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Topic: Another grinder question. Pacu-cchino. Brewing (7 msgs / 119 lines)
1) From: Bernard Gerrard
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

2) From: Randall Nortman
On Thu, May 17, 2007 at 06:57:47PM -0400, Bernard Gerrard wrote:
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.
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

3) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 5/17/07, Randall Nortman  wrote:
Trosser, on eBay. Some were excellent, and some were pretty crappy. You
can't always tell by the description.

4) From: mirrera

5) From: stereoplegic
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:

6) From: Brett Mason
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...
On 5/18/07, mirrera  wrote:

7) From: raymanowen
"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...

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