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.
"Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria
http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com