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Topic: FedEx from China - PNWG V will be first to see "Production" (4 msgs / 135 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Got a call from Joe today. Even though someone in China screwed up and lost
my address, Joe got it shipped yesterday AND it already cleared customs in
Alaska with ETA before 10:30AM tomorrow morning. So indeed looks like PNWG V
antendees will be the first to see the new production model 1# roaster in
action. Also, Joe is going to be able to make it too catching a 6:30AM
flight for Portland Saturday.
Now back to laua prep...
Pacific Northwest Gathering V
 http://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmwell, i'll be. you guys have me beat for sure this time.
now I expect no less than a 5,000 word review and 80 pictures. oh, 
and it wouldn't be right unless you disassemble it at post pics of 
the guts. and ... hey, this could be good ... you can start doing my 
job! I think I like this!!!
seriously, have fun.
Tom
PS: Tahoe Joe wrote me today and was a little peeved about my 
"review" of the machine, even though it isn't really a review at all, 
just some initial comments. After all, it's hard to review a 
prototype. The main thing is that he wants to assuage my fears about 
Ronco, it seems. I explained that the way he does things, the 
coffeegeek thread and all, is a little awkward for me, but if 
reaching out like that to consumers results in improvements to the 
machine, I am all for it. I just get visions of the Aeropress, a 
device I like, but the Aerobie style was too aggressive, and the 
claims about making "espresso" and such deserved serious criticism. 
Then again, insane coffee fanatics are going to let Anyone get away 
with Anything, so it's not like I have to be the cop or be the sole 
critic out there.... -tom
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                   "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

2) From: Aaron
Well, when all is said and done Tom, he may be a little miffed at your 
review but at least you have the integrety to speak honestly and openly 
on a product and offer your genuine and sincere comments about it.  
Unlike some other places where your opinion on the 'quality' or 
'worthiness' of a product might be swayed by how big of a free sample 
you got or some other methods of persuasion, you don't play that game 
and one can always know where they stand with you.  Each person has 
their own style of doing somethng, and you are no different.  Perhaps 
that's why some  folks don't necessarily like your style, because it IS 
different, and not just another 'mee too' approach to things.
With that though, if someone is bent on something, I want it gimme gimme 
and gimme NOW, no matter who says what, it will not change their minds 
on it.  In the long run, id rather someone tell me, well this and that 
could stand a bit of improvement, rather than have everyone gush about 
the 'emperors new clothes' and I put a piece of crap on the market 
thinking it's the best thing since sliced bread when it's really not.
For what it's worth, we like the way you do things and don't want you to 
change.
Aaron

3) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I agree, and consider this ... who has nailed, i mean REALLY NAILED 
the home grinder market. I mean, in terms of a durable, versatile, 
moderate priced grinder with excellent results. Solis Maestro has 
done the best by far but doesn't it seem odd that something can't 
come out for $60 or $80 that is really a great mill? the Bodum mill 
comes to mind, roughly in that range - it has a good burr set but not 
great results (they would benefit by reducing the burr rotation speed 
a la Solis). My point is this: there would be a HUGE global market 
for a highly rated, quality, moderate priced coffee grinder. And yet 
nobody has been able to tackle that problem. Brewing coffee well is 
easy compared to the roasting and grinding processes.
Anyway, maybe we should all design a fantasy coffee roaster and 
submit it (I mean, you all have taken that further with the roaster 
competition at currently under way), but on the level of pure 
fantasy, it would be interesting to see the lists people come up 
with. Wait, didn't we do this already a while back ??? oh, i am tired 
- failed to get some new lots uploaded today so i have to put in some 
weekend hours.
tom
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                   "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

4) From: Aaron
Problem there les is,  the machining and tooling for the grinder burrs.  
Even with a fully automated CNC, you are not going to get away with say 
a ten dollar set of burrs that is acceptable.  In order to make 
something reasonable, they have to go low somewhere else,  ie metal 
quality, tolerances etc etc.
someone have a spare million or two laying around i can use to buy my 
own cnc? I promise ill give you half off the burrs I do up on it.  even 
more for missing teeth burrs :)  .. call it the red neck grinder... due 
to the missing teeth, every once in a while it spits out a whole bean.
aaron


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