1. There has been much said about Zass grinders recently. My question is: any comments on used Zass or Trosser grinders offered on E-Bay? None of the sellers say anything about the burrs, the condition of which is of vital importance if you are actually going to use the grinder. Are the burrs in these used items still generally serviceable? 2. FYI. I have resorted to "pour over" using a #4 Swissgold, a quart measuring cup into which the #4 fits nicely and water from an electric kettle. Why? My Bodum and Cory vacuum pots are inconsistent in the draw down phase perhaps due to the grind (too many fines?) from my Cuisinart grinder. For the use of one or two persons the pour over method, although rather primitive seeming, gives a much more reliable cup than the temperamental vacuum pots. 3. Pacu bird coffee processing. If passage of coffee cherries through the digestive tract of a bird improves the quality of the coffee why not just eliminate the need of the wild Pacu and use domestic chickens, ducks, peacocks (for the truly "fancy") or whatever to get the effect. Grower does the coffee picking, feeds it to the appropriate bird and collects the product. Premium if from free range birds. Then there is the possible potential in higher orders of vertebrates. B. Gerrard
On Thu, May 17, 2007 at 06:57:47PM -0400, Bernard Gerrard wrote: <Snip> The one I bought on eBay about 6 years ago was in great shape, other than having a random piece of plastic stuck in the drive shaft that was making it squeak horribly (easily fixed). But I've only ever bought that one, so maybe I got lucky. <Snip> I think part of the idea of why pooped-out coffee is better is that the wild animals are picky and only eat the ripe berries straight from the tree, so you know the coffee was "picked" at the peak of ripeness. That's the part that makes sense to me anyway. Never tried any of it myself. So to do that on a farm, you'd at least need to free-range the animals amongst the coffee trees and let them eat at their leisure.
On 5/17/07, Randall Nortman wrote: <Snip> Trosser, on eBay. Some were excellent, and some were pretty crappy. You can't always tell by the description. Brian
1. i'd look for the auctions that do make mention of the burrs, have a picture of them, or ask the seller about their state or possibly even to send a pic of them. i'm sure Brett can help you more than i can though. 2.i'm afraid i can't answer this one for you, as i've never tried vacuum pot coffee. 3.can't answer this one either, though i hope bird poo (or any other kind of poo) coffee doesn't become a widespread thing. gerrardbcl wrote: <Snip>
I took the base off two of my zasses, soaked them in boiling water, and then as the same water cooled for several hours. Removed the wood, dried it off, then pressed between several layers of hardwood and plywood, and left to dry for a week. Came out nice and flat. Hit it with sanpaper, and then polyurethane. Shouldn't warp again... Oh, how I got there? Took my coffee stuff on a campout in the mountains of Southern California. 2am it rained for two hours, then snowed. I went out to pack up my guitar which had been rather abused, then dashed inside. In the morning I found my Zass with the "Rocking Horse" bottom... Brett On 5/18/07, mirrera wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
"That sounds like a lot of work" How much work is too much, when the reward is the best flavor from the best of the world's best coffee? Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! You come across, they'll come across...