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May 19, 2021, 06:28 AM
 
Doesn’t matter. Wine is overrated.

Hey... let me ask again. What was your cleaning routine with the Encore?
     
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May 20, 2021, 01:02 PM
 
Out of Ethiopian and Burundi. Got a bag of “Rayos del Sol” Peruvian. Not bad at all.
     
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May 21, 2021, 09:05 AM
 
I think it was reader who asked about filtered water.

Just did back to back pots of tap and bottled. Bottled is better.

The bottled was in the fridge. I wonder if the temp change affected it too.
     
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May 21, 2021, 01:44 PM
 
I had suggested distilled. Since distilled is tasteless, you'd only get the coffee taste.
     
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May 21, 2021, 02:54 PM
 
Ah! Bad memory.

It’s been ages since I’ve drank distilled water, but my recollection is it tasted totally weird.
     
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May 26, 2021, 11:43 PM
 
Distilled water = gross coffee IMO
     
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May 27, 2021, 04:33 PM
 
Distilled water typically is totally without any flavor. We're used to some sort of flavor in water, from the hint of chlorine that keeps gunk from growing in the storage tanks, to whatever "interesting" chemicals and minerals are in your local water.

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May 27, 2021, 04:45 PM
 
I also feel like on more than one occasion, the distilled water I’ve tried had taken on the taste of the plastic jug it came in.
     
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May 27, 2021, 09:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Doesn’t matter. Wine is overrated.

Hey... let me ask again. What was your cleaning routine with the Encore?
There’s a half-dozen decent YouTube videos, including a Baratza one I think. I gave it a regular brush and quick spray every week, and then a more thorough disassembly every few weeks. I think it depends on your volume and beans, though—I find some are more oily/sticky than others.
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May 28, 2021, 07:55 PM
 
Thanks!
     
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Jun 2, 2021, 04:30 PM
 
I have a rare opportunity to say something nice about Kroger, which is the one by me carries whole beans from the roaster I go to, so I was able to get some when their cafe was closed.

Unfortunately, only blends. Went with their House, which is Colombia, Honduras, and Burundi. Not bad at all, and a veritable bargain at $10 a pound. The single source Rwanda/Burundi I’ve been getting lately is more like $25.
     
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Jun 2, 2021, 06:32 PM
 
I always found Kroger was a good, middle-of-the-road grocer. But that they have local roaster’s beans…that’s pretty cool.

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Jun 3, 2021, 07:06 AM
 
Officially it’s a Mariano’s, so “upmarket Kroger”. I figure that’s why local roasters are an option, though I get the impression my roaster (Intelligentsia) is pretty big as local roasters go, and tries to push themselves wherever they can. This isn’t the first surprising place I’ve found them.

The big issues I have with Kroger (at least at my store) are,

1) They stopped carrying Roundy’s “All Dressed Up” salad dressing flavored potato chips, which are fantastic. I’m very serious about my potato chips.

2) Their stock situation is a nightmare. They can’t keep things on the shelves, they don’t get rid of rotten food, and their fruit is garbage.

3) Whenever I ask someone who works there “why did this thing that used to be cool start sucking all the sudden”, the answer is always “Kroger”.


All that said, their bakery is decent. Good coffee cake.
     
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Jun 5, 2021, 12:41 AM
 
I buy direct from local roasters. We have 3, and they all do a BOGO (different days).
     
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Jun 5, 2021, 11:28 AM
 
I usually buy direct, but they close at 4.

I stick with this particular roaster only because they have a place two blocks away.
     
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Jun 10, 2021, 04:30 PM
 
I know I’ve mentioned before I know someone who lives in Colombia, and will get lattes at Starbucks just to spite them.

Decided to flip that and got some in season Colombian at my roaster.

It’s definitely good, though I’d say it has more “non-coffee” flavors than the African.
     
 
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