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Topic: Burr vs. Blade Insulated vs. Non Insulted French (8 msgs / 245 lines)
1) From:
For me ...glass FP is quite adequate. A good burr grinder will make a better cup of french press than a whirly blade because the grind size will be more even, allowing for a more even extraction. 
You use the term 'espresso taste.' Espresso is a particular function of a specific brewing method (espresso machine, 9 bars pressure, 200 degrees, 2 oz, 25 second).  Maybe the closest you can get to that 'taste' and not be actual espresso is perhaps the moka pot.
I just recently got a nissan thermos 'backpack bottle' from sweetmarias. I really like it...my wife liked it so much, we got her one too. 
www.sweetmarias.com/prod.travelmugs-bottles.shtml
Dean De Crisce
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2) From: Scott Miller
Julie,
The oft used consideration by many here is the grinder is primary
consideration to make in your coffee equipment selection. The best
quality grinder you can afford is probably the most effective thing
you can do to improve your coffee, especially with espresso.
There are always workarounds that involve extra steps: a whirly blade
works OK for french press, but if you take the extra step to use a
mesh strainer to take out some of the fines, you have a less muddy
cup.
I use the 8 cup Bodum, and I see the SM site now also lists the dual
wall insulated version... it's pricey and doesn't fit my needs as I
decant any coffee left in my press after pouring my cup.
I like the Bodum insulated drinking glasses, but don't have a need for
it with FP brewing.
cheers,
Scott
On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 8:06 AM, Julie Yarrington  wrote:
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3) From: David Martin
Back when all I had was a whirly blade, I found it difficult to make a
good french press. I think your best bet with a blade grinder is the
pour-over drip method.
I don't know as to whether an insulated press is better than a glass
one. If the purpose of the insulation is to keep the coffee hot longer
after you press it, then it's a bit pointless, since you should decant
the coffee into another container shortly after pressing anyway. On
the other hand, the insulated press would probably slow the cooling of
the water during brewing, which might make a difference, especially if
the ambient temperature is cold. I doubt that it makes a huge
difference in normal room temperature though.
As for walking to work in 15 degree temperature, all I can say is I'm
glad I live in California now. :-)  My wife and I went to college in
northern Michigan. She had a car with no heat, and had a 15 or 20 mile
commute to a job for a while. Her coffee would literally have a layer
of ice on top when she reached her destination. Good times.
-Dave
On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 5:06 AM, Julie Yarrington  wrote:
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 8:06 AM, Julie Yarrington  wrote:
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Julie,
I think the very best you can do is the Nissan Leak-Proof BackPack
Bottle , Model JMW-500http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.travelmugs-bottles.shtmlI have one and love it for it's ability to keep coffee hot for a long
time. Tom has tested all the insulated bottles etc on the page and has
posted the results, and you can see that no other mugs come close to
this one. In addition, it is leakproof, so you can throw it into a
backpack etc and not worry about it. It is very easy to operate with
one hand. The top is spring loaded; it makes me nervous to release it
and let it go, so I use my thumb for the cap-release button and use my
finger to gently allow the top to open.
Brian
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5) From: raymanowen
"I had homeroast this A.M. [Me, too- IMV almost 7 days post FC++ roast]
13.5g, grind 50 from flash frozen in the Vietnamese Coffee Filter. No Crema,
but endless flavor- Big open roasted nut/ fruit flavor in about a double
shot volume drink.
About the second day, the beans really started singing!
Something Dr. Faharvery at the research institute would understand: "Yäz=
êgennät
Keber Bä-Ityopp'yachchen S'änto Tayyä Hezbawinnät Dar Eskädar B=
ärto... "
5 CSA points if you can pick the Ethiopia construct out of it!
 "...........now help me to fine tune...taste with a burr grinder than a
whirly? "
That's the problem- You Can't Fine Tune the grinder for brewing perfection
with anything but a very stable grinder. How do you propose to tune a
whirly? Time it!
   - The grind cannot resemble the stuff you get out of the dust bag of a
   Kirby vacuum cleaner
   - When you change grinder settings and return to a previous setting, the
   grounds have to match the previous grounds Exactly.
Even the shiniest plastic Big Bucks Toys with all the knobs and buttons
can't do it.
Also, I've referred to the grinder as the "BUFF." That's just what I've been
doing the past couple of days- with rubbing compound and a couple more hours
with white polishing compound. The front "toe" under the PF fork has just
caught grounds for the past 20 or so years without ever being cleaned.
I got tired of digging the crap and corruption out from the grinding chamber
and the burrs, but it still looked like a BUFF. Well, I went nuts- First,
Sarah's headlamps on her Neon- looked like frosted light bulbs, then the
grinder got it. Still a superb machine but "BUFF" takes on new meaning and
exercised some long-dormant muscles.
Jetzt ist es so glatt wie der Arsch eines Babys. Same grinder but it shines-
the VC Filter was still just superb- but is it better than the espresso
shot? No- it has the flavor for sure, but not the body. And the Moka pot is
different yet-
The next espresso machine has got some real tall boots to fill. The Carpesso
quit leaking by default, but it lasted long enough for the test.
Cheers, Mabuhay and Magandang Hapon -RayO, aka Opa!
Got Grinder?
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6) From: Julie Yarrington
Brian,
I only walk 30 seconds, but since I am a dairy farmer I get to work in the
cold too.........no pity for me, I just need my coffee fix!  I'll ck out the
travel mugs/thermos.  TY
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Julie,
The Nissan Leak-Proof BackPack Bottle would be great for a work
environment because the cover is closed, the parts that the coffee
comes in contact with are completely protected from dirt, dust, and
all the other things that are around the diary farm. The only time the
"coffee parts" are exposed is when the cover is open for sipping. As
soon as you take your sip, it is natural to close the mug back up. And
if it gets knocked over, of course, it is spill-proof. The top is
plastic, so it probably wouldn't survive a direct hit such as landing
top-first on concrete, but short of that it is pretty rugged.
Brian
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8) From: Karl
Agreed, the leak-proof bottle works really well.  If I brew directly
into it the coffee stays almost too-hot-to-drink for quite a while.
Well, in southern California at least...
The mushroom-shaped Travel Tumbler works really well too, it's easy to
grab and you can drink from any direction.  It's just not leakproof.
Karl
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