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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 1:19pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

FromNYtoSF

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I wouldn't spend too much time responding to this user. It appears she came in, posted 10 responses to threads, and then posted her Silvia in the BS&T. Common tactic to get around the intent of the 10 post minimum for BS&T.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 2:01pm
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Since I started this thread,  I hope I can continue it without issues?  I'm confused what you mean about a 10 post thread limit?????   Anywho,  got a question regarding the weather & the grind.  In Wisconsin, the weather has not been hot.  We have had a cool June, temps 50s-mostly 70s, occasional very low 80s.   What I've been noticing lately with some blends I've used and had no grind issues is this:  On my Vario, normally I would have the grind set around R-S (the lower quarter of the micro).  Consistent.   Now over the last month, even though it is the same age 4 days post roast, I am finding for it not to blond quickly--I have been putting the micro anywhere from  G-O (top quarter of grinder).   That's a big step.  I'm not a novice.  Anyone know why this could be happening?  I'm not doing anything differently.  Thanks.
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 2:02pm
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They don't want strangers posting their gear to sell, so they want you to have posted 10 times before you list something to sell. That is what she must have done.


In the winter, I can reliably predict how much to move the grinder on redbird from one day to the next.  Not so this spring. My grind is changing a lot because we have had 4-5 hot very low humidity days followed by 3-4 cloudy/rainy very high humidity days. This is unusual weather for June in PNW.  Normally it is all very humid or all very dry for months rather than a few days. The amount of water in the beans changes the grind.  Beans being a porous natural product they absorb or release moisture depending on the humidity.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 16, 2013, 3:57pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

FromNYtoSF,
you are in place where there are quite a lot good roasters in your state and probably more than a few in your city.  I encourage you to go to good coffee shops at off peak times and watch the baristas and sample their wares.   When you find one you like then take those beans home and try to duplicate it.

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Too bad she can't, she just sold her sylvia. Maybe if she'd tried decent beans a long time ago......
Sorry- back to the topic at hand.
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 9:36am
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I have been making my own cappuccinos for over 10 years, but believe it or not have only finally started grinding my own beans (instead of buy preground---YUK) over the last 5 years.    Grinding question:  Our June weather here has been cooler and rainier, temps going from 50s to 70s; with a few 80s thrown in.  We haven't had a lot of humidity issues yet.    Yet my beans, (a couple blends in particular) are acting frustratingly inconsistent.   My frustrating is that I can understand changing the grind  finer as the beans age, but changing it from R-S  all the way up to D in a day---especially when the roast is only 5 days old???  I don't remember this happing last summer, and our summer was hideously hot and humid.  Arghhhhhh.  Yet I do have to say that my bad home espresso days is still much better than most coffee shops.   Do they train these baristas?  I ask for a dry cappuccino and get a huge cup of steamed milk that tastes like nothing but hot milk.  I then go on to say very little milk.  They still don't get it.  My husband said I should tell them exactly how much.  That would be about 5 oz.   I doubt they have measuring cups around to measure the milk.  Ninenty-nine percent of the time I just make it at home.  Sometimes I just like the social aspect of getting out to enjoy it, but most just don't know how to make them other than a wet cappa or so dry you could call it straight.  They don't "get" the in between.  Okay, sorry....I'm hitting a lot of topics on here, but the most important is the grind issue at hand.  Thanks!!
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 2:28pm
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You should get a gauge that shows the humidity in your house.  I expect it is changing more than you realize.  I often tell baristas I want a double shot in 4 oz of steamed milk if they don't understand what I want.

At places that sell stumptown they are trained well by the stumptown people and you can order a traditional cappuccino and get what you want.  Also at spella's you order a traditional but he is only in portland.

 
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Posted Mon Jun 17, 2013, 3:08pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

FromNYtoSF,
you are in place where there are quite a lot good roasters in your state and probably more than a few in your city.  I encourage you to go to good coffee shops at off peak times and watch the baristas and sample their wares.   When you find one you like then take those beans home and try to duplicate it.

Posted June 16, 2013 link

He very likely does not have a grinder.  We might have to start from scratch (or grind).

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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 6:59pm
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I have a local roaster (Mpls, MN) that has some of the best espresso I've tasted.   Here's the link: http://www.paradiseroasters.com/categories/Coffee/Espresso/

They ship it right away.
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 7:00pm
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And I like the Classico the best, even though the Nuevo has a higher rating
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Posted Wed Jun 26, 2013, 4:18am
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Sweet Marias has a few good selections, I'm partial to the Espresso Monkey blend
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