gvdub: Arrarex Caravel Manual Espresso Machine (coffee)
Okay, so I’ll cop to roasting my own coffee. Mostly because the stuff you get from the market is old – in some cases, really old – and with coffee, freshness makes such a huge difference. Not to mention that most of the stuff you get from specialty coffee shops still isn’t that fresh, and the style seems to be towards over-roasting (hey folks, real espresso isn’t burnt black and oily so that all you taste is carbon. Unless, of course, you’re a big chain trying to disguise the taste of less than premium coffee beans), and over charging. Premium greens are a couple bucks a pound at most in the quantities that big chains buy, roasting doesn’t cost them that much, and then they charge you $15/lb because they put a mermaid on the front of the bag. Greens cost me about $4-5/lb on average. The occasional, really special lot that would be well over $20/lb in the fancy coffee store might run as much as $7/lb from the greens supplier I most often buy from. I’d say that roasting coffee has actually saved me money over the long run, as well as getting me much better quality coffee than I’d have otherwise.

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My old coffee roaster had been acting up. The timer had started resetting in the middle of a cooling cycle, which was a pain in the ass, but when it started resetting in the middle of a roast, that made it impossible to use. The manufacturer (Nesco) is unwilling to just send the microprocessor board so that I can replace it, and shipping to and from their service center in the Midwest plus the cost of the part would be a significant part of the cost of a new unit (which, considering how crappy the customer service was turning out to be, I was not particularly interested in). So...

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