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Topic: The single serve market (8 msgs / 157 lines)
1) From: sci
Sandy,
You mentioned the little NO2 powered manual espresso machine. Tell me about
it. I have seen them on the web and I'm intrigued, but I have never known
anybody who had even tried one. Does it put out a decent shot? Is it
cantankerous with grind and tamp, etc? I already have a drawer full of NO2
for my cream whippers, so that isn't a problem. If you had it to do over
again would you buy one of them? Also, since NO2 dissolves in oils (thus
making the whip cream) does this affect the espresso shot, making it creamy?
thanks
Ivan
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Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:51:29 -0500
From: Sandy Andina 
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Subject: Re: [Homeroast] [homeroast]Tom,        any comments on the
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       "The single serve       market" session?
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I will admit to hauling a mini-Keurig and china mug (and sometimes a kettle
and NO2-powered espresso machine) when on the road by car.  Comes in its own
handy bag. When I fly, it's a kettle, Zass Turkish, AP, filters (including
some basket-type for hotel drip machine) and my beans. And a hard (steel or
plastic) mug--you never know when all they'll have are styrofoam cups.  Got
the manual 'spro-maker because it's easier to haul than even the smallest
Nespresso and I can use my own beans. (Only I can't fly with it because of
the nitrous oxide cartridges.....and any destination sophisticated enough to
carry them would have a decent coffeehouse anyway).
Back in the primitive days before discovering homeroast or even artisanal
beans, I'd save extra hotel room coffee packs so I could double up in the
room's drip machine and thus get a strong enough brew. But have you noticed
how many hotels are using proprietary single-cup drippers (Lavazza,
Starbucks, even--blecch, Ritz-Carlton should know better--Maxwell House)?
Their filter packs work ONLY in their respective machines. I'd be willing to
be they were losing money on guests taking home their unused coffee packs.
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2) From: Sandy Andina
You need water just off the boil, and it's best to preheat the PF too. It is persnickety about grind, not so much with tamp.  It puts out a MUCH better shot (hotter and with thicker and stabler crema) than the old All-Clad model that looked like a giant winged corkscrew (and the All-Clad was very fragile).  Downside is that it's relatively heavy (might put your checked bag over 50 lbs.; raise eyebrows at TSA security gates if you carry it); and you can't fly with it unless you buy the NO2 at your destination, since you can't carry pressurized gas containers in either carry-on or checked baggage.  
On Apr 16, 2010, at 12:19 PM, sci wrote:
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3) From: Yakster
I read on one of the coffee forums that some people were buying personal
flotation devices to carry on with N2O cartridges as a way of transporting a
few cartridges with them on airplanes.  Apparently, that's some sort of
provision in the TSA regs for compressed gas cartridges with life vests.http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtmI hear those vests can be expensive, though.
-Chris
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4) From: Sandy Andina
And it's pretty hard to justify considering every seat has a PFD.
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5) From: Sandy Andina
Checked the list--had no idea that gel orthotics can't be worn aboard, but have to go in checked bags!   You can bring an empty lighter (in a TSA-approved case) on board, but your Dr. Scholls have to ride in the cargo hold. (Remember the original commercial ran "You gellin?" and the answer was "Like a felon." Life imitates art).
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6) From: Joseph Robertson
Ahhh, Nice work around....
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7) From: Joseph Robertson
Yankster,
nice work around. Thanks for the idea.
Joe
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8) From: Joseph Robertson
I don't fly much but if I can afford a N2O coffee maker I will also afford a
couple of vests so I can have 4 cartridges for my coffee machine. Plus I can
take a friend with me if we need to abandon ship. G4B ( god4bid ) that ever
happens.
Joe
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