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 www.internetsecurityguru.com
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 On 1/12/07, Patrick S. Harper wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.comOn 1/12/07, Patrick S. Harper wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
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 On 1/12/07, Patrick S. Harper wrote: <Snip>
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 On 1/12/07, Patrick S. Harper wrote: <Snip>
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.
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. <Snip>
--Apple-Mail-151--804189701 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed 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: <Snip> Sandy www.sandyandina.com www.sass-music.com --Apple-Mail-151--804189701 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 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.
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 On 1/12/07, Brett Mason wrote: <Snip>
Try Sears, that's where I got mine on sale. Susan
Mine was marked 25.99, but rang up for $15.75 including tax.... Two nights ago... Brett On 1/12/07, Brian Kamnetz wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
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: <Snip>
Dang, no more k-marts in Texas or at least Dallas according to the website.
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
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?