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Topic: eva solo, george article (3 msgs / 140 lines)
1) From: DeCambre.Peter
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2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
i asked the list about this brewer a while back, but few people have 
experience with it. intelligentsia likes it, i don't. essentially, it 
has a thermal jacket that keeps the infusion of water and grounds 
warm, but also fails to separate the two, meaning they steep until 
you finish your coffee, or decant into something else, which makes 
little sense in this case. it's one of these examples of "good 
design" gone awry because, while it is very attractive (and 
expensive) it fails to perform it's function well. it took me a while 
to clarify that for myself, because it is quite a nice looking brewer.
i like the george howell article as far as it lays out george's take 
on this unattainable purity instilled into green coffee on the tree, 
and a notion of translating that directly into the cup. of course, 
there is no such thing as transparency in any system, and to say so 
is actually the most ideological position to take -- to say "i see 
the world as it really is" and such. the same is true in this case, i 
think. we all respect george, we even respect that he can be a 
difficult person. in other respect the article takes as fact many 
highly subjective  statements, things that can easily be called into 
question with further tests and cupping with a variety of coffees. 
that's the trick here; we are dealing with the most heterogenous of 
materials, with many sujective referece points to take into - it's 
easy to be reductive in your arguements for the sake of clarity, and 
take this as being progress, but i feel it isnt. anyway, i am not 
sure anyone cares to hear my .02 on this, but it is a nice article 
and deserves some response.
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3) From: Floyd Lozano
well there's many positions to take, and you are on different sides of the
issue.  he is pursuing purity of the origin, removing all defect
introduction from the process.  you are looking at existing process, likely
trying to help improve it where you can, but taking the stuff out there
*today* and finding the best of it that you can for us.  both laudable
goals, but tell you what, i like what you find, and i'm an immediate
gratification kind of guy - you keep finding the gems.  his cry wolf
position on the future of coffee is scary because it could happen, though,
and given the average consumer position (give me 'good enough' for 'cheap
enough' and they are sold) it doesn't bode well for the small farmer (they
will grow chat, not coffee, if they don't get paid)
-F
On 5/7/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
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