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Topic: Gagged Gaggia was > Ibrik arrived (7 msgs / 157 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Now that's down right criminal. As the saying goes "sh*t or get off the
pot"...or sell him so someone else can let him sing. Unleash his gag and let
his voice be heard! He may not have the pipes of greater espresso machines
but he's a right respectable starter machine when paired with a good grinder
and great beans. 
With the plethora of experienced followers of the Dark Side on the List
constantly praising espresso as the ultimate expression of the bean it
simply baffles me keeping the Gaggia gagged, his potential wasted in piteous
neglect. When Missy my first espresso machine joined our household many many
moons ago I promise you she was unleashed as fast as she could leap from the
box. Nary a day has passed since those early beginnings of yesteryear
without the flow of the nectar of life in our home. A wonderful Journey to
Dark Side began which shall never end... 
Indeed, beware casting pearls before swine lest they be not appreciated. Yet
even the lowliest creeping thing has value and redemption is possible. Go
forth and learn the ways of the Dark Side hand in hand with your Gaggia!
Fear not the myriad trials of learning the path to the Dark Side, each layer
of understanding will be revealed layer upon layer precept upon precept to
those who seek understanding.
Else be done with him and bask in unworthiness to the end of days.
So let it be written, so let it be done.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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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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2) From: Barry Luterman
I've finally  topped out on upgrading Coffee appliances. So today I
upgraded my Food Saver to store my green beans. I got the food saver
V3825. It has a marinater. Anybody have any experience with them? Can
I use liquid Marinates or is it limited to dry ingredients only? I
usually use cheap red wine, garlic Worcestershire and Garli Garni.
On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 7:24 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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3) From: Steven Schreck
I find your judgements a bit too extreme. I had my espresso machine repacked
and stored for over a year after concluding I might never be able to throw a
decent shot with and wanting the counter space for other uses. Only recently
have I broken it out and started using my manual Zass grinder to produce
grinds and allow me to throw shots w/o the big $$$ investment for a decent
power grinder.
Steve S
On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 10:24 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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4) From: Les
Speaking of the Darkside and the slide Mike has taken into "being in
the business."  I was in Bend for two days visiting my oldest daughter
and her husband.  I dropped into "Backporch Coffee Roasters." and low
and behold there was a very nice Dietrich IR 24 setup in the store.
They had a nice LM and 3 Mazzers setup for shots.  They offered their
blend and an SO of the day.  Things were looking good!  I walked up
and ordered a double ristretto and the smile on the barista's face
made me confident that I was about to get a good shot!  The fact that
they ground for each shot was a real confidence builder.   The first
shot was a sink shot!  His choice.  The second was liquid silk, I
don't think I could have pulled a better one myself.  I got to
visiting with David and found out he was the owner.  I told him I was
a homeroaster, and he said, "I got my start as a homeroaster with
Sweet Marias."  So here is another one of Tom's "babies." that I doubt
he even knows about.  So if you ever want some excellent coffee, don't
go to the poor excuse of a Stumptown in Bend head on over to
Backporch.  I also had a SO Costa Rican that was stunning.
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5) From: Bill
Thanks a lot, Les!  I have long planned a pilgrimage to bend to visit
deschutes brewery, I love Black Butte porter.  Now they have a great coffee
shop that roasts.  I'll check how far Bend is from Cheyenne...bill
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 9:04 AM, Les  wrote:
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee
Extreme, absolutely. Too extreme 'tis relative. Regardless your scenario
entirely different. Reading between the lines sounds like you tried for a
spell and got frustrated likely from using a sub-par grinder and retired
your espresso machine for a time. Got a decent manual grinder and tried
again.
Very different scenario than buying an espresso machine "and never plugging
it in" for years. Never even trying, not once, let alone going through a few
pounds trying to learn and asking questions. Nobody can learn let alone get
good at pulling espresso by looking at an unplugged espresso machine,
nobody.
Kona Kurmudgeon miKe mcKoffee
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
I forgot to mention that I have had my AeroPress for several months
and haven't tried that yet either. To say nothing of several hand
grinders, including a Giant Trosser, still unused!
If anyone is ever in Columbia and wants to help me christen any of
this stuff, drop in!
Brian
On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 4:33 PM, miKe mcKoffee  wrote:
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