iZappa Senior Member Joined: 14 Sep 2006 Posts: 129 Location: Norway Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Isomac Millenium Grinder: Anfim Haus, Ascaso i-2,... Drip: French press will do Roaster: Gene Cafe
Posted Wed Nov 1, 2006, 3:55am Subject: Re: How To Articles - ready to EXPLODE - so give us ideas!
- how to make vietnamese coffee
Urgh... Hehe, been there and tasted that. But I'm willing to give it another go. Should be interesting reading anyway to learn how to make coffee the way they do it in the worlds second largest producing land of coffee.
Anyway here are some suggestions: - How to adjust your grinder - How to use a botomless portafilter, and what does it tell you? - Home roasting your first batch of coffee. - Make your own espresso blend, what to consider choosing beans - Store your coffee (glass, paper bag, fridge, freezer, box, nitrogen bag....) - How to convince your wife that buying a 1200$ grinder is a good investment for your Venus! (I would really like to se this explained) - How to make a real Irish Coffee
Luca Senior Member Joined: 27 Jan 2004 Posts: 2,658 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 Wed Nov 1, 2006, 4:03am Subject: Re: How To Articles - ready to EXPLODE - so give us ideas!
Would the gods of obviousness smite me if I suggested 'how to make espresso' ;P
The 'how to choose a grinder' topic sounds like it could get contentious and outdated really quickly; either that, or simply not provide enough useful information. Difficult task. At least it's not "how to pick between all of the e61 boxes"!
Vac pot? Cold process? Moka pot?
How to train your palate for espresso?
How to avoid import duties or write off your new GS3 as a business expense?
How To Get Started (Basic): Coffee Sourcing (Roasted; Green Coffee for Roasting); Coffee storage (Roasted; Green Coffee); Roasting (Equipment; Process; Profiles Single Origins; Blends); GRINDER (Non-Espresso; Espresso); Steam Toy; Drip; Press; Vacuum; Water Conditioning/Softening; Main Water/Drip Tray, Plumbing; Straight Shot Espresso (Grinding; Dosing; Distribution; Tamping; Golden Rule; Trouble Shooting); Milk Drinks (Steaming Milk; Milk Drink Types; Flavoring); Maintenance/Cleaning/De-scaling (Tools/Equipment; Work Area); Home Barista Skills/Serving/Cups/Mugs.
Sorry – that I’ve repeated some items already submitted, since I started this list and had to leave it, then come back to it. I’ve obviously left out some things, too. The main idea is for a, “Getting Started” theme.
There could be another round aimed at, “Advanced” coverage of these things.
The slant we're taking with this hopefully will make it less "dateable":
- Tips on different price points - Benefits of different types, as well as drawbacks - Identifying your needs - "Making do" with an espresso grinder - The multipurpose grinder and its benefits and drawbacks - Servicability - Best price vs. best service when buying a grinder
Yeah, this is an important point to make in such an article. Beginners often face a lot of "problems" after buying new coffee equipment. Thats when they realise that the 50$ difference between buying on the internet or at a local retailer all of the sudden wasn't worth it. Local expertise and help is of importance, especially for beginners.
Like what I'm hearing about the Irish coffee Mark. There is tons of different recipies and knowledge out there. But when you always encounter this in the recipies:
- Add 2oz of dark espresso or some strong instant coffee
You know it isn't written by someone who knows his coffee
Trust me, the person who's writing this is very intimate with the Irish Coffee. The plans are for a monthly column on interesting drinks, with lots of history and background information. I nearly burst when I read the final draft of the first article - just have to photograph the drinks (Thursday), then get it online.
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