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Topic: Technivorm & small batches? (15 msgs / 290 lines)
1) From: Sharon Allsup
How are Technivorms at handling less brews of less than full pot size?
 Can you get great  coffee using them for, say, 2 or 6 cups at a time
rather than the 8 & 10?  Does anyone here regularly use it for that
small a batch?  Any issues?
Our Bodum Santos' carafe cracked this morning, so I'm debating whether
to buy a replacement, or go splurge for a Technivorm.  But if I'm
devoting counter space to a brewer, I want it to be able to handle
both of the functions "fill my 2-cup thermos in the morning for work"
and "brew full pot for hubby & myself on weekends".
Thanks -
Sharon
p.s. This was one of those mornings that never happened.  Entropy (one
of our cats) stole a bag of resting coffee off the counter over the
night and played with it, resulting in coffee beans scattered
throughout four rooms and a hall.  Hubby confessed to "probably didn't
completely dry off the base when I cleaned it" and *keRACK!* goes the
Santos carafe.  I'd baked a nut and raisin quick bread that ended up
1) overdone and 2) falling to pieces when my husband -- who was
already rattled by having broken the vacpot -- tried to flip it out of
the baking pan before it had sufficiently cooled.   As chunks of
homemade quickbread fell to the counter, I declared "This morning
never happened.  We went to IHOP and made mushy-eyes at each other
over the pancakes".  He said  "Right.  But we brought our own coffee."

2) From: Brett Mason
You are only a few small steps fr4om home-kopi-luwaked-coffee...
Imagine,
Brett
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3) From: raymanowen
Sharon,
I rarely do this with the Technivorm, but it has worked very well for me. I
have done this with both my normal Gold mesh filter, and a paper cone
filter:
   1. Close the basket valve,
   2. Grind a proportional quantity of coffee into the filter at the
   normal grind setting,
   3. The basket/ filter/ w/coffee can hold nearly 15oz of liquid, but
   the bloom will overflow it. Try a maximum of 8oz of boiling H2O (200°F=
) with
   8g of coffee grounds.
   4. Give the bloom a stir down or pour the rest of the water through
   the bloom, and allow 2min of R&R to commingle and infuse.
   5. The flavor and aroma have been crazy good- even better than the
   full carafe.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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4) From:
Sharon:
When I use my Technivorm, I rarely make a full pot since it is just for folks who don't want an americano from my espresso machine.
Why waste the coffee if you are going to dump it in the sink. I can make 2 or 3 small batches that are fresh, fresh, fresh...
It is a great machine. Of course I roast great coffee!!!
ginny
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5) From: Wes Tyler
They do well at making over 10 cups. I just grind the right amount for 12 c=
ups for my taste, put that in the filter then add another cup of water when=
 I do the "T.O. swirl". Can't see any reason why it wouldn't work well with=
 less.
Wes
----- Original Message ----
From: Sharon Allsup 
To: homeroast
Sent: Sunday, March 18=
, 2007 12:19:29 PM
Subject: +Technivorm & small batches?
How are Tec=
hnivorms at handling less brews of less than full pot size?
 Can you get =
great  coffee using them for, say, 2 or 6 cups at a time
rather than the =
8 & 10?  Does anyone here regularly use it for that
small a batch?  Any i=
ssues?
Our Bodum Santos' carafe cracked this morning, so I'm debating =
whether
to buy a replacement, or go splurge for a Technivorm.  But if I'm=
devoting counter space to a brewer, I want it to be able to handle
bot=
h of the functions "fill my 2-cup thermos in the morning for work"
and "b=
rew full pot for hubby & myself on weekends".
Thanks -
Sharon
=
p.s. This was one of those mornings that never happened.  Entropy (one=
of our cats) stole a bag of resting coffee off the counter over the
ni=
ght and played with it, resulting in coffee beans scattered
throughout fo=
ur rooms and a hall.  Hubby confessed to "probably didn't
completely dry =
off the base when I cleaned it" and *keRACK!* goes the
Santos carafe.  I'=
d baked a nut and raisin quick bread that ended up
1) overdone and 2) fal=
ling to pieces when my husband -- who was
already rattled by having broke=
n the vacpot -- tried to flip it out of
the baking pan before it had suff=
iciently cooled.   As chunks of
homemade quickbread fell to the counter, =
I declared "This morning
never happened.  We went to IHOP and made mushy-=
eyes at each other
over the pancakes".  He said  "Right.  But we brought =
our own coffee."
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6) From: Jeff Oien
I don't know if this helps, but I've used drip makers for one cup of 
coffee with no problem. Currently a Presto Scandinavian (can't afford a 
Technivorm) with a Swiss Gold #4 filter. I preheat the carafe because 
the coffee can get a little colder on the way down with such a small 
amount and I don't want to let it sit on the burner to warm up again.
JeffO
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7) From: Claus Thøgersen
Hi,
I have not owned a TV for more than 6 years. For very small batches 1 or 2
cups it is definately not good! You can try some of the triggs to keep the
water in contact with the  coffee longer but I do not think  it  makes much
of a difference.
The Santos replacement should be much cheaper and the Santos makes fantastic
coffee!!!
Claus

8) From: Michael Mccandless
I make about 2/3 pot & the result is great.
McSparky
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9) From: Jason Sheldon
You could always pick up an aeropress for making 1 or 2 cups at a
time.  The aeropress looks likes a gimmick but it makes very good
coffee fast.  Clean up is about 20 seconds.
Cheers,
Jason

10) From: stereoplegic
i'd say JeffO's advice is spot on. don't have a TV, but even in a cheap 
proctor silex drip, i get great small batches (in fact, bigger batches 
are the ones that give me trouble, it seems that more than 24-27 oz pots 
(2 tbsp coffee/6 oz water) cause the grounds to rise up to the shower 
head and stall the brew, and i get a very overextracted cup (sorry about 
the long parentetical remarks (though most list members are probably 
used to it by now))) using this method. you do it for a french press 
carafe, so it only makes sense that it would help your drip brew as 
well. also, i'll sometimes leave the (already preheated) carafe off for 
the first minute of brewing or so (i usually wait until the first few 
drops fall without the carafe in place-mine's a cheap pause and serve, 
but i NEVER use the "serve" part of that feature until it's done) to let 
the grounds soak, similar to RayO's (and Tom's on the website) 
recommendation to close the basket valve on the TV.
hope this helps,
MikeO (not really O, just wanted to fit in w/ the people i'm quoting)
(yes, for the list members who didn't know, you have yet another Mike in 
your midst. we'll rule the world someday-we've got the numbers).
jeff wrote:
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11) From: raymanowen
Update- I do this so rarely, I just did it again to confirm. This time I had
some Ethiopian Sidamo FC+ from a 3/11 roast. Phenomenal! 12oz mug of Nectar.
This was the Best cup of this coffee I've Ever Had.
If you can't do it, you probably have a bum grinder, and/ or the TV needs
cleaning. Get Busy.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
If you can't taste the difference, take notes-

12) From: stereoplegic
i'm brewing the same right now roasted to the same level on 3/16. do the 
whole beans smell like blueberries to you?
raymanowen wrote:
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13) From: Eddie Dove
Wait until you taste it ...
Eddie
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14) From: stereoplegic
already have... extraoradinary! i'm on day 3, but i think the cup i had 
directly post-roast was the best so far... luckily the eWok/CO has me 
roasting whole lbs again, so i've got at least a few more days of 
sampling. i'll be doing a press at work this morning.
southcoastcoffeeroaster wrote:
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15) From: raymanowen
Stereopeople asked,
"do the whole beans smell like blueberries to you?"
No.
I only got the blueberries from from a single 2lb lot of Horse, both in an
espresso brew and TV drip. My Celtic Critic commented how neat it tasted bu=
t
never since. (Never!) I try to imagine but I'm just not getting blueberries=
.
Maybe I'll stop a Lot 30 roast right when I tease a bean or two to second,
without extending the roast time with reduced heat. I'll do the 12oz TV Cup
(with 24g of L30, not the 12g of my erroneous post).
Just like the piles of snow of a few weeks previous, it was Gone.
I've been in recovery for two years of ordering lots smaller than 5# becaus=
e
of that debacle! Soon, I hope to also recover from Lackabucks so I can try
some of the new coffees. :-)
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
AHIP - Altitude Has Its Privileges. Water boils at 200° F here (5413ft ne=
ar
Denver town)


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