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hallas
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2013, 1:57pm
Subject: maximizing espresso machine usage during work week
 

Hi!

I'm trying to convince my new wife to plop down $1000-$1500 for an espresso maker that I want (thinking Quickmill Anita?  Maybe Nuovo Simonelli Oscar?)

Anyway, as part of my argument for this, I'm trying to brainstorm ideas for being able to eliminate the mid-afternoon coffee shop jaunt.  That would go a long way toward convincing her of the purchase.

The two solutions are 1: bring the espresso maker to work every monday (and take it home every friday.)  That's a lot of effort, and potential wear/tear on the machine.  or 2: make an extra shot for myself at home and bring it with me.  Of course, the shot suffers when it's been sitting around for that long.  I could move closer to the office (something we were thinking about anyway) so I could go home for a brew, but that's not a possibility at the moment.

Any thoughts?
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2013, 11:11pm
Subject: Re: maximizing espresso machine usage during work week
 

I can speak to this. When I was going to University full time and I had my Oscar, I used to make a "Pocket Breve" every night before heading to bed. This was a double ristretto, two ounces of Half and Half, as well as some Splenda syrup. I carried it in a little 12oz stainless steel canteen, clipped to my bag. At about 530PM (I had classes from 1-8), I would fill the canteen with ice cold water and shake it up. What resulted was hardly justice to what a fresh espresso could be, but was the equivalent of a bottled Starbucks Frappucino, but cheaper and orders of magnitude better.

So yes, I've done it, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Nowadays, I either nurse an afternoon latte habit or use my Aeropress at work. Lugging an Oscar or Anita to work with you is really not an option. When that boiler is full of water, you really feel the heft of those things.
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 1:43am
Subject: Re: maximizing espresso machine usage during work week
 

Could you get your workplace to justify the purchase of an espresso machine and grinder?

If not, How about buying something like a Bonavita Temperature controlled kettle and using a Chemex to make drip coffee?
Is that even an option?

I thought about buying a Rancilio Silvia and a Baratza Vario for work, but I figured that it would be open to theft or abuse,
so it just wouldn't be worth it. I wouldn't even think about buying a machine nobody could steal either. (Think 2-group commercial HX!)
The thought had crossed my mind. My worry would be, people would abuse it or misuse it. (Or mess with the grinder!)

Problem isn't so much the plumbing, but rather the power.. Hard to get 220 volts in the kitchen without the cost of an electrician.

Maybe you could convince your workplace to go to a coffee equipment supply shop and pick up a super-auto? It won't be great coffee,
but at least it'll be something which will help you get through the day. If it breaks, who cares? :-)

 
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 6:55am
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Saeco Aroma + Bottomless Portafilter (From Seattle Coffee Gear) + OE Lido Hand Grinder = Decent espresso at work on a budget.
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 7:53am
Subject: Re: maximizing espresso machine usage during work week
 

Make iced Americano or the frappucino mentioned upthread - if your office has a fridge, that'll keep it cool until then.  Alternatively, make an Americano or similar and keep it in a thermos (the Thermos Nissan travel cup with the tea infuser thing is good), which should keep it at drinkable temperature until the early afternoon (a thermos will also work on the iced coffee options).

Without knowing what kind of drink you prefer, it's hard to say much more than that.
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 10:00am
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Once you figure out how much better your espresso is compared to the typically stale grounds rinsed through a dirty machine you get at most coffee shops, your household "external" espresso/coffee expense will be close to $0.
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:14am
Subject: Re: maximizing espresso machine usage during work week
 

So, a couple things:

1: I'm a contractor on a temp-to-hire position, so asking for an espresso maker in the office seems dodgy.
2: I don't really like drip coffee.  An aeropress is ok, but not the greatest.  Drip usually upsets my stomach more than espresso does.  (weird, I know.)
3: I have a Carezza that broke down.  I could fix it and drag that to the office. I would have to get pods for it though, since I only have 1 grinder currently (MDF, but I'm upgrading that soon too...)
4: I generally drink espresso with a touch of either caramel or condensed milk.  (side note: will I get much utility out of an Anita over, say, Bezzera Unica if I don't make lattes or cappuccinos very frequently?)

So, based on this, it sounds like an iced espresso in the morning in a thermos sounds like the best option.  Has anyone had luck freezing espresso shots to drop in for an americano?

to sgreen: my office is about 2 miles from a few legit good coffee shops (intelligentsia in venice, for example) so it's not like i don't have good coffee available, but it's a hassle to run over there all the time.
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