JasonBrandtLewis Senior Member Joined: 9 Dec 2005 Posts: 6,461 Location: Berkeley, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Elektra T1 - La Valentina -... Grinder: Mahlkönig K30 Vario -... Vac Pot: Yama 5-cup Drip: CCD, Chemex Roaster: No, no, not another...
Posted Tue Oct 16, 2007, 8:43am Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
. . . different coffees are optimized for different things: straight espresso, drip coffee, mixing coffee with milk. Even shelf life! I'd like to give a hug to Illy for saving me on a miserable trip to the East Coast last week. They're a big company but they manage a decent espresso blend that can be shipped and sit. I never thought I'd be greatful for that!
Iconiq Senior Member Joined: 24 Apr 2007 Posts: 57 Location: Australia, QLD Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Sunbeam EM6910 Grinder: Gaggia MDF Roaster: Pop Corn Popper
Posted Fri Oct 19, 2007, 2:23am Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
First off, Mark, another great article!
Secondly, CAN ANYONE help me? I tried to order one of them brewit thingies, from corneliabean.com. All goes smoothly till i get to the "select shipping method" page. THere are just no options, and the site will not let me go anyfurther on the transaction than that. Does anyone else have this problem? Does me being in Australia cause this to happen? AHHHHH
Ha ha, any help would be great, again, that was a good read.
Bubbamike Senior Member Joined: 9 Nov 2003 Posts: 12 Location: Seattle Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Fiorenzato Bricoletta Grinder: Solis Maestro Plus.... Vac Pot: Cory and Silex Drip: Chemex and Melita Roaster: Hot air popcorn popper
Posted Sat Oct 20, 2007, 10:31pm Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
I use a version of what is being sold as the Brewit for tea. I got it from Teavana and I think it is of higher quality than the Brewit. I had a version like the Brewit and the filter was a constant problem. it would float off it's foundation and the tea would leak out. Not a very good design. The Teavana design is much better and it would seem to me it would work for coffee just as well as the brewit and have fewer filter problems.
MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,624 Location: Vancouver, BC Expertise: Professional
Espresso: KvdW Speedster Grinder: Versalab M3 Grinder Vac Pot: A bit too many Drip: Bonavita Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Tue Oct 23, 2007, 3:24pm Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
I was wondering if anyone had any comments about this part of the article:
The schedule coming up is pretty intense. I'm still waffling on whether or not I'm going to Milan in a few weeks for the bi-annual Hosts Expo, which is such a huge hospitality trade show (stretching across 12 buildings, and some booths can cost up to half a million dollars), it makes the SCAA show look like a yard sale. Also in October, I've got a variety of small tastings planned, sessions with one of Vancouver's top bartenders (if not one of the best bartenders in all of western Canada) about kick-starting the Mixology column, and at the start of November, the Seattle CoffeeFest show, which I'm not sure I'm attending or not.
In fact, I've been having a hard look at attending industry only events as of late. This entire year has been a bit of an introspective look at how important industry events and shows are for the audience of CoffeeGeek. I know it serves the professional community well, especially those who cannot attend the show - seeing a full blown report of these events helps fill them in about what they miss. But I looked back at our budgets in previous years, especially heavy years like 2005 and 2006, where CoffeeGeek paid about $12,000 just for travel expenses to cover these things, and I wonder how much of that money served this community well. It served me well, being able to establish new contacts, meet old ones, hang out with friends and have a good time. Along the way, I've been able to improve my skills as a judge, evaluator, and overall coffee and espresso appreciation, but there's other ways to do that. If I had $6K per year to spend on making CoffeeGeek better, is it still best spent attending all of these industry things, or is it better spent doing direct consumer oriented things, sponsoring consumer oriented trainings and events, and just filtering that money into things that affect the majority of the site's readers and contributors?
I actually don't know the answer to that, but it's been weighing on me a lot this year.
harrymanback Senior Member Joined: 15 May 2007 Posts: 219 Location: slo*cal Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: expobar brewtus ii Grinder: la cimbali md6, baratza... Drip: nah...bodum press(es) Roaster: modded wear•ever popcorn...
Posted Wed Oct 24, 2007, 3:59pm Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
I was wondering if anyone had any comments about this part of the article:
...I've been having a hard look at attending industry only events as of late. This entire year has been a bit of an introspective look at how important industry events and shows are for the audience of CoffeeGeek. I know it serves the professional community well, especially those who cannot attend the show - seeing a full blown report of these events helps fill them in about what they miss. But I looked back at our budgets in previous years, especially heavy years like 2005 and 2006, where CoffeeGeek paid about $12,000 just for travel expenses to cover these things...
how about knocking out one of these trips a year, and instead coffee geek hosts an annual raffle: one lucky cg'er wins a trip to vancouver to tour the cg lab and the city's coffee scene?! a chance to meet the rock star mark prince?!
"i should pull up the hardwood to see if there's carpet underneath! . . . no, that's never the case."
jamhat Senior Member Joined: 20 Jul 2007 Posts: 32 Location: Atlanta, GA USA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Brugnetti Simona Top Grinder: Rancilio Rocky Roaster: i-Roast 2
Posted Fri Nov 2, 2007, 11:05am Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
Yep! Blueberry Cheesecake! I just picked up the Ethiopia Limu from Batdorf. I wanted to try it for myself and see if my tastebuds could detect blueberry cheesecake flavor. Even my inexperienced pallet could recognize it!
auerbach Senior Member Joined: 30 Oct 2002 Posts: 18 Location: Durham Expertise: Intermediate
Espresso: Isomac Zaffiro Grinder: Gaggia MDF Vac Pot: Hario Nouveau Drip: Krups Aroma Control Therma
Posted Tue Nov 13, 2007, 6:49am Subject: Re: Early Fall 2007 Coffee Miscellany by Mark Prince
I bought a brewt some time ago. It makes OK tea. But that's not what I use it for. It's a degreaser. I make stock a lot and I have various degreasers all based on the fact that fat floats. The spout up from the bottom style sucks; valves out the bottom are the way to go. I have an old old one, very simple (a hold in the bottom of a plastic cup, the hold has a sort of plastic neck over which fits a plastic piece that accepts a slide-in cover with a little handle that pokes a slot cut into the bottom rim. Hmm, maybe a picture would help.) very perfect one that isn't made any more and that I'm scared will break someday. But Brewit makes a great degreaser. It has the awkwardness that I have to trigger the release manually when I'm decanting into a large vessel.
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