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Topic: I need advice for coffee at work (long) (8 msgs / 323 lines)
1) From: cerbie
I was going to have some tea at work. Logistically, it's simpler, and 
it's even cheaper than coffee (well, when the ritual and quality are 
both important, anyway). Then I found that coffee may be good for my 
asthma. There went tea. It also presents an excuse to get and use more 
coffee stuff, now that I'm roasting a little bit again, and have a good 
excuse to roast more often. Right now, I'm still going through my 
neglected stash of beans.
The building I work in was not originally an office building, so there 
is no nice little sink area, nor water coolers with decent water. So, 
here's what I'm thinking, and some questions:
- The tap is nasty, and I don't really have room for a filter/dispenser, 
so I'll be rotating filtered water from home.
- I've basically settled on this electric kettle:http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Cool-Touch-Kettle/dp/B000JCKG4YStainless steel, and while a touch big, it should be easy to clean. 
Anyone use one, or have another recommendation?
- A couple rags to wipe things out with, and help clean filters, and a 
flexible spatula to wipe out the grounds.
- A plastic container for soaking and cleaning filters, and stashing 
some of the stuff for when it needs to be taken home and cleaned.
- Coasters, of which I got four that perfectly fit most coffee mugs and 
the 4-cup (32oz) Bodum presses.
- Mugs, obviously.
- A French press--which one? The Chambord and Melior are right out, 
because of the bottom being metal (potential scraping sounds). I've 
still got my first and currently only press, a Bistro Nouveau (?), and 
all but the metal mesh is in great condition after several years of 
regular use (I'd press Community coffee when not roasting), so I doubt 
durability will be a concern. Are there any pros or cons between the 
Bistro Neo, Shin Bistro, and Bistro Nouveau; or do they just vary in 
aesthetics?
- A carafe. Any advice for what a decent thing would be, preferably with 
a steel interior, to put the coffee in after pressing, so it it can last 
a couple hours? I have a Stanley thermos, but that's a bit cumbersome, 
and occasionally dribbly, for such a short time. It would need to hold 
at least 3 cups (the first one can go right into a mug).
- A grinder. Is there anything remotely close to Zassenhaus for a nice 
quiet (read: by hand) grinder? With the Turkish mill, that I've been 
drooling over for some time, completely unavailable, I'm open to any 
suggestions. A few other models are on eBay, so I can just snag one, I 
guess. Is it really worth $60-100? (I know, I know, but it *does* seem 
like a lot)
- Good cleaning coffees. I've tried some monsooned stuff several times, 
and it seems to clean my press and grinder right out. Just grind, brew, 
and clean with soapy water. All the sourness and light stains go *poof* 
gone, with no scrubbing or anything special. Are there any other 
specific coffees or types of coffees, that will do this, as well?
-Ernie

2) From: an iconoclast
On 6/20/07, cerbie  wrote:
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I'd go for an Aeropress.  So simple, takes 10 secs to pour in the grounds,
another 5 secs
 to add the first plunger of water and another 20 seconds to plunge. Add
water to taste.
It comes with it's own filter holder, 300 filters, coffee scoop, funnel and
stirrer.
Totally quiet and wipes clean with a paper towel.  I do it every day,
sometimes three times a
day.  No one misses me, it takes so little time out of my day for a
wonderful cup of coffee.http://sweetmarias.com/prod.brewers.shtml#sw-g.1cup-carafe- A carafe. Any advice for what a decent thing would be, preferably with
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For less than 60 seconds it takes to make an Aeropress  cup, if your concern
is keeping it warm,
 just get a leak proof Nissan stainless mug and make another when that runs
out.http://sweetmarias.com/prod.travelmugs-bottles.shtml- A grinder. Is there anything remotely close to Zassenhaus for a nice
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I can't grind at work, so I bring coffee I (heaven forbid!) grind at home.
I put it in a Vacuvin container
 and keep a pump at work and at home. If I can't have it perfect, this is
close.http://www.amazon.com/Vacu-Vin-Coffee-Saver-Starter/dp/B00005AS52/ref=pd_bbs_8/002-7254293-6330422?ieF8&s=home-garden&qid82407403&sr=8-8- Good cleaning coffees. I've tried some monsooned stuff several times,
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No problems with an Aeropress.  I've never had any stains or lingering
odors.  I wipe it clean and
rinse with water once a week.
Take care,Ann
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3) From: Lynne Biziewski
Hi Ernie -
Sounds like a great plan!
- I've basically settled on this electric kettle:
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The Amazon site didn't have a photo - one thing I would suggest is to make
suer (for safety purposes) that the electric kettle you choose is the
cordless
type - the kind that detaches from the base for use. Makes for a much safer
experience. It didn't mention this in the description (or at least I didn't
see it -
still early here.. need another cuppa..)
- A couple rags to wipe things out with, and help clean filters, and a
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- A plastic container for soaking and cleaning filters, and stashing
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I haven't used it, but many folks here recommend the Aeropress to avoid
the messy cleanup (and no fear of breaking glass, either - if you haven't
noticed, I tend to be a bit clumsy & forgetful - prefer to think of myself
as
pensive - deep in thought... has nothing to do with getting OLD...argh)
You'll get lots of suggestions from people here - good luck!
Lynne

4) From: Aaron
I originally would have said the swiss gold is the way to go,but since 
they don't sell them any more, the aeropress is probably the next 
logical step for simple to do yet good coffee.  I used to work in an 
office setting as well and yes, you can't have a bunch of coffee stuff 
around, and the water.. let's not go there.  Get yourself a case of 
those bottles of Zephyr Hills or whatever water, use them for your 
coffee, then when they run out reuse the bottles for a good one shotter 
of water for your coffee.  Pour in cup throw in nuker, good to go.
aaron

5) From: Tom Martin
I don't know where you live, but maybe another small bucket for composting
the grinds would be a welcome addition to your office. At my last job, the
boss would collect the grinds (from chase and sanborn..ugh, blech blech,
patooey....) and use them in his garden at home or dump them in the
shrubbery at the office. 
Tom Martin
Oakland cA

6) From: Steven Van Dyke
Even if the Swiss Gold was available I'd recommend the AeroPress.  I 
used to use the SwissGold for my 'work' coffee but the AeroPress 
cleans up easier.
With the drip (SwissGold) you have to dump out the grounds and rinse 
- you wind up with most of them going down the sink and you *must* 
have some water / a drain to rinse with.
With the AeroPress you 'pop' the puck right into the 
trash.  Depending on your technique you'll have either a pretty clean 
plunger or some grounds stuck (I usually have some grounds).  Wiping 
with a wet paper towel will take care of you in either case.  The 
bulk of the unit is pretty well self-cleaning since it squegees its 
way down the cylinder.  Just wipe off the bottom of the plunger, wipe 
the 'cap' (a rinse is nice but not required with every cup) and you're done.
At 06:07 AM 6/21/2007, you wrote:
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7) From: Aaron
You may be able to just 'wipe' your aeropress but that won't get all the 
oils out of it really and eventually it will need a cleaning.   
Personally I like the swiss gold because you don't have to buy and mess 
with the paper filters like you do with the aeropress.  It's just one 
less 'thing' you have to play with to get coffee, and the paper does 
take some of the flavor out of the coffee as it does absorb some of the 
oils.  A sink is available so it'd be easy to thump it on the side of 
the garbage can if he wants to do the grounds, or just wash them all 
down the drain.
Just my .02
Aaron

8) From: cerbie
Lynne Biziewski wrote:
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A description of the same model elsewhere mentioned it, and I can get it 
B&M retail.
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My Bodum is at least four years old, and has been whacked on the side of 
the sink, fridge, and countertop many time, and has been fine. I haven't 
really been careful with it, and it's been fine.
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an iconoclast wrote:
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I had managed to miss seeing this entirely. Neat. Only three, though? I 
don't know if I can be that conservative in front of a computer for most 
of 8 hours. :)
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Less than 60 seconds makes a lot of assumptions, not the least of which 
being the kettle looks like it will take around that long for a single 
mug's-worth of water. But, that link does go pointing to the option of 
brewing right into a thermos. Also, time shouldn't be much of a factor, 
as I wouldn't be going anywhere for any brew/storage method. In fact, 
with the Aeropress, I could probably do everything one-handed, except 
cleanup.
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Bernard Gerrard wrote:
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A possibility, with the option of a funnel straight into a decent 
carafe...except #2. Nothing around is even close to the noise of a 
normal blade grinder; though it is loud enough that I may invest in 
IEMs, again. Not happenin'. I'd like to get the aroma of freshly ground 
coffee when making it, but not with that much noise. Grinding at home 
removes that great part of brewing the coffee, but makes the process a 
little easier. That aroma is half the pick-me-up effect. It's even good 
now, smelling Foldgers as it gurgles elsewhere a few times each day.
I'm not sure what I'll go for for brewing (drip+funnel, Aeropress, real 
press), and may pick more than one, but there have been some really good 
options. FI, I may get another French press and the Aeropress, using the 
French press on more rare occasions, as it obviously does take at least 
an order of magnitude more work to clean regularly. Or, I might even try 
them all, as drip into the carafe only adds about $15 to the total 
(including filters); and, if kept clean, could still offer a good 
emergency solution. I'm whittling away post-college monies, awaiting my 
first couple paychecks, so I have time to mull it over.
-Ernie


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