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Topic: Duetto Dream Dies... (10 msgs / 630 lines)
1) From: Mike McGinness
Almost pulled the trigger on upgrading to the Alex Duetto by Izzo a couple
times the past couple days. However, I've decided to wait. Instead ever
breathing moment and every resource possible will be going towards a second
location a year or two earlier than planned, mcKona Koffee Paradise Café =
'Q'
(instead of 2)... And finishing remodeling current location, which includes
relocating roaster out of the Café, and new further kicked up and greatly
streamed lined meal menu going from very good to exceptional replacing all
processed meats with the real deal just like I'd eat at home. Custom cured
and smoked Blackforest pork loin ham, custom brined and smoked turkey
breast, Illwaco WA fishermen's cannery Abacore etc. Bring the food up to the
level of my coffees... Gourmet or no way. Make it a real "destination" place
all around.
A new place opened 4 or 6 months ago ten blocks away 13th and Kauffman two
blocks from the courthouse and county complexes. (I'm 13th and Main). A to
kill for renovated brick building with full front class windows, two of
which are actually rollup single car width doors you can open for good
weather. (possibly on old firehouse, looks like it.) Jamal's theme/focus was
local artist gallery and espresso bar. Unfortunately he knew squat about
'spro. I spent a couple hours working with him the first day I checked the
place out. Georgous building inside and out and great concept, couldn't
stand to see such poor quality beverages in such a beautiful location.
Actually 'worked his bar' about an hour serving some customers. That was
after I popped over to my Café to pick up a spare tamper to use instead of
his plastic POC! I left the Bumber Tamper with him to use to these past
months. Found out a friend of mine also in the coffee business spent a hour
or so working with him too a few weeks after me. Same reasons and neither of
us asked for a dime of course. I swore to myself if/when he went under I
wanted the location.
Well since beginning to work with Christina, my new girl, determined she
needed a tamper with a shorter handle than my tall Reg so needed the Bumper
back. This was a few weeks ago. Popped over to Jamal's place and he said
he'd tossed the plastic one and asked if he could keep it a couple more days
until he got a replacment then he'd bring it over the my Café. Weeks pass=
ed
and nadda so decided I'd go get it back. (I did run across a cheapo 58mm
aluminum tamper I was taking him.) Popped over a couple times but was closed
both times. Yeah it was after I closed too. So Thursday popped over mid-day
'bout 1:30 and was there. So was a U-Haul van parked out front of the place
that already almost emptied. Less than six months. Damn I feel bad for him
but I'm going to doing everything possible to secure the location. Have
already talked briefly with Landlord who's office happens to be in part of
the upstairs of the building...
Oh, and he couldn't find my tamper, oh well. Ordered a short Reg AC last
night even though costs more than a bumper. (I use the standard tall Reg as
do my other two girls) Decided that since the piston of the Bumper AC is
thicker than the Reg line continuity in piston thickness for teaching
tamper/puck alignment feel would be better anyway.
Food theme of second location will tentatively be Mainland Southwestern ~
Hawaiian fusion Q. You know, Kalua pulled pork samiches with mango pineapple
bbq sauce, Kalbi beef brisket samiches, smoke grilled huli huli chicken
sandwiches served with choice of slaw and/or Hawaiian Macaroni Potato salad.
(My PotatoMac I devoloped for my huli-huli chicken and kalbi beef wraps be
popular already;-) The location is about triple the floor space and will be
the new USRC 3k home which I'd already decided needed to leave the café.
Place just too small and need the space for additional seating when the
weather turns. And the location has plenty parking plus plenty space to
setup permanent covered semi enclosed outdoor smoker grilling area just by
side entrance. (Already mentioned that aspect initial brief talk with Troy
and he's for it, Troy's the landlord.)
So the Duetto, a machine that would work for light catering gigs and usually
live in my kitchen, will just have to wait. Instead need a another 3 or
possibly 4gr Linea or GB5 and bunch of grinders and a zillion other
things:-)
BTW, had a most enjoyable 70# 12 batch USRC roast session this afternoon.
One sweet little roaster. Sold three bags directly from cooling bin to bag
to sealer to vacuum evacuated to customer. That's fun. One of them result of
my "house" press pot coffee. Guy commented it was one of the best cups of
coffee he'd ever had and asked where he could get it. Coincidentally an 8#
batch of the Columbian in question was in the bin finishing cooling as he
spoke. (While a batch of IMV roasting, love simultaneous cooling/roasting,
much more time efficient, just remember to empty the cooling bin before next
roast batch done roasting especially if running automated roast 'cuz it'll
just go ahead and dump ready or not here I come don't ask me how I know but
not recently!)
Time for din-din so I'll quit boring you with my rambling. (Ifn you made it
this far:-)
And Mama Cate Gesha for after dinner and virus be kicked...
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found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Almost pulled the trigger on upgrading to the Alex Duetto by Izzo a couple
times the past couple days. However, I've decided to wait. Instead ever
breathing moment and every resource possible will be going towards a second
location a year or two earlier than planned, mcKona Koffee Paradise Café =
'Q'
(instead of 2)... And finishing remodeling current location, which includes
relocating roaster out of the Café, and new further kicked up and greatly
streamed lined meal menu going from very good to exceptional replacing all
processed meats with the real deal just like I'd eat at home. Custom cured
and smoked Blackforest pork loin ham, custom brined and smoked turkey
breast, Illwaco WA fishermen's cannery Abacore etc. Bring the food up to the
level of my coffees... Gourmet or no way. Make it a real "destination" place
all around.
A new place opened 4 or 6 months ago ten blocks away 13th and Kauffman two
blocks from the courthouse and county complexes. (I'm 13th and Main). A to
kill for renovated brick building with full front class windows, two of
which are actually rollup single car width doors you can open for good
weather. (possibly on old firehouse, looks like it.) Jamal's theme/focus was
local artist gallery and espresso bar. Unfortunately he knew squat about
'spro. I spent a couple hours working with him the first day I checked the
place out. Georgous building inside and out and great concept, couldn't
stand to see such poor quality beverages in such a beautiful location.
Actually 'worked his bar' about an hour serving some customers. That was
after I popped over to my Café to pick up a spare tamper to use instead of
his plastic POC! I left the Bumber Tamper with him to use to these past
months. Found out a friend of mine also in the coffee business spent a hour
or so working with him too a few weeks after me. Same reasons and neither of
us asked for a dime of course. I swore to myself if/when he went under I
wanted the location.
Well since beginning to work with Christina, my new girl, determined she
needed a tamper with a shorter handle than my tall Reg so needed the Bumper
back. This was a few weeks ago. Popped over to Jamal's place and he said
he'd tossed the plastic one and asked if he could keep it a couple more days
until he got a replacment then he'd bring it over the my Café. Weeks pass=
ed
and nadda so decided I'd go get it back. (I did run across a cheapo 58mm
aluminum tamper I was taking him.) Popped over a couple times but was closed
both times. Yeah it was after I closed too. So Thursday popped over mid-day
'bout 1:30 and was there. So was a U-Haul van parked out front of the place
that already almost emptied. Less than six months. Damn I feel bad for him
but I'm going to doing everything possible to secure the location. Have
already talked briefly with Landlord who's office happens to be in part of
the upstairs of the building...
Oh, and he couldn't find my tamper, oh well. Ordered a short Reg AC last
night even though costs more than a bumper. (I use the standard tall Reg as
do my other two girls) Decided that since the piston of the Bumper AC is
thicker than the Reg line continuity in piston thickness for teaching
tamper/puck alignment feel would be better anyway.
Food theme of second location will tentatively be Mainland Southwestern ~
Hawaiian fusion Q. You know, Kalua pulled pork samiches with mango pineapple
bbq sauce, Kalbi beef brisket samiches, smoke grilled huli huli chicken
sandwiches served with choice of slaw and/or Hawaiian Macaroni Potato salad.
(My PotatoMac I devoloped for my huli-huli chicken and kalbi beef wraps be
popular already;-) The location is about triple the floor space and will be
the new USRC 3k home which I'd already decided needed to leave the café.
Place just too small and need the space for additional seating when the
weather turns. And the location has plenty parking plus plenty space to
setup permanent covered semi enclosed outdoor smoker grilling area just by
side entrance. (Already mentioned that aspect initial brief talk with Troy
and he's for it, Troy's the landlord.)
So the Duetto, a machine that would work for light catering gigs and usually
live in my kitchen, will just have to wait. Instead need a another 3 or
possibly 4gr Linea or GB5 and bunch of grinders and a zillion other
things:-)
BTW, had a most enjoyable 70# 12 batch USRC roast session this afternoon.
One sweet little roaster. Sold three bags directly from cooling bin to bag
to sealer to vacuum evacuated to customer. That's fun. One of them result of
my "house" press pot coffee. Guy commented it was one of the best cups of
coffee he'd ever had and asked where he could get it. Coincidentally an 8#
batch of the Columbian in question was in the bin finishing cooling as he
spoke. (While a batch of IMV roasting, love simultaneous cooling/roasting,
much more time efficient, just remember to empty the cooling bin before next
roast batch done roasting especially if running automated roast 'cuz it'll
just go ahead and dump ready or not here I come don't ask me how I know but
not recently!)
Time for din-din so I'll quit boring you with my rambling. (Ifn you made it
this far:-)
And Mama Cate Gesha for after dinner and virus be kicked...
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffeehttp://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must">http://www.mcKonaKoffee.comURL 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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3) From: Andy Thomas
Too bad about Jamal, but I hope Cafe Q works out for you, Mike. I think=
 it is cool that you tried to help Jamal -- he was a competitor, after all.=
 I work in the winery business and that sort of mutual cooperation between =
"competitors" is fairly common. The thinking is that helping another winery=
 achieve/maintain good quality is better for everyone, and also that it's b=
etter for business to have other wineries nearby than to be geographically =
isolated -- so we want our neighbors to survive and help us raise the bar=
, so to speak. Maybe it is similar in the cafe business. Not exactly analog=
ous, but, although a lot is said about starbucks crowding out local cafes=
, I've seen situations where a new *$$ came in and more local cafes popped =
up and thrived. =
----- Original Message ----
From: miKe mcKoffee 
To: homeroast
Sent: Saturday, September 6, 2008 8:27:50 PM
Subject: [Homeroast] Duetto Dream Dies...
Almost pulled the trigger on upgrading to the Alex Duetto by Izzo a couple
times the past couple days. However, I've decided to wait. Instead ever
breathing moment and every resource possible will be going towards a second
location a year or two earlier than planned, mcKona Koffee Paradise Café =
'Q'
(instead of 2)... And finishing remodeling current location, which includes
relocating roaster out of the Café, and new further kicked up and greatly
streamed lined meal menu going from very good to exceptional replacing all
processed meats with the real deal just like I'd eat at home. Custom cured
and smoked Blackforest pork loin ham, custom brined and smoked turkey
breast, Illwaco WA fishermen's cannery Abacore etc. Bring the food up to the
level of my coffees... Gourmet or no way. Make it a real "destination" place
all around.
A new place opened 4 or 6 months ago ten blocks away 13th and Kauffman two
blocks from the courthouse and county complexes. (I'm 13th and Main). A to
kill for renovated brick building with full front class windows, two of
which are actually rollup single car width doors you can open for good
weather. (possibly on old firehouse, looks like it.) Jamal's theme/focus was
local artist gallery and espresso bar. Unfortunately he knew squat about
'spro. I spent a couple hours working with him the first day I checked the
place out. Georgous building inside and out and great concept, couldn't
stand to see such poor quality beverages in such a beautiful location.
Actually 'worked his bar' about an hour serving some customers. That was
after I popped over to my Café to pick up a spare tamper to use instead of
his plastic POC! I left the Bumber Tamper with him to use to these past
months. Found out a friend of mine also in the coffee business spent a hour
or so working with him too a few weeks after me. Same reasons and neither of
us asked for a dime of course. I swore to myself if/when he went under I
wanted the location.
Well since beginning to work with Christina, my new girl, determined she
needed a tamper with a shorter handle than my tall Reg so needed the Bumper
back. This was a few weeks ago. Popped over to Jamal's place and he said
he'd tossed the plastic one and asked if he could keep it a couple more days
until he got a replacment then he'd bring it over the my Café. Weeks pass=
ed
and nadda so decided I'd go get it back. (I did run across a cheapo 58mm
aluminum tamper I was taking him.) Popped over a couple times but was closed
both times. Yeah it was after I closed too. So Thursday popped over mid-day
'bout 1:30 and was there. So was a U-Haul van parked out front of the place
that already almost emptied. Less than six months. Damn I feel bad for him
but I'm going to doing everything possible to secure the location. Have
already talked briefly with Landlord who's office happens to be in part of
the upstairs of the building...
Oh, and he couldn't find my tamper, oh well. Ordered a short Reg AC last
night even though costs more than a bumper. (I use the standard tall Reg as
do my other two girls) Decided that since the piston of the Bumper AC is
thicker than the Reg line continuity in piston thickness for teaching
tamper/puck alignment feel would be better anyway.
Food theme of second location will tentatively be Mainland Southwestern ~
Hawaiian fusion Q. You know, Kalua pulled pork samiches with mango pineapple
bbq sauce, Kalbi beef brisket samiches, smoke grilled huli huli chicken
sandwiches served with choice of slaw and/or Hawaiian Macaroni Potato salad.
(My PotatoMac I devoloped for my huli-huli chicken and kalbi beef wraps be
popular already;-) The location is about triple the floor space and will be
the new USRC 3k home which I'd already decided needed to leave the café.
Place just too small and need the space for additional seating when the
weather turns. And the location has plenty parking plus plenty space to
setup permanent covered semi enclosed outdoor smoker grilling area just by
side entrance. (Already mentioned that aspect initial brief talk with Troy
and he's for it, Troy's the landlord.)
So the Duetto, a machine that would work for light catering gigs and usually
live in my kitchen, will just have to wait. Instead need a another 3 or
possibly 4gr Linea or GB5 and bunch of grinders and a zillion other
things:-)
BTW, had a most enjoyable 70# 12 batch USRC roast session this afternoon.
One sweet little roaster. Sold three bags directly from cooling bin to bag
to sealer to vacuum evacuated to customer. That's fun. One of them result of
my "house" press pot coffee. Guy commented it was one of the best cups of
coffee he'd ever had and asked where he could get it. Coincidentally an 8#
batch of the Columbian in question was in the bin finishing cooling as he
spoke. (While a batch of IMV roasting, love simultaneous cooling/roasting,
much more time efficient, just remember to empty the cooling bin before next
roast batch done roasting especially if running automated roast 'cuz it'll
just go ahead and dump ready or not here I come don't ask me how I know but
not recently!)
Time for din-din so I'll quit boring you with my rambling. (Ifn you made it
this far:-)
And Mama Cate Gesha for after dinner and virus be kicked...
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffeehttp://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must">http://www.mcKonaKoffee.comURL 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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4) From: raymanowen
Man, Clone yourself- Soon!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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5) From: Tom Ulmer
Best of times MiKe. Is the smoked Black Forest pork loin ham a Pacific NW
thing - kind of like a Louisiana Turducken?
The theme sounds like a gourmet ice house with a coffee focus. What a
perfect day light café.

6) From: Seth Grandeau
I'm looking forward to cafe #3 being a little further east.  Boston? :)
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7) From: miKe mcKoffee
At this point in time my vision does not include going National. A few maybe
up to a dozen locations in the Greater Portland, OR SW Washington area at
most. I've seen how quality control can slide as what once where the very
best local hometown shops grew far and wide. Not looking to get steenkin
rich, just comfortable enough to only work coffee 20 or 30 hours a week when
I hit 80;-) Of course future would also include growing to necessitating 3
or 4 months out of the year being gone on trips to Origin. 
miKe
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8) From: Marty Wooten
Mike,
I hope everything works out even better than you could dream. You deserve it
for all of your hard work. I look forward to hearing the progress reports as
the dream continues to grow.
Marty
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9) From: raymanowen
My friend, Ray, mentioned Peet's on Sheridan Blvd @ 93rd (opp. Nobleman's
Barn, *$) was closed during normal business hours. They had a mini job fair
a couple of months ago.
Maybe that particular Peet's learned from *$ Educational Day. *$ also had a
job fair afterwards, now they got a few extras or a whole bunch of new
Dreckmeisters failed probation. I know I would.
I sure learned something new about emulating a Viet coffee filter with a
leaky Crapesso- Can Do! With the homebrew sweetened condensed milk, it was a
bit sweet. Another Home Run with the Brazil Cerrado...Formosa, equal to this
morning's. Tastes like a Million Bucks.
This easily bested the very best flavor I've managed to brew with the RVN
coffee filter, and puts the restaurant RVN filter coffee in the Dreck
category.
The Brazil Cerrado Screen-Dried Moreninha Formosa has sparkled every time I
roasted it. If you don't like it, you may be sitting in the rong pew. Time
stops when you freeze it for a few hours
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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10) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
Dear MiKe,
Thank you so much for sharing your stories, and good luck on your
newest venture.  I look forward to hearing all about it.
You may have mentioned this on a thread I may have missed, but where
are you planning to move the roaster?
My brother and his wife live in DuPont, WA, and if I ever make it up
there to visit, I will make a point of coming to see you.  Maybe next
year or the year after, or???
-Bonnie P.
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