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Drumlin72
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Joined: 16 Nov 2003
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Location: Kansas City, MO
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Sun Apr 25, 2004, 8:22pm
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Those are some awesome finalists....heavy in the west coast/PNW representation. That fella from Nebraska must be feeling ganged up on!

Ryan is a first year competitor from Kearney, NB who kick all our butts here in the Mid-west....but it just goes to show:  YOU CAN FIND GOOD ESPRESSO IN THE MID-WEST!!!!  :)

As much as I was rooting for Sandy, I am glad that he is doing well.
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DavidMLewis
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Joined: 2 Jan 2002
Posts: 88
Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Reneka Techno
Grinder: Versalab M3
Vac Pot: Hario Nouveau, Infuze
Drip: Clever
Roaster: Hottop, HWP
Posted Sun Apr 25, 2004, 8:59pm
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Heh. †It's a real peculiarity of the espresso machine industry that there has to always be some compromise with machines. †Reneka nearly had the perfect home machine ... and then screw it up by not putting a steam knob on it ... wtf?!

Hi Luca (and Mark, too),

Having used the Techno for a couple of years now, I can say with assurance that the lack of a steam knob is absolutely not a problem. I think, actually, looking back at my previous machine, which did have a steam knob, that I prefer the button and solenoid because of its instant action. I cannot recall ever using partial steam power on the previous machine. I did replace the Techno's steam tip with one of the two-hole ones from Chris Coffee, because I typically steam for one or two cappas at most. The new Techno has a steam tip with fewer holes than mine came with, but I haven't seen one. Schomer, by the way, has his LMs fitted with solenoid steam valves actuated with a foot switch so the baristi can have their hands free entirely. Anyway, I'd encourage you to try to use one a little before writing it off for that reason.

Best,
   David
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MyronJ
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Joined: 30 Dec 2001
Posts: 275
Location: Kibbutz Kfar Etzion-Israel

Espresso: Gaggia Espresso
Grinder: Rocky (Zassenhaus  Mill Box...
Vac Pot: Aeropress..does it count??
Drip: Bialetti Kaliffa-needs a...
Roaster: IROAST, FZ-RR 700 (Havitush)
Posted Sun Apr 25, 2004, 10:37pm
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Thanks for the audioi file of Geoff Watts talk.
Nice to have some of Hotlanta in my air conditioned office...but the coffee here aint much to speak about.

best and continue to enjoy! myron

PS..just tried listening to the file..sound like the pump of my "new" used Gaggia..Oh, well! Nice try and I will try fiddling to see if i can get the sound a bit better. Thx!

PPS. I turned down the Bass and upped the treble. The audio sounds fine now. I didn't want to delete the original PS..I liked the simile of the Gaggia pump. (I am just an excited newbie!!)
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Luca
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Joined: 27 Jan 2004
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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Espresso: H: Maver W: FB-80
Grinder: H: Super Jolly W: Brasilia...
Vac Pot: Hario TCA-2
Roaster: Sample Roaster at Work
Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 4:14am
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

I'd encourage you to try to use one a little before writing it off for that reason.

Absolutely right ... but I want it all!  I've got a 300mL pitcher that I use all the time ... don't want to paint the walls!

But yeah, if it's available in Oz I might consider it as an upgrade from Silvia ... but not for a while!  Sure would be sweet to have a home machine with a PID and simultaneous steaming.

Cheers,
Luca

 
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jen_Ilovecarmelmochas
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Joined: 26 Apr 2004
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Location: Omaha, NE
Expertise: I love coffee

Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 11:35am
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Thank you for the pictures.  My brother, Ryan Dennhardt, is competing for the Barista Championship.  We, couldn't make it to the competition, being in Omaha, and all, and have very much appreciated the updates and the commentary!  Great site!  We are anxiously awaiting the results of the final competition!  Go Ryan!
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espressoDOM
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Joined: 1 May 2003
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Location: Bay Area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: WEGA Lyra (vibe)
Grinder: Mazzer Mini
Vac Pot: (no more coffee equipment)
Drip: French Press
Roaster: Hot Top Roaster; Fresh Roast...
Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 11:48am
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

You captured the drama of the day... the only thing that was missing was the anguish of defeat from those who didn't make the finals or a pic of the field of baristi hoping to attain that coveted "shot" at the finals..... 25 seconds away from greatness...ahhahaah

it was a great visual you provided us on Day 2.... so far my favorite....

the last day I am expecting great things from ya....

Geez I may have to shell out and go next time.....Hawaii shirts and all....

 
DOM...evil genius ...Up to no good in espresso at all times... VIVA la parts de Espresso
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spinnaker007
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Location: Chicago!
Expertise: I like coffee

Posted Wed Apr 28, 2004, 12:42pm
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Hi Mark,

I noticed that you took a picture at the Ancap display booth (I could be wrong.)  Did you see any new art designs?  I donít like their current lineup, and I am willing to wait and purchase a set of newly designed cappa cups (if I like the designs).

BTW, thanks for taking the pictures and posting the reports for us.

Cheers,

Steve
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paulsdatter
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Joined: 18 Jan 2002
Posts: 64
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: only at work
Grinder: Solis Maestro Plus
Vac Pot: 2 oldies, LOVE EM!
Drip: pour-over melita
Roaster: big ole Probat
Posted Wed Apr 28, 2004, 3:27pm
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Wow, I really like being called "brilliant"! Thanks Mark, and thanks for the chat and the drink!

(you know it's conference when you find yourself sitting with someone you've never formally met...having an awesome time drinking, smoking menthol cigarettes of all things, and talking about ...you guessed it...the E61)

It's cool that Mark still thinks my ideas about espresso carry some weight even after Peter Gulliano and I made him sit through our boring, theory-heavy Brewing Diversity lecture. What can I say except that Peter and I just may be the geeks to end all geeks...oh yeah, and Peter's wife Alice liked our class, so she must be even worse!
Our International Roasting Styles went a little better, I think.

cheers on a SOS of Yemen,
yer pal in geekdom,
trish (you got my name right) Skeie

PS: Bronwen is champ! Isn't that lovely?!
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MarkPrince
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Joined: 19 Dec 2001
Posts: 5,611
Location: Vancouver, BC
Expertise: Professional

Espresso: KvdW Speedster
Grinder: Versalab M3 Grinder
Vac Pot: A bit too many
Drip: Bonavita
Roaster: Hario Glass Retro Roaster
Posted Thu Apr 29, 2004, 1:32pm
Subject: Re: Day 2: SCAA 2004 Hotlanta, Baybee!, Road Reports
 

Trish Skeie rocks the casbah. :)

Mark

 
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