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  1. Interesting, Aura. what African coffee are you drinking? The stuff I tend to buy is on the fruity side : Ethiopian, Rwandan. I find Indonesian coffee, particularly the Sumatran stuff, very “earthy”. Polite for it tastes like dirt...lol. I spent a year and a half there in the late ‘90’s. We loved it but not the coffee so much. HS
  2. The Niche Zero arrived last week and I've gotten to use it. So did the Chemex. I chose the 6 cup which worked out well for my situation. I'm the only coffee drinker in the house, but if I have a guest I can certainly brew them a cup as well. The Niche is gorgeous and very substantially built. Is it worth the money? That's a relative thing IMO. It is excessive so I think best for the hardcore coffee drinkers that would make good use of it and/or those that really get into the aesthetics and function of the machine. It is pretty damn fun to use and look at. It has a lot of settings and because you can go well beyond the dial, and arguably need to for the finer or coarser grinds, it requires a bit of practice / experiment but nothing too complicated. The Chemex I am still experimenting with. Drinking a Rwandan Ruli now and it is AMAZING. It was damn good in the French press as well so it's solid coffee. The thing is there is a substantial difference with the Chemex. First...I love the French press. It makes delicious coffee simply IMO. You get ALL the coffee flavor and what comes with it. The Chemex is a much more polite cup of coffee...cleaner. Probably easier to drink. I'd liken it to cigar smoking...those that have been in it a long time I have found lean towards the more robust profiles. HS
  3. While awaiting the Niche, needs continue... HS
  4. Well, I've got a Niche Zero ordered. Will be selling blood later this afternoon...LOL. HS
  5. For some reason I'm not receiving notices via email for posts although I'm subscribed...bummer. Glad I checked back in. The Niche is a stunner! Love the footprint and the quality.....hmmmmm. I'm going to investigate this little gem. I have to admit the aesthetics are very sexy and this review might have put me over the edge... HS
  6. Godspeed, Neil... My first few albums were Rush albums. 2112, Farewell to Kings. I don't think I really appreciated what they were until later (I was 11 or so then in the late '70's). I was fortunate to see him a couple of times when I was younger and concerts were somehow more accessible partly because my priorities were different. Life simpler. Good times... HS
  7. My mother is Cuban. I grew up with those brewers all around me. Good memories! That vid with the reviews of the grinders was very useful, TMoney..;thank you! CoffeeGeek is big on the Baratza Virtuoso. I see it and the Virtuoso+ on Amazon...the plus has solid marks. Any value in upgrading? I'm challenged more for space than the money delta and they're all the same size as best I can tell. HS
  8. Thank you, Rob. That's a good option for space. I am a bit lazy though...LOL. I really do like the idea of them for travel though... HS
  9. Sage advice, grawk. I need to get off my arse and get a grinder...it's been simply a matter of space in our smallish kitchen and the fact that our parents have gifted us way too much crap kitchen divecery...LOL. My boys are in college now and I figure a few more years and I'll call it a day at least at my current career (location is spectacular for commute and for restaurants and such). We'll likely move then and I'll get me a SPECTACULAR kitchen. OK...OK. Screw it. Grinder recommendations? Try to be a BIT sensitive to the size of the thing if possible. Medium is OK. Gargantuan not practical yet. Thanks Team HC! HS P.S. for some reason I quit receiving post notifications on subscribed threads. Glad I'm back
  10. I've been a french press lover for a looooong time. Simple and the coffee is great...what you put into it. I'm curious about stepping out without large machinery...the wifey has gone whole foods plant based so there's no more room on the counters...LOL. Chemex or Aeropress? The Chemex to me looks the more logical conclusion but I am not well versed so thought I'd toss this out. I do have a gooseneck kettle. I redneck the grind though...don't have a precise grinder. HS
  11. I seemed to have missed quite a few responses on the thread so apologies for the late input, Dave. I'm not feeling it....this watch is not harmonious IMO. It's awkward. HS
  12. That 68 Charger is very sweet! Love that it is a stick car. HS
  13. Oh no....RIP Mr. Forster. Great actor and loved many of his more recent performances. HS
  14. Thank you for all the chuckles, Rip... HS
  15. Rough run, but he did not take the easy path. RIP Mr. Wilson. RIP Sid and Aron. Godspeed RH.... HS
  16. It makes me think 60’s more than 70’s but I’m old and taking in the I just arrived to my hotel libation.... HS
  17. I wasted 3 minutes of my life with that vid...LOL. Tesla...what??? HS
  18. I’m excited, mwl168. I test drove a white 2011 that was local. A Canadian example and had a fun drive. Not long enough to form a meaningful opinion, but enough to get a taste. I agree the chassis seemed to be very nicely buttoned down based on a few spirited u-turns under our toll road here. Unfortunately the car was not in the best of shape, the price point was high for what it was, and something had gone on with the front end the dealer could not explain...oil everywhere when I poked around. Fingers crossed this specimen will be what I hope. I spoke to the seller today and he told me that he’s had calls from all over the country asking about the car. HS
  19. “Starting at”...ouch. HS
  20. The front end of that article is hilarious. Dizzying naming and pricing. HS
  21. The beans and the way they are roasted make a huge difference in my experience, but I'm a french press driver. Good friend that takes the pour over route and we have similar results...the beans and how they are roasted definitely make a difference. I cannot speak to the espresso route aside from having used several espresso style beans in my press. Back when I was enamored with darker roasts. I'm past that phase for the most part. HS
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