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1) From: 02bndr
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Hey Doug,
  Thanks for the info. This is frustrating and I hate waking up to a =
foul cup of coffee, know what i mean? Im gonna get it eventualy if i =
dont go broke first. Have patience w/ me until i get most of these =
newbie questions out of the way. I have been reading other areas on the =
topic. I thought my 19.95 walmart grinder was working pretty well, but =
upon close inspection the grounds have a slt amount of powder in them. =
But w/ Diedrichs same setup used and man was that good coffee, drooling =
now.
alex

2) From: Ceedee89
Good morning, fellow roasters!
 
Your assistance is great, your description of what the beans "should" look  
like helps a lot.
 
 Tom, thank you for inserting the link in your roast description to  what 
that particular roast should/should not look like.  I am hoping you  include that 
link in all your descriptions eventually.  That is a great  help.
 
Just plain Mike, your description of what to look for is invaluable, your  
speaking my neophyte language now.
 
Jerry, (almost neighbor roaster) wouldn't the Puro Scuro need to be roasted  
too dark, given the constraints of my espresso machine?  (Looking at Tom's  
link.)
 
I need to make a confession here. In Italy(summer '05), after falling in  
love with their espresso, I decided I needed to purchase coffee. I wanted good  
coffee, the type the locals used. Went to the market. Oh my, everything is  
written in Italian, what to buy?  So, I stood back and waited till someone  came 
to make a purchase of coffee.  An elderly couple came in, went right  to a 
"brand?" of coffee, put it in their basket. Yes, my decision was made!  
(Unfortunately it was ground not beans.) Please don't ask the brand, my computer  
doesn't type Italian!  (LavAzza CREMAeGUSTO?) How to describe this utopian  flavor? 
The grind is fine, but not what we call espresso fine. (A bit  coarser.) 
Color is nicely brown, like a good walnut piece of furniture.   Flavor, that's the 
hard one.  Let me just say there is no "bite" on the  back of the tongue. 
Knowing that my purchase of four 250g bags must be stored  properly, I use a 
vacuum sealed container.  Hint: put a paper towel over  the coffee so the vacuum 
doesn't suck the coffee out.
 
Carol, roasting coffee by the sea in Myrtle Beach,  South  Carolina.

3) From: Jerry Procopio
Carol,
Sure, you can roast Puro Scuro dark, and it takes a dark roast rather
well, but the one most important thing that I have learned from this
list (well, one of many important things) is that lighter roasts bring
out the varietal flavors of the individual beans and darker roasts mask
the varietal flavors with the roast flavor when the carmelization starts
happening in the bean during second crack.  I think that may be what
makes melange blends so nice - you get a little of both.  I personally
don't like C or C+ for straight espresso, they tend to be too bright.
Try that with a Kenya and it may knock your socks off.  But FC can be a
nice alternative to FC+ or Vienna in an espresso.  Try it - it's part of
the adventure.
Jerry
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4) From: emily terbrock
Thank you so much to EuropaChris for the information on adjusting Sunbeam Vacuum pot from the archives.http://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/Topic2304.htm   
  I inherited a pot my Dad bought for Mom she doesn't know when exactly because except that it was during WW2 when the top was glass, she broke the first glass top very soon after recieving it and Dad sent for a replacement for her, not many long went by and Mom wanted a new perculator, "I think they were easier to clean" or some reason the Sunbeam was boxed up. then moved around for many years. I found it when she moved into a nursing home in the early 90's. I looked for information on the web and found out how to use it and have been using it for about 2 years, it recently started kicking off before the water could reach the top. I followed the instructions in the post above and it is working perfectly again.  Thank you again!
  I do have a question though, I have always made my own filters out of a combination of 
  flannel and unbleached muslin, stitched together. What were the filters that were original equipment made out of, am I even close????
  Oh it is a  ................................................... It does have a beehive glass top.
  Sunbeam Model: 6-cup C30A 
   
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5) From: Les
Emily,
I use a Sunbeam too.  I use the Yama filters from Sweet Marias.  I
simply fold them in quarters to find the middle and use an awl to poke
a hole in to slip over the wire.  They work great.
Les
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6) From: emily terbrock
Les, 
  I have been making my  own experimented with filters, muslin, then a combination with a layer of flannel, muslin outsides, sewn together was what I settled on, yep I make a hole for the center, lacking an awl, I was using a nut pick then enlarging it somewhat.
   I don't really need any for now the "homemade variety" has been working great, I just was kind of curious as to what type of cloth they were made out of
  , I wash the cloth to remove any sizing or chemicals then cut circles larger than the holder thingy, then sew them together around the edge then from side to side crossing in the center....
  . I dont' know coffee much but I do know what I like, and I like the coffee from this pot makes all other types I have tried, from drip to press pale in comparison,
   so when the water failed to go up, I thought, uh uh oh,............ I was reduced to finding a modern version probably a Bodum Santos, but gee I like this little Sunbeam , so was delighted to find I could adjust it, problem solved! Thanks again
  emily
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7) From: Bill Zambon
Thanks to everyone who jumped in to help- on list as well as off list.
You may remember my post last week about my GeneCafe that ended its days in
a conflagration of burning chaff.
Many of you made suggestions and offered valuable assistance in many ways
that I won't enumerate. Y'all know who you are and I am very appreciative.
Bill Z- hoping to join the popcorn popper cadre quite soon.
..... and after I nurse my guilt over my negilence with my GeneCafe- I might
get another one of those as well... a great machine that was handicapped by
its operator :-)
-- 
William R. Zambon
First Presbyterian Church, Wyandotte MI
(734) 282-3160
(734) 272-7062  cell

8) From: Aaron
thank you alchemist john.
your package arrived today and I plan on putting them to good use soon!!
quick question for the poppery II roasters...
how big is a good batch to start with, ie a normal batch to roast in it?
also, about how long does it normally / generally run  just to give me 
an idea what im doing.
thanks again
Aaron

9) From: decesarecj
Thank you all for such great information. It has been very helpful.........
Carl de Cesare
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10) From: Barry Luterman
Thank you Derek and Maria. With your permission I sold my espresso machine
to a list member and just picked up my new machine.
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11) From: miKe mcKoffee
Hey, don't open that box with the Duetto in it! It's not Christmas yet:)
Slave to the Bean  miKe mcKoffee
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URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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12) From: miKe mcKoffee
I know Barry, what does Christmas have to do with Hanukah... And when's
Hanukah this year anyway, keeps moving dates, so confusing!!!??? For all I
know you may be late opening it, but then again you could still be early.
WhaddaI know, stupid gentile. :)
miKe
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13) From: Justin Schwarz
Glad to be the proud owner of a fantastic double boiler machine, can't wait to pick it up.
-Justin
On Dec 20, 2010, at 3:54 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
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14) From: Lynne
I feel like I stepped into a private conversation (but then again, I've been
out of it, with my recent move - ugh, and it had to snow yesterday, too).
Anyway, I'm happy to be back (with internet connection again!), and in honor
of Barry (and Sandy, and everyone else who is Jewish in our little homeroast
group), I give you my favorite 'Christmas' song:http://www.hulu.com/watch/109925/saturday-night-live-sandler-update-songHappy Holidays, everyone, whatever you celebrate!
Lynne
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15) From: Justin Schwarz
A little late, but here is a great performance by Matisyahu of his new Hanukkah song that I found inspirational. May we all be blessed and give thanks for all that comes our way.  May the new year bring many blessings for all.http://youtu.be/PWnPDWz-jDsI am also thankful that I will have some 6 day rested Brazil formosa raisin, and El Salvador los luchadores to pull on christmas morning.
-Justin
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16) From: Lynne
Thank you, Justin - I loved that (and needed to hear it, still in the midst
of worry for the little ones in our family).
Very inspirational. Also wishing blessings to all...
Lynne
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