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bkras
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Joined: 5 Dec 2007
Posts: 1
Location: Nanaimo Canada
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Wed Dec 5, 2007, 1:23am
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Well, it is after Midnight and I am awake from the last test drives with new machine and new to the coffee community. I just bought a few months ago a Kitchenaid Proline  expresso machine and I am having a challenge getting microfoam to try my hand at some latte art.  I can't decide if it is me the machine or both but not there yet and I don't give up easily.   Spent time reviewing tips and find that the milk foams too fast and is not hot enough for latte and when you continue to heat it, too much foam forms and it is not pourable but makes a great cap only.  We have world class guys out here on the west coast of Canada and I can't even get decent foam.......Help!
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pawdad
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pawdad
Joined: 1 Dec 2007
Posts: 2
Location: Pampa, Texas
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: AeroPress (I love it!)
Grinder: a burr grinder
Vac Pot: didn't like it
Drip: only for when my mom and dad...
Roaster: just getting started; bought...
Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 7:41am
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I'm a 58 yr old pastor who just tried roasting his first batch of coffee beans. I got the Salton 1200 watt hot air popper and I can definately say that after 20 minutes, it just wouldn't do the trick; never got the beans hot enough. So now I have a 1440 watt Poplite on the way (ain't e-bay great) and I'm more confident that it will do the trick. Hey, on cooling down roasted beans, wouldn't placing them on a cookie sheet that had been in the freezer do a better job of cooling them down than a mesh colinder? Merry Christmas and God bless. Mike
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edwartica
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Joined: 6 Dec 2007
Posts: 4
Location: Portland, Oregon
Expertise: I live coffee

Posted Thu Dec 6, 2007, 11:08am
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Hi! This is my second posting to these here forums, so what better place to introduce myself!

I am a coffee addict / snob - as I'm sure most of you are as well. I live in Portland, and frequent many, many coffee shops. My favorites include Stumptown (usually the downtown location), Blue Gardenia, Vivace's, and Coffee time (though I actually usually just get their chai). There's also Albina Press, but that place is getting way too popular. I liked it better back when they first opened. Still, its the closest coffee to my house, so I do got there a lot.
Brands I drink include: Stumptown, Blue Gardenia, Portland Coffee Roasters, Trader joes (not the best I know, but its cheap at least), and recently I discovered Kaladi Brothers (the lunch counter right next to my morning bus stop started selling it - not the best, but good enough for morning coffee and better than the 'tarbucks across the street).
I brew many a way, as do all of you - though I have yet to roast my own. Maybe after I move. :) The air popper thing looks like an interesting way to go.
I went to Bali a few years back, and actually brought some coffee back with me. Its long gone of course, but it was probably the best coffee I ever had.
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roastaroma
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roastaroma
Joined: 21 Nov 2007
Posts: 438
Location: San Francisco, CA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: PV Lusso, Bacchi
Grinder: Rocky Doserless
Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2007, 10:47pm
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Ciao, I just joined up after reading a lot of articles and reviews here. I'm in San Francisco, close to North Beach and its famous coffeeshops. Though I'm new to espresso-making, I've learned a lot already. My Rocky & Sirena make an odd couple, but I sense some potential here. More on that later, in another thread.

I'm very lucky to know an Italian espresso maestro here: Giovanni, who runs Jackson Place Cafe & uses Blue Bottle Coffee, pulling terrific shots & making latte art on an Astoria machine. A few blocks away is Thomas Cara, Ltd., the La Pavoni distributor. So for me, the bar is set pretty high -- if I can surpass Starbucks quality at home, I'll consider myself an able beginner.

Wayne

 
"Non è la macchina, è la mano."
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TimEggers
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TimEggers
Joined: 3 Oct 2004
Posts: 2,946
Location: Tiskilwa, Illinois
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: QM Anita, Cappuccino Amore
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Mazzer SJ
Vac Pot: Antique McKee, Santos
Drip: Pour Over, Bodum Presses
Roaster: RK Drum
Posted Sat Dec 8, 2007, 10:25am
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Welcome aboard guys its great to have you with us!  I must admit I really enjoy reading everyone’s back-story.  A reminder of how special the coffeegeek community really is.  Again welcome!

 
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lax4ever
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Joined: 8 Dec 2007
Posts: 35
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Sat Dec 8, 2007, 12:07pm
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Soon to join the ranks of espresso nivana, only im a complete neophyte.  I fell in love with truly great espresso abroad, but being a college grad student really have no money to invest in a machine.  Along comes my boss, who informs me that a commercial La Cimbali is sitting in storage and might need repairs but I am free to have it as nobody else knows how to use it or wants it.  So come monday afternoon I will have more info and I am sure a whole lot more questions for you guys.  I'm just wondering if Ill even be able to plug this in and turn it on without having to remove my washing machine to get to a 220 volt circuit assuming that thats what it is.   Oddly when I look around work I see no 220 outlets on any walls where they said it was once installed, so I am crossing my fingers.  I'm probably getting in over my head and might end up just selling it though and going to something a bit more manageable, he informs me the things weighs almost 200 pounds and is massive.
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gime2much
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Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Posts: 1,965
Location: Sunny S Fl
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Pavoni, Astoria comm, 2...
Grinder: La Pavoni Zip, Bunn...
Drip: Bunn comm
Roaster: Popcorn popper (air),co/ufo
Posted Tue Dec 11, 2007, 9:28pm
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pawdad Said:

I'm a 58 yr old pastor who just tried roasting his first batch of coffee beans. I got the Salton 1200 watt hot air popper and I can definately say that after 20 minutes, it just wouldn't do the trick; never got the beans hot enough. So now I have a 1440 watt Poplite on the way (ain't e-bay great) and I'm more confident that it will do the trick. Hey, on cooling down roasted beans, wouldn't placing them on a cookie sheet that had been in the freezer do a better job of cooling them down than a mesh colinder? Merry Christmas and God bless. Mike

Posted December 6, 2007 link


Welcome aboard Mike.

Simple answer...No

 I started out with the cookie sheet put into commercial freezer @ -20f and the moving air of the fan gets the job done quicker for me.

Dan

 
Dan Brewer
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lax4ever
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Joined: 8 Dec 2007
Posts: 35
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Tue Dec 11, 2007, 10:39pm
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ok, well I have a m50 c/200 la cimbali super automatic in the house.  I have very little info on this, the user manuals dont go in to much, and i still need to run a 220v outlet to it.  Anyone want to trade machines?  great for an up and coming business.
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solidpuck
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Joined: 24 Nov 2007
Posts: 67
Location: Colorado
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Via Venezia
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Drip: Bunn
Roaster: Colorado Coffee Merchants
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2007, 8:45pm
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Bonjour ! Je suis solidpuck. Excusez-moi, mon Français est pauvre. Mais je figure que je serais plus intéressant en français! Le café a été une partie de ma vie depuis que j'avais 16 ans et tout par l'université. Je ne suis pas vraiment devenu sérieux au sujet du café jusqu'il y a à environ 1 an quand j'ai acheté une cafetière de BUNN. Après réalisant moi suis allé à Starbucks pour leurs latte de cafe davantage qu'à la maison, j'ai décidé d'obtenir une machine d'espresso et une rectifieuse capable. Je suis maintenant officiellement intoxiqué à l'espresso et cherche les "God Shot" !


Vôtre,

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tinseljim
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tinseljim
Joined: 17 Sep 2007
Posts: 40
Location: Coventry, UK
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: none
Grinder: ditting 804-pressed burrs :...
Vac Pot: Cona, Hellem, Yama, Bodum
Drip: Aeropress, Chemex, EvaSolo,...
Roaster: HWP
Posted Thu Dec 13, 2007, 3:20am
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Hello all, I've been lurking for quite a while now. Actually I remember lurking when coffeekid was the main thing and coffeegeek hadn't fully begun yet. I'm from BC but have been living in Cambridge UK and other parts of Europe for the last five years. My brief observations are that in general coffee quality is better in BC but coffee culture is better in Europe (exception being England where it's worse!).

I'm interested mainly in non-espresso brewing at the moment while my espresso gear is in BC. I have a small range of vacuum pots, french presses, moka pots, turkish ibriks and pour overs.

My recent experiment is E-61ing a french press!

Cheers all!

JSH
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