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Hard News: An open thread while I'm down with #OGB

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  • Hebe, in reply to Rich Lock,

    my La Marzocco Linea

    You obviously need all the help you can get... what izzit?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Hebe,

    my La Marzocco Linea

    You obviously need all the help you can get… what izzit?

    I'm assuming it's a bicycle.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to James Butler,

    With a high-tech falafel bike seat I suppose? Wind-powered, I would guess.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby, in reply to Sue,

    gaffawed at the shark fart.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Hebe,

    With a high-tech falafel bike seat I suppose

    With a high-tech a priori falafel bike seat.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Hebe,

    With a high-tech falafel bike seat I suppose? Wind-powered, I would guess.

    Not quite. It's like the Lamborghini of Espresso Machines.

    I want one.

    ETA: Do you really have one?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Yeah, well that would be thinking outside the square in a new paradigm.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to George Darroch,

    the $10 fare seems particularly steep.

    I agree... but from my reading, that is an all-day pass, not just a single get on/get off ride?

    Depending on how many places with nice views, or things to do, or car-parks, and places for feeding/watering, etc. are on the route... You could make a decent half day or more of it? Which doesn't seem quite so bad.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to recordari,

    I like this; no-one I know seems to appreciate it:

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Hebe,

    I have a Magimix espresso.

    Sorry, that was meant for Rich Lock.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    's ok. I'm delaying academic thought while drinking coffee and wasting time.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Oh I cannot tell you how much I agree. Some of the suburbs you go into and it's like a great big vacuum cleaners comes and sucks out your soul.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Unconvinced that you need a Ferrari machine to make coffee. Hot water, a drinking implement, and something to strain with. I'm considering experimenting with fine muslin cloth, just for kicks.

    I ran out of coffee this morning. A $4 Pams dark blend from Pak N Save that is reasonably acceptable, all considered (all meaning price, and little else). Except my cravings meant I paid $4.50 at the Glen Innes Nosh this morning. I plan to stock up on bad coffee and never run out again.

    (1stworldproblems)

    Depending on how many places with nice views, or things to do, or car-parks, and places for feeding/watering, etc. are on the route… You could make a decent half day or more of it? Which doesn’t seem quite so bad.

    If the tram went the other way, out to Mission Bay, I'd think that was a reasonable explanation. Perhaps I need to go down and consider it in person.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    @ Rich Lock

    Well, according to the The Manual it should be 1.2 - 1.5 bar with the pump set to 9 bar while the relief valve is set at 12 bar. However, for falafel I would recommend one of These for that extra crispy shell.
    Or one of These for the smaller kitchen.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to FletcherB,

    Depending on how many places with nice views, or things to do, or car-parks, and places for feeding/watering, etc. are on the route

    Virtually nothing, it seems. More of a foot in the door for enlargement later - and along Tamaki Drive would make a lot of tourist sense.

    Some are pushing for a route into Ponsonby though that seems more of an opportunistic distraction from their masters' lack of commitment to public transport.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19667 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Some of the suburbs you go into and it's like a great big vacuum cleaners comes and sucks out your soul.

    If you're creating negative atmospheres, you're doing it wrong.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to George Darroch,

    Unconvinced that you need a Ferrari machine to make coffee. Hot water, a drinking implement, and something to strain with. I’m considering experimenting with fine muslin cloth, just for kicks.

    (1stworldproblems)

    I’m with you that nobody needs a bar-quality machine (unless you have a bar I suppose), and I’ve always done well with my Bialetti, but I must question the 1stworldproblems tag. One of the cradles of NZ coffee culture, if you care to explore the lineage, is the city of Naples, who has enjoyed centuries of dire poverty, but for whose populace the “tazzulella ’e cafè”, the morning cup of good coffee, is a basic human right. There is a wonderful scene in Eduardo De Filippo’s play Questi fantasmi that illustrates the ritual, and its intrinsic cultural sustenance. Too bad it’s in Neapolitan…

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    Does anyone have any advice?

    Always walk on the road edge of busy pavements and wash your hands regularly when removing laterals from tomato plants. ;-)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    I must question the 1stworldproblems tag. One of the cradles of NZ coffee culture, if you care to explore the lineage, is the city of Naples, who has enjoyed centuries of dire poverty, but for whose populace the “tazzulella ’e cafè”, the morning cup of good coffee, is a basic human right.

    Yes, you're right. Too flippant by half. Mmmmm, kopi Jawa...

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Meanwhile, a New Zealand woman has had her hand reattached by a surgeon in Split. You couldn't make this shit up, I swear.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    A $12k coffee machine.

    If you had one of those for five years, at 6% interest and assuming a cost per cup for beans and milk of $1 a time, then you'd break even at just over two cups day. (Versus shop coffee at $4).

    I haven't factored in maintenance, or the cost of the piercings, tats and whippit abuse needed to achieve moderate competence as a barista, or even solicita.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Split is such a charming name. Does anyone from there ever say let's split, or is that just too corny?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Little known facts 1
    The Worlds Largest recorded Iceberg was one tenth the size of New Zealand's North Island, despite that fact it was, almost, ten times as interesting.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Does anyone from there ever say let's split, or is that just too corny?

    You do know they don't speak English there, right?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    A $12k coffee machine.

    If you had one of those for five years, at 6% interest and assuming a cost per cup for beans and milk of $1 a time, then you'd break even at just over two cups day. (Versus shop coffee at $4).

    By this measure my Bialetti stovetop - which I thought was an extravagance at the time - must be raking it in!

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

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