Well, I have to be honest, due to health circumstances money is
always tight around here, though it didn't slow me down from building
up a decent stash or getting the roaster I researched and really like.
My next investment was a good burr grinder and wow, what a difference
that made. I now have gotten my mother and two friends I roast for
to buy them. They didn't go to SMs and bought less expensive ones,
but they can still tell the difference. My powers of persuasion seem
to go only so far.
So, it was the coffee maker. Well, mine is a drip makes which does a
great job. I have checked the temperature of the finished product
and it is at the suggested point. The issue is that since I drink
the pot (I know, that is a lot of coffee, but I love it) it stays on
the burner a long time. So, I went to SMs and got the Gourmet
HandyPot. It was less expensive than I expected, but they gave it a
good review. So, for a couple of days I have been able to take the
hot coffee off of the burner and still have hot coffee that hasn't
had evaporation take place or any burning flavor.
This was not a major problem, but if did affect the pot of coffee on
the days that I really took my time. I can honestly say that I
notice a difference as I near the end of the pot I made. I may be
moving slowly - for the IR2 will be with me for a long time -
assuming it holds up and even then I would probably replace it
(though I change my mind often), but I am getting there. I would
love to get a Technivorm Moccamaster CD, but my brewer works very
well, heats appropriately and I already have it. But, when it dies I
will make sure I move up in the world of brewers. I just have to
really watch how I spend the money.
There are two of us in this household and I am the only one drinking
coffee, so I need to be respectful of the money I spend, though there
has never been a comment to date. My partner sees how much I love
all of this and that it makes me very happy during some stressful
medical times. So, I have been lucky. Anyway, I did want to say
that I do notice a difference in the coffee with the Handypot,
particularly at the end of the pot. I am making progress, but I have
so much more to learn and I am so impatient.