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Posted Tue Jun 15, 2010, 8:54am
Subject: New Energy Policy
 

Just got a memo today stating that no personal appliances including electric coffee makers are allowed in the office!!! So who makes a hand crank coffee maker...I'm in trouble.
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Posted Tue Jun 15, 2010, 9:38am
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

We have a similra policy in our building.  

What I did was to bring in a hand grinder and a French press.  At first I boiled water in a large Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave in the kitchen, but then we got a cordless electric kettle in the shared kitchen so now I can use that.  (We have alot of tea drinkers here too).  

NOTE: If you do boil water in the microwave, be EXTREMELY careful when approaching the heated measuring cup.  Water may overboil when you disturb it...so I found it best to use a long wisk or spoon and reach in to the microwave and upset the water surface so as not to get splashed by boiling water:  CLICK THIS  or even CLCIK THIS  


Also, even after the "ban" on appliances I was able to bring in my Baratza Vario and I use it now with the French press and the Electric Kettle.  The Vario grinder isn't any louder than a pencil sharpener (and uses about the same energy draw as well).

 
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Posted Tue Jun 15, 2010, 12:48pm
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

I had a similar suggestion.

Hand grinder and a Clever Coffee Dripper, or a pourover.

Heat up the water in a microwave, and you're set.

Randy
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Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010, 7:53am
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

The above options are great.

I'm in another office that is trying to trim the electric bill by way of a personal appliance ban. While a quiet grinder would probably go unnoticed, I did ask how they would feel about a battery powered appliance & was told that would be OK. So in theory I could plug my grinder into a ($15) AC inverter, along with a 12V gel battery.
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Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010, 1:25pm
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

I use an Aeropress at work.  It works great with the hot water out of the water cooler!

When I'm not using the vac-pot, that it...

 
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Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010, 4:07pm
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

Does anyone know what the temp is out of the typical hot water spigot in water coolers? I tried using the hot water tap for french press but found that it wasn't hot enough. Since then, I boil it in the microwave and it takes my office microwave about a min (ymmv) to boil so I'm guessing it's probably comes out of the tap at about 185F or so since my cold mug must absorb some of that heat before it gets into the microwave.

Is the temp of the hot water tap adjustable?
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Posted Wed Jun 16, 2010, 9:33pm
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

fatnat79 Said:

Does anyone know what the temp is out of the typical hot water spigot in water coolers?

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It will vary from brand to brand, but the ones I've measured have been 70 - 85C. Not exactly the 93C that you'd hope for. You might be able to adjust the temperature if you have a premium model, but most will have fixed thermostats.
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010, 4:36am
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

I read these posts and have to say I'm amazed.  While I can understand a company not wanting to have x number of electric appliances on their system for both energy consumption and safety reasons, what kind of company would not provide hot water for tea or coffee?    

That policy is downright uncivilized!  As Jon pointed out, boiling water in a microwave is risky and from my "safety" standpoint, unacceptable.

Quality of life is central to both personal and work environments.  It's the small things that count......
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010, 7:21am
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

JonR10 Said:

We have a similra policy in our building.  

What I did was to bring in a hand grinder and a French press.  At first I boiled water in a large Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave in the kitchen, but then we got a cordless electric kettle in the shared kitchen so now I can use that.  (We have alot of tea drinkers here too).  

NOTE: If you do boil water in the microwave, be EXTREMELY careful when approaching the heated measuring cup.  Water may overboil when you disturb it...so I found it best to use a long wisk or spoon and reach in to the microwave and upset the water surface so as not to get splashed by boiling water:  CLICK THIS  or even CLCIK THIS  


Also, even after the "ban" on appliances I was able to bring in my Baratza Vario and I use it now with the French press and the Electric Kettle.  The Vario grinder isn't any louder than a pencil sharpener (and uses about the same energy draw as well).

Posted June 15, 2010 link

About the superheating of water, you could just stick a wooden chopstick inside to create sites of bubble formation so it can actually boil and not superheat.
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JonR10
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Posted Fri Jun 18, 2010, 10:00am
Subject: Re: New Energy Policy
 

kwantran Said:

About the superheating of water, you could just stick a wooden chopstick inside...

Posted June 18, 2010 link

Thanks, but we got a nice electric kettle to use now that is very convenient.


Breeze Said:

While I can understand a company not wanting to have x number of electric appliances on their system for both energy consumption and safety reasons, what kind of company would not provide hot water for tea or coffee?  

Posted June 18, 2010 link

Amen bother!

 
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