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Topic: Introduction and a couple questions. (11 msgs / 292 lines)
1) From: wirthit@adelphia.net
I would like to take this opportunity to say hello, introduce myself and =
ask
a couple of questions.
 
Hello..
 
My name is Bob Wirth and I am a coffee addict J
 
My questions are 2 fold.
 
Does anyone have a good blend of beans for Espresso.
Can anyone recommend an espresso machine and why.
Again hello and tks. for your advice.
 
Bob Wirth

2) From: R.N.Kyle
Welcome to the list Bob.
First things first. In order to enjoy a good shot of espresso you need a =
good grinder, the grinder is the key item for good espresso.
budget? From bottom and up goes like this
1 innova
2 rockey
3 miser mini
There are many espresso machines, and you should research the archives =
on this list. Coffee Geeks has some nice reviews, and Coffee Kids also. 
A nice low budget espresso machine, coupled with a good grinder is the =
Krupps Gusto and can be found on Amazon.com   The Silvia is a nice =
machine so I've been told, and have not tried one myself. I have a Gusto
Espresso Blends, I would start with Toms 2 blends and go from there. 
Linkshttp://coffeegeek.com/http://sweetmarias.com/Good luck">http://coffeekid.com/http://coffeegeek.com/http://sweetmarias.com/Good luck
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC
rnkyle

3) From: Jim Schulman
Welcome Bob,
You'll get a lot of different answers to these 
questions. 
Espresso blends: One of the fun things about home 
roasting is that you can custom fit espresso 
blends to your own taste. Maybe the simplest first 
approach is to take your favorite regular blend or 
coffee, and mix it 50/50 with some dry processed 
Brazil (or maybe Indonesian coffees) and possibly 
a little Robusta. These add mellowness, sweetness, 
body, and crema to espresso blends. Since bright 
regular blends are usually overwhelming in 
espresso form, this "dilution" is needed to 
transform them into espresso blends.
Espresso Machines: Check outhttp://coffeekid.com/
for the espresso machine FAQ, and http://coffeegeek.com/for the in depth and 
consumer reviews of machines in all price ranges. 
Finally, the obligatory coffee fanatic to newbie 
litany: FIRST YOU NEED A GOOD GRINDER (if you've 
already heard it, my apologies)
Jim
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4) From: Les & Becky
Welcome Bob!
I would highly recommend Tom's Monkey Blend as a good starting point for =
an espresso blend.  The Mocha Kadir is also good, but a I believe has a =
little less latitude on the roast.  As far as espresso machines go, you =
have the cart before the horse.  The horse being a good GRINDER!  Spend =
you bucks on a grinder,  either a mini-mizzer or better!  I have a Saeco =
and if I had the bucks I would have got a Silvia.  It seems as if you =
are willing to spend the bucks you get into the better machines.
Les

5) From: Mike McGinness
From: 
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ask
a couple of questions.
My name is Bob Wirth and I am a coffee addict
My questions are 2 fold.
Does anyone have a good blend of beans for Espresso.
Can anyone recommend an espresso machine and why.
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Hi Bob, welcome!
I won't address espresso blends. I will ditto the 'get a good grinder' for
espresso. Bare minimum probably the messy new Innova, better yet Rocky or
even better Mini Mazzer. Espresso Machine wise I'm fond of my Miss Silvia.
I'll stick with her until deciding to spend we'll over a Grand... Another
big ditto on spending time on Coffeegeek site.
Coffee Addict wise:
The Twelve Steps of CSA
1. We admitted we were powerless over fresh home roasted coffee, but of
course we can manage it.
2. We came to believe that no power could force us to drink pre-roasted or
pre-ground or perish the thought canned coffee.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our bank accounts over to the
care of Tom and Sweet Maria's, as we understood him.
4. We made a searching and fearless inventory of our greens stash.
5. We admitted to no one they knew more about coffee than we did.
6. We were entirely ready to have inferior coffee removed from lives
forever.
7. We humbly asked our spouse for a larger coffee budget.
8. We made a list of all persons not home roasting, and became willing to
convert them all.
9. We made direct donations of fresh home roasted coffee to such people
wherever possible, except when to do so would deplete our precious stash.
10. We continued to take stash inventory, and when low or not promptly
ordered more.
11. We sought through new and exotic roasting and brewing methods to improve
of coffee consumption, as we knew it to be best, begging only for money to
carry that out.
12. Having had a coffee awakening as a result of those steps, we tried to
force this message on sludge drinkers and to perfect these principles in all
our cups.
*13. Continued to buy any and every green recommended seeking ways to store
and means to justify our excessive beans inventory to our spouse.
MM;-)
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Miss Silvia brewin'
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6) From: jim gundlach
Bob Wirth sent e-mail as a tiff.
     Hi Bob,  I would like to respond to your questions but I'm too busy =
to jump back and forth between windows because your tiff does not copy =
into a text editor to allow a thoughtful reply.
On Thursday, November 14, 2002, at 10:42 PM, wirthit wrote:
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  IncrediMail - Email has finally evolved - Click Here
My guess is this the evolution of e-mail is a dead end.
Jim Gundlach
    roasting over pecan wood fires
    in La Place, Alabama=
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7) From: jim gundlach
Sorry list people.   I should have sent this directly.
    Jim Gundlach
On Friday, November 15, 2002, at 06:36 AM, jim gundlach wrote:
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8) From: David Westebbe
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Personally, I much prefer plain text for email.  It works on all systems,
and despite my current use of an HTML compliant client, I spent many years
reading mail with a UNIX based client, which faithfully showed all the HTML
tags, and none of the pretty pictures.
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9) From: Eric B. Stauffer
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Here here!
Eric
(Reading and writing with pine on Solaris 9)
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10) From: sho2go
While I won't dispute the mini-mazzer, the innova works quite well.  The
non-doser model is not messy, not sure where that rumor came from.  I find
it much easier to use than some others I have had, because it grinds so few
fines that there is no clumping/sticking.  I have a chopstick I use to poke
around up the chute; takes 2 seconds.  NO static like someone else
mentioned; San Diego is in the throes of a Santa Ana right now (humidity
less than 20%) and with my other grinder static would draw grinds
everywhere.
Mike
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11) From: Jim Schulman
On 15 Nov 2002 at 11:12, sho2go wrote:
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Could be me. I found the conical messy. Not from 
static; but since the conical's grind is fluffy, 
and I found it difficult to clear the chute and 
pack the basket without making a mess. I'm hugely 
enthusiastic about the grind quality though, which 
is equal to any commercial grinder's.
Jim
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