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Topic: Bilgewater Brew (14 msgs / 356 lines)
1) From: Bob Hazen
I don't know about the rest of you, but sometimes it's good to sit and ponder just how good we have it.  The subtle flavors we enjoy, the fine equipment, the great discussions. . . .  Life is good.
There's an ongoing coffee discussion occurring on a trawler mailing list I'm on.  While most of these folks know boats, I'm not sure some of them can distinguish their coffee from bilgewater.
. . . and I quote:
"For me, the perfect onboard coffeemaker is a stainless percolator to go on 
the propane range burner.  We line the grounds basket with a paper filter 
liner to reduce sediment and make cleaning the basket easy.  A percolator 
makes great coffee from any grind that is available, uses no electricity, 
and works faster than most electric coffeemakers.  If the second cup gets 
cold, we re-heat on the burner for 30 seconds, or microwave."
"Most of you have seen and used the Keurig system of single-cup coffee
brewers. Every user gets to choose their own coffee flavor and strength in
the little plastic cups...and it makes great coffee.  I recently purchased their
Mini Brewer for the boat.  It does a wonderful job of power conservation,
perfect for the morning coffee on the inverter. After you load it with coffee
and water, it automatically starts heating the water, heating element turns off
immediately after water gets to the right temp and brews the cup. On and off
in 3 minutes...and cannot be left on accidentally.  Slick...and now I do not 
have to drink hazelnut just because everyone else likes it!"
It's so tempting to jump into the middle of it, but it could be less painful to simply bang my head against the wall.
Bob
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2) From: Bob Hazen
Oh, I know it's tacky to reply to your own post.  However today's traffic 
from the aforementioned trawler list made me roll my eyes.  And these folks 
are sincere about this stuff:
"First, the secret to superb coffee is Chocolate Raspberry creamer which I
discovered in Maryland but cannot find in small town North Carolina. A very
good coffee is the old A&P 8 O'Clock Coffee which is now available as just
8 O'Clock Coffee. A really good cup can be made by using a cheap paper towel
as a filter and pouring boiling water over the grounds that you've just 
made.
Very economical as well if I ever get the quantity of coffee correct. Of 
course,
if I could find the chocolate raspberry creamer, the quality of the coffee 
might
not matter. If I'm in a hurry I just use regular paper filters in a Black & 
Decker 12
cup drip maker which produces 2 manly mugs."
Eeeeeyuck!
Bob
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3) From: Demian Ebert
Thanks Bob. These both made me laugh. In a previous life I hauled
several pounds of Petes onto a purse seiner in AK so that I would
survive the summer. We used cones and pour over every morning. No
dreck on our boat. Of course that was before I started homeroasting.
Now I'd be trying to fit a roaster (maybe an iroast) and a good
grinder into the galley.
Demian
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4) From: Angelo
At 11:07 PM 8/27/2009, you wrote:
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That about sums it up, I would say...
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5) From: Mike Koenig
I suppose that stuff can be put to use to clean the barnacles off the bottom
of the boat...
--mike
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6) From: Christine Heinsohn
We enjoy narrowboating in the U.  On the two occasions we have done this we
rented from the Black Prince line.  These boats come fully equipped.  The
gallery is really quite workable.  For coffee, they provide a French Press!
Sensible Brits!

7) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 27, 2009, at 11:07 PM, Bob Hazen wrote:
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Might I suggest that you throw your own "perfect cup" into the ring,  
but don't disparage the other folks. Don't say "you're doing it  
wrong"; that will only put them on the defensive.
Instead, compose your best coffee-porn description of the perfect cup.  
And don't forget to include a link to the Sweet Maria's coffee  
library, and mention how fast and easy it is to roast your own, and  
how incredible the results are.
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8) From: Bob Hazen
Good idea allon.  In my astonishment over the dialog, it didn't occur to me 
to promote "our thing."  These folks are a great bunch, not unlike those on 
this list.  It will be interesting to see their responses.
Bob
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9) From: Scott Miller
Agreed. And sometimes brewing needs to be demystified as well.
I bought a Clever Coffee Dripper recently and have been using it in the shop
some to sample coffees.
A few days ago a newish customer is buying beans, so I offered him a cup of
something from the clever dripper.
Unfortunately for him, his wife took a sip of the coffee and wondered why
they had just spent a pile of money on a superauto when I had just produced
a fine cup with a clever dripper and electric kettle.
cheers,
Scott
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10) From: michael kaericher
Some people like chocolate, some do not.  I used to be astounded that the=
re are people who do not like choclate, but have since come to the conclusi=
on that it just means more for me.
 
Good coffee is good, but everyone gets to decide what that means.
 
 
-MK
--- On Thu, 8/27/09, Bob Hazen  wrote:
From: Bob Hazen 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] Bilgewater Brew
To: "A list to discuss home coffee roasting. There are rules for this list,=
 available athttp://www.sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html"
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, I know it's tacky to reply to your own post.  However today's traffic=
 from the aforementioned trawler list made me roll my eyes.  And these fo=
lks are sincere about this stuff:
"First, the secret to superb coffee is Chocolate Raspberry creamer which I
discovered in Maryland but cannot find in small town North Carolina. A very
good coffee is the old A&P 8 O'Clock Coffee which is now available as just
8 O'Clock Coffee. A really good cup can be made by using a cheap paper towel
as a filter and pouring boiling water over the grounds that you've just mad=
e.
Very economical as well if I ever get the quantity of coffee correct. Of co=
urse,
if I could find the chocolate raspberry creamer, the quality of the coffee =
might
not matter. If I'm in a hurry I just use regular paper filters in a Black &=
 Decker 12
cup drip maker which produces 2 manly mugs."
Eeeeeyuck!
Bob
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nder just how good we have it.  The subtle flavors we enjoy, the fine equ=
ipment, the great discussions. . . .  Life is good.
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11) From: Frank Parth
A few years back I rented a 40 foot sailboat on Tortola in the BVI. The boat came equipped with a French Press, andwe 
bought pre-ground coffee from the market. Despite not having fresh roasted/ground beans available, it was wonderful 
having my wife make coffee every morning while sitting in a bay watching the islands.
Coffee and islands, just like hot dogs and baseball games, just seem to go together.
Frank
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12) From: Dave
That's a great idea. I'm enjoying this thread, please crosspost what you
send them, and keep us up on any response.
Thanks!
Dave
Some days...
It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps
On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 8:14 AM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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13) From: John Carlson
I've iced Kenya AA and found it developed rather noticeable chocolate raspb=
erry character, which was quite interesting. All on it's own, nothing added=
. Coffee can do some really amazing things when iced.
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The best use I've found for the powdery creamers is to provide great entert=
ainment when poured over an open flame from about 3 feet. Be careful though.
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14) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 28, 2009, at 9:29 PM, Dave wrote:
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Aieee! Crossposting *bad*.
Send us a COPY. Don't crosspost.
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allon
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