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Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013, 11:07pm
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RNAV Said:

I've been contemplating picking up a super-run-down La Pavoni lever.

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I think that this is the way to go.  I'm not sure what your Breville will net you used, but an LP Europiccola can be had in decent condition for about $300, some times less.  It's compact, simple to maintain, and built to last.  It's a natural fit with a hand grinder.  With good beans, a little practice, and a thermometer on the group, you can consistently pull shots equal to an average shot that a good cafe would serve (or better, I've pulled two shot that I would consider "god shots" on LPs, which is pretty good as far as I'm concerned).
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Posted Mon Jan 7, 2013, 4:08am
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CharityV Said:

It occurs to me that something cool this site could offer might be a "send coffee to our troops" kind of thread, where coffeegeeks could sign up to send freshly roasted coffee to other coffeegeeks deployed overseas. Or something. I don't know what average shipping times are, or anything, but I would love to participate in something like that.

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Something similar already exists: Green Beans Coffee Cup of Joe for a Joe Program.  It's something I contribute to when I'm not deployed.  They've got these shops at almost every deployed location, and it's a great way to help a deployed member get a "decent" cup of coffee.

That said, I'm sure anything that the members of this board would send would be light years better than what Green Beans serve.
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