazoo. I think that place may have gone a bit downhill; I had a double shot there the other day that was quite bitter. The yellow bourbon was the clear favorite over the Kenya AA. Brian On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett wrote: <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-1--94710680 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed yes, 53 is single input and the 54 is dual. you comm with the meter via IR to download the captured data to your computer. Clif - SomeWhere in Florida with Rocky the Cardi and Garfield the Tabby Odie PWC at the Bridge 01/18/2006http://www.freewebs.com/aesk/inmemoriam.htm--------------- Clif, Really nice Fluke ... can you directly import into a spreadsheet and plot graphs? Do I understand correctly that it can log two inputs? Eddie -- My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett wrote: Wondering how many coffee related Christmas toys did people get? I got a Fluke 54 - thermometer and a filter handle probe device. Have to capture some temp data from my Giotto! --Apple-Mail-1--94710680 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1
Clifton Burkett wrote: <Snip> I got it early (end of November) but my Christmas gift this year was a Mazzer Mini. This thing absolutely rocks. I have started playing a LOT more with my Delonghi espresso machine and I have surprised myself with the improvement in my espresso. I used a drill press and a hole saw and modified my portafilter into a naked portafilter. The first thing I learned is that my distribution stunk. I have improved, but I have a long way to go. I certainly would not be on this journey if I had to use my old grinder (Kitchen Aid, A9) which had only 1 setting suitable for espresso. Hooray for a wonderful spouse! Cheers Scott Petersen
Clif, Congrats. Santa must have been in a particularly generous mood. 'Top of the heap' instrument. I recently settled for a similar instrument of lesser quality, the Extech, your going to have fun with it. Mike (just plain) On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett wrote: <Snip>
I received a Sweet Maria's gift certificate. What to choose? Kim
On the keyboard, "CTRL-A" is a shortcut for "Select All" ;-) -- My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 12/27/06, TINK1969 wrote: <Snip>
On 12/27/06, TINK1969 wrote: <Snip> My daughter gave me a SM certificate for my b'day (12/7) and I chose: Aussie Mtn Top Guat Blue Quetzal Congo Kivu Peaberry SM Moka Kadir Blend Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
Yirgacheffe is worth everyones praise.. get it if you haven't! Ive been enjoying it for a few days now.. smells like flowers, tastes soo smooth!
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everybody. I got a Thor Tamper and La Pavoni clear espresso glasses from my wife for Christmas. She intercepted one of my orders from Sweet Marias and wrapped them up for Christmas. I used the clear glass this morning and verified that I have a LOT of crema in my shots (about 75%). One thing I did notice about my crema is that it collapses very quickly. Half of the crema is gone within 30 seconds. Is this normal? Paul
TINK1969 wrote: <Snip> i feel ya. my girlfriend gave me an $80 SM's gift certificate (more than i've spent there at once... so far ;-) ) just when i thought she was ready to dump me over this new roasting obsession (jk, she does enjoy watching me and my new love, and sampling the results). but now, what a terrible, terrible dilemma she's presented me with. at least the soon-to-return misty valley seems like an obvious choice. first, i'll worry about getting my new roaster project functioning (living off 4-5oz popcorn pumper batches of my pre-christmas sampler pack from harvey in the meantime). more on the new roaster when it's up and running... have a safe and happy new year everyone.
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Cups, cups, and more cups. There's a potter shop nearby that makes the thickest walled cups I've ever seen in a pottery shop. They're wonderful. Cappa cups and demitasses... Beautiful. --Derek On 12/28/06, jim gundlach wrote: <Snip> -- http://www.novernae.comHome of the Wandering Sloth
Hi Derek, Pictures, we want pictures! Maybe put them on your blogsite and we'll all come take a look? Regards, Brett Biola grad too... On 12/27/06, Derek Bradford wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett wrote: <Snip> My wife gave me a Nissan SS Thermos - the 1 L NCD-10 model. Finest thermos I have ever seen! It contains enough presspot coffee to last me all day at work and to share a little to boot. It is amazing how hot it keeps the coffee. Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
Justin, I have that exact same Thermos and it is amazing how hot it will keep the coffee and for how long. Your wife made a great choice! Eddie On 12/28/06, Justin Marquez wrote: <Snip> -- My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/
My in-laws hooked me up with a $100 GC from SM! I have the coolest in-laws. My father-in-law is my golf partner. "Sorry dear, but I have to play golf with your dad this weekend." :)) On 12/28/06, Eddie Dove wrote: <Snip> -- My home coffee roasting blog:http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/Kevin
On 12/28/06, Kevin wrote: <Snip> I betcha HE uses the same excuse, too! Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
I have a story to tell. A friend of mine secretly commissioned Doug Strait to build me my own modified Wearever Popcorn Pumper! Actually this was for my recent birthday but the gift was so freakin' incredible and unexpected that this thread seems an appropriate place to comment. Some folks may recall that back in September, I won Doug's Tradition Offering to try out one of his modded popper setups for four months (I understand that these machines are legend amongst the popper-modding set...I can see why...) So anyway, I found myself in a position at once enviable and distressing. I had been "turned on" to the total control of the modded Popcorn Pumper (and all that entails), yet I was faced the prospect of having to give up the 'total roast control' after four months. Well...My friend who understood this dilemma contacted Doug covertly (sneaky sneaky...). She asked him if he would consider building a modded popper for me to keep. Having more recently seen the wiring diagram for Doug's machine, the prospect of attempting to build a similar popper would be nigh impossible for me, as I do not have a good working understanding of electricity. Well, methinks Doug is an electrical engineer, as his diagram was completely indecipherable to me and his popper really kicks out the jams, as they say. So imagine my surprise when on my birthday, I received a newly produced replica of the beautiful machine which I had been using on loan! Apparently Doug and Kristin (gift giver extraordinaire!) have had quite a few chuckles at my expense over the past month or two, but I definitely don't mind. I'm now the proud owner of what I have dubbed "The Full Custom Gospel Popper" a la Doug Strait. TO in VA On 12/28/06, Justin Marquez wrote: <Snip>
Santa brought a foodsaver for me this Christmas. I have been having way too much fun with this thing! Went out and got a jar sealer yesterday and the real fun began. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for my vac sealing adventures?
FoodSaver adventures? Put marshmellows in a jar and vac seal, then break the seal. Results is fun to watch:-) Serious tip: when vac bagging any bread product freeze it first!!! Else you'll end of with bread that will stay fresh and free of freezer burn frozen, but, uh, be rather flat. Doing a second brined and smoked turkey for vac freezing, and of course making copious gravy from the brined smoked birdie drippings? Freeze gravy in muffin pans then vac seal. Silicon muffin pans work best making it easy to pop out the frozen gravy! 3 day prep and cook fab turkey & gravy in 15 minutes any day of the week any time of the year. FoodSaver uses go on and on... Oh, make sure you have dedicated counter space for the FoodSaver, most used appliance in the house. miKe <Snip>
I suppose Tom's lady friend and I did have a bit of fun at his expense. Amazingly, just the day before Tom's birthday he emailed to inquire if I could provide him with instructions to build his own. After receiving the green light from his friend to jerk his chain a bit, my response to Tom included one of my better efforts. The email begins as follows: Look, pal, don't come whining to me. You had your chance to back out when you could. Mike Dhabolt on the SM list specifically warned, and I quote: "One Caveat to those considering Doug's offer, once you have become used to equipment with the flexibility necessary for true profile roasting, it is hard to settle for anything less." Anyway, I have attached the schematic. Look it over and see what you think.
Well, it's done. And shortly after Tom, Maria, Derek and the elves start shipping again, I'll have my whole kit. The total came in at about $1200 US (wowsa) and includes the Bezzera, Rocky, tamper, pitcher, tamping mat, Illy espresso grind to practise with, cleaning brushes,cafiza, and a knock box. I have a good thermometer, various cups. and a thingee to time my shots. If there is anything I've forgotten, please don't tell me until I fully recover from the sticker shock. We also won't talk about what this is in Canadian $ and I will try to ignore the fact that I could have bought a very nice gas stove for the same amount of money, and I actually need a new stove. vicki
Are you recovered yet? :-) Didn't see back flush blank listed in your order. Sorry but it's necessary. Cafiza about worthless without it! Not to mention very good routine to water only back flush after EVERY shot session, even if pulling only one shot. Personally I'd call which ever vendor and cancel the Illy and add back flush blank. If Illy whole bean maybe ok for practice, but not pre-ground anything. There is NO one correct espresso grind for any machine let alone various machines, hence the importance of grinder. (Or unless using cheapo average consumer machine with pressurized PF, which you are not.) Just start with Rocky about +10 from true zero and adjust from there based on shot flow. FWIW, highly suggest don't even touch the single basket until mastering double basket shots. Also, stick with one blend (like Tom's Monkey) while learning shot technique or a quality commercial espresso blend roast whether from Tom or various excellent online sources. (Intelligensia Black Cat, Zoka Paladino, Stumptown Hairbender etc.) 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. <Snip>
The Bezzera comes with one, miKe. I ordered the ground Illy, based on Tom's recommendation. I have ordered Monkey Blend :). Thanks for the other recommendations. I plan on reading, reading, reading until it all arrives (and probably for the next decade as well). v miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
Once you open the Illy can it might be "ok" for a few minutes to maybe an hour at best "if" you're lucky and the grind happens to be about right for machine brew pressure, shot temp, humidity, PF dose, tamp etc. I'd still cancel it regardless what Tom recommends! About the only thing it's good for is judging the approximate grind needed by feeling the grounds with your fingers. But since you're getting a commonly known grinder all you really need is approx' grind starting point from true zero... miKe <Snip>
Hi Vicki, I don't know if I missed this but did you buy a new roaster as well? I don't think I've followed every listing but last I saw you were using a bread machine. The reason I'm asking is that my original iRoast2 failed and Hearthware sent me a new one which works so differently from the first one that it's driving my crazy. I saw that you had switched to the bread machine after your iR2 failed and I'm impressed. Frankly, I really don't want to roast outdoors or I'd follow your example. I grew up in northern Minnesota and know what cold means. And although I'm now in Philadelphia, I'd rather roast inside. (I'm now saving for a Gene Cafe.) I'm struggling to get the iRoast2 to produce a halfway decent roast until I can upgrade. This is clearly a slippery slope ... but that's not necessarily a bad thing :)
No, Carole. I didn't buy a new roaster. I did recently get a Bradley Smoker, for smoking meats. I use my IR2 inside, and my bread machine/heat gun outside or in my unheated garage. I have had two different iRoasts and they were different from one another. My nephew just got one, and it is different still. I am very glad I have the IR2--it's just too cold to roast outside some of the time. It is also great to do a small roast of a new bean before doing a bigger roast in the bread machine. I hope you figure your new IR2 out. v Carole Zatz wrote: <Snip>
I agree with Mike. I got a can when my Andreja arrived. I pulled two horrid shots, sealed the can back up and returned it. They asked if I wanted a replacement...Nope, just my money. I've never looked back. Demian On 12/28/06, miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
I got a knock box too! I can't believe I've been running back and forth to the trashcan all this time. You're right about the Aero-Press. I've enjoyed having it when I travel. All I need is a microwave and a bottle of water. Plus it takes almost no room in the suitcase. I gave an AP to my step-father for Christmas. He was very intrigued. Cheers -Casey On 12/27/06, jim gundlach wrote: <Snip>
My trashcan is next to my counter where my espresso machine is.. Genius I tell you, damn near genius :p
I really thought I was going to make it through the holidays without anyone giving me coffee. Yesterday, my mother (who was out of town for the holidays) stopped by the house and did the gift exchange with my wife and son while I was at work. When I got home, my wife gestured to the bag; *$ with matching mugs ... THANKS MOM! I am thankful for the SM gift certificate and all the other coffee toys though ... Eddie On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett wrote: <Snip> -- My Home Coffee Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/