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EddieGee
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Posted Sun Sep 15, 2002, 12:00am
Subject: Making Espresso and Progress! by Ed Gabrielle
 

Making Espresso and Progress!
by Ed Gabrielle

Ed's first espresso was a disaster. Learn what he did to improve his dosing, tamping, and surfing techniques in Ed's second Journal entry.
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Posted Sun Sep 15, 2002, 8:58pm
Subject: Great Article..
 

Nice work, Ed.  This would have been exactly the kind of thing I wished I had many moons back.

Keep 'em coming!

George W.
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Posted Mon Sep 16, 2002, 12:28pm
Subject: Nice article...
 

Looks like you pulled a longer shot.. Out of curiousity, what color was the pour at the end of the shot?

And most importantly, how did that sequence taste!?
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EddieGee
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
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Roaster: Proctor Silex Popcorn Pumper
Posted Mon Sep 16, 2002, 5:45pm
Subject: Thanks for feedback so far
 

Thanks for the feedback so far. George, let's hope that others can ramp up faster as a result of this article.
Tarik...yes, the shot went longer than expected. I wanted to get at least 2.5 ounces. The crema was still dark, but getting lighter. If you enlarge the image, you can just see enough on the right spout. That shot was good enough, no gosh shot. I'm still searching for my favorite blend.
thanks again,
Ed
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Posted Tue Sep 17, 2002, 2:03pm
Subject: Re: Making Espresso and Progress! by Ed Gabrielle
 

Thanks for the article ! If I may make a comment on the shot, it looks pretty thin and pale even from the begining. Was the water/machine hot enough ?
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Posted Wed Sep 18, 2002, 3:23pm
Subject: *Excellent Article*
 

Great Journal Ed,& nice work! This will definitely help newbies with their new Miss Silvia's to start producing great shots sooner & eliminate most of their frustration. The discussions on the Rancilio double basket,LaMarzocco ridged double,La Marzocco ridgeless double with George W,myself,& yourself on the forums helps everyone interested to zero in quickly.With our attached files,jpegs,pictures,with the 75kb limit it's great to post pictures of our setups,tech help & solutions. Try THAT on alt!  
Cheers Ed!
Craig.
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EddieGee
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Drip: Melitta Cone
Roaster: Proctor Silex Popcorn Pumper
Posted Thu Sep 19, 2002, 2:48pm
Subject: Hot or Not
 

Galpix.
No, Silvia was completely warmed up. I'll keep an eye out for deepness of color in future shots with this blend.
Craig...thanks for the kudos.
And to everyone, thanks for the responses.

Anything in particular you all would like to see in the next or future article? I'm not the expert, as I said, but I always tell it like it is.
thanks,
Ed
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2002, 6:55pm
Subject: Beans and blends
 

If I may, I'll suggest you try some other blends. The grounds in your portafilter pictures look pretty dark. So many places just burn the heck out of their "espresso" blends. My current favs are the Norte blend from Supreme Bean (www.joetogo.com) and the Dolce blend from Vivace (www.espressovivace.com). Both are a lighter roast and make a great, oozing reddish brown shot when prepared properly.
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2002, 8:01pm
Subject: leaving a 'slight' depression
 

I use the cover of my Rocky grinder for leveling, the flat portion to remove excess coffee, and then I use the round portion of the cover with an angle of approx. 45 degree,
leaving a 'slight' depression in the center of the pf.
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Vac Pot: Bodum Santos, Yama
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Roaster: Proctor Silex Popcorn Pumper
Posted Sat Sep 21, 2002, 11:57am
Subject: Follow up
 

Loupe... After I posted, I realized that I should have said that the 'blend' was roasted by me. They were not over roasted. They were roasted to 'first-oil' (ie: first glimmer of shiny beans, not heavy gloppy oil.)

Anyone know if there is a relationship between darkness of roast and color of crema?

jeanboucher.... good tip for those that have a Rocky. Maybe I can use that excuse (I mean technical justification) for an upgrade.
Thanks to all..
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