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  • backpack
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    Sheets: 100% cotton, made in the U.S.A, don't unravel after a couple of months.

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  • Buffalonian
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    On the subject of coffee grinders, I love the Java hand grinder from VSSL -- so much so that I bought two of them so my partner and I aren't constantly switching the grind. She makes espresso with a Flair Neo; I alternate between a French press, a Vietnamese phin filter, and a Turkish cezve.

    https://www.vsslgear.com/pages/vssl-java-landing-page

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  • Buffalonian
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    Cafelat Robot Espresso Maker

    The shots are great, the machine is simple. I do need a new grinder, though: open to recommendations, if anyone has any!
    I'm so intrigued by the Robot! I bought my partner a Flair Neo as a gift, and she's been thrilled with it -- easy to use, consistently good, and it packs easily into a case when traveling by car.

    https://flairespresso.com/

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  • Buffalonian
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    Wildling shoes! They're minimalist shoes (zero drop, thin sole, wide toe box) made in Europe from sustainable materials (wool, organic cotton, hemp, linen) by a deeply ethical company.

    https://www.wildling.shoes/en#

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  • Buffalonian
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    Originally posted by scholar View Post
    http://www.utilikilt.com

    utili kilts... they sell freedom, with VERY high quality, both on the product, and the service

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    I wore a two-tone Utilikilt for my wedding! You can see pictures here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/30/f...y-wedding.html

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  • PeaceBell
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    Thanks Awesomepants, will check out the Allen Edmonds dress shoes. Wide dress shoes are particularly difficult to find! Will check out Asics shoes as well - I probably have to buy them online. Most staff in shoe stores here (Singapore - except pethorthists) have no concept of different feet width and mentioning "2E width" would mostly result in blank stares.

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  • Awesomepants
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    Originally posted by PeaceBell View Post
    I have wide feet too
    I’m a 2E+ as well. For athletic shoes I’ve had pretty good luck with Asics. They make a lot of stuff in 2E and some of their models, like the GT-2000 are more rigid and fit my orthotics. For dressier mens shoes I like Allen Edmonds, you can get them in a wide variety of widths. They have a big sale, usually in mid-June. If you end up getting a pair with wooden bottoms, I recommend taking them to a cobbler and adding a rubber sole (doesn’t cost much) and you’ll have some comfy(ish) sharp shoes.

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  • PeaceBell
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    Originally posted by autolycus View Post
    What’s the General fit/ shape of Scarpa shoes? I’ve got a high instep and need shoes with a wide toe box. Always on the look out for other shoe brands that will work for me. For hiking shoes and boots, I’ve had good luck with Keen, but their lighter sneaker(-like) designs lately have been narrower and less forgiving of my instep.

    Merrells don’t work for me at all. I even have a pair of Moabs in their wide size, and they’re too narrow for anything but thin socks.
    I have wide feet too (US 7.5/2E) and it's difficult to find shoes that are wide enough and have wiggle room for my toes. I found DB Wider Fit shoes last year and they have been a game changer - their shoes accommodate width of 4E and beyond, and are orthotic-friendly. I also find Birkenstock sandals and shoes in regular/wide width work well. The quality of these shoes seem very high and I definitely love them.

    Some of the other items/brands I like:
    • Simpsons shaving brushes - the Wee Scot is perfect for travel and everyday use
    • PHD (Peter Hutchinson Designs) - a small company specialising in high quality, lightweight, custom-sized down clothing and sleep systems
    • James Smith & Sons umbrellas - the solid sticks last a really long time with proper care, free polishing service in the London shop, and can be 're-covered' (the canopy can be replaced)
    • Brooks leather saddles - get better with use, last a long time with proper care
    • Tilley hats - I like the cotton duck T3 - can be washed, hidden pocket and ingenious wind cord arrangement

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post

    Garden hat = a straw hat that made its way back with me from Hawaii. I don't think the brand tag is on it anymore, darn it. I like it because it's a simple straw hat, but the brim is very wide.

    For shoes, I wear my Chaco sandals or Le Chameau rain boots. Or sometimes go barefoot if conditions allow!
    Thank you Darcy, so lovely to hear from you!

    More Thank Yous for bringing back the Yeoman Duffel, I realize it should go on the about bags, thread.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    What about hats and garden shoes?
    Garden hat = a straw hat that made its way back with me from Hawaii. I don't think the brand tag is on it anymore, darn it. I like it because it's a simple straw hat, but the brim is very wide.

    For shoes, I wear my Chaco sandals or Le Chameau rain boots. Or sometimes go barefoot if conditions allow!
    Last edited by Darcy; 06-01-2021, 06:59 PM.

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  • backpack
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    What about hats and garden shoes?

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  • GrussGott
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    On this forum, the Breville and Vitamix brands have been mentioned, do they make coffee grinders?
    Well, before I spent a lot I'd definitely try the Baratza - I have both the Vario (mostly all? espresso roast) & virtuoso and I use the latter for dark de-caf my wife likes and it's fine ... I would just say that ANY type of device will have a problem if the beans clump together and don't go down the chute, but if you keep the hopper clean (hot soapy water to clean off the oil) and grinder blades clean (w/ grindz, then one pass of old beans) you'll probably do great.

    As a side note, when/if you use oily beans it's a great idea to keep it clean anyway as the oil goes rancid and you probably don't want your SO drinking that!

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  • backpack
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    The Kitchen Aid I have was bought at the latest 10 years ago or at the earliest 15 years ago. It is very simple, a shallow bowl with a grinding wheel on top of body that hides the motor and operates by simply pressing the lid.

    It has handled all kind of roasted beans without problem, until now.

    Simply engineered coffee grinders like the one I have, and I think ones made by Krupp around that time, are still available but have awful reviews on all kind of retailers' sites.

    From motor failures after a month of use, to breaking blades (which are such a really horrible safety hazard, you'll think the products would have been taken off the market), I don't really know where to turn to get a good simple grinder that will give me a powdery dark roast.

    On this forum, the Breville and Vitamix brands have been mentioned, do they make coffee grinders?
    Last edited by backpack; 06-01-2021, 09:56 AM.

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  • GrussGott
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    GrussGott said: " the removable hopper has a gate and medium roast occasionally get stuck there so I'm guessing dark for sure would".
    sorry! To be clear that's my much more spendy Compak grinder - I was just making the point that oily beans will be tough for any grinder no matter the price / quality.

    The Baratza will be fine and NWhikergal has it exactly right:

    You have to use Grindz to clean the machine every month or so depending on how many beans you run through it - though that only cleans the grinding part and the hopper will need to be hand cleaned to get the oil residue off - ideally I'd wipe it down the inside of the hopper with hot water on a clean cloth & then dry after every use (i.e., store your beans in the freezer and only grind as many as you need for each batch of coffee)

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  • NWhikergal
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    backpack, I totally understand! After using various brewing methods from Aeropress to others, I finally decided to make it easier for myself and got a Bonavita Metropolitan coffee maker around the same time I got the Baratza Encore. The ideal grind for that is less fine than it sounds like you would be seeking. Enjoy your coffee, however you decide to prepare it.

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