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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Nothing fancy, just a 1980s la Pavoni Europiccola. Iíve been working on this one for about 20 years, and when the previous owner decided to upgrade, she let me have it.

    Being such a small machine, it heats up quickly. Iíve been tempted to get a larger machine. Iím a manual diehard, though, so it would have to be something like an Elektra.
    Nice. I've been looking at those Europiccolas. I'm very intrigued by using a lever machine, but need to save up to take the plunge.

    I'm strongly considering saving for a Olympia Cremina, but that is a goal faaaaaar in the future, I think.

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    WHAT A BUNCH OF BABIES!!!

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    The best cup of coffee I ever had was made over an open fire on a camping trip in in the Redwoods.

    Been chasing that perfect cup ever since.

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    Default Re: The joy of small, important pleasures

    I do Turkish, too, which is basically whatís in your pic Jon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    I do Turkish, too...
    TMI!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
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    I do Turkish, too...
    TMI!
    Delightful!

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    Congratulations on a well deserved retirement. Thank you for 31 years of public service.

    "Retirement is about more time to choose what a person does knowing that time is no longer totally on their side. I suppose we all need to pause and reflect on the small and important pleasures wherever we are and whatever tribulations and trials we face."

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    My wife and daughter were making breakfast yesterday, I just finished spending my morning replacing a broken floodlight for the driveway. When suddenly she yelled from the kitchen "Dad! I made a Millennium Falcon pancake!"



    Sure enough, the pancake had the distinct features of the heavily modified Correlian Freighter YT-1300 including the white outline of the ship's hyperdrive on the back

    And we geek-out about Star Wars for a few moments.

    Yes, small but important joy is what precious memories are made out of.

    Thank you for this thread, Jon.
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    Default Re: The joy of small, important pleasures

    Catching up on this thread is a small, important pleasure.

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    This one was a slightly larger pleasure...

    Yesterday was the 11-year anniversary of the release of this album. A few weeks after that, I had the thrill of a lifetime to sit in with the band during their concert here in San Diego, playing drums on Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing". All because i gave a young guy drum lessons many years before that and formed a lifelong bond, as he went on to great heights (Matt was the drummer for Soundgarden, and later became the drummer for Pearl Jam). To see someone like that attain their dreams is, well, beyond measure.

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    WHAT A BUNCH OF BABIES!!!

    How itís done when the hurricane has made landfall and trashed the power lines. The Joe must go on!
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    WHAT A BUNCH OF BABIES!!!...
    I dunno if I'd drink that.


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    WHAT A BUNCH OF BABIES!!!
    How itís done when the hurricane has made landfall and trashed the power lines. The Joe must go on!
    So that's cowboy coffee.
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    I will never forget visiting a Friend in Milwaukee WI for a weekend when her Mother asked if we wanted coffee after dinner; she poured water into a pan, added coffee & an egg white with the shell & put it on her stove top til it boiled. I had grown up with percolated coffee, drip made makers & finally settled on French press as my favored choice but that cup of coffee was delicious!

    I expressed surprise & asked if she had always made her coffee this way @ she said yes, it was the way HER Mother had made it & she saw to reason to change. They lived in a lakefront house @ least 7,000 square feet in size, so obviously the cost of a coffee maker was not the reason for her choice of method, it was just that she saw no reason to mess around with any method that was more involved than what she had grown up with.

    When I returned home I mentioned my coffee experience to my Mother when she laughed & said she also had grown up with same coffee, except her Mother wouldn't have used the egg white but instead relied on the remaining egg white in the shell to provide the necessary white to "settle the grounds."

    I was thus introduced to old fashioned "boiled coffee;" It was made on a gas stove but surely similar to "cowboy coffee."

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    I use a coffee press, no filters, no boiling, no eggs, and no waste.

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    I only drink decaf, though. With soy milk!
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    I only drink decaf, though. With soy milk!
    I once asked a cheese maker if there was any way he could make me a block of cheddar using soy milk.

    He said, "I'm sorry, but there's no whey."

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    I only drink decaf, though. With soy milk!
    I have one of this type maker myself.

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    I will never forget visiting a Friend in Milwaukee WI for a weekend when her Mother asked if we wanted coffee after dinner; she poured water into a pan, added coffee & an egg white with the shell & put it on her stove top til it boiled. I had grown up with percolated coffee, drip made makers & finally settled on French press as my favored choice but that cup of coffee was delicious!

    I expressed surprise & asked if she had always made her coffee this way @ she said yes, it was the way HER Mother had made it & she saw to reason to change. They lived in a lakefront house @ least 7,000 square feet in size, so obviously the cost of a coffee maker was not the reason for her choice of method, it was just that she saw no reason to mess around with any method that was more involved than what she had grown up with.

    When I returned home I mentioned my coffee experience to my Mother when she laughed & said she also had grown up with same coffee, except her Mother wouldn't have used the egg white but instead relied on the remaining egg white in the shell to provide the necessary white to "settle the grounds."

    I was thus introduced to old fashioned "boiled coffee;" It was made on a gas stove but surely similar to "cowboy coffee."
    Egg coffee can be surprisingly delicious. The shells and the eggs bind to the bitter compounds in the coffee leaving a nice, sweet, cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soretailedcat View Post
    I will never forget visiting a Friend in Milwaukee WI for a weekend when her Mother asked if we wanted coffee after dinner; she poured water into a pan, added coffee & an egg white with the shell & put it on her stove top til it boiled. I had grown up with percolated coffee, drip made makers & finally settled on French press as my favored choice but that cup of coffee was delicious!

    I expressed surprise & asked if she had always made her coffee this way @ she said yes, it was the way HER Mother had made it & she saw to reason to change. They lived in a lakefront house @ least 7,000 square feet in size, so obviously the cost of a coffee maker was not the reason for her choice of method, it was just that she saw no reason to mess around with any method that was more involved than what she had grown up with.

    When I returned home I mentioned my coffee experience to my Mother when she laughed & said she also had grown up with same coffee, except her Mother wouldn't have used the egg white but instead relied on the remaining egg white in the shell to provide the necessary white to "settle the grounds."

    I was thus introduced to old fashioned "boiled coffee;" It was made on a gas stove but surely similar to "cowboy coffee."
    I'm going to have to give this a try! I've been making CDM coffee with chicory in a french press at home, and in a drip-maker in my classroom (and now have a few students who are CDM devotees), but this method sounds very intriguing.
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