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Topic: (better late than never) Re: +smell the sock (41 lines)
1) From: Cedrick Stanton
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They're usually called balsitas, and if you're buying just the little 
bag with the wire contraption attached, they can usually be had from a 
little store for less than ten cents.  I think the $1.25 model might be 
a gringo special edition, or perhaps it's something different from what 
I'm thinking of.  I've seen fancier balsitas, but they're mostly sold at 
tourist traps.
The way I was taught to use the balsita was to wash it really thoroughly 
   before using it the first time, and then after each use.
Typically, I'd heat water over a stove then put my ground coffee in the 
balsita and slowly pour the water from the pot through the balsita into 
another container.
Also, I've used it to soak the coffee in the pot of water like a teabag 
then taken it out and thrown away the grounds.  Really, the advantage of 
the balsita is that it's even cheaper than buying paper coffee filters 
and you don't need electricity to use it.  Coffee, water, a metal pot, a 
campfire and your trusty balsita will do the job just fine.
This was how I brewed coffee when I was first learning to drink it, and 
so I keep one in my kitchen even though nowadays I usually brew coffee 
in my Capresso.
To everyone on the list who noticed I was absent, I want to let you all 
know I'm still lurking.  I've just been insanely busy planning my 
wedding which will take place in a little less than a year.  It's 
drained my energy level for other things considerably, but fear not I'll 
be back.
						--Joe (aka Cedrick)
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