Tags: boca java

10/08/11

  09:56:46 am, by The Dreamer   , 1201 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Healthcare

I got a new Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot

It was back in November, 2006 that I got my previous Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot. Which compared to previous ones that I've owned, seemed perfect in almost every way. They only minor problem was the it default to 210F208F as the temperature when plugged in, but after its 6 hour off timer it was 185F. For me, I would've preferred it be 185F all the time, and off timing didn't really fit my usage. So, I had plugged it into a timer to be on for a few hours in the morning and then in the evenings. (so it was off for 8 hours during the day, and for 7-9 hours over night....shorter on weekdays than weekends....6 hours might have worked, but remembering to use it ... especially in the morning....not happening...)

As a lined pot, it was likely to last forever....but it does have one thing that wears out....the pump.

About a year ago, it started making a lot more noise and sometimes working harder to get water out....so I started thinking that it would be time to replace it.

Then about 6 weeks ago, I started into my experiment of cutting caffeine out of my diet (strange time, since I had recently stocked up on large amounts of a caffeine, and even still had some orders that hadn't yet arrived.) Jury is still out on whether the change is helping my EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness) problem. The jury is confused in part from the switch from Methylphenidate to Armodafinil as my daytime stimulant (I was on Modafinil before the switch to Methylphenidate)...

Anyways...with the cut of caffeine....it meant no more coffee in the morning (I did get some decaf, but it really is no substitute...and then my coffee maker quit working.... the heating element went, like the previous one.... the old black & decker had lasted forever, but the rubber parts had gotten old and weren't sealing like the used to, and the mineral buildup was getting to a problem.... coffee cleaner helped, but with the bad seals it wasn't a pleasant operation, especially making sure I won't have to taste the cleaner afterwards... I got a new Black & Decker coffee maker, but haven't gotten around to putting it into service yet.) So, I switched to drinking tea....I do have real teas...but had learned from watching Dr. Teas a few years back...that you want to rinse tea leaves and discard as part of getting the tea leaves ready to make tea. And, the rinse benefit is it cuts the caffeine...and of course, the subsequent cups won't have the caffeine.

I hope Boca Java gets back to selling tea....though I should get the coffee maker set up again, before my next membership selection arrives with more decaf (getting some of the seasonal flavored ones later this month). I especially hope they bring back Green Tea Passion back before I run out.

So, not only was I use my thermo pot most every morning to make tea instead of coffee....I found that I was now using it in the evening to make a second, third, fourth cup from the old tea....though more recently I've started experimenting with herbal teas, and sometimes a different one in late evening than earlier in the day. And, the old thermo pot was starting to make its angry noise more and more often.

So, only about a week into my experiment, I pulled the trigger and bought an new one.

My old Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot was an NC-EM22P (2.2 Quart) purchased on November 18th, 2006 from NewEgg.com...don't recall how I thought to get it from there, but I strong suspect iGive was the motivating factor...at various times it offers some kind of ability to search the iGive stores for products...and that was probably a time where it worked. These days searching has become worse....they are all into the fuzzy, and no longer into the exact. And, adding more and more keywords doesn't refine searches.... it just makes it more annoying, because it doesn't seem to care after a point. Could be the downfall for Amazon at some point. IE: if I'm searching for 2TB drives, I don't want 1000 hits where most of the results are for drives smaller than 2TB....and if I really want to see what all 2TB drives there are...I have to go through all the hits...etc.

But, I didn't have this problem with finding what new Panasonic Electro Thermo Pot to get, because I had already found the ones I would likely get and put it in my wishlist. I did a quick search in case a new model had come along, but wading through the rice cookers, breadmakers, slow cookers, coffee makers, etc. that polluted the result set I didn't see anything newer...available with Amazon Prime. So, I ordered the Panasonic NC-EH30PC Electro Thermo Pot on August 28, 2011.

This new one is a 3 quart. Not sure it was the thing I should've gotten...with the increased tea drinking, I was running out of water in the 2.2 quart one faster as well. Though refilling it from my Pur water pitcher was easier....one pitcher would get it back to the max line or close to it. Takes a bit more to get the 3 quart topped back up. There's a 4.1 quart model, which I had also considered. Though it was probably good that I just went with the 3 quart one. More capacity means its bigger...namely taller. The lid opening on the 3 quart barely clears the underside of my kitchen cabinet.

This new Electro Thermo Pot also has some changes from the previous model....it has an extra temperature setting. The old one did 210208, 185 and 140....wait why do I keep saying 210 instead of 208....probably because my very first hot water pot did 210....think that was a Tiger, was a gift I got when moving out of my parents for the second time (and to the US)...spring 1998. Pretty sure the Zojirushi I got to replace it did 208 as well. (according to Quicken, I got the Zojirushi in June of 2002)....the Tiger wasn't a lined, and finally got replaced then it had rusted through....the rust didn't stop me from using it before that point...

Anyways...the new Electro Thermo Pot does 208, 190, 180, 140....and defaults to 190 on power as well as after 6 hours (don't use the 6 hours much, since I still use the timer). The other new thing that threw for at first, was that the temperature setting light flashes if the water in the pot is hotter than that set point, which will be the case after (re)boil.

I had a vague recollection on the different temperatures as being relevant to what kind of tea...but on the previous model, I had found it was mainly 185 that I want for tea than 208. Though with 190 vs 180 now...its not so clear...except that the manual mentions green tea with the 180 setting.

Quick internet search.... suggested is near boiling is for black tea/rooibos, 190 for oolong, 180 for white tea, 160 for green tea, but no recommendation for herbal teas...and to just experiment, but most work in near boiling.... I try to not be so obsessive now...so 190 is probably where it'll stay all the time....and I do have at least one kind of each tea near by. Most from Boca Java....but starting to get other teas now....

12/10/10

  07:18:13 am, by The Dreamer   , 222 words  
Categories: Appliances

They don't make them like they used to.... Mr. Coffee MRX35 #fail

So this was their 35th anniversary edition coffee maker...I guess it isn't there 35th anniversary anymore. Because, this morning I woke up to no coffee. Pot empty...grounds dry...water still in reservoir. Oh its cold, guess the heater died.

The coffee maker was almost 15 months old. I guess I throwing out my old Black & Decker coffee maker this summer was a mistake...from 1990, it still worked...the rubber seals weren't quite as good as they used to be, but at least I would still have good coffee this morning.

Have to settle for instant for a while I guess.... :**:

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09/25/09

  12:42:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 723 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances

Mr. Coffee MRX35 Coffee Maker, 12-Cup, Programmable

Link: http://www.mrcoffee.com/Product.aspx?pid=122

After many years of great service, my Black & Decker Space Maker Coffee Maker - circa 1990 - finally started to fail....water appear from where it shouldn't be, guess the another seal has reached the end of its useful life. I'm going to miss this coffee maker, they just don't make them like they used to.... :..(

Black & Decker does make new Space Maker Coffee Makers, and I had contemplated getting the latest model. However, its designed for only undercabinet installation. My old Space Maker has never been installed this way, though it something I had considered, along with a Space Maker Toaster Oven....and my first house. Never did figure out the template, guess it was good...since the coffee maker has followed me around the continent and 5 moves.

The special thing that I liked about it was that it had a removable water tank...and it did fit under cabinet (just sitting on the countertop below it).

After a quick search of Coffee Makers available via Amazon Prime, I narrowed my choices down to a few...some realistic and some not, Space Maker was one of the choices. But, ultimately sitting on my countertop was ruled the way I would go, and I (still) wasn't ready to spend a month's salary for a coffee maker. I settled on the MRX35 from Mr. Coffee.

Well, since I decided I couldn't afford to make it OLF this year, but had already requested the time off back in May...I decided to go with a 'staycation' and do some stuff around home (which I haven't made any progress on yet) and shoot some deliveries to my home during the time. Though ignoring that I spent more than OLF on medical expenses recently, I've probably again spent close to OLF on the things I've ordered for delivery during this 'staycation'. Though most of the things were things I would get eventually, just some a bit sooner than planned and others were getting bumped regularly in the budget plan...

Anyhoo, back to the new coffee maker.

Having received it among my UPS deliveries this morning, I promptly set out to set it up and brew my first cup of coffee with it. At first I was going to put it where the old coffee maker had resided. But, since I need access to the top of the machine to pour water into it, I soon concluded that wouldn't work. I looked moving it along the counter top closer to the sink (where I might be able to tip the pot to the opening...or alternative water vessel, since its awkward pouring to my right with the coffee pot)...but the stock cord isn't long enough and I didn't want to use an extension cord (don't have anything of just the right length and not something I want to have to wait to buy....while most of the extension cords I know where to find would be major overkill, I'm sure somewhere in my boxes is a short one that would've worked....an old block heater extension cord :>> )

So, I decided to rearrange my counter a little bit and put the machine out near the edge on the other side of the sink (kind of lose the space behind it, but it was kind of dead space already.)

Now, first I ran some pots to clean the machine...and then I finally brewed my first cup. I had used up the last of my coffee earlier this morning, so it was time to open the first new coffee from Boca Java (arrived yesterday)....I picked the Bom Dia Brazil Coffee. I had the machine on regular, perhaps I'll switch it to strong. Years ago, as a teenager, I had some mighty fine Brazilian coffee, but I've never been able to find anything like it since.

Not sure about the beeper, it is kind of obnoxious....but it could also be useful. The problem would be I wouldn't want it when I'm using the delayed brew feature, but it could be good for the mornings when I forgot to set it up the night before. Or definitely on weekends, when I sometimes get too involved online to get a pot before the 2 hour timer ends. (new machine does have a 4 hour option, but that requires remembering to switch between the various options for the 2 different ways I just want to have coffee.)

:hmm:

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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