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Topic: the next generation, continued (2 msgs / 55 lines)
1) From: Prabhakar Ragde
Got the latest shipment from Tom, five pounds plus a pair of the
little stainless-steel espresso cups. I set them up on the counter --
was not home when the five-year-old arrived but my wife says her
reaction was "They're SO beautiful!". The kid was up at 6:30 again
this morning to help pump the distilled water for the Pavoni and to
inaugurate the cups. At the same time a sample of Aussie beans in
parchment arrived from Mandy and the kid promised to help peel the
parchment off if she could be around for the roasting. "You're not
giving her too much, are you?" said my wife. The seven-year-old, not
to be outdone, asked about the origin of each of the new arrivals and
read through the first page of Tiny Joy (Tom's "biased history of home
roasting"). It stopped raining this morning so I think a roast is in
order just after school... --PR

2) From: Mark
 
At 02:34 PM 6/14/00 -0400, you wrote:
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They are pretty cool, aren't they?
The moment that Kyle and Kyra from Baratza sent me two of their first 
samples of these cups, I fell in love with them.
You know what the coolest part is? They actually work, unlike some other 
stainless steel cups I own. I have that huge Starbucks "looks like a curved 
coffee cup, but double walled steel" thing, and it doesn't keep my coffee 
hot, nor does the interior keep very well. It's showing rings galore from 
old coffee.
The Baratza-imported Inox cups, after A LOT of use look as new as the day I 
received them, especially inside. And I can't believe how long they keep my 
shots hot. I found this out first hand when I left a double ristretto on 
the counter one day for about 20 minutes. I forgot about it. Before 
throwing it out, I decided to take a sip, and wouldn't you know it, it was 
still hot.... not in the 180 range I'm more intimately familiar with, but 
(if I had to guess) 140F or so. I was amazed that less than 2oz of liquid 
could have this much retained heat after a long time.
The cappa cups are in the same boat. I routinely make my two cappas, one 
into my favorite cups (the very expensive Wing Darte cups Baratza sells), 
and the other into the Inox cup. I leisurely drink the one in the Wing cup, 
and about 20 mins later or so, I grab the Inox cup, and its still steaming 
hot. The combo of the froth on top (my microfroth lasts a long time) and 
the cup keep it piping hot.
I highly recommend these cups. And one last note. Kyra sent me a note 
yesterday that she wants me to put the 12oz latte cup up on her site - 
they've finally started shipping. Pricing will be: $24 ea, or $28 ea with 
saucer (full MSRP). I hope I'm not treading on Tom's toes too much here - I 
dunno if he intends on carrying these or not.
Mark


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