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1) From: Clifton Burkett
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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
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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 Floridawith Rocky the Cardi and Garfield the = TabbyOdie PWC at the = Bridge 01/18/2006

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2) From: Eddie Dove
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
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
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
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4) From: Clifton Burkett
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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
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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!
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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 Floridawith Rocky the = Cardi and Garfield the TabbyOdie PWC at the = Bridge 01/18/2006---------------
">http://www.freewebs.com/aesk/inmemoriam.htm=
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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 Cafe http://southcoastcof=feeroaster.blogspot.com/  On 12/26/06, = Clifton Burkett <cliflb = > 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! 





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5) From: Scott Petersen
Clifton Burkett wrote:
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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

6) From: Michael Dhabolt
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)
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7) From: TINK1969
I received a Sweet Maria's gift certificate.  What to choose?
 
Kim

8) From: Eddie Dove
On the keyboard, "CTRL-A" is a shortcut for "Select All"  ;-)
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9) From: Justin Marquez
On 12/27/06, TINK1969  wrote:
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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)

10) From: Leo Zick
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!

11) From: Howellite
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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

12) From: stereoplegic
TINK1969 wrote:
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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.

13) From: jim gundlach
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Finally got a knock box which I've asked for since 2003 and the  
surprise was a Aero-Press.  I've noticed it discussed on the list  
before but I never paid much attention.  Turns out it is a good  
brewing tool for the road.
Pecan Jim
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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! 
Finally got a knock box = which I've asked for since 2003 and the surprise was a Aero-Press.  = I've noticed it discussed on the list before but I never paid much = attention.  Turns out it is a good brewing tool for the = road. 
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14) From: Derek Bradford
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
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15) From: Brett Mason
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:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

16) From: Justin Marquez
On 12/26/06, Clifton Burkett  wrote:
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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)

17) From: Eddie Dove
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
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18) From: Kevin
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:
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19) From: Justin Marquez
On 12/28/06, Kevin  wrote:
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I betcha HE uses the same excuse, too!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

20) From: Tom Ogren
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
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21) From: Justin Schwarz
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?

22) From: miKe mcKoffee
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
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23) From: Douglas Strait
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.

24) From: Vicki Smith
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

25) From: miKe mcKoffee
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.
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26) From: Vicki Smith
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
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27) From: miKe mcKoffee
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
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28) From: Carole Zatz
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 :)

29) From: Vicki Smith
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
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30) From: Demian Ebert
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
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31) From: Casey Jones
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
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32) From: Leo Zick
My trashcan is next to my counter where my espresso machine is..
Genius I tell you, damn near genius :p

33) From: Eddie Dove
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
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