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    Give your machine a rest; try a vacpot!

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    I did - and Im worried that I actually enjoy it more than espresso!

    Which angers my wife, having recently dropped about $2k on my entire espresso setup (machine, grinder ... modifications ... cups, jugs, beans, poppers etc etc).

    But my first humble little vacpot arrived this week, courtesy of a non-site-sponsor (so I wont mention them here). Its a Hario 3 Cup Mocha ... not the prettiest vacpot Ive seen, but Ive been working through the complimentary pack of (roast-date hand written on the pack) Guatemalan, which tastes absolutely sublime. Almost like Plunger, but without the crunchiness ... really silky and subtle.

    Maybe its just the whole alcohol burner thing ... takes me back to my days as a 4 year old, going on my first fishing/camping trip to Bonnyvale with my Dad, using kersoene lamps and all that.

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    Great to hear!

    Sorry that I wasnt able to organise the Deco for you earlier, but Veneziano have been busy with the WBC ;P

    At this stage Ill probably be up in QLD in July for a conference. I tend to take along a grinder and a french press (maybe a cafe solo) when I travel, so its good to know that Ill be able to pick up some decent SOs from Pioneer to tide me over. Not that I ever doubted that for a second!

    Great, youve had the vac pot for long enough now. Time to get coffeegeeky with the PIDded butane burner under it!

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    PIDd butane burner?

    Im happy sticking my thermocouple probe in the pot for now.

    Hey, do you take the rocky on tour ... or do you have a Zass? My Dad has a Zass that he inherited from his parents, who lived (and died) in Holland. Must be pretty old, but it looks sweet. Ive already requested that for my inheritance! (Who needs the antique cuckoo clock anyway?)

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    Yo mattyj, I bought a Zass last year to use on the road with a 3 cup plunger. It is suitable for plunger, but I was disappointed with the consistency of the grinds. I wouldnt want to use it for espresso. There is a model with supposedly more consistent particle size (169DG) due to the burr carrier being mounted on metal rather than the wood of my Zass. I also found that the little grind adjustment nut would creep, especially if cranking the handle vigourously.

    In hindsight I would have gone with an electric grinder, those Sunbeams are not much more than a Zass.

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    hey, your zass cant be as bad as the no-name hand grinder I bought myself from Myer a few years back for about $30. The upper burr moves around like crazy, and grinding coffee seems to loosen the nut that locks your grind setting in place. The thing falls apart when in use. Its just decoration on my desk at work now!

    But using my Dads Zass is much nicer than my little hand grinder ... but not as nice as the mazzer!

    And, Ive still got my delonghi kg100, living a happy retirement @ work. It grinds about 18g a week now!

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    I started off using a hand grinder for when I was on the road but very quickly switched to the low-end conical burr electric grinder that I bought many years ago which sat languishing on the shelf once the Mazzers moved in. I power it with an inverter (USD$20-30) that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your car which is also used to power such things as the laptop and the AA battery charger on trips.

    Ive found it to be a very nice solution when on the road or out in the bush when coupled with my French Press, and more recently the AeroPress. My other solution is to bring along plenty of Cold Process coffee. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyj link=1147607938/0#2 date=1147655048
    Hey, do you take the rocky on tour ... or do you have a Zass? My Dad has a Zass that he inherited from his parents, who lived (and died) in Holland. Must be pretty old, but it looks sweet. Ive already requested that for my inheritance! (Who needs the antique cuckoo clock anyway?)
    From what Ive seen, the Zasses are absolutely dreadful. Boulders and dust!

    I have been fortunate enough to be able to borrow a lux from friends when I travel. The lux is pretty tiny and does a fantastic job for french press.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    So good to catch that pic of your vacpot. I recently saw an old French movie where a character pours himself a coffee from an old Hellem thats similar to yours. Its such a good look. And "silky" is the word for the brew.

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    cheers!

    I had some kenya in the vacpot this week - it was so sweet and berry like that I felt sick by the end of the cup!

    ...or maybe its that gastro bug going around...



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