Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
Espresso: Espresso Machines
New Coffegeek!
Cafe Espresso Machines
Video reviews, nationwide installation, leasing options... Nuova Simonelli, Rancilio, La Marzocco.
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
 
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered  
Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > New Coffegeek!  
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Author Messages
DoubleVanos
Senior Member
DoubleVanos
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 34
Location: GTA, Ontario
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Lelit PL41, DeLonghi EC155
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Ascaso mini,...
Drip: Chemex, Kone
Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011, 5:35pm
Subject: New Coffegeek!
 

Hi Everyone, love the site.  The wealth of information here is astounding.  I've been lurking  for a few months, in which time I've learned a ton about the machines, grinders, and coffee.

I learned about the difference between PPF's and NPPF's, and I quickly dismantled one of the filter baskets for my Delonghi and pulled out the pieces that pressurized it.  Took about 2 mins.  Since then, and after a few sink shots, I am pulling decent 25-28 second shots with a good layer of crema.  I must say that I am impressed by this little machine, especially for it's price.

I am using the Capresso to grind my beans and despite what I've read I can actually get a decent grind.  I'm a newb so I can't really tell you how great of a grind it is, but I can say that it grinds fine enough to choke the machine.  I found this out the first time I used it cranked to the finest setting, ended up with about a few drops in 20 secs.  I dialed it back a few notches and it's been great ever since.  Consistency might be more of an issue with it, but at the moment  it works, and I'm really happy.  

I have a quick video of shot I pulled using a  light/medium single origin Ethiopia Sidamo click here . It's probably not up to Coffeegeek standards, but I'm already hooked and practice makes perfect :)

Thx for reading!
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
scanfield
Senior Member


Joined: 21 Nov 2011
Posts: 181
Location: Texas
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: La Nuovo Era Cuadra
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011, 6:05pm
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

That looks nice. How does it taste?

I can get a shot that looks ok out of my low end machine, but it's a very strong, bitter flavor.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
MikeReilly
Senior Member


Joined: 28 Oct 2007
Posts: 304
Location: Vancouver Island
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Cimbali Junior Gaggia...
Grinder: Pharos CC45 Mazzer Mini
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Behmor, I-Roast 2, Popper
Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011, 6:56pm
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

As scanfield says, what really matters is the taste.  If it tastes good to you, then that's all that matters.

Like you, I was happy enough (to start with) with my entry level machine and even a blade grinder.  I could pull shots that usually were good enough for cappuccino, which suited my tastes fine at the time.  After a while, though, I wanted to start drinking straight espresso, which didn't go so well because a) the grinder didn't provide the same grind each pour and b) even when I got a grind that flowed right, the espresso was quite bitter (due to inconsistent particle sizes ranging from dust to boulders).  I tried a cheap burr grinder and no dice.  Eventually my patience payed off and I got a buyers remorse deal on a Mazzer Mini for $350.00 CDN (part of a package deal with a Brewtus II that my brother picked up).  After that I got a la Cimbali Junior from craigslist and now I'm a happy camper.

I would probably have been ok with the entry level gear, but I don't regret the upgrades at all.  My cappuccinos are now just great and I get drinkable espresso whenever I want (with an occasional sink shot if I'm changing grind back after a pot of drip).  In any case, good luck with your espresso journey.  It's a great hobby for the obsessive/compulsive.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
DoubleVanos
Senior Member
DoubleVanos
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 34
Location: GTA, Ontario
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Lelit PL41, DeLonghi EC155
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Ascaso mini,...
Drip: Chemex, Kone
Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011, 7:28pm
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

scanfield Said:

That looks nice. How does it taste?

I can get a shot that looks ok out of my low end machine, but it's a very strong, bitter flavor.

Posted November 29, 2011 link

Very little bitterness, almost none to be honest, nice acidity. It tasted good to me, much better than anything from one of the chains.  Maybe its the Sidamo, makes a very nice shot IMO.  

I previously used a bag of Kicking Horse 3 Sisters, but it wasn't so fresh being from a grocery strore.  There was less crema, more bitter than the Sidamo but not overly.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
DoubleVanos
Senior Member
DoubleVanos
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 34
Location: GTA, Ontario
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Lelit PL41, DeLonghi EC155
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Ascaso mini,...
Drip: Chemex, Kone
Posted Wed Nov 30, 2011, 7:52am
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

MikeReilly Said:

As scanfield says, what really matters is the taste.  If it tastes good to you, then that's all that matters.

Like you, I was happy enough (to start with) with my entry level machine and even a blade grinder.  I could pull shots that usually were good enough for cappuccino, which suited my tastes fine at the time.  After a while, though, I wanted to start drinking straight espresso, which didn't go so well because a) the grinder didn't provide the same grind each pour and b) even when I got a grind that flowed right, the espresso was quite bitter (due to inconsistent particle sizes ranging from dust to boulders).  I tried a cheap burr grinder and no dice.  Eventually my patience payed off and I got a buyers remorse deal on a Mazzer Mini for $350.00 CDN (part of a package deal with a Brewtus II that my brother picked up).  After that I got a la Cimbali Junior from craigslist and now I'm a happy camper.

I would probably have been ok with the entry level gear, but I don't regret the upgrades at all.  My cappuccinos are now just great and I get drinkable espresso whenever I want (with an occasional sink shot if I'm changing grind back after a pot of drip).  In any case, good luck with your espresso journey.  It's a great hobby for the obsessive/compulsive.

Posted November 29, 2011 link

Yeah,  I didn't know what I was getting myself into, lol.  I'm pulling consistent shots with the Capresso grinder at the moment, but I know that my budget equipment might not last too long.  Eventually I hope to upgrade to a nice Lelit combo. Aesthetically I love those machines and have heard great things about them.  

I can already feel this upgrade fever setting in ;)
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
NobbyR
Senior Member
NobbyR
Joined: 10 Jul 2011
Posts: 2,041
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 Wed Nov 30, 2011, 8:58am
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

DoubleVanos Said:

... I can already feel this upgrade fever setting in ;)

Posted November 30, 2011 link

Don't get carried away. You'll probably experience a bigger step forward from upgrading your grinder than from buying a more sophisticated machine.

Besides that, congratulations!

 
***
"This drink of the Satan is so delicious that it would be a shame to leave it to the infidels." (Pope Clement VIII on coffee, when he was urged to ban the beverage)
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
DoubleVanos
Senior Member
DoubleVanos
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 34
Location: GTA, Ontario
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Lelit PL41, DeLonghi EC155
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Ascaso mini,...
Drip: Chemex, Kone
Posted Wed Nov 30, 2011, 10:45am
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

NobbyR Said:

Don't get carried away. You'll probably experience a bigger step forward from upgrading your grinder than from buying a more sophisticated machine.

Besides that, congratulations!

Posted November 30, 2011 link

Thanks!  When I do plan to upgrade, the grinder will definitely be my priority.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
Nickfrogger
Senior Member
Nickfrogger
Joined: 26 Nov 2010
Posts: 201
Location: Spokane
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia V3 w/PID,...
Grinder: Lelit PL53, Baratza Maestro
Vac Pot: Yama TCA-5 Siphon
Drip: V60 (A red one!)
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Dec 11, 2011, 5:04am
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

Hey Kunal,
    As I see you have an Ec155 I figured I'd point you in the direction of this thread, which has some cheap and easy modifications to satisfy your upgrade fever a bit. I used the Ec155 paired with a nice grinder (LeLit PL53) for about a year and really enjoyed it; I recently got a PID'd Silvia and there is a taste difference, but probably not a $500 taste difference. Plus, IMO, the Ec155 will teach you a lot about espresso.

Have fun on your journey!

~Nick

 
There's a big difference between drinking coffee to wake up and waking up to drink coffee.
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
dyno
Senior Member


Joined: 20 Nov 2011
Posts: 70
Location: Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Salvatore The Club/Oscar
Grinder: K6 Pro/Super Mini E
Posted Sun Dec 11, 2011, 11:06am
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

DoubleVanos Said:

Yeah,  I didn't know what I was getting myself into, lol.  

I can already feel this upgrade fever setting in ;)

Posted November 30, 2011 link

Step 1:  Free Delonghi steam-driven 4 cupper from my in-law's crawl space.  "Is this your machine?"  "Hellz no! But we'll take it fine whatever."

Step 2:  Heyyyyy, I can do better than this department store piece of mass market junk.

Step 3:  Non-working used/abused Oscar in parts on my dining table.  Frothing pitchers, tampers, brushes, etc, etc, etc.

Step 4:  Credit card statement and wife's scorn.

Step 5:  New pressure-stat installed, shots taste like uric acid. Cheap grinder modded but failure.  1/2 lb of ground beans to composter.

Step 6:  Refurb Baratza ordered in secrecy.  Too late to turn back now.

Step 7:  First successful shot pulled.  Barely drinkable but CREMA CREMA CREMA.

Step 8:  The downward spiral continues. lol
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
DoubleVanos
Senior Member
DoubleVanos
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 34
Location: GTA, Ontario
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Lelit PL41, DeLonghi EC155
Grinder: Mazzer Mini, Ascaso mini,...
Drip: Chemex, Kone
Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 5:24pm
Subject: Re: New Coffegeek!
 

Nickfrogger Said:

Hey Kunal,
    As I see you have an Ec155 I figured I'd point you in the direction of this thread, which has some cheap and easy modifications to satisfy your upgrade fever a bit. I used the Ec155 paired with a nice grinder (LeLit PL53) for about a year and really enjoyed it; I recently got a PID'd Silvia and there is a taste difference, but probably not a $500 taste difference. Plus, IMO, the Ec155 will teach you a lot about espresso.

Have fun on your journey!

~Nick

Posted December 11, 2011 link

Thanks Nick.  I'm very happy with the shots I'm getting from the EC155.  There is great roaster nearby that roasts daily and has some of the best coffee I have ever had.  I just picked up a lb of Daterra Farms Sweet Collection and a lb of Sumatra.  With the EC 155 and my French Press, I am in coffee heaven.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Discussions > Espresso > Machines > New Coffegeek!  
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered     Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
Discussions Quick Jump:
Symbols: New Posts= New Posts since your last visit      No New Posts= No New Posts since last visit     Go to most recent post= Newest post
Forum Rules:
No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards.
No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum.
No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek.
No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum.
Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies.
Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies.
Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts.
Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.
Cafe Solutions
Commercial sales and service, nationwide installation, equipment leasing options.
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.477165937424)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+