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  1. 9 points
    I briefly interrupt this coffee discussion to share this pic of our family DC/Marvel mashup last night. The boys loved being superheroes of course. Little bits was Superman. He’s one month today. Time scoots. On the coffee note - we had that white machine on the cart in the Tonys coffee corner (gray box). It worked well - we got it as a wedding gift and my wife was a barista for a while so that worked out pretty well for me!
  2. 4 points
    I like strong black coffee, but have never had enough exposure to espresso to feel the need to have it on a regular basis. The cost and space demands on our small kitchen preclude acquiring an espresso machine. Nonetheless, I’m interested in the details of putting together a turn-key system, @richieb. The comparison to a Heresy based system makes sense, @rplace. Regarding “expresso,” a consultation with La Leche League might be in order, but that ship sailed for us decades ago.
  3. 4 points
    I've seen him beardless. He looks better when he grows it out as you'll see less of his face.
  4. 4 points
    Great pic, did the kids get a bunch of candy? Love the stone!
  5. 3 points
    I'd put it at about $800-1,200 for a very solid set up of grinder, machine and accessories. I'd liken this to a set of Heresies with separate solid state amp and preamp and the CD/DVD player you already have sitting under you TV. The sky literally could be the limit just like if you were going to Jubs, bi/tri-amp and a turntable with a cartridge that costs more than a decent used car.
  6. 3 points
    great family photo Dave ... looks like you folks have fun.
  7. 3 points
    i was about to make a post about non-use of the EPIRB; but, i see my Navy buddy beat me too it. Yeah, you don’t use it; but, also say you didn’t know if you’d survive another day -- while lighting off flares and trying to signal ships for over 90 days. I don’t believe their story. if they didn’t know if they’d make it -- they would have activated the EPIRB and resources would have been launched immediately. Guess what happens when you activate it ladies? People know exactly where you are.
  8. 3 points
    Good times - the older two are at fun ages for this!
  9. 3 points
    Good looking family, hope everyone had fun.
  10. 3 points
    Huh? The buyer is an *******? I think the buyer sounds like a decent enough guy, the seller, not so much Mark
  11. 2 points
    Me too. What did you get? My Gaggia Classic while good, even given its recent inconsistencies, has me itching for something new. I think their rewards program is actually something useful. I've tried different coffees on the cheap from them with rewards points. That is how I found out about Atomic.
  12. 2 points
    Agree on Coffeegeek.com if looking to buy something Whole Latte Love https://www.wholelattelove.com/ is a pretty good place to compare things. Obviously they are trying to sell you stuff but they do have some good comparison tools and how to videos. Lots of sales, easy returns, refurbished stuff. At a high level you can buy an automatic machine that you push a button and it does everything for you. Think Home Theater in a Box. I think most people here would gravitate towards a semi-automatic machine where you control things like the time the water runs through the beans but the machine controls the boiler. I'm actually in the camp that feels the grinder is at least half of the story if not more. I set out to buy a grinder I could live with for years and years to come. I bought a machine that was relatively cheap but still gave me enough control to see how I liked the process and a DIY upgrade path should I choose. I knew long term I'd probably replace the machine. I have not yet, but after 2.5 years I'm thinking it might be time. Temp is a big deal. Better machines have a PID to control the temp. Mine just has a thermostat probably only good to 5-10 degrees (light goes on and off for ready/not ready). With a PID you can have temps set to the single degree or less. I have a smoker for BBQ. I see a lot a parallels between good "Q" and coffee. You can make a 55 gallon drum into a smoker and spend all night sitting around it and feeding it and watching the temp on a analog dial go up and down. Or you can buy some over the top contraption with fans, PIDs, etc. to keep the temp exactly where you want it. Both produce good BBQ....if you know what you are doing. Both can produce crap. Fiddling with it and getting better and better over time is a good part of the fun. With BBQ and coffee you get to consume your hard work. I still get brisket out at restaurants NEVER ribs. I've yet to have any ribs out that are better than mine. My pulled pork is sublime. My brisket is suspect. I'll get a cappuccino or flat white anywhere, I rarely get straight expresso out unless I know it is a coffee shop known to be fantastic when I travel.
  13. 2 points
    I'm just glad they didn't start Kershaw.
  14. 2 points
    Yea a crappy 100 win team. What a fluke.
  15. 2 points
    Wow. Finally a Texas team won the Series.
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    if money is the issue, there is the dollar shave club
  18. 2 points
    Welcome to the forums Cinema. If you want to "tag" someone in a post, put the @ sign and begin typing their name and you can select them. This will notify them that you have tagged them in a post to make sure they don't miss is. @MetropolisLakeOutfitters see above post.
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  20. 2 points
    Good idea.....if I get in trouble I'm blaming you
  21. 2 points
    Funny I know a guy that has thousands of dollars tied up in fishing gear. Last rig I bought had the rod and reel as a package deal and said Zebco. Everyone seems to have one or more obsessions.
  22. 2 points
    Dtel, I've resisted making this same comment. I suppose I'm a simpleton but reading through the engineering involved to brew a cup of coffee, ok expresso, seems way overboard - at least for me. Then again I look at my speakers which are indeed Way overboard, or my car or my motorcycle then it somewhat makes sense. Only somewhat -
  23. 1 point
    Looks like I forgot to mark this one sold. It sold months ago. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. 1 point
    I appreciate your input, SWL. It's about how I figured it would be and what I've read.
  25. 1 point
    That's the side they hung their butts over, you may be exactly right with your description.
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