T2ellis wrote:... where did you get the cool looking lid for the doser on your Kony? It really sets it off and gives it a nice look! T2
Welcome aboard T2ellis.
I was searching around the house for something that would fit and look good. My wife had purchased the Bodum Press Eileen 12 cup (1.5L or 50.7oz) but I was hardly using it since I mostly serve espresso/espresso based drinks when I have guests over. I noticed that the chrome lid was nearly a perfect fit for the doser. The chrome lid is only a cover for the plastic top of the Bodum so it still functions perfectly once you carefully remove it. Once I had chrome lid removed, I found that the knobs on my kitchen cabinetry was a nice complement. Luckily, I had an extra one so I used that one, cut the fastener (screw) a bit shorter, added a washer and fixed it to the lid. When I compare it to the stock lid, I have to agree that it makes it a LOT nicer. I noticed the 1.5L Eileen is not listed on the bodumusa.com site, and is listed, but currently unavailable on amazon.com. However, it is available here: http://www.greenbeanery.ca/bean/c...2d6a381541b400100b.
It's not an inexpensive item so I wouldn't recommend buying one for the sole purpose of using the chrome lid as a doser mod, although knowing my wife, I bet she paid less than $40 for it using discounts, coupons.
Obviously, I can't use my hopper with where I have my grinder currently placed, but I noticed that one of my pot lids will make a perfect fit if I ever get around to building my espresso station in the kitchen that will accomodate the hopper. The rule of thumb I use is to first look for something around the house that I can reuse. It may not come to you right away, but if you are persistent, you may find a gem in the rough, so to speak.
DigMe wrote:... Very nice setup. What do you think about those steaming pitchers as far as steaming and latte art go?
I am by no means an expert at steaming, but I did manage to get one to work this morning. As compared to my traditional steaming pitcher, I find that I have to switch over from surf to stretch a bit earlier. With my old one, I would surf the steam tip until my thermometer (yes, I still need the assistance of a thermometer) read 80F before plunging the wand. With the Toroid, I stop surfing when the temperature reads 60-65F (I use "read" because the actual temperature will vary depending on the type of thermometer you are using, and the power of your steam wand due to lag). When I stretch, I don't plunge as deeply as I would with my old pitcher since there is a dimple at the bottom of the new pitcher to create the toroid effect.
Again, I am still trying to get comfortable with this pitcher so take my experience with a big grain of salt. I have searched for tips on how others are finding this pitcher myself since I "miss" way more often than I "hit" when using the Toroid.