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Topic: coffee in Spain and question (51 lines)
1) From: msmb
I am working in the north of Spain for the next four months or so.  I first
started to come to Spain 40 years ago but it has only been in recent years
that I have been roasting at home and enjoying better coffee.  When I
arrived this time I was struck by how good the coffee was all over.  My
first cup was in a train station in Madrid and even there is was just very
good.  It also made me appreciate how good my own coffee had become.  All I
could tell was that they were using a Bonka (a popular coffee company)
grinder; something that the coffee company had probably given them.  
But for the home brewer the situation is odd.  I have not found any green
beans at all, not even online outlets in Europe.  And, of course, I do not
have a grinder, so I cannot even buy whole beans.  I thought I would be able
to find some kind of grinder in a second hand shop but thus far have not
seen anything and the big department stores do not sell anything worth
buying.  The supermarkets do sell some whole beans but mostly what I see is
vacuum packed --they call it a tetrabric-- coffee.  I tried one, Saimaza,
that sold a Brazilian coffee that it claimed was a RF alliance coffee and it
was really pretty good.  But it was ground for a mocha pot and in my
apartment I only have a drip brewer (actually, I am using an old Bosch drip
brewer with a thermal pot and pouring my hot water over the ground coffee
because the machine is otherwise not working.  It actually works quite well
this way).  I finally have found two places that sell whole beans that they
will grind, but one sells the roasted beans for $11/pound and I am not about
to do that.  The other, a local supermarket, sells beans by the company
Dromedario --a very large commercial seller here-and they do grind it for
drip makers.  I have had their Costa Rican and am now drinking their Kenyan
coffee and I am surprised at how good it is.  I am using the store brand
filters, which are equivalent to Melitta white paper filters.  I have only
found one off the shelf coffee that was ground for drip brewers, and that
was blended with chicory --they call it Torrefacto; I think it is has
chicory.  The Kenyan coffee costs me about $5 per pound.
I am thinking of getting myself a new drip brewer.  There is one by an
important electronics company that makes lots of appliances, and it is
supposed to have 1400W of power.  It costs about $90. I do not want to buy
one from the US, have it shipped here and then have to ship it home.  Does
anyone know if I can find an adaptor for US current for a European brewer?
I only see adaptors for US current to European current, but not the reverse.
And, if I do find an adaptor, would that diminish the wattage of the
machine, which I take to be one of the important factors in getting the
water hot enough? Does anyone know?
MS
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