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Alas, the original thread was closed a while back.

http://archive2.avsforum.com/avs-vb/...9&page=5&pp=30

I was reminded of it when i saw that Jura Capresso now has the Z6!
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...&cm%5Fsrc=None

And of course the Cup warmer
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...a&cm%5Fsrc=sch

Will the madness ever end?
post #2 of 145
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Originally Posted by Dizzman View Post

Alas, the original thread was closed a while back.

http://archive2.avsforum.com/avs-vb/...9&page=5&pp=30

I was reminded of it when i saw that Jura Capresso now has the Z6!
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...&cm%5Fsrc=None


I lust after a LA MARZOCCO espresso machine. The thing that stops me from buying one is that I'd have to completely renovate my kitchen to install one!
post #3 of 145
Does aviation qualify as a high-end pursuit?
post #4 of 145
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Originally Posted by Dizzman View Post

Alas, the original thread was closed a while back.

http://archive2.avsforum.com/avs-vb/...9&page=5&pp=30

I was reminded of it when i saw that Jura Capresso now has the Z6!
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...&cm%5Fsrc=None

And of course the Cup warmer
http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produ...a&cm%5Fsrc=sch

Will the madness ever end?

I do have the Capresso Z6 which I upgraded from the Z5. The newer version is really only a glitzier version of the Z5 with much more chrome. It continues to make the best coffee and espress drinks that I have ever had. It will be on display at the next BAAS meeting at my house
post #5 of 145
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I do have the Capresso Z6 which I upgraded from the Z5. The newer version is really only a glitzier version of the Z5 with much more chrome. It continues to make the best coffee and espress drinks that I have ever had. It will be on display at the next BAAS meeting at my house

I have a Rancilio S24 that I've owed for the past 5 years. Its a real work horse.
post #6 of 145
Thread Starter 
Bastard! Roxanne wants to know if you have the cup warmer!
post #7 of 145
I have the Z5 at home and the S8 at work

my birthday is next week if anyone wants to get me the cup warmer
post #8 of 145
You just don't need the cup warmer with any of the Capresso products as the water is hot almost instantly after turning on the machine
post #9 of 145
I roast my own premium coffee beans at home with a Hearthware roaster. Looking at the new Gene Cafe Roaster to replace Hearthware. Also use the Gaggia Classic espresso machine which is all stainless steel, brass, and copper materials. Also use the Gaggia MDF burr grinder which is not have anything to do with the "dancing grinder." Brew my coffee with a Technivorm Clubline coffee maker.
post #10 of 145
Hm... does law school count as a high-end pursuit? Because it's sure expensive enough to be one...
post #11 of 145
Rancilio Silvia + Rocky (doserless) grinder here.

Ah my vixen Silvia, your hot elixir bekons me each morning, joining us yet again in another elicit and steamy trist.
post #12 of 145
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what i do find interesting about the insanely priced coffee machine is that while i am not a coffee drinker, and my wife has chosen not to revisit that addiction after her week of headaches while getting off caffeine for her pregnancy... we want one.
post #13 of 145
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I roast my own premium coffee beans at home with a Hearthware roaster. Looking at the new Gene Cafe Roaster to replace Hearthware. Also use the Gaggia Classic espresso machine which is all stainless steel, brass, and copper materials. Also use the Gaggia MDF burr grinder which is not have anything to do with the "dancing grinder." Brew my coffee with a Technivorm Clubline coffee maker.

Hi,

I'd like to get started learning how to roast my own beans. Are they good online forums or books that got you started? I only know of coffeegeeks and coffeekid...

I almost got a Technivorm myself, but I opted for the much more economical pourover method. Still makes a terrific cup

Thanks,

- Steve O.
post #14 of 145
Hi Dizzman........I've heard that some people have headache problems drinking coffee. Some acquaintances I have met have these headaches soon after they are done drinking the coffee. They seem not to quit drinking it either, as far as I can tell. I can't imagine the headaches either since I have no such symptoms myself, but I'm sure they are real for others. I can take coffee or leave it and sometimes go for weeks without a cup. But I do enjoy it very much. Too bad about the headache symptoms though....I hear some journals are claiming health benefits obtainable through coffee drinking and dark chocolate too.
post #15 of 145
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Originally Posted by scorch123 View Post

Hi,

I'd like to get started learning how to roast my own beans. Are they good online forums or books that got you started? I only know of coffeegeeks and coffeekid...

I almost got a Technivorm myself, but I opted for the much more economical pourover method. Still makes a terrific cup

Thanks,

- Steve O.

Hi Steve.....roasting your own green beans is fun and economical since you can get most any premium coffee bean that is grown. I have a source that I get Hawaiian Kona peaberry beans direct from the plantation. And when you open the bag of green beans the aroma from them is undescribable.

Many resources on the net for roasting. My first and formost resource when I started was reading Kenneth Davids' books. Good starting point and very informative reads with good leads on types of beans, roasts, origins, etc.

The sites you list are classics. I do not frequent too many of the coffee forums though. I think Sweet Maria's used to have a pretty lively forum for a while. Did most of my research reading about roasting and equipment though.

I've heard many positive things about the different pour over methods and many agree this is the best way to brew and drink coffee. It makes sense to me why could be that way. Myself, I've almost bought presses, infusors and/or Cona's, but never really commited to it yet. I will though I'm sure.....sounds like it would be interesting to try and not too expensive to get your feet wet with the method either. That can't be said for the Technivorm....though used to be not much could compete with this coffee machine. Not sure about that now since I've had mine for a long time now.
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Do you think that if you use luxury toilet paper you will enjoy your home theater more?

http://www.radaronline.com/magazine/...oyal-flush.php
post #17 of 145
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Originally Posted by scorch123 View Post

I'd like to get started learning how to roast my own beans. Are they good online forums or books that got you started? I only know of coffeegeeks and coffeekid...

I almost got a Technivorm myself, but I opted for the much more economical pourover method. Still makes a terrific cup

Thanks,

- Steve O.

Coffeegeek.com
post #18 of 145
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Will the madness ever end?

While not quite the madness in expense as audio and exotic coffee and other such toys, my worst addiction is alpine skiing. I'm in trouble when I start making a living at this, , as I'm likely to quickly pick up a 3-4 ski "quiver" and I'm already eyeing some of the custom-made or small startup outfits that parallel some of the audio companies that have formed to serve this online community. Fortunately since most originate as ski bums, relative determination of an "expensive ski" hasn't taken on exotic audio proportions. Similarly, if a ski boot can rationalize an improvement in fit, performance and comfort, I probably could justfy a multiple or two of what an "average" boot costs.

The internet and web-cams only make this worse... I'm twitching with all the snow that keeps hitting the CO rockies and it's still October!
post #19 of 145
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Originally Posted by Jetlag View Post

Rancilio Silvia + Rocky (doserless) grinder here.

Ah my vixen Silvia, your hot elixir bekons me each morning, joining us yet again in another elicit and steamy trist.

Ginders:
Mazzer mini for caffinated
Rocky for Decaf
post #20 of 145
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Coffeegeek.com

Home Barista
post #21 of 145
It's taken a back seat to family and audio since my first kid was born 4 1/2 years ago, but I used to be into bikes pretty big;

My road bike is a Cinelli Supercorsa with full Campy C-record gruppo; still outfitted with non-indexed downtube shifters. My mountain bike is a Fat Chance Yo Eddy! frame (among the last built at the original factory in Somerville, MA) outfitted with a variety of components that were considered to be among the best in its time (around 1994).

My road and mountain bikes
post #22 of 145
To add to my earlier post, here's an example of how you can go to more custom & exotic options even with alpine skis:
Igneous Skis
post #23 of 145
Cannondale fan here:

Scalpel series with Headshok lefty Carbon DLR front fork , disc brakes, etc

still bike daily weather permitting: fav spot is Gateway National Park Sandy Hook bike path
post #24 of 145
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Originally Posted by Jetlag View Post

Rancilio Silvia + Rocky (doserless) grinder here.

Ah my vixen Silvia, your hot elixir bekons me each morning, joining us yet again in another elicit and steamy trist.

Rancilio makes great stuff. I bought a Silvia for my mom for xmas a few years ago.

I use a Rocky ginder and a Pasquini Livia 90SE.
post #25 of 145
Fast car + Hi-end audio = no money left for any other hobbies!!
post #26 of 145
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Originally Posted by Mark Seaton View Post

While not quite the madness in expense as audio and exotic coffee and other such toys, my worst addiction is alpine skiing. I'm in trouble when I start making a living at this, , as I'm likely to quickly pick up a 3-4 ski "quiver" and I'm already eyeing some of the custom-made or small startup outfits that parallel some of the audio companies that have formed to serve this online community. Fortunately since most originate as ski bums, relative determination of an "expensive ski" hasn't taken on exotic audio proportions. Similarly, if a ski boot can rationalize an improvement in fit, performance and comfort, I probably could justfy a multiple or two of what an "average" boot costs.

The internet and web-cams only make this worse... I'm twitching with all the snow that keeps hitting the CO rockies and it's still October!

I know where you are coming from with skiing and its resultant equipment and "goody" costs. Seems to be "never an end to the goody costs." Although my pursuits of the sport have dimished somewhat from what they used to be, this sport can be as draining on your wallet as any other "hi-end" pursuit. Compared to what I paid for my first pair of skiis to my last pair is a testament to this fact. Like anything, if one looks hard enough, one can spend to the "sky's the limit" here too.

I also just started to discover the independent manufacturers of skiing equipment around the last time I purchased my last pair of commercial skis about ten years ago. Located a guy who had defected from a major alpine manufacturer to start production on his own design of a cutting edge "carver" ski. Somehow my interest waned and never found out where this fellow ended up.

My last skis that I still have are the first release of the Volkl Carver. It was about that same time that I had taken a trip to Aspen mountain. Being in Aspen you find out real quickly what "hi-end is or can be.

So, the "sky truly is the limit" in the pursuit of skiing too if I person tries hard enough at it!
post #27 of 145
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Originally Posted by Mark Seaton View Post

To add to my earlier post, here's an example of how you can go to more custom & exotic options even with alpine skis:
Igneous Skis


Mark you must check out these too.

I use their waterskis and they are great.
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Cars....Porsche 02 TT, 00 Box S, 06 CLS 55, 72 911 Taga, 90 911 Cab, 87 944 Turbo..
post #29 of 145
Im with "controlit"...............aka CA996 at 6speedonline
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No, nothing on this level. In order to have what I have, I "cut corners" in other place. My wife drives the BMW but I have a 2000 model Jeep Grand Cherokee. Bought it in 2003 with 48k miles on it for 12.5K cash in mint shape. I plan to drive it until the wheels run off like I did my last Jeep. I use the money that I would be spending on a car note on audio and have a special account for my audio savings. When the wife complains about my spending from that account, I point to the theater and laugh with my stock line,"See that? That's my BMW." Shuts her up. All she can do is laugh 90% of the time but of course she's still pissed sometimes. She wants to get her hands on the audio upgrade fund for a Caribbean vacation, I think. I was a firearms dealer with about 10k in various firearms in my collection. I sold most of that stuff, but had to keep an AK or two around. I am in New Orleans.
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