Douger Senior Member Joined: 27 Oct 2013 Posts: 5 Location: Toronto Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 11:35am Subject: Hey guys I'm new here
Hi everyone I just signed up so I thought I'd introduce myself.
So after years of daily espresso, my Gaggia Classic sat almost unused for about 3 years until I decided to bring it into work. Everyone is pitching in for milk, beans, etc. and I'm showing folks how to use the thing and have been pumping out much-appreciated cappuccinos during recess (I teach Kindergarten, where a mid-morning espresso really hits the spot).
At home for the last several years I've been roasting my own beans and enjoying press-pot in the mornings. My favourite so far is Ethiopia - Harar
So I definitely want to upgrade my Braun burr-grinder to something decent and am also thinking of upgrading to a new espresso machine so that I can have one at home and keep the Gaggia for work.
I joined so I could read and educate myself on machines, grinders and beans and hopefully connect with a few folks and be able to post some stuff I've learned.
I'm currently working on a blend for espresso. I find green beans from Sulawesi roast up good & dark, and if I mix it with some Harar and about 10% Robusta for the crema then that may do the trick. But I've found you can pull a pretty choice shot with just straight Sulawesi.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,312 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Veneziano A1 Grinder: Many different commercial Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Milita, Bunn&Curtis... Roaster: Cast iron pan, gas burner
Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 12:14pm Subject: Re: Hey guys I'm new here
Welcome to the board :-) Do read the stickey it gets us down the correct path the quickest way possible. There is soooo much to teach the teacher about coffee! Single origen beans can make excellent espresso. You don't need robusto a for creama. Espresso is a method of brewing coffee, not a roast level, most here prefer a medium roast, not dark for espresso. The most important device to make espresso is the grinder, not the machine. Powered espresso grinders START at $300 for the bottom range of grinders that are able to grind for espresso, a hand powered grinder that is able to grind for espresso can be had for less than $100.
If I have not scared you off, GOOD! :-) again, welcome :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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