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John Heckendorn
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I'm not the one who mentioned Cartel Coffee Lab in the Phoenix metro area (article comments), but they deserve attention, too!
 
Nice article drawing attention to some small roasters

Of course, the attention could make them not-so-small before too much longer... 
After the success of once-scrappy roasters, such as California’s Blue Bottle and Portland’s Stumptown, a new generation of small shops is reshaping America’s coffee obsession.
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The Orphan Espresso LIDO 3 grinder

Yes, it's silly expensive for a manual grinder, and large enough to be the murder weapon in a Perry Mason episode, but it's a damn fine piece of precision machinery, excellent at what it does, and will probably outlive me and you. Despite its size, the folding handle and carrying case make it good for traveling (think car camping rather than backpacking, though), and its adjustable range makes it suitable for whatever brew method you fancy, from Turkish through press pot coffee. And it's fast, too.

I had been using a Porlex at work for my caffeine dosage, but the Lido is so much better in every way that the Porlex is now our disaster recovery grinder at home.

One more thing in the Lido's favor: Doug and Barb at OE are nice, wonderfully quirky coffee fanatics (check out their YouTube stuff) with a fascination for vintage lever machines. What's not to love?
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Here is an idea; grind the coffee before you leave for expedition and spend the money that you would've spent on this on a bio lite with the grill attachment and a bag of barbecue pellets and firestarter.

Just saying...
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Well, if I lived near Elspeth Road, I think I'd be adopting a dog today. 
The most effective tool an animal shelter has it when it comes to getting pets adopted is the animals themselves. So the Battersea Dogs & Cat Home, a shelter in the UK, created a brilliant ad campaign that had dogs following potential owners from billboard to billboard as they walked through a shopping mall.
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Dell showing some innovation...

...but for that price, it should be a convertible Chromebook (running Android in tablet mode only) and equipped with a Braswell LP chip and 4GB RAM. 
Dell's Venue 8 7000 finally shipped back in January, offering an amazing 2560x1600 resolution on its 8.4-inch screen and an insanely thin body at just 6mm. Praise for the tablet was fairly universa...
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Dell should turn the Sputnik team loose on a CrOS version of the XPS 13. The Ubuntu version is now available so Linux drivers for the hardware aren't a problem. There should be another premium Chromebook besides Pixel. 
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This could be interesting for coffee lovers who have yearned for a La Marzocco at a comparatively reasonable price.
 
The Low Rent Linea

I'm not convinced this will be the machine of choice at its price point for true espresso freaks & geeks (that would be the Vesuvius), but there should be enough prosumer-types to make this product reasonably successful. 
La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with
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The Low Rent Linea

I'm not convinced this will be the machine of choice at its price point for true espresso freaks & geeks (that would be the Vesuvius), but there should be enough prosumer-types to make this product reasonably successful. 
La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with
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Come and get it!
  Android 5.1 has slowly begun rolling out to Nexus devices over the last couple of weeks (and has been seen on Android One devices since February), but Google has today posted the factory ima...
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+John Heckendorn Well that's a real shame if true.  Maybe we can find a Dev to chime in on this thread.
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Nice article drawing attention to some small roasters

Of course, the attention could make them not-so-small before too much longer... 
After the success of once-scrappy roasters, such as California’s Blue Bottle and Portland’s Stumptown, a new generation of small shops is reshaping America’s coffee obsession.
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Tesla Model 3

Well, well, well, less than a year away for the +Tesla Motors Model 3 (um, unless it's delayed). If they don't totally blow the car's visuals, it will likely be a very popular vehicle, especially where renewable incentives remain in place. Pity those states where car dealer monopolies have denied the citizenry the purchase of Tesla cars.
Tesla is aiming to reveal the Model 3, its answer to BMW's 3-series, in March 2016. CEO Elon Musk announced the target date during today's call with Tesla investors. "We are hoping to show the...
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Killing two birds with one stone

It's a small beginning, but has enormous potential to address two major environmental issues simultaneously:
- What to do with all the carbon dioxide we're generating;
- How to generate the fuels and materials we need without raping the earth.

However, there are still two significant objectives that need to be achieved before this will make any difference:
- How to get the process to a yield rate to where it needs to be;
- How to scale it up so that it becomes commercially viable.

Regardless, it's a nice innovative achievement, and congratulations to the teams at my alma mater and LBL who did it.
By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.
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Good news for those one percenters with 2nd gen Pixels who want to save a few bucks...
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Monoprice has announced a new line of USB-C cables and adapter accessories designed for USB-C devices such as Google's new Chromebook Pixel. The new cables from Monoprice offer USB-C connections for USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1, and they'll let you use almost any USB accessory through the single USB-C port on your new Chromebook Pixel. The current lineup of USB-C products can be found below...
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I just ordered my C > HDMI cable and it arrived today.  ;(  Oh well.  Now I know.  Actually, the price difference is very little.
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This could be interesting for coffee lovers who have yearned for a La Marzocco at a comparatively reasonable price.
 
The Low Rent Linea

I'm not convinced this will be the machine of choice at its price point for true espresso freaks & geeks (that would be the Vesuvius), but there should be enough prosumer-types to make this product reasonably successful. 
La Marzocco may be famous in coffee but the Italian espresso machine company has never been what you'd call affordable. That's not quite going to change with
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It's prettier than my Spaziale Vivaldi (but that's not hard to achieve) !
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    Technical Director, 2000 - present
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Napa, CA - Bloomfield, CA - El Cerrito, CA - Berkeley, CA - San Jose, CA - Salinas, CA - Marysville, CA - Reno, NV - San Francisco, CA
Just had an incredibly tasty breakfast at Lux. The cafe being packed at 8 am on a Sunday morning should tell you something. The menu is simple but complete, the food is great, and the baristas know what they're doing on their La Marzocco 3-group machine. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the kitchen really efficient. What more can anyone ask for?
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EDIT: Now closed, sadly! by far the best restaurant in phoenix south of broadway. imaginative kitchen and romantic environment.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is a great comfort food spot, with warm, friendly service and tasty, generous dishes. Anything with pork is recommended, but they execute well across the board. While it's not quite five-star in terms of a cutting-edge menu, I think everyone will enjoy a very satisfying meal and overall experience at Barrio Queen.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Really 4 1/2 stars, but excellent comfort food and enthusiastic, friendly service. We'll be back.
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One of our favorite food spots in Scottsdale, Distrito offers imaginative riffs on Southwestern food classics as well as an interesting wine list and formidable selection of Tequilas and related drinks. There are both indoor and outdoor eating areas, the latter a good place to people watch. And it's in great proximity to the theatre, museums, galleries, and old-town Scottsdale. Recommended!
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A varied but not overambitious menu and nice wine list, with outstanding, attentive service, Dinner for Two is a great place to sup when in Santa Fe for opera or relaxation. Except for their seafood, most of the ingredients seem to be locally sourced. Oh, and save room for dessert!
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