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Old 12-22-12, 03:17 PM   #2776
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Turned 25 today. Here's the pup posing with my cycling related gifts.

Finally have an actual cable cutter, and a book I've been meaning to read

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Old 12-22-12, 07:17 PM   #2777
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25!! Congrats. What's that grey, rat-looking thing?
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25!! Congrats. What's that grey, rat-looking thing?
That's a grey rat that Flynn seems to be in love with. One of those 99 cent toys from ikea.
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Found some old photos - the one C&V item I never should have sold.

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25!! Congrats. What's that grey, rat-looking thing?
Aahahaha, I didn't see the toy at first, and I thought you were making a joke about her dog.
Flynn is way too cute to be a rat
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Wow, that's a beauty!
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So beautiful. Are those Cragars?
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So beautiful. Are those Cragars?
No, they had Ultra on the center cap. They always seemed "right" on the car
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Turned 25 today. Here's the pup posing with my cycling related gifts.

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Happy Birthday. !!
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Old 12-23-12, 10:35 AM   #2790
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Finally have an actual cable cutter, and a book I've been meaning to read

Happy belated birthday! Those cable cutters are NICE to have. It probably goes without saying, but the handles do a really nice job of crimping cable ends too. I did not realize that, took me about a year to figure out.
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I got an early Christmas present. Now.... I was supposed to wait to use it on Christmas morning, but I am weak. I've been really driving everyone nuts with constant French press research and talk. Now I have to find a good burr grinder. My daughter's fisher price tea pot makes what could be the best tea that I have EVER tasted, and it's SO polite.


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I used my Bodum for 12 years and still use it when I need to make more coffee for company, but about a year ago I discovered the Clever Dripper and, for the most part, that's my go-to. It's essentially a French press without the sludge (uses a paper filter). Gotta have that burr grinder; mine is LOUD, though. That teapot is darling, darling.

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Cool, never seen one of those before. The bodum appealed to me because it will make enough coffee to fill my thermos that I carry to work. I think the Chemex brewers look interesting too. I can see trying one of those in the future.

What kind of burr grinder do you use? I've been looking at some of the hand cranked versions, like a Hario, but I see some complaints about the coarse grind quality. There are the vintage German ones, like a Zassenhaus, but they aren't exactly cheap and may require some refurbishing. I'd like to find a relatively nice, sub 100 dollar grinder. It sounds like the vintage ones could possibly be higher quality?

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I haven't really looked into it, but I can see vintage ones and hand cranked ones being better quality. I use a Cuisinart grinder that cost around $50, if I remember correctly; it's been fine. I agree, I'll probably buy a Chemex at some point just to have another cool toy.

Edit: this is the one I use.
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Over 30 years of faithful service in my family turning out perfect adjustable grind. We did a longish stretch drinking Toddy coffee concentrate when our kids were young and time was scarce and I'm thinking of getting a new one for all those times when i just want a quick cup or mug on the fly.



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Ah, nice! I was eyeballing the countertop versions. Have you ever had to do any type of maintenance or replace the burrs on an old mill? How is the coarse grind consistency on a mill like that? I thought I had one in the bag on ebay today.... but it slipped through my fingers! I like the idea of taking it apart to clean and inspect the workings, that also makes me nervous. Unfortunately, I am obsessing over it. We have a GREAT coffee house just down the street, Muggswigz Coffee and Tea. I bought some beans that they roasted and just had them grind it up for me. Not ideal, but it will work until I get my own solution. Lots of cool coffee toys out there, vacuum pots, siphons, aeropress... must try them ALL!
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I currently use a french press,
but my folks had a vacuum coffee pot,
and it made fantastic coffee ,
and it made coffee fantastic
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Buy the best grinder you can, seriously.

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