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Topic: The Fetishism of the Commodity, aka "Better than Thou" attitude (3 msgs / 110 lines)
1) From: Robert Shields
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I am new to this homeroasting, have enjoyed reading this list.  I was in =
the local thrift store this morning and saw a Gaggia grinder (in the =
box, no instructions).  Looks like it has 30 grind selections, motor =
sounds good.  They want $50.00 for it.  Any advice as to what to look =
for, what should I be aware of?  It is being held until 7 pm.

2) From: Homeroaster
John, this is a great post.  I wish it could be posted somewhere so I could 
use a link and say, "Here, read this about grinders".   I also like the part 
about living simply.  We are so spoiled with modern conveniences.  I've 
heard that most Americans will drive rather than walk if the distance is 
more than 300 feet.
Spoiled.
I too have collected grinders over the years, and although I've never done 
any scientific comparisons as you have, I have subjectively noticed 
significant differences between whirly blades, cheap, burr grinders and the 
larger, more pricy commercial grinders.  One thing that I don't miss each 
morning is that screeching, high pitched whine that most cheap burr grinders 
emit.  I lucked into my La Pavoni PUBS commercial espresso machine and La 
Pavoni commercial ZIP grinder quite a while back, so as far as I'm 
concerned, I'm set for life.  No need to upgrade unless there's catastrophic 
failure somewhere along the way.  The look and feel of that equipment 
somehow validates that I'm a committed coffeeguy.  I like that part too.
I get a kick out of doing things simply, with a little more effort.  I made 
a pledge to myself to buy more things locally.  Sometimes it's a pain in the 
butt to follow through on that pledge, and believe me, I'm not there yet 
with always doing it.  I like doing things simply.  Simple design, exercise 
rather than convenience, spending time doing something rather than paying 
someone else...again, not there yet, but working on it.  Roasting my own 
beans, and brewing my own beer, as well as growing a few things myself are 
all things I value.  I think it makes life more interesting.
*********************
Ed Needham
"to absurdity and beyond!"http://www.homeroaster.com*********************

3) From: Cookie (Ann-Marie)
Practice on your cats? And what good would that do? Would they deign to be =
polite back? I think not!
 Indignantly yours,
 Cookie's welsh corgi, Fa=
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From: Stephen Carey 
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Sent: Friday, September 7, 2007 11:56:01 AM
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ct: Re: +The Fetishism of the Commodity, aka "Better than Thou" attitude
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I am pretty sure I could manage to be polite.  I really could.  I will p=
ractice today on our cats!
At 12:00 PM 9/7/2007, you wrote:
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tally serious.  Seems like the thing friends would like to do.  I mean, I w=
ouldn't put it like this 'grind your own damn coffee!' ;)
-F


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