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  1. I cannot recommend The Don Rockwell Idiot Kit enough for people who know absolutely nothing about coffee, but wish to become experts with a minimal amount of work. Read that entire thread, especially the first post, and get on the phone to Qualia Coffee - by the end of the week, you'll have everything you need to brew the best coffee in your neighborhood. I knew nothing, zero, zilch, nada, about how to brew good coffee, and I can now comfortably say that I drink coffee that's as good as anyone, and it's *waaaay* less expensive than going to Starbucks - it's a night-and-day difference. Purchasing this kit from Qualia Coffee will not only enable you to go from "nothing" to "everything," literally overnight, but it will also be supporting one of Washington, DC's most valuable small businesses. I've never met Joel, don't even know what he looks like, and have absolutely no financial interest in this kit - I just thought it was a good idea for him, and I care about supporting small businesses who in turn care about quality. Here's a recent thread about coffee makers - towards the bottom, I refer to "The Don Rockwell Idiot Kit" with its Baratza grinder (I bought the more-expensive "Virtuoso" model, and I can never go back) - I cannot emphasize enough how much I love it. Make the call - if you aren't absolutely thrilled with everything you buy, write me ... I'm almost positive I won't be getting very many letters, other than letters of thanks. And if I were buying someone a gift who loved coffee, but was just starting out? A no-brainer. Don Rockwell
  2. I've recently gone from "zero," to having the most fully stocked coffee-making supply kitchen anyone would ever want, including: * subscriptions to coffee beans, coming 4 bags a month through the mail * a Japanese Hario kettle, perfectly designed for hand-pours * a Hario plastic cone, designed specifically for hand-pour dripping * 100 paper filters that go in the plastic cone * 2 nylon filters that go in the plastic cone (which you can wash, rather than dispose of) * a bean scoop that scoops out a standard amount of unground beans * a double-meshed French Press Cafetière, lined, insulated with 18/10 stainless steel * a thermal plastic carafe that will keep a liter of coffee hot or cold all day * a Virtuoso grinder, which will quite possibly last me 20 years - it weighs about 20 pounds (buy it from Qualia) * two "his and her" hi-tech Japanese insulated stainless steel mugs (in midnight blue and pink-lavender) So right now, I have everything I need to make hand-pours or French-pressses. I got the kettle, the Cafetière, and the mugs from Amazon Prime I got everything else from Qualia Coffee in Petworth through their mail-order program I especially recommend the bi-monthly beans program from Qualia Coffee - they send them out the day they're roasted. In just a few weeks (delivery time), I went from having nothing, to having - short of an espresso machine - the very best of everything, and Joel Finklestein handled it all for me. The quality of my coffee in the morning now is absurd, and I've only been making it for several days. Over the course of less than one year, all my equipment will have paid for itself, all the while drinking world-class coffee. And the beans will still be rolling in, educating me about coffee each time they do. For less than the price of going to Starbucks in the mornings, I'm getting the best coffee education someone could get. And I'm supporting one of the greatest family-owned, mom-n-pop businesses in all of Washington, DC. Write Joel, and ask hi to set you up with this. If I'm his only bean customer, his program will fail, and I'm *much* too selfish to let that happen! Joel, is there any way we can make this package available, maybe call it the "Don Rockwell Idiot Kit?" for people like me, who have nothing, want the best, and have a few hundred dollars to spend? PM RoastMonkey and he'll take care of you.
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