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Topic: Bellman coffee maker (11 msgs / 263 lines)
1) From: Kris Bhatti
Anyone have experience with a Bellman CXE 25 electric "espresso and cappuccino" maker?  I picked one up at the thrift store the other day.  I tried it out this afternoon and I'm quite happy with it.  I'm guessing there are some tricks for getting the best possible cup out of it.  This might be my new machine of choice for hotel (and other places with electricity) travel.  It does a great job of steaming milk too - plenty of pressure and nice dry steam.  The Bellman looks nice on my counter next to the Sunbeam Coffeemaster C30b vac pot I picked up a few weeks ago.  I hope I'll find a stovetop version of the Bellman sometime too.  Doesn't coffee just taste better when it's made in a lovely contraption?  Something about the combination of good fresh homeroast beans, bakelite and chrome or SS.  Every time I think I've got one of every sort of coffee making device, the thrift store provides another.  
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2) From: kevin creason
you have the best thrift store in the universe. I'd come live near you but
for the job thing.
On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:46 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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3) From: Sheila Quinn
Kris,
You sure do have the best thrift store near you! I find good poppers at 
mine all the time, but I've never found a worthwhile coffee maker or 
espresso machine.
Sheila
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4) From: Angelo
Those are basically electric Moka pots w/ steaming wand.... I had the 
one you have and I have a couple of stovetop models.. I used them 
years ago, so I don't remember how the coffee tasted. They're just 
decoration,now. I prefer the regular moka pots sans the wand...
Angelo
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5) From: raymanowen
I just looked up the Bellman CXE 25 electric "espresso and cappuccino"
maker, and from the pictures and instructions, it seems to be a slightly
overgrown steam toy. The same is how I started trying to disprove espresso
brewing to myself.
I didn't pursue the method of brewing with steam pressure, but it was an
exquisite flavor generator, the first step to validating espresso. Remember,
when heating water under pressure, you can achieve temperatures higher than
normal boiling if the thermostat mis-behaves.
Keep a bottle of Aloe Vera gel on the door in the fridge.
The first shot was far beyond the normal drip brew, but I really knew
nothing about that at the time. (Now I know 10X as much!)
It is an intriguing brewing method, but I quickly gave it to my friend,
Briana, along with my first pump espresso machine. Another big step for the
wannabe barista. At first I liked milk drinks, to take my mind off botched
shots. Not unusual when I first started Not Knowing.
Been straight for the last 4 years, as they say. Briana has my original
notes, plus her own. The late Capresso is now a silent Totem.
Practice and experiment, and keep the Aloe Vera handy.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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Wow...an unbelievable number of amzing finds...plus a hellava lot of coffee equipment. I am so jealous...i am not even aware of a real thrift shop in the manhattan area!
Dean De Crisce
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7) From: Kris Bhatti
No, it's not an overgrown steam toy.  It's an electric version of a stovetop mokapot.  Works just the same - filter basket with funnel down into the water, water pushed up through the grounds when there is sufficient heat/pressure (not when the water turns to steam).  I'd take this over a steamtoy any day.  This is less of a burn risk than my La Pavoni Europiccola and yes, I know what a real espresso machine is.  My Salvatore does a fine job making real espresso.   Obviously the Bellman electric version  wasn't wildly successful - google search doesn't turn up a whole lot of info.  People do seem to like the stovetop version, but I've never seen it discussed here.  Just curious if anyone here has actually used one before.
Thanks,
Kris
From: "raymanowen" 
To: homeroast
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 9:00:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Bellman coffee maker
I just looked up the Bellman CXE 25 electric "espresso and cappuccino"
maker, and from the pictures and instructions, it seems to be a slightly
overgrown steam toy. The same is how I started trying to disprove espresso
brewing to myself.
I didn't pursue the method of brewing with steam pressure, but it was an
exquisite flavor generator, the first step to validating espresso. Remember,
when heating water under pressure, you can achieve temperatures higher than
normal boiling if the thermostat mis-behaves.
Keep a bottle of Aloe Vera gel on the door in the fridge.
The first shot was far beyond the normal drip brew, but I really knew
nothing about that at the time. (Now I know 10X as much!)
It is an intriguing brewing method, but I quickly gave it to my friend,
Briana, along with my first pump espresso machine. Another big step for the
wannabe barista. At first I liked milk drinks, to take my mind off botched
shots. Not unusual when I first started Not Knowing.
Been straight for the last 4 years, as they say. Briana has my original
notes, plus her own. The late Capresso is now a silent Totem.
Practice and experiment, and keep the Aloe Vera handy.
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM, Kris Bhatti  wrote:
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8) From: John Mac
I have to ask. Where do you live? Your thrift store has some cool stuff.
Thanks in advance.
John in Nor Cal
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9) From: Kris Bhatti
I'm down the road from you in SoCal (Orange County).  This thrift store really is wonderful.  I think it's just the fact that there are so many wealthy people (or people who live like they are wealthy anyway) in the area and they get stuff as gifts, never use it, end up giving it to thrift store.  The pricing is quite funny - sometimes they'll have a price tag of $15 on a little steam toy "espresso" machine, then mark the Europiccola the same $15.  They'll mark a whirly blade grinder $4, but I got my Mazzer super jolly and Rosssi RR45 for $20 each.  I try to keep a poker face when I pay, then hyperventilate on the way to the car on some of the especially great finds (i.e. the Salvatore for $10).  Let me know if you come down this way and I'll direct you to the store - conveniently located practically under the 5.
Kris
From: John Mac 
To: homeroast
Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2009 7:31:50 AM
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Bellman coffee maker
I have to ask. Where do you live? Your thrift store has some cool stuff.
Thanks in advance.
John in Nor Cal
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10) From: John Mac
Thanks for the reply Kris.
I'm in the San Francisco/ East Bay,  at the base of Mt. Diablo and there is
the same dynamic around here. Lots of conspicuous consumption, well there
was, now lots of "for sale " signs in the pricey neighborhoods. There is an
Europiccola on Craigslist  for $475! I almost fainted when I saw what you
paid, what a smokin deal.
Cheers!
John in Nor Cal
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11) From: Gregg Talton
I used to own one of these!  When I worked in radio one of my accounts was
Barnies Coffee and Tea (local franchises) and they sold me one for twenty
dollars that had been returned. This was in 1990.  Be careful, mine didn't
have a steam valve for high pressure and I once, only once, found myself
cleaning coffee from the ceiling.  Not long after that experience my wife
"accidentally" misplaced it and it's never been seen again.
Gregg
  Anyone have experience with a Bellman CXE 25 electric "espresso and
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