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Topic: Travelling Faux pas (9 msgs / 211 lines)
1) From: Jason Brooks
The family and I headed off to the mountains this past weekend for our 13th
anniversary.  The in-laws kept the children and we had a place to ourselves.
 On Sunday morning, I pull out my AP, roasted beans, only to find my knee
mill still sitting on the shelf at home.
The place where we stayed had very little in the way of tools, not even two
deeply nested bowls, that would assist in the breaking of the beans.
So, alas, I relented and was left to pretty miserable road coffee.  But it
made this morning's Chemex all the sweeter!
Jason
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2) From: Derek Bradford
Next time you could try to find a couple large stones to use as a mill; a
large flat piece of slate and a more rounded one to grind the beans against
the slate would do the trick pretty well.  There are probably a billion
people in the world still grinding stuff that way and it works very well,
all things considered.
--Derek
On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM, Jason Brooks  wrote:
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3) From: Michael Irrera
What, you couldn't find two rocks to bang together in the mountains?
I'm on the road right now, too, but I've had far better luck.  Since I'm staying in the Mission district of San Francisco, I didn't pack any coffee-related gear.  Both Ritual and Four Barrel are a short walk away, and Blue Bottle isn't far, either.  I'm not suffering.
That being said, this morning I opted to try Philz coffee.  It's a pourover only place (no espresso, either), with about 20 different blends.  I got a couple of cups of different blends, and was quite taken aback when I was asked if I wanted a mint leaf in my coffee, which is apparently their thing.  I did try it in one, and found it overwhelmed any subtle flavors that might be there.  I think they're more concerned about caffeine delivery than anything.
I'm going to stick with the ones I know are good for the rest of the week.  Worst case, I can head over the bridge and visit Tom.
-AdkMike
On Jun 1, 2010, at 11:22 AM, Jason Brooks wrote:
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4) From: g paris
I agree, get thee some stone (aka rocks) use as you would Grandmas rolling
pin!
works, use in CA woods.
ginny
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5) From: Yakster
Congrats on the anniversary, sorry to hear about the coffee disaster.
I was forced into something I was hoping to avoid this morning, drinking
office coffee at my new place of work.  I've been making morning Chemex (and
loving it) and bringing in a thermos, but the Wife and kids have been sick
and my wife had a hard time sleeping last night which lead to me having a
hard time sleeping, so when I finally got to sleep on the couch I overslept
and didn't have time to make any coffee this morning before taking my oldest
to school.
The coffee at work is an old coffee maker with glass pots and three pot
warmers, there's two orange rimmed pots and one brown.  I cleaned it up as
best as possible, and the spray head and whole area above the filter holder
was coated in black coffee grounds powder and oily sludge so much it looked
like it'd never been cleaned.  After cleaning it up, I put four and a half
ounces of coffee grounds (one and a half packs) of generic looking coffee in
the filter and pressed the brew button... it filled maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the
pot and then dripped to a stop.  Hit the button again and then poured myself
a cup.
I was surprised to admit that it wasn't the worst cup I've ever had, but I
didn't have another.  Had lunch with the co-workers at a greasy spoon /
hole-in-the-wall and they had a Costco brand cold coffee / mocha drink, I
passed and had a diet Snapple.  Damn, and I'd pretty much decided not to
bring in an AeroPress. Whirly Blade, and home roast to work because I didn't
want to appear to be fussy at the new job, but this is really depressing.
Now it's 10 pm and kids are fed and in bed, dishes loaded into the
dishwasher, and I'm wondering if it's too late for a cup of coffee or an
espresso, something good.
-Chris
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6) From: Robert Yoder
Great Writing, Chris! What a Pleasure to read!
Thanks!
robert yoder
 
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7) From: raymanowen
Never too late.  You might even find pleasure in roasting at 0300 and having
the first (young) cup for a taste test at 0400, assuming you had no mundane
excursions planned for First Light...
Like work, or kids to the fabled halls of memorizing things
Since when is the typical Work Coffee good for anything- well, I guess even
the branded stuff can be OK if it's brewed carefully. But they have to
satisfy all tastes in brew strength, and the prima donnas were reluctant to
make Lucent Americanos with my "strong" Boyer's brew.
How to explain that it all starts with undiluted coffee grounds and the
essence of pure hot water in the first place. Some of the lights never came
on...
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
Choose your battles and have some cafeteria gift certificates for the
idiots.
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8) From: Jason Brooks
Good idea Ray.  I'll regularly find myself out of beans on milking mornings
(out at 6AM).  We have our own milk goats and I milk Tu-Thur-Fri and Sat.
 So, I'll drop some beans in and roast while milking. Usually works to be a
Full City roast, so i have to be careful what I choose.  Not the best way to
roast, but on occasion it happens.  And then, the brew can be incredible!
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9) From: Yakster
I've almost been there, I recently roasted a bean, Guatemalan, I believe,
that was brewed into coffee mere hours or even minutes after the roast, and
tasted quite good.  I've been running real lean on the inventory, just in
time roasting, as it were with never enough rested beans to satisfy.
This morning I took the time to brew a half pot Chemex while making lunch
and getting the kids out the door.  Wife's up and out of bed today so things
are on the upswing.  I planned on enjoying 400 ml in the cup on the way to
work and stashing 200 ml in a thermos for later, but the Wife surprised me
in wanting coffee this morning instead of tea so I had to leave that last
200 ml at home in her cup.  I will survive, but I will be bringing in an
AeroPress or CCD to work by next week at the latest.
I've just been too tired to roast lately... never did brew myself a good cup
of coffee yesterday, ended up washing the dishes and sacking out on the
couch again.  It'll be good when the sick bed reverts to our bedroom again.
I think I've been fighting it, been having headaches and some body aches but
so far it hasn't lodged in the chest or sinuses so I'm still ambulatory.
Best of health to everyone, seems the end of school bugs are out getting
them all.
-Chris
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