Based on those images you attached (which I removed), I definitely prefer the IIs over the IIIs. I'm in the process of planning my HT room and I am going with the IIIs as they will be behind a false wall along with my RC64III and my AVR. It's fortunate that I'm going this route and not showcasing the towers. I would be disappointed as I think the IIIs are a slight step backward in the overall visual appearance.
There are basically two beans, Arabica and Robusto.
Robusto have 2x the caffeine of Arabica.
Most gourmet coffees are Arabica. Most grocery store brand coffees are Robusto. A dark roast Robusto will still have 2x the caffeine of a light roast Arabica.
If you are compairing caffeine by roast from the same beans, Lighter roasted coffee will have more by volume, dark roasted coffee has more caffeine by weight. (Roasting does not cook out caffeine, what happens is the longer you roast the more the bean shrinks and the mass is reduced. Pretty much everyone on the planet makes coffee by measuring coffee, so it is generally true that darker roasts will have less caffeine than lighter roasts if they are from the same bean.
If you want great flavor and max caffeine you have.to hunt down and find good tasting dark roast made.from Robusto beans.
Yes. Lot's of choice and prices on the web for green beans and given this method is hands off easy, little point in having to make a trip. Plus, these things are great as portable convection ovens and with temps as low as 140 degrees as food warmers or dryers for various things. I don't care for one trick ponies. I like machines that are versatile.
Very true. And Jubes are large room filling with plenty of perceived bass and still well balanced. But Cincy's version of "not that loud" might not match that of his lovely significant other. Trying to show the merits of Jubes and ultra low powered SE tubes just didn't cut the cake with the Mrs. Cincy. The 2a3's ran out of poop as she kept asking for louder, louder. I finally had to tap out. If only I had the the nCores or now the Wyred mAmps I believe I would have earned the above mentioned merit badge. Lady likes it Loud ----