Posted Wed May 9, 2012, 12:14pm Subject: Hello world. First post. Here's my setup:
Been perusing CG for about a year... I figured I might as well say hello.
I'm running 2 espresso machines, a Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL (daily) mated with an older Rancilio Rocky. I've also got a Starbucks Barista that I play around with... I got it with a broken handle so I've gone the de-pressurization, 3" scraper handle install, and naked portafilter route to experiment with.
Lattes are my vice. I use lightly steamed organic half/half and a variety of beans (I've slowly experimented with 15/50 different beans/countries offered at Atlanta's farmers market). I have a process that gets pretty close to what I want but I have a sneaking suspicion that the crema I'm getting out of the Roma is "fake" from the double walled filter basket. The results out of the modded rig continue to be pretty bad --> I'm still learning!
Sure thing, hence why I listed the de-pressurized mod for the Barista. Done =). I had yet to get the grind right, and after spending 2 hours cleaning the Rocky last night ( I bought it used a month ago) the grind is now where it needs to be. I couldn't believe how grimy and caked up each part was inside that thing. It was a miracle I was getting coffee out at all.
The burrs looked a little worn though, I may spring for a new set someday, but the shots I'm getting now are substantially better.
bittersweet101 Senior Member Joined: 14 Apr 2012 Posts: 35 Location: Philippines Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Thu May 10, 2012, 5:22pm Subject: Re: Hello world. First post. Here's my setup:
Being able to admit that what you are getting is not yet good enough is a sign that you will soon get it right. Just keep on trying. Post some photos of your finish products. We’d love to see them. 
NobbyR Senior Member Joined: 10 Jul 2011 Posts: 1,991 Location: Germany Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo Vac Pot: N/A Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe Roaster: N/A
Posted Fri May 11, 2012, 6:06am Subject: Re: Hello world. First post. Here's my setup:
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Be sure to know that the steps of your Rocky are pretty wide, so when you dial in your grinder it might happen that you'll get stuck in between two steps for proper extraction, which can be pretty frustrating. The only way to work around that problem is to modify your dose slightly, i.e. updosing.
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