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Douger
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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.

Cheers
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Coffeenoobie
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Location: PNW
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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 11:39am
Subject: Re: Hey guys I'm new here
 

Start with my stickey post at the top of this forum and post your answers here.  We will try to guide you with a bit more info on your needs.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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calblacksmith
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Joined: 25 Nov 2007
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
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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Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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Douger
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Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 5:43pm
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Thanks guys,

For sure I'll read the sticky - I know it's irritating when lazy-ass members post Qs before searching.  Lots to learn but no deadline :)
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Coffeenoobie
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Espresso: N S Oscar
Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 5:45pm
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Well, we don't really mind if you don't search but not having the question the post has in it answered hinders us.

 
Coffeenoobie

Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.

My coffee treasure map...
Click Here (maps.google.com)

Oscar trick out: http://s156.photobucket.com/user/GandBteam/story/14231
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Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 5:55pm
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How dare you! My nick name is douger. Doug douger to you though.

I wouldn't worry. Let them know how much you're willing to invest and the people here will happily help you spend your money :D
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Douger
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Posted Sun Oct 27, 2013, 6:42pm
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1)  What kind of drinks do you like/want to make?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's capabilities.)

-espresso and cappuccino

2)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at any one time? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's ability to work continuously.)

-usually 2, sometimes up to 4

3)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's durability.)

-15-20

4)  Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pour over machine with its own reservoir?

-reservoir

5)  Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit?

-I'm pretty sure 15 but I'll double check

6)  What is your budget for a new machine?  Does that also include a grinder?  If not, what is your budget for a grinder?

-I'd like to look at 2 price points for both grinder & machine together and compare what I'm getting:  
-$1200 and $1600

7)  Are you willing to buy used or do you need new equipment? Do you or family member have the skills to repair used equipment?

-new

8)  Do you have the essential accessories (decent tamper, knockbox, the works), otherwise budget about $100 for these.

-only the plastic tamper that came with my Gaggia Classic

Much appreciated.
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calblacksmith
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Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 6:39am
Subject: Re: Hey guys I'm new here
 

Click Here (www.seattlecoffeegear.com)
http://www.1st-line.com/store/pc/home.asp (I like this better than the vario, sorry guys)
Click Here (www.1st-line.com)
The machine is a little more than you are asking for but you will be SOOOOOOOO happy to have it when making more than one milk drink at a time.
There is the whole Baratza line and most often the  
Click Here (www.wholelattelove.com)
is advised. My personal feeling is that it will not hold up as well as a commercial unit in the long run but then, it isn't commercial is it? Those that have them love the grind from them so, YMMV!

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
Anything I post is personal opinion and is only worth as much as anyone else's personal opinion. YMMV!

Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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Douger
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Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 8:31am
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Thanks!

Calblacksmith, when I clicked the links it took me to the home page and not any particular machine or grinder, so I wasn't able to see the ones you were recommending.  Which ones were they?  Cheers.
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emradguy
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Joined: 31 Mar 2011
Posts: 2,744
Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, 2 Macap M4s, OE...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Mon Oct 28, 2013, 8:36am
Subject: Re: Hey guys I'm new here
 

you have to click specifically on "click here", not the URL hyperlinks.

EDIT: BTW, I checked each one and they led right where they are supposed to (END OF EDIT)

First one is a NS Oscar machine
Second is a Macap M4 grinder
Third is a Baratza Vario grinder

Ha, Wayne...I have to vouch for that Macap M4 (since I own two of them).

 
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