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1) From: Sandy Andina
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Visited 8th St. Coffee in Escanaba, MI enroute to the Hiawathat Folk  
Fest in Marquette. Hard times have hit the southern U.P.--business is  
off so much that the place is operating on a shoestring. There is no  
phone, no internet, no whole beans to buy. Brewed coffee is being  
made--weakly--from preground canned. The espresso beans are only  
about 2 weeks old--but stretched so far (the machine is set for a  
large water volume, the beans are ground more coarsely and dosed  
sparsely. I could almost see through my double shot--the volume of a  
quad, with no crema, sort of like strong drip. They're still having  
music, but no more performer guarantees or motel discount. Sad.  I  
felt so bad for the place that I saw they had a new-in-the-box  
Cuisinart burr mill for $20, so I bought it, figuring if it was as  
big a p.o.s. as everyone says, I was still doing the owner a favor  
and donating some money. Which is exactly what I did--regardless of  
setting, the mill will not grind finer than coarse press pot, evan  
after I removed the burr carrier and brushed the burrs off--turning  
the burrs does not bring them further or closer together.  
Fortunately, I brought the Zass, for which I ground my second  
Aeropress scoop this morning, so I still had a decent cup.  Off to  
the fest--we're on at 10 and 11:45, and Dead River Roasters has a  
full-service espresso bar on-site (thanks to a portable generator and  
several tanks of spring water).
Sandy Andina
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina
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Visited 8th St. Coffee in =
Escanaba, MI enroute to the Hiawathat Folk Fest in Marquette. Hard times =
have hit the southern U.P.--business is off so much that the place is =
operating on a shoestring. There is no phone, no internet, no whole =
beans to buy. Brewed coffee is being made--weakly--from preground =
canned. The espresso beans are only about 2 weeks old--but stretched so =
far (the machine is set for a large water volume, the beans are ground =
more coarsely and dosed sparsely. I could almost see through my double =
shot--the volume of a quad, with no crema, sort of like strong drip. =
They're still having music, but no more performer guarantees or motel =
discount. Sad.  I felt so bad for the place that I saw they had a =
new-in-the-box Cuisinart burr mill for $20, so I bought it, figuring if =
it was as big a p.o.s. as everyone says, I was still doing the owner a =
favor and donating some money. Which is exactly what I did--regardless =
of setting, the mill will not grind finer than coarse press pot, evan =
after I removed the burr carrier and brushed the burrs off--turning the =
burrs does not bring them further or closer together. Fortunately, I =
brought the Zass, for which I ground my second Aeropress scoop this =
morning, so I still had a decent cup.  Off to the fest--we're on at 10 =
and 11:45, and Dead River Roasters has a full-service espresso bar =
on-site (thanks to a portable generator and several tanks of spring =
water).
 Sandy =
Andinawww.sandyandina.comwww.myspace.com/sandyandina=


= = --Apple-Mail-35-554063280--

2) From: Les
Sandy,
I agree, we are spoiled good!  However it is nice to find those bright
spots out there like Barefoot, Stumptown, Dead River, Blue Bottle and
???? out there.
Les
On 7/21/07, Sandy Andina  wrote:
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