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RE: Freshly roasted coffee (Follow-Up #31)

posted by: cj47 on 03.08.2013 at 12:32 am in Cooking Forum

Sorry it took me so long to get back, Westsider40! Thanks, Annie, for fielding that question. Coffee roasting is very much a multisensory experience. First, you'll smell sort of a green, grassy smell as the beans heat up and give up their moisture. I always describe 1st crack as sounding a bit like popcorn. It will ramp up, come to a crescendo, taper off, and then stop while the beans brown up a bit. Second crack sounds more like snaps, sort of like rice crispies. The further into second crack you go, the more the roast flavors will dominate. Prior to that, the flavors you taste are the ones inherent in the bean. Chocolate, fruity or nutty flavors aren't uncommon, but you have to keep out of full second crack to get those. It also depends on the variety of coffee. Exactly how long into roasting you hit the various cracks depends on the variety and the moisture content of the beans.

Westsider, you can absolutely roast decaf. Decaf beans won't shed chaff, and they'll look brown rather than green due to the process that gets them to the decaf state. With a little practice you'll be able to get a fine roast on decaf coffee beans. I'd suggest looking for a Swiss water processed bean, usually found with the designated "SW", as in "SW Processed". I've found that in general, they have a better flavor than some of the other decaf processes. One of the importers, Royal Coffee, has a process that they call Royal Select, so if you see the letters "RSWP" in the bean description, that's an indication that their process has been used. If I'm roasting decaf, that's what I use, because they start with a better grade of bean, and thus have a better result in the cup. I know that James at Coffee Project has some of those. Sweet Marias has mostly SW processed decafs, and I know that they take great care in their bean selection so I'm sure they're good as well. I'm not sure about the other vendors.

Annie, you weren't imagining that your coffee tasted better after a few days. As it ages, coffee gives off CO2, called "outgassing" or "offgassing". As this happens, the coffee mellows and some of the other flavors come up. Over the first few days you'll notice a more significant difference in the flavor, then it'll even out as the outgassing finishes up. Some coffees are mellower in just 12 hours, and others, like some espresso blends and coffees from Yemen might take a week or so to really come into their own.
In general, coffee stays "fresh" for about 2 or sometimes 3 weeks. But it's sure to be gone by then! :-)

Hope this answers your question, sorry it took me so long to get back!
Have fun!


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RE: Help me like my new Vitamix Part 2 (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: angela12345 on 11.05.2013 at 10:31 am in Kitchens Forum

Have you been on the fence about getting a Vitamix because of price ? I just saw that VM is offering their reconditioned units for $30 off through Dec 1. Plus, you can order it as a 3-payment plan (half down plus $15 the first month and the remaining half is divided over months 2 and 3). Add that to the free shipping and other freebies I mentioned a couple posts up and that is Merry Christmas to you !   : )

I think the reconditioned units are a great deal. You get a brand new, unused container, so only the motor has ever come out of the box. And the motor is checked/serviced before it goes back out as a reconditioned unit. I think most (all?) of the reconditioned machines were ones returned under their 30 day return policy, so they have hardly been used (or maybe never used!).

$299 Certified Reconditioned Standard (reg 329, new starting at 449)
5200, 5200c, 5200s, Creations I, Creations II, Creations GC, CIA Professional Series, Pro 200, Total Nutrition Center, TurboBlend VS, etc. are all basically the same 2hp machine with different names.

$349 Certified Reconditioned Standard w/Programs (reg 379, new starting at 649)
The Pro 500 and the 6300 are those same 2hp machines that also have pre-set buttons (Smoothies, Hot Soups, and Frozen Desserts) and pulse.

$439 Certified Reconditioned Next Generation (new starting at 557)
Pro 300, Creations Elite, and the 7500 (The "Next Generation" Machines) all have the 2.2hp motor that is supposed to be a little quieter (suspended motor design), they have pulse, and they come with the shorter 64oz container with the wider bottom (17.5" tall for the base plus container as opposed to 20.5").

$519 Certified Reconditioned Next Generation w/Programs (new 689)
Pro 750 is the above "Next Generation" 2.2hp machine that has the presets (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Frozen Desserts, Puree, and Clean) plus Pulse.

My VM is not this newest model, it is a 2hp that does not have the presets.

I do not recommend the 2-speed models that are currently $279 reconditioned (TurboBlend Two-Speed or CIA Creations). I also do not recommend the 6000 model which ONLY has timed settings with no speed control. All of the other models above have variable speed which is important IMO.

It looks like none of the Next Generation models are $30 off, but I do not remember for sure what the price was before the sale started ???

Regarding the ones with the short 64oz container that only comes with the 2.2hp Next Generation machines ... you may want to buy an extra wet container with the smaller bottom (for example, the 32oz or 48oz) because the bigger bottomed short 64oz container doesn't do well with recipes under 2 cups (you don't have that problem with the sandard/tall 64oz container that comes with the 2hp machines). The 32 oz. does great with recipes that go down to as little as 3/4 of a cup and one cup recipes like mayonnaise, pesto, salad dressings, and marinades. Plus it is easier to get these smaller batches out of it as compared to the standard/tall 64oz, because the sides are not so high. I am pretty sure you can buy extra wet or dry containers for a discounted price of $100 if you buy them within a certain amount of time of buying your machine.

Note the difference in the dry container and the wet container ... the wet container pulls things down into the blades, the dry container blows them up out of the blades. So if you were blending almonds, the wet container would be best for almond butter, while the dry container would be best for almond flour.

A lot of the model numbers have to do with which cookbook the blender originally came with, which containers, and sometimes where it is sold. (for example QVC models or the 5200S and 6300 which are both Costco models)

Oh, and here's a tip ... You can download the Vitamix Whole Foods Recipe Cookbook from the QVC website. See the gray 'learn more' section in the middle of the page.

edit: to add in reg prices


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RE: Wolf single E-series oven trouble (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: sub-zero_wolf on 06.05.2012 at 05:05 pm in Appliances Forum

Good Afternoon,

It was determined that this MDL error code was caused by a communications error, which has been corrected and successfully implemented in production E-Series Ovens. Any existing units displaying this code can be properly repaired by one of our Factory Certified Service companies. Wolf prides itself on exceptional Customer Care and support of its products, so please contact Customer Care with any concerns or questions.

You can contact us via phone Mon-Fri. 8:00-5:00 CST at 800-222-7820. We can also be reached via email at

Thank you,

Customer Care Team
Sub-Zero/Wolf Appliances

Here is a link that might be useful: Sub-Zero-Wolf Service/Parts/Dealer Locator


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RE: Anyone used the Dream Home laminate from LL? (Follow-Up #40)

posted by: floorman101 (Guest) on 03.07.2011 at 11:43 am in Flooring Forum

one thing you should know about LL is that all of the products they sell are not straight from the mills. they are full of crap. most of there products are mixed qualities relabled that is why some of you say its good some say it sucks. everything they get is imported from somewhere purchased by a company and then relabled so getting a warranty claim is not going to go well for you. try using the internet for your research, instead of asking other people (who are mostly sales people) look at website ratings on products and compare and you will not like what you find about most companies and so called brands. try finding dream home anywhere or any one of the products that they sell for that matter. the big problem is people want it cheaper and cheaper and cheaper, then you wanna complain. next research first because cheaper isnt better. bruce and armstrong are not bad, im a big fan of quickstep and columbia. quickstep is one of the highest rated laminates and patented the uniclick system, easiest install in my opinion, made in europe where laminates where founded by the way. so again do your research there is more to a floor that just the look, with laminates you have the finish and warranty but also the attachment the core is a big one especially with spills. most cheap laminates use less resin in the core which can make them absorb moisture faster than others as well. but also the company is a big deal, check out the reviews on LL, you will see some pretty nasty things. anyways thought i would put in my two cents!!!!


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