Looking for last minute gift suggestions for that coffee-enthused person in your life? Looking for suggestions to give to that relative who buys you powdered coffees each year? Have a look at our suggestions for gifts under $30 and under $60!
Weasel Senior Member Joined: 29 May 2007 Posts: 118 Location: San Jose, CA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed Dec 9, 2009, 11:05am Subject: Re: CoffeeGeek Holiday Gift List - Under $30 & Under $60 by Mark Prince
+1 on the Illy Mou! cups. These are the heaviest cups I've seen, definitely need to preheat these babies. 167 grams (info for the true geek!). The matching saucers are unique and very stylish also. Bon Apetit!
MarkPrince Moderator Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 5,628 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 Wed Dec 9, 2009, 1:31pm Subject: Re: CoffeeGeek Holiday Gift List - Under $30 & Under $60 by Mark Prince
At least three more articles coming this week - planning a "over $60" article, a "grinders and espresso machines" article and an "impossibles" article (well that's the working title) Will also be adding to this article a few more items.
This is very late, but I caved into publishing something - there' were a lot of requests online and on twitter. It's not the massive HGL of past years (I wish... sigh) but there's some cool things on the list regardless.
esjuhn Senior Member Joined: 14 Dec 2009 Posts: 4 Location: Chicago Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Krups Espresso Vivo 887 Grinder: Baratza Maestro, Hario...
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2009, 8:15am Subject: Re: CoffeeGeek Holiday Gift List - Under $30 & Under $60 by Mark Prince
The "Suramiku Kohi Miiru Sukeruton" (Hario Skeleton/Skerton) is wonderful! After a couple of experiments at waaayy too fine a grind, I'm consistently getting gorgeous results. Pretty good for a tool costing half the price of a refurbished Baratza Maestro.
I fluked the Breville scale (ie, ran a fluke side by side with it); the Breville probe is obviously slower, but is generally off by 2-3F at most once it stabilizes. There's about a 5-10 second delay in reading volatile temperatures (ie, as temperature drops), but it's surprisingly accurate. Depends on where you use the probe, of course.
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