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Topic: new to the list and roasting (14 msgs / 596 lines)
1) From: Patrick S. Harper
I thought I was getting this stuff down pretty good until I got on this list
a few days ago (I am learning though, and really enjoying reading the
posts).  My neighbor got me into roasting after we got to talking about
cooking and moved on to coffee (both our wives have the benefit of having
married guys that love to cook and do a pretty good job of it) I tried his
fresh roast beans and have never looked back.  I had ordered some Kona from
an estate I used to buy roasted beans from and he did some roasting from me,
then I got an I-roast 2 and a bunch of sample packs and have been loving it.
I am a little hard of hearing from some fun in the Army 20 years ago so
listening for the first and second crack is hard for me.  I just got 5 lbs
of Timor FTO Maubesse and Mexico FTO Chiapas-Special Lot in from SM's, they
were the ones form the sample pack that I enjoyed the most.  I think I will
order another sample pack because that was a lot of fun trying all the
coffee's.  I am currently using a Cuisinart grind and brew with a carafe and
like the coffee it makes.  I was wondering what the suggestions would be to
replace it with a grinder and pot (I prefer one with a carafe since I drink
a pot over about an hour in the morning and one in the evening)  I saw one
of the ones on the SM site that looked pretty nice and was in the $200
range, and I am sure it is a good pot if it is on the site.  Has anyone used
it? (Technivorm KBT 741)  also, I am not sure what to look for in a grinder,
recommendations would be appreciated.  I am new to this but loving it, and
am very glad I found out about it.  It is going to be a few months before I
get to buy one due to me spending too much on my other hobby in the last few
months but if it is worth it to move to better hardware then it is going to
go on the budget.
I really enjoy my coffee so much more these days.  I am ordered some  of the
new Kona and Misty today, from what I gather on this list it may go quickly.
I have been drinking some Kona from another estate that I enjoy and can't
wait to try this one.  Is here an announcement list for new batch's that
come into SM's?  Or do the really good ones just get announced here?
Patrick S. Harper | CISSP RHCT MCSE
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2) From: Brett Mason
Hi Zack,
The technivorms are really good at managing the temp correctly.  Buy
from Sweet Maria's of course...
Incidentally, your local K-Mart is closing out on their Presto
Scandinavian coffee makers at $15 - I picked one up because of
opportunity - and they get the temperature correct.  For $15 you can't
go wrong.  Also buy a stainless steel thermos that keeps coffee hot
all day.
Get a Zassenhaus grinder (try eBay) - the conical Burr makes all the
difference.  love it, there are others who hate turning a crank.
Perhaps the best investment you make in your coffee is the grinder,
then the brewer, and finally the decanter...
Regards,
Brett
  Zassman
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3) From: Les
Welcome to the hobby (obsssion)!  It sounds like the slippery slope
has already started!  I would not hesitate on the Technivorm.  I
waited and bought one.  I have gone through a number of drip pots over
the years.  I think this one will last a life time.  I "popped the
hood" and it is built like a tank.  You also get the nice high temp
needed to brew properly.  I know others are going to shoot me, but if
you never plan on doing espresso I would get a Solis Meastro also from
Sweet Marias.  Now that you can get replacement burrs for both the top
and bottom, it would make a fine grinder for anything except espresso
unless you don't mind changing burrs often.   I still think the Rocky
is the best value out there.
Les
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
Of course, if you are looking for the absolute last grinder that you will
ever buy or want to buy, you want the Mazzer Kony. Guaranteed to be immune
to upgrade fever!
Brian
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5) From: Patrick S. Harper
Wow, you're not kidding, that is a chunk of change for a grinder.  I do not
make espresso so I think that might be a little overkill for me unless I
open up a coffee house in the garage.  Plus I would be afraid to show that
to my wife.  My other hobby is shooting and I just bought a new 1911 for
IDPA shooting and she is still getting over the cost of that.

6) From: miKe mcKoffee
Patrick (good name, my middle name:-),
Welcome to the List, enjoy the journey! But BEWARE The Slippery Slope!
If you think you have a lot to learn now just wait 'til you've roasted a =
few
years and a thousand or so batches. Then you'll really start to know how
much you don't know! (Speaking only for myself six years into the home
roasting journey;-)
Palates vary but personally I don't like any coffee "held" for later
consumption. I couldn't care less if it keeps it hot, that does not =
equate
to optimum flavor! Brewing for each individual consumption will yield =
the
optimum cup IMNSHO. Heck, off boil water with Foulgers Crystals added =
will
yield a hot cup of caffeine delivery on demand if hot is the criteria! =
(I'd
choose a Nodoze myself before sub par coffee if caffeine was all that =
was
wanted.) But I could be consider an extremist by some when it comes to
coffee:-)
Agree a Solis Maestro Plus (or KA Proline) would be very good grinder =
for
all but espresso, then just ok grinders IMO. Paired with pour over drip
you'd have water temperature control and fresh brewed each cup. 
I won't get into the IMO ultimate complete complex flavors obtainable by
brewing each "cup of coffee" via espresso extraction, i.e. "cup of =
coffee"
café crema or Americano. The dark side is an even slipperier slope:-) 
Tom always posts new green arrivals in the "What's New" section of site =
home
page. I believe he's also setup RS feed capability but I've not been =
using
it.
Of course Les most always shills new arrivals on List:-)
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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7) From: Sandy Andina
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I use the Solis Maestro Plus for all my non-espresso needs, and it  
does a fine job!  (If the hopper is full of beans that I do not care  
to brew at the moment, I put the ones I want to grind--especially  
decaf--into the Bodum Antigua, which has a similar burr set and was  
its predecessor in my kitchen). Yes, you read correctly--I have FOUR  
electric burr grinders:  Mazzer Mini and Rocky doserless for regular  
and decaf espresso, respectively; and SM+ and Bodum Antigua for  
brewed regular and decaf, respectively.  I am a pack rat and a  
gearhead, though; and it does eliminate the necessity of major grind  
readjustments.  My family drinks a LOT of drip, so there's always a  
1/4 lb. or so sitting at the ready in the SM+'s hopper.
Then there's the Zass Turkish and *$ whirley for travel....
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I use the Solis Maestro Plus for =
all my non-espresso needs, and it does a fine job!  (If the hopper is =
full of beans that I do not care to brew at the moment, I put the ones I =
want to grind--especially decaf--into the Bodum Antigua, which has a =
similar burr set and was its predecessor in my kitchen). Yes, you read =
correctly--I have FOUR electric burr grinders:  Mazzer Mini and Rocky =
doserless for regular and decaf espresso, respectively; and SM+ and =
Bodum Antigua for brewed regular and decaf, respectively.  I am a pack =
rat and a gearhead, though; and it does eliminate the necessity of major =
grind readjustments.  My family drinks a LOT of drip, so there's =
always a 1/4 lb. or so sitting at the ready in the SM+'s =
hopper. 
Then = there's the Zass Turkish and *$ whirley for travel.... On = Jan 12, 2007, at 11:57 AM, Les wrote:

but if

you never plan on doing = espresso I would get a Solis Meastro also from

Sweet Marias.

= Sandywww.sass-music.com
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8) From: Brian Kamnetz
I ran right over to the local Kmart here in Columbia SC. They had the Presto
Scandinavian, but for $25, the same price as on the Kmart web page.
Brian
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9) From: Fancye9876
Try Sears, that's where I got mine on sale.
 
Susan

10) From: Brett Mason
Mine was marked 25.99, but rang up for $15.75 including tax.... Two
nights ago...
Brett
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11) From: Brian Kamnetz
Sears doesn't have it listed on their web site.... Do they have items in the
stores that are not on the web site?
Brian
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12) From: Patrick S. Harper
Dang, no more k-marts in Texas or at least Dallas according to the website.

13) From: Laura Micucci
I was just at Sears and they had two...on clearance. 25.99-30%off
  
Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
  Sears doesn't have it listed on their web site.... Do they have items in the stores that are not on the web site?
Brian
  On 1/12/07, Fancye9876  wrote:      Try Sears, that's where I got mine on sale.
   
  Susan
Laura
  Making the world a better place one bean at a time.
  www.freshroastedforyou.com

14) From: Patrick S. Harper
Sounds like I will be braving the cold and ice of North Texas tomorrow to go
try to find one.  Sears here I come.
Anyone else from this part of the country?


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