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Topic: Order arrived (4 msgs / 124 lines)
1) From: John and Emma
My Gesha's, Koratie's and CR's all arrived yesterday. I started by roasting
a 1/2lb of the Tarrazu Coop to a beautiful FC. I also ordered the glass rod
for my Yama VP. Used the glass rod this morning and it makes for a different
cup. I've been drinking the Kenya Kirinyaga (FC) for two days with the cloth
filter. Today with the glass rod there's a little more sediment like with a
FP (not as much though). A much fuller cup, more body. The glass rod seems
to have let more of the flavours through. Also, either the extra day rest or
the glass rod has tamed the acidic bight on the edges of the tongue.
John H.
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2) From: Barry Luterman
The glass rod does not have any hidden contaminants on it. No batter
how clean you keep the cloth filter there is always some residual oils
in it. The trick is not to get get grinds in the inferior portion (
note I did not use North and South) is to reduce the heat after about
two cups enter the superior portion of the coffee maker. When 2 cups
are present stir and reduce the heat. When the last of the water
enters the superior aspect the rod will move upward. If the upward
rise of the rod is too violent some grinds may fall into the bottom
bowl. Also you may be grinding too fine. Go a notch courser on your
grinder. You will find your brew to be much tastier.
On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 6:17 AM, John and Emma  wrote:
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3) From: John and Emma
Great suggestions thanks Barry. I will use that on my next brew. 
I have been reducing the heat as you mentioned but not until almost all
coffee is in the superior (upper) portion. I usually lightly stir and let
the coffee mix for 40 - 60 sec before I remove the VP from the element. I
was impressed that I didn't end up with grinds in the inferior (bottom)
portion and the rod didn't get stuck like people had mentioned in the past.
I will adjust the size of the grinds until I find that perfect sweet spot. I
was just happy that my first use of the glass rod had no issues and the
results were better than with the cloth filter.
This list is great. Without out it we wouldn't have the knowledge and advice
of those who have gone before us. It only makes our cup that much better.
John H.

4) From: Bob Glasscock
I appreciate the tip on turning down the heat after two or so cups have
precipitated into the top. I had been letting it go until it boiled
violently. Your method helps make a brighter cup. Thanks.
- Bob Glasscock 
The glass rod does not have any hidden contaminants on it. No batter
how clean you keep the cloth filter there is always some residual oils
in it. The trick is not to get get grinds in the inferior portion (
note I did not use North and South) is to reduce the heat after about
two cups enter the superior portion of the coffee maker. When 2 cups
are present stir and reduce the heat. When the last of the water
enters the superior aspect the rod will move upward. If the upward
rise of the rod is too violent some grinds may fall into the bottom
bowl. Also you may be grinding too fine. Go a notch courser on your
grinder. You will find your brew to be much tastier.
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