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Topic: coffee at work (30 msgs / 902 lines)
1) From: Anthony Ottman
Ha ha.  I was going to ask the group about their favorite way to make their
home roasted joybeans at work.
I also use a cheap cone filter, and grind with a Zassenhaus.  French press
also works but I'm usually in a hurry and want to save clean-up time.

2) From: J. Paul Sheridan, III
Anthony asked....the group about their favorite way to make their
home roasted joybeans at work.
Spunky replies:
I used to (at the "old job") use a whirly blade and SwissGold single cup
pour through.  At the new job*, I take in enough to brew an entire pot, and
then use their Bunn coffee maker.  At this point, my co-workers are
unknowingly occasionally drinking a cup of great homeroast.  Eventually,
I'll start tagging the pots so they know what they're drinking.
Paul
* fourthchannel, inc.

3) From: TFisher511
I had to laugh when I read this excerpt from the company newsletter. This is 
the facility I relocated from a couple of years ago, small, about 1000-1200 
mostly technical and professional people. Almost makes me want to see if they 
have openings to go back. Almost!
Coffee Machines Upgraded Friday; Free All Next Week
The coffee vending machines at all break areas in our facilities will be
replaced tomorrow, Friday, with new machines. The machines will be
replaced at various times of day.
Once the new machines are installed, they will be placed on "free vend"
through next Friday, March 9, meaning service from the new machines
will cost you nothing for a full week!
The new machines will feature gourmet coffee made from 100 percent
Arabica beans. The serving sizes will be larger -- 10 and 14 oz. cups,
instead of the current eight and 12 oz. servings. The cups themselves
will be heavier weight, and "sip lids" will be available. With these
changes, prices will increase by just 10 cents per cup after the weeklong 
inaugural
"free vend" period.

4) From: Monty Harris
Run!
Get, while the gettin's good!
The high tech company I work for serves free Peet's coffee which I liked
pretty well until I started roasting my own.  Now it OK coffee but way
better than an automat vending machine I'm sure!
I wouldn't go to work for a place that served coffee from a vending
machine!
Monty
At 06:10 PM 3/7/01 EST, you wrote: 
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arialI had to laugh when I read this
excerpt from the company newsletter. This is 
the facility I relocated from a couple of years ago, small, about
1000-1200 
mostly technical and professional people. Almost makes me want to see if
they 
have openings to go back. Almost! 
Coffee Machines Upgraded Friday; Free All Next Week 
The coffee vending machines at all break areas in our facilities will be 
replaced tomorrow, Friday, with new machines. The machines will be 
replaced at various times of day. 
Once the new machines are installed, they will be placed on "free vend" 
through next Friday, March 9, meaning service from the new machines 
will cost you nothing for a full week! 
The new machines will feature gourmet coffee made from 100 percent 
Arabica beans. The serving sizes will be larger -- 10 and 14 oz. cups, 
instead of the current eight and 12 oz. servings. The cups themselves 
will be heavier weight, and "sip lids" will be available. With these 
changes, prices will increase by just 10 cents per cup after the weeklong 
inaugural 
"free vend" period. 
arial<<<<<<<<
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5) From: Robert Cantor
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You might be surprised!  I tasted a product 
where you choose from several plain or flavored coffee blends, put the 1 1/2 
inch cube plastic in a machine and get 8 oz back.  The quality was 
somewhere between folgers and *$.  Way better than what you'd expect from a 
vending machine.
 
 
Bob C.
rcantor

6) From: Gary Zimmerman
 
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About a year ago we got a new and strange brewer device at work.  I was 
really skeptical about this thing at first.
We buy (from the same company, of course) single-serving sized foilish 
packets of different coffee blends (we also get some teas and chocolate 
packs).  These packets have a short plastic tube sticking out of one 
end.  The tube has a square flare on the end.
You choose the coffee blend you want, and seat the packet specially in a 
chamber of the machine, put a cup under the machine's spigot, and push a 
button.  The machine automatically punctures the end of the tube, and 
forces hot water into the packet, which after a moment bursts at the end 
opposite the tube.  "Fresh" coffee (or tea or chocolate) fills your small cup.
I was disdainful at first, expecting it to be instant coffee, but it's 
not.  It's real coffee grounds in those packets, and a mesh or loose-weave 
paper filter like inner liner.  I pulled apart one of the unused packets to 
see if there was instant coffee mixed in with the grounds, like they 
allegedly did with those "coffee teabags" that some company tried to sell 
awhile back.  Nope - it was all pure coffee grounds.
The resulting brew certainly isn't great, but it beats instant, and even 
beats the typical office coffee brewing machine.  It's nice because there 
are a few different blends to try from, all rated on a 1-5 strength 
scale.  It's not really fresh, and it's not the best quality coffee to be 
sure, but it's pretty acceptable in a pinch.
-- garyZ
Whirly-drip(paper)-black
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7) From: Kevin
Does anyone here brew homeroast in an office environment?  If so what brew
and grid method do you use?  I was thinking pre-grinding and zip-locking the
grinds and a 4-cup Mr. Coffee (tested w/a thermal-probe to get to
197-199F).
Presently I'm using a blade grinder and sneaking off into the warehouse (the
hand crank I purchased from a website other than SM is junk, just nice to
look at) and brew using a plastic cone-top pour over drip.
-- 
Kevinhttp://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/

8) From: Sandy Andina
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Blade grinder and either a Mr. Coffee or French Press.
On Nov 29, 2006, at 1:49 PM, Kevin wrote:
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Sandy
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Blade grinder and either a Mr. =
Coffee or French Press.
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wrote:
Does anyone here brew homeroast in an office = environment?  If so what brew and grid method do you use?  I was = thinking pre-grinding and zip-locking the grinds and a 4-cup Mr. Coffee = (tested w/a thermal-probe to get to 197-199F).    = Presently I'm using a blade grinder and sneaking off into the = warehouse (the hand crank I purchased from a website other than SM is = junk, just nice to look at) and brew using a plastic cone-top pour over = drip. 
-- Kevin http://homecoffeeroastbl=og.blogspot.com/ Sandywww.sass-music.com
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9) From: Kevin
Sandy,
The blade grinder produces a grind good enough for drip (the boulders and
dust don't detract from the brew)?
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Kevinhttp://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html">http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/"I got a fever and the only prescription... is more cowbell!"http://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html

10) From: Brett Mason
Bodum French Press,
Zassenhaus mill (499),
Hamilton Beach cordless kettle...
  every day!  Only thing changes is the beans - they're always fresh!
Brett
On 11/29/06, Kevin  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

11) From: Sandy Andina
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That's all they have in the kitchen, which is tiny. For a Mr. Coffee  
it's good enough if I agitate while grinding and don't grind too long.
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Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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That's all they have in the =
kitchen, which is tiny. For a Mr. Coffee it's good enough if I agitate =
while grinding and don't grind too long.
On Nov 29, 2006, =
at 2:01 PM, Kevin wrote:
Sandy,   The blade grinder = produces a grind good enough for drip (the boulders and dust don't = detract from the brew)?    On 11/29/06, Sandy = Andina <sandraandina> = wrote: Blade grinder and either a Mr. Coffee or = French Press. = On Nov 29, 2006, at 1:49 PM, Kevin wrote: = Does anyone here brew homeroast in an = office environment?  If so what brew and grid method do you use?  I = was thinking pre-grinding and zip-locking the grinds and a 4-cup Mr. = Coffee (tested w/a thermal-probe to get to 197-199F).  =   Presently I'm using a blade grinder and sneaking off = into the warehouse (the hand crank I purchased from a website other than = SM is junk, just nice to look at) and brew using a plastic cone-top pour = over drip. 
-- Kevin http://homecoffeeroastbl=og.blogspot.com/ = Sandy = www.sandyandina.com = www.sass-music.com  
-- Kevin http://homecoffeeroastbl=og.blogspot.com/ "I got a fever and the only prescription... = is more cowbell!" http:/= /www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.htmlwww.sandyandina.comwww.sass-music.com
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12) From: raymanowen
Kevin, I always take brewed coffee in a 3.0L air pot when I have an
inspection gig at Western Electric/ AT&T/ Lucent/ Avaya/ Celestica.
Impossible to inspect quality in after they've slapped the name on it. At
least some of us get to take some super coffee breaks.
You could roast all the coffee you wanted inside the large, empty warehouse
or even bigger factory. I may just pack the Fresh Roast along in my back
pack next time.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"Designed here, Made there. Back for a check-up why it's SNAFU" - -Virtual
Avaya Banner

13) From: Darliene Stanhope
Kevin,
I use a blade grinder, and an aeropress with a cordless kettle.  The blade
grinder I shake while grinding and don't grind for very long (8 seconds
max).
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14) From: Myron J
I zass at home in the morning and store the fresh ground coffee in an AVENT 
Powder milk container. (It has three sections..each holding 4 x 7 grams of 
coffee grounds. I use the cap of the AVENT as a measuring device...(Two cap 
fills = 7 grams) and the use the French Press at work.
When i am pressed in the morning...i schlepp the Zass with me to work.
Myron Joshua
Kibbutz Kfar Etzion
90912
Israel
+972-(0)2-9935 178

15) From: Demian Ebert
I only make one cup at the office a day. For that I grind at home and then
use an aeropress and microwave at the office..
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16) From: Dan Bollinger
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Wrap that grinder in a towel to quiet it and you won't have to go to the =
warehouse.  Dan

17) From: Gary Bennett
On 11/30/06, Kevin <> wrote:
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I pregrind each morning for my two cups, use a SwissGold one cup
brewer and water from an instantaneous unit in our office kitchen.
Quick, quiet, easy cleanup. The coffee will have lost a bit having
been ground 3-6 hours earlier, but it's better than most alternatives.
Regards, Gary

18) From: Sharon Allsup
Mine is:  grind in the morning, put it in a thick ziplock.  Depending
upon whether the office allows kettles in the cubes, I'll either use
the electric kettle to boil the water, or boil in the microwave (Pyrex
measuring cups are great for this purpose), then pour over the french
press.  The grounds get tapped out into a covered container to take
home and add to the "pending compost" jug.
Sure I could grind at the office, but I'm trying to avoid having lots
of gadgets there -- few contractors bring any personal items other
than a briefcase.  Right now everything wraps up nice and neatly into
a dishtowel, and then I stuff the dishtowel inside the kettle (long
since unplugged and dried) to make one easily-carried-by-the-handle
complete unit.
There's not a big flavor loss from waiting 3 hours between grinding
and drinking.  It'd take a LOT more flavor loss to get me to touch
their breakroom coffee setup.  I had no idea that coffee as bad as
Flavia existed, much less could be successful commercially, until I
walked in and saw that machine.  It's truly hideous.  I'd do without
coffee before I'd drink that stuff.
-S

19) From: Kevin
I think I'm going to try a drip brewer as I've noticed some people have them
in their cubicles.  My brother is going to Germany for Christmas (his wife
is from Lubek (sp?), Germany) and I have him on the lookout for a Zassenhaus
hand mill.   After only a day brewing at work people have were asking who
was making the great smelling coffee.  I hide everything in a cabnet and
just played dumb and said I'd like to know too ;-)
On 11/29/06, Sharon Allsup  wrote:
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Kevinhttp://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html">http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/"I got a fever and the only prescription... is more cowbell!"http://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html

20) From: Brett Mason
take a peek at www.ebay.de and search for zassenhaus ...
Brett
On 11/29/06, Kevin  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

21) From: Kevin
Brett,
Doh! I don't speak/read German.  I'll have to ask my brother or
sister-in-law (she was born and raised in Lubek Germany) to check it out for
me.  Thanks.
On 11/29/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Kevinhttp://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html">http://homecoffeeroastblog.blogspot.com/"I got a fever and the only prescription... is more cowbell!"http://www.funnyhub.com/videos/pages/snl-more-cowbell.html

22) From: Scott Marquardt
Whirly grinder, Aeropress and hot water from the  Bunn machine. The
service people were kind and upped the hot water temp in the thing to its
max.
A handful of people help me consume weekend experiments.  ;-)
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23) From: Brett Mason
Kevin,
Do the search anyway.  You need to see the plethora of Zass mills, and then
coordinate the simple purchase of a couple used mills by your family when
they are there....  eBay is layed out the same as eBay.de and the results
are amazing...
Brett
On 11/29/06, Kevin  wrote:
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Cheers,
Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com

24) From: Sheila Quinn
It isn't very hard to figure out the meaning of some words, but you can 
use the Alta Vista Babelfish to translate. It isn't perfect, but it helps.http://babelfish.altavista.com/Sheila
Brett Mason wrote:
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25) From: Walter R. Basil
Presently I use a Bunn grinder and brew it in a Bunn Thermofresh at  
the office. I brew one pot first thing in the morning (around 7:30)  
and around 2:30PM. I have lovingly come to refer to the resulting  
line of people as coffee vultures. Also bring in fresh filtered water  
twice a week (total of 4 gallons). I grind a pot's worth and bring it  
to work in a small tupperware container. Same thing during lunch time  
(I go home for lunch).
They all know I only brew one pot, and I get my cup's worth first.  
They fight for the rest. Some come in early just to be sure they get  
a cup. And they will make sure that no one brings in a mega mug.
Once a month I have to give a 3-4 hour presentation. For that day I  
bring in my DeLonghi 60-cup urn percolator.
Word spreads too. One time, this coffee vulture and me were talking  
when this other guy, a total stranger now mind you,  peeks his head  
in the door with his *own* coffee mug in hand, saying he heard this  
was the best coffee on post and couldn't he have a cup... He was  
totally prairie-dogging. I mean this guy doesn't even work in our  
building! In the afternoon there tends to be maybe a cup left after  
the normal afternoon vultures have had their fill. So he was able to  
get some. He poured his cup, sipped... complimented it... and left.  
I've never seen him again.
The worst thing (if you use a Bunn) is for these vultures to turn the  
machine off if they take the last cup of coffee. It's habit I guess,  
for those who use a machine like a Mr. Coffee or something. Of course  
they have no idea that the power switch is for the stored water  
heater and not any type of burner. Their common sense factor doesn't  
kick in to realize they are pouring from a thermos, and therefore no  
burner. The result is that I put the grind in the basket the next  
day... start the coffee... only to find cold water and a very weak cup.
On Wed, 29 Nov 2006 14:49:27,  Kevin  wrote:
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Walter R Basil
www.basilweb.net

26) From: John F Coffey
On Nov 30, 2006, at 6:18 AM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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Yes dennis bunn coffee makers have a switch on them.  It turns off  
the boiler.  So if you want you can make the machine cold cold cold.   
Remember that you have to turn the switch back on and wait for the  
internal water to warm up again.  Can take a while for that to happen.
--John
(If you give me the model number of the bunn I can probably find the  
instructions and diagrams and all that good stuff for it.)

27) From: Lynne
ROTFL!!! That is TOO funny.
Reminds me of many years ago - was taking a one day workshop on how to 
make jams & preserves. We had SO many people stopping in, to find the 
source of the good smells.
I imagine having a GOOD coffee shop (w/pastry & homemade jams?), with 
these great smells piped out to the sidewalk... what a business it 
could be!!
Lynne
On Nov 30, 2006, at 12:03 AM, Walter R. Basil wrote:
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28) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
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Bunn why shudder? I tweaked my Bunn here onboard to 195-197 I know it is
not 202 but not to bad and for AP which uses a bit cooler water for a
better cup I would think the Bunn Would be Perfect. I can still get a
decent Drip pot for the troops too...I make 3-4 pots any given
day...(they make about 5 more of Hills Brothers) but mine never sits for
long Randon Temp checks are still showing 195ish through out the brew
cycle...
 
 
Dennis 
AKA 
FC1(SW) Dennis W. True 
CS/CS-5 
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) 
FPO AE 09532-2830 
Man of many hats! 
HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Indian Ocean 
 "On station and on point 155 and counting down..." 
"Direct support for troops on the ground is only a call away in support
of Operation Eagle!"

29) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
I Love the Babel fish!!!!
Dennis
AKA
FC1(SW) Dennis W. True
CS/CS-5
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
FPO AE 09532-2830
Man of many hats!
HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Indian Ocean
 "On station and on point 155 and counting down..." 
"Direct support for troops on the ground is only a call away in support
of Operation Eagle!"
It isn't very hard to figure out the meaning of some words, but you can 
use the Alta Vista Babelfish to translate. It isn't perfect, but it
helps.http://babelfish.altavista.com/Sheila

30) From: True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69)
Wait you have a Power switch? Mine is hot water unless you unplug it. I
can turn off the warming pads but if I don't make any coffee for like 3
days (that has almost never happened) you pour in a pot and get back
like 1/2 pot due to boiler evap. So habit is run a pot of water through
before making coffee...
Dennis
AKA
FC1(SW) Dennis W. True
CS/CS-5
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)
FPO AE 09532-2830
Man of many hats!
HG/DB and Z&D roasting in the Indian Ocean
 "On station and on point 157 and counting down..." 
"Direct support for troops on the ground is only a call away in support
of Operation Eagle!"
Presently I use a Bunn grinder and brew it in a Bunn Thermofresh at  
the office. I brew one pot first thing in the morning (around 7:30)  
and around 2:30PM. I have lovingly come to refer to the resulting  
line of people as coffee vultures. Also bring in fresh filtered water  
twice a week (total of 4 gallons). I grind a pot's worth and bring it  
to work in a small tupperware container. Same thing during lunch time  
(I go home for lunch).
They all know I only brew one pot, and I get my cup's worth first.  
They fight for the rest. Some come in early just to be sure they get  
a cup. And they will make sure that no one brings in a mega mug.
Once a month I have to give a 3-4 hour presentation. For that day I  
bring in my DeLonghi 60-cup urn percolator.
Word spreads too. One time, this coffee vulture and me were talking  
when this other guy, a total stranger now mind you,  peeks his head  
in the door with his *own* coffee mug in hand, saying he heard this  
was the best coffee on post and couldn't he have a cup... He was  
totally prairie-dogging. I mean this guy doesn't even work in our  
building! In the afternoon there tends to be maybe a cup left after  
the normal afternoon vultures have had their fill. So he was able to  
get some. He poured his cup, sipped... complimented it... and left.  
I've never seen him again.
The worst thing (if you use a Bunn) is for these vultures to turn the  
machine off if they take the last cup of coffee. It's habit I guess,  
for those who use a machine like a Mr. Coffee or something. Of course  
they have no idea that the power switch is for the stored water  
heater and not any type of burner. Their common sense factor doesn't  
kick in to realize they are pouring from a thermos, and therefore no  
burner. The result is that I put the grind in the basket the next  
day... start the coffee... only to find cold water and a very weak cup.
On Wed, 29 Nov 2006 14:49:27,  Kevin  wrote:
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--
Walter R Basil
www.basilweb.net


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