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Topic: Behold the power of decaf.... (15 msgs / 301 lines)
1) From: Allon Stern
We have an 85 year old employee in our office, that does light work,  
such as delivering the mail, etc. Her office is on my floor, just  
down the hall, so I often chat with her when she is in the kitchen,  
making decaf. I often help her with the packet of preground stale  
dreck, because she isn't very strong, and often has tremors. She is  
in poor health, and only works part time, but I applaud her for  
staying active, and doing what she likes - she'd be so bored in a  
nursing home.  And the stories she tells!
Anyway, she bemoans that she cannot have caffeine anymore, due to  
health reasons. She's from Yugoslavia, and she really likes strong  
coffee. Needless to say, the standard office fare is pretty lousy stuff.
So recently I got some Donkey Decaf.
I have an espresso machine in my office. I've started pulling shots  
of decaf for her.
You wouldn't believe how happy a shot of decaf espresso can make  
someone :)
(She's welcome to come down for a shot, anytime)
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allon
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Allon that's great !
I hope that someone will pull shots for you if you ever get to the point that you can't do it  yourself!
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3) From: Saundra ONeil
I hope i have an angel like you when i'm 85.  I make a point of being VERY kind to my 
grown kids.
I've had a La Spaz S1 for 2 yrs.  My beloved has refused all attempts on my part to
learn how to use it so i am the lone barista in our house.  i admit to being a control freak.
I asked him to turn it off one night and he managed to screw up the temp setting...and he's
an engineer :)
I bought some Donkey last month, but haven't had the need for decaf yet.  If anyone here 
has any Behmor profile suggestions for it, let me know.
Saundra
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4) From: Bill
I continue to drink in awe of how good freshly-roasted decaff from Tom can
be... wow.  And Allon, good for you, taking care of someone with your
passions.  Blessings on you!bill
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5) From: James C. Hathaway
I agree:  That's great that you are taking care of that lady!
If you are up for it, I bet she would also like Turkish coffee!  Serbians
drink a lot of it in their own country.
You could also try saying "Dobro jutro" [doh-broh yoo-troh] (Good morning)
with her morning coffee or "Dobar dan" [doh-bar dahn] (good afternoon).  I
am sure that would put a smile on her face!

6) From: Paul Helbert
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Unless she's Slovak, Croatian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Herzegovina or one of
the other ethnicities that made up Yugoslavia...
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7) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 5, 2008, at 7:24 AM, James C. Hathaway wrote:
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She calls it "Turkish coffee" even though it's pulled from the  
espresso machine.
At some point I'll try my microwave turkish coffee again.
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8) From: Paul Helbert
Want to read some history they left out of what we learned in school? Start
by Goggling up "Serbian History" and get a whole thermos of coffee ready. We
spent over a month on the Adriatic coast of Yugoslavia in 1978 (awaiting a
freighter for New York) and had *no* idea.
-- 
Paul Helbert
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9) From: James C. Hathaway
I know what you mean, Paul.  It's pretty intense over there.  I lived in
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Podgora, Croatia for a few months in 2002/2003.  I
heard a different perspective on history from each ethnic group.  All sides
were pretty charged up about it.  
I also drank a lot of Turkish coffee!  I finally had to slow down when my
heart rate increased too much and my eyelid continued to twitch
involuntarily!!  
Something interesting I learned while hanging out with friends in Sarajevo:
When someone says, "Let's have a coffee" it means let's have a conversation
about something.  It's like coffee and relationships are inextricably
combined.  
They are all truly wonderful people who know how to have fun, engage in
conversation, and make the most out of life.
- James

10) From: Sandy Andina
Our Governor is Serbian.  I have Croatian and Macedonian clients.  
There's a Bosnian cafe around the corner from me, I've played in a  
Bosnian disco (it was folk night), and the nearby Lincoln Square  
neighborhood has a bar, restaurant or coffeehouse for every ethnic  
group that makes up what used to be Yugoslavia. It's amazing that  
fights haven't broken out by someone unwittingly speaking the wron
Sandy Andina
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11) From: Brian Kamnetz
Allon,
Can you please remind me what container you use when making microwave
Turkish coffee?
Thanks,
Brian
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12) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 5, 2008, at 5:44 PM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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Well, originally, I used a coffee cup from a work project, that has a  
shape similar tohttp://www.adcomarketing.com/images/Mugs/promotional-mugs-ets108x.jpgHm, after a short bit of searching, I see this, which might be  
suitable. I'm even gonna be in San Diego soon on business :)http://www.sdmaritime.com/Store_ViewProdDetail.asp?ProdID8
Hah! While searching for mugs, I found this one. Just need it redone  
in Agtron tiles.http://www.cafepress.com/buy/coffee/mugs/-/pv_design_prod/id_22343263/
p_storeid.171619648/pNo_171619648
(my wife was a graphic designer before she quit work to raise our  
kids; she used to pick out paint colors for the house with pantone  
swatches)
I'm thinking I might see about making one out of an Erlenmeyer flask  
- cut off at the right point, widened out, and with a handle  
attached, it might be the "right thing" tm. Just need to find someone  
who can work the glass for me.
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13) From: Doug Boutell
You might find something here that you like.http://www.discountmugs.com/us/index.php?c=1Doug
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14) From: Brian Kamnetz
Allon,
I really like the look of the Maritime Museum mug. I will be having
company for most of next week and will be spending more time around
home; I'd like to try microwave Turkish.
Brian
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15) From: Allon Stern
On Mar 6, 2008, at 9:04 AM, Brian Kamnetz wrote:
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Uh oh, what have I done?
I'll be getting out to San Diego in a few weeks, and when I drop by  
the Maritime Museum, they'd better not be sold out!
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