I want a LM GS3 or 1 group Synesso Cyncra 8-), but what Im giving myself is a Compak K10 WBC....
But cant really have for financial or whatever reasons... :D
Be kind of realistic folks and let us all know your Christmas desires. It only comes once a year so youre allowed to fantasize every so often, I reckon. And you never know, if you dont verbalise your wishes, they might never come true!
It can be coffee or non coffee related. And Im talking about being totally selfish here, so dont just express your desire for world peace (though you can if you really want! :P)
Personally, Ive been coveting the Unico Splendor for a few years now. I just love its gorgeous look and think it would look pretty nice in my kitchen...ah but to dream! :D
Of course, practically speaking, Ill be spending my Chrissy pressie money on a new present for my Ducati...in the form of a new clutch! :o
I want a LM GS3 or 1 group Synesso Cyncra 8-), but what Im giving myself is a Compak K10 WBC....
make that two, Chris...oh, wouldnt that be nice!!!!....but what i am getting myself is a new laptop..... in the January sales!! ;)Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1197441386/0#1 date=1197441811
To sell my house in one week at last years prices. ;D
Java "Hows that for a dream?!" phile
I wanted a Rocky grinder and Santa delivered it to me a couple of weeks ago so on Xmas morning I will be able to have an espresso waiting for Santa from the new grinder.
Thats a tough one.
Um.....solid Tasmanian oak tongue and groove flooring in the living rooms (matches the boats) and a new pergola roof.
And ..world peace.
Quick Santa, before its exported woodchip >:(Originally Posted by robusto link=1197441386/0#5 date=1197454306
Originally Posted by Javaphile link=1197441386/0#3 date=1197443537
Sounds like another potential victim of the sub-prime catastrophe. To quote a former and unfortunate Minister for Tourism, Jackie Kelly when Ansett Airlines collapsed.... "its just a blip."
Hang on Javaphile, Santa Bernanke will stuff your stocking in good time -- but not this Christmas.
I pretty much have all of the worldly goods stuff that I want and certainly more than I need - the Diedrich arrived this evening and am picking up the Ditting in the morning (they forgot to bring it with them).
So what I think would be really neat is to turn this coffee hobby of mine into a viable, but modest business. Im not after big profits, but rather, a lifestyle that has less stress attached.
That would be fan-tas-tic!
Dont we all, mate ... dont we all.Originally Posted by Dennis link=1197441386/0#9 date=1197456884
I get what I want for Xmas every year perpetual, because I have the good fortune that we travel from Brizzy 2hrs south to Ballina to my outlaws who have a very cosy spot near the beach at Ballina.
Lush & gorgeous Northern NSW, family, great friends, prawns on the proverbial with an esky nearby!
A relaxed spot to plan a day sojourn via Alstonville to visit Nats Coffee (of Golden Bean fame), on the way to Mountain Top near Nimbin.
I allocate only 3 weeks in my year to a planned holiday (having your own business is SO liberating! :-/) - and its Xmas, so thats all I really want.
No worries on my mortgage itself as Ive been here for over 20 years and have just the original (fixed rate!) mortgage. :)Originally Posted by robusto link=1197441386/0#8 date=1197455982
The sub-prime meltdown is however affecting the price of houses and even more so the length of time they take to sell. Locally were still in pretty good shape, for right now. Housing prices in my immediate area are holding steady but sale times have gone from 2 weeks to over 5 months. The wave of repos is just starting to hit around here so the next year will tell the tale of just how bad the melt-down will affect us locally.
I wonder if I could convince Santa that its time for him to move his center of operations a bit to the south. After all its certainly cold enough here to be mistaken for the pole! Who would know the difference?! ::) ;D
Barring selling the house Id happily settle for a nice 5 or 10kg roaster and a place to operate it out of. :)
Java "So many toys, so little time!" phile
sums up the predicament - we all have the toys, too many, but to sway possible global recession ... theres the challengeOriginally Posted by Javaphile link=1197441386/0#11 date=1197459876
lets reflect a bit over Xmas
A Kitchner "peltier284" wine cabinet but with not much change from $4000 del..... its just a wish.
Be better off putting in a cellar mate for that sort of dough, then youd have the real thing..... ;)Originally Posted by Sarg link=1197441386/0#13 date=1197466957
Hmmm, now what do I want? Wouldnt mind getting the little Bezz finished up so that I can enjoy some beautiful doppio ristretto with the big fella in red.... Thatd be nice ::)
I wouldnt mind this...
Certainly wouldnt take them to work however.
After lots of searching and dreaming I would really love a Vibiemme Domobar super. Every other day I will down load a picture of a coffee machine and have it as my wallpaper. Get a good look and then research it. I maybe could of gotten it for this Christmas with lots of sweet talking, this year, but I am fortunate enough to be going to the States just after Christmas, so that is where my money will go. Not that that is not a dream come true when you have spent the majority of your life in a town of 2,000 people in the middle of nowhere.
ps hope you all get your dreams.
A House! Im sick of renting!
My dad has terminal cancer, we just hope he can stay with us for Christmas!!!
I think you have the most needed GM...best wishes.
Thatll get the cellar mal than youve gotta cool the thing then thats another $4000!! :o
Well... Just got a Gene Cafe Roaster for christmas!!:) Should be arriving quite soon.
Beautiful knives nunu..... my eldest son fancies himself as a bit of a home chef and bought a couple of these for his birthday. Brought em up to show me a few months ago..... absolutely beautifully made 8-), no doubt about it and the steel quality is exceptional too. Definitely something youd only buy once though..... :POriginally Posted by nunu link=1197441386/15#15 date=1197467726
I thought that whole idea of a subterranean cellar was that they didnt need additional cooling :-?. Just maintained a beautiful stable cool temperature 24/7/52... No ongoing running costs to worry about so very economical and green as well 8-),Originally Posted by Sarg link=1197441386/15#20 date=1197550249
What I Really Want for Christmas...
To see my kids glow in the magic.
They know and understand the real meaning behind Christmas but Santa is pretty special too.
A childs smile on Christmas day is priceless. Im a lucky bugger because Ill get priceless times 3 on the day.
only 1 smile each the whole day? ;DOriginally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1197441386/15#24 date=1197598640
I wish for a stress free Christmas. :o My mother gets pretty worked up over Christmas as she NEEDS everything to be just right (and with the grand parents, uncles and Aunts flying in from interstate and a home Renovation that should be complete a few days before christmas Its not looking good on the stress factor for my Mum.)
So for Christmas I hope for a happy stress free day that we all enjoy as a family. The Grandfather is in his 80s and not well so this will probably be the last time he flys over to see us for christmas.
Oh and a Unico Splendor & Mini Mazzer Combo would be nice too ;D
Merry Christmas Everyone :)
That is the biggest thing our family misses at Christmas now that all our billygoats have grown up, having little children getting up in the morning all excited and playing with new toys etc, they were magical times, Xmas is still great but I still recall those magical days when my two were toddlers!!!
TO ALL COFFEE SNOBS I WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS AND MAY YOUR ESPRESSOS BE MANY!!!!!
Yep, just 1 smile, from when their eyes open (at silly oclock) to when their eyes close (exhausted from too much fun).Originally Posted by runfast link=1197441386/15#25 date=1197599659
After the last few days Ive had...actually make that couple of weeks...what Id really like now is a few days off.
Oh wait! Thats exactly what Im going to get! :D ;D
Im with nunu on the knife.
Though I have about ten knives already, it would be hard to really justify it to OG.
A house all paid for would be my dream.
Hey greenman - I hope you get your wish this Christmas.
Im going to Chefs Armoury today actually - but not with that kind of budget! JCK seem to be a cheaper place for great knives anyhow.
Now.....coffee related and realistic:
Grinder (Versalab M3 or Compak K10 WBC - probably the K10 actually)
Id love to be given a car, house or 1-group Synesso/LM GS3, but Im happy waiting for all of those!
Ive given my wife a $50 budget though, so I doubt itll happen this year!
the only thing I can think of that Id like for Christmas is a set of luggage that helps to reduce the weight of the stuff inside it, maybe with a helium filled frame or something ;D.
Seriously though, seeing as I wont be in the country near Chrissy time, Id like to get in early and take this oppurtunity to wish each and every Snob, and their family and friends, a happy and safe Christmas holiday period (even if you dont celebrate Christmas), and a happy and prosperous 2008.
Id also like to say a big thanks to the mods, sponsors and the admin team for all of your hard work during the year, I hope you get some well deserved time off over Chrissy, and I hope all of your wishes come true.
Ill be thinking of you when Im skiing and eating fondue in Switzerland, and deperately looking for a decent cup of joe while Im over there ;).
Take care one and all,
I just bought my combined birthday/Xmas present yesterday - a Presso / Zassenhaus combo from Presso Australia (with some complimentary Silver medal winning beans thrown in for good measure! (Thanks Cameron!))
Yes, I know, a gift from ME, to ME, very sad indeed (but I promise Ill act surprised when I unwrap it Xmas day *;))
I wanted world peace, but with George still in power, thats a hard call, so I guess Ill just settle for Retromans La Marzocco GS! ;D ;D
Happy and Safe Christmas to all. [smiley=beer.gif]
Yeah, surrre you will! ::)Originally Posted by Lovey link=1197441386/30#32 date=1198047359
I know if I was over skiing Switzerland, the last thing Id be thinking of would be an internet forum! :P ;D :D
So, kudos to you Lovey, if you actually do! ;)
Thanks for the Christmas wishes, BTW...
Well, a happy family Xmas for everyone is always a wish. Hopefully all snobs will realise they are another big happy family - so merry xmas to all - peace and goodwill - and thanks to everyone who has helped me out this year (particularly Mal).
So... to my wishlist present - from my better half to me, to be unwrapped on Xmas morning (why darlin, you got exactly what I wanted!) is a temperature gizmo from the Zigzagautomobile electronics shop.
After that, I have no equipment excuses. Ill just be left wishing for more knowledge. So, maybe a beginners barista course in the stocking wouldnt go astray either. Oh well, thats for next year.
Unfortunately this wish was not to be, he passed away peacefully on the 20th, he was 81yo and lived a good life so hopefully hes enjoying a game of bowls and a coldy up there!!!Originally Posted by greenman link=1197441386/15#18 date=1197549756
HAVE A GREAT XMAS ALL CSers................................
If hes playing bowls it will be more than one coldy.
My condolences greenman.
When my father passed away it was the day before the soccer grand final hed been waiting years to see his team finally reach.
We figured he had a better seat from where he was.
So I reckon your dad will be looking down on you all and enjoying this Christmas along with the rest of you (you just wont see him).
my thoughts are with you , Greenman.
May your Christmas be filled with memories of your Dad which bring a smile to your face...
Condolances Greenman... best wishes for you and your family.
Matey, thats sad. Im sure you and your family have plenty of stories to share and remember about dad/granddad though.
81 is a great innings and boy did he see some great things in those years. WWII, drastic transportation changes including jet powered flight, TV, man on the moon, computers and communication. An amazing 8 decades for sure.
Thanks for the wishes CSers, much appreciated!!!
Sad to hear that Greenman. The first Christmas without a loved one is always tough to get through -- were facing one at the Robusto household.
But we all have to be thankful for all the loved ones who will be here to share the day. And temper the sadness with wonderful memories of the one/s who sadly cant be.
Condolences and best wishes to all that have lost loved ones this year (including the beastie variety).
So....now that its all over...
What did you get!? Anything exciting and worth sharing?? :D
Roar and snore at Taronga - Im worried Sue is going to feed me to the lions ;DOriginally Posted by scoota gal link=1197441386/45#45 date=1198670106
Four new Tie Dyes from my kid. ;D ;D ;DOriginally Posted by scoota gal link=1197441386/45#45 date=1198670106
Java "What? Its not 1968?!?" phile
A couple of months ago, I ordered a "Black Gold" DVD from the UK using this new-fangled "inter-web" thingy.
After weeks of waiting and several emails later ("Sorry Sir, we do not offer tracking and we didnt register the dispatch date")... I thought Id blown my dough.
...and then it turned up on Christmas Eve *[smiley=thumbsup.gif]
Ive already started a list for 2008, a dropped my MP3 player near my car last week and when I drove off it had a new flat look to it!!!!!!!!!!