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JamesInTaiwan
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Joined: 12 Jun 2012
Posts: 12
Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Espresso: Rocket Giotto Premium Plus
Grinder: Baratza Vario, Flying Eagle...
Drip: Aeropress
Roaster: Whirley Pop
Posted Tue Jun 12, 2012, 6:09am
Subject: Aircraft Maintenance runs on coffee
 

Greetings!

I am James, retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years. Coffee grounds good, desert sand bad. Love music, audio, beer, barbecue, and coffee!

I started drinking horrible coffee one winter in an unheated welding shop 25 years ago. 4 years ago got a Saeco Aroma that was the most crazily expensive espresso maker I would ever buy- HA! About 6 months ago it died, but I have been surviving off two remarkable coffee shops, one near home and one near work. My new job has no real espresso scene nearby (it's an industrial park- all factories) so I have been overwhelmed with panic at the thought of no decent espresso and ordered a Rocket Giotto. I first ordered a PID'd Silvia but had near instant buyers remorse that I would HATE the temp surfing dance, and the price, so (ran some ROI numbers), recalibrated my wallet and bride's expectations and made the leap to HX. I may post again in six months or so if I have any hair left, can concentrate long enough to form coherent sentences, and have any degree of success with this beast. I didn't want to do the upgrade dance, but I feel like I just got off my 90cc dirtbike and bought a Harley. Nothing like a challenge!

Yes, I have a grinder, a local Taiwan job that is popular in many espresso shops and Japan. It grinds very fine, so I'll see how that goes before jumping in even deeper water.

I've been lurking a while, thought I may as well jump in.

Aloha,

James
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StVeronus
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Joined: 15 Jun 2012
Posts: 1
Location: Brisbane, Aus
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Le'Lit Combi
Grinder: In the Combi
Posted Fri Jun 15, 2012, 4:07am
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

Figured I may as well sign up.  Been reading reviews (again) in our anticipated move home to the USA (Cali) after living down under for a number of years.  Have a Le'Lit Combi that has served my wife well.  I say that as I don't drink coffee (except AleSmith's Speedway Stout w/Ryan's Coffee!) but am the one who has to research, figure out operations, then teach.  So when I can post a topic regarding the Combi, it will be to sell and by/upgrade or fit 110v boiler/cord.

She lets me enjoy my beer brewing, so I have no problems with her coffee drinking.
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Nakbin
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Nakbin
Joined: 19 Jun 2012
Posts: 3
Location: Bangkok
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Mini Mex, Gaggia Achille,...
Grinder: Capresso Burr
Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012, 12:21am
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

My mom's favorite ice cream was Coffee, so as I kid I developed a taste for it.  Starting in college I had 30 years of drinking drip coffee from various Walmart water heating drip coffee machines.  I thought I was on the forefront as I always whacked my own old stale beans with a whirlybird.  I heard a long time ago that fresh coffee would "change your life".  And traveling now and then to Italy I learned of new coffee experiences, and started drinking burnt coffee at the green mermaid.  Funny, it wasn't till I moved here to Thailand (from the USA) that I ever had fresh coffee.  Arabic beans from northern Thailand.  

So, I have been trying to learn more about my new world of coffee on the web for the last few years after my view of the coffee world had changed yet once again.  I bought an El Cheapo $150 machine to see if I liked the Idea of not driving in Bangkok Traffic or packing into the SkyTrain to a decent coffee shop.  I have been doing the "Upgrade Dance" as another new member stated, but finally just ordered the R58 (I think it will be one of  the first ones in Thailand?).  Hang on for a minute, I have to pull another shot.

I have learned so much from this site.  Yes, after I buy a machine on impulse, I read on Coffeegeek.com that my perceptions (and fears) are correct! LOL.  I do love the reviews that people send in.  It is most helpful as everyone here doesn't have anything to sell.  Thank you again all.
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iroast
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Joined: 3 Nov 2011
Posts: 75
Location: NJ
Expertise: I live coffee

Posted Thu Jun 21, 2012, 6:11am
Subject: Re: Aircraft Maintenance runs on coffee
 

JamesInTaiwan Said:

Greetings!

I am James, retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years. Coffee grounds good, desert sand bad. Love music, audio, beer, barbecue, and coffee!

I started drinking horrible coffee one winter in an unheated welding shop 25 years ago. 4 years ago got a Saeco Aroma that was the most crazily expensive espresso maker I would ever buy- HA! About 6 months ago it died, but I have been surviving off two remarkable coffee shops, one near home and one near work. My new job has no real espresso scene nearby (it's an industrial park- all factories) so I have been overwhelmed with panic at the thought of no decent espresso and ordered a Rocket Giotto. I first ordered a PID'd Silvia but had near instant buyers remorse that I would HATE the temp surfing dance, and the price, so (ran some ROI numbers), recalibrated my wallet and bride's expectations and made the leap to HX. I may post again in six months or so if I have any hair left, can concentrate long enough to form coherent sentences, and have any degree of success with this beast. I didn't want to do the upgrade dance, but I feel like I just got off my 90cc dirtbike and bought a Harley. Nothing like a challenge!

Yes, I have a grinder, a local Taiwan job that is popular in many espresso shops and Japan. It grinds very fine, so I'll see how that goes before jumping in even deeper water.

I've been lurking a while, thought I may as well jump in.

Aloha,

James

Posted June 12, 2012 link

A bit off topic, but...if you like pastries, be sure to check out suncakes. Not all suncakes/pineapple cakes are created equally so, try a few of each before you give up :-)

http://www.taipeileechi.com.tw/ might be a good start?
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Nek
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Joined: 12 Jun 2012
Posts: 4
Location: MI, central
Expertise: Just starting

Grinder: DIY
Roaster: Vickers Thermo1
Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 6:20pm
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

Hello everyone,
I'm Phillip ,basically a total noob when it comes to coffee but suddenly I've developed a passion for it and want to learn all about it.  I am in central Michigan and can honestly say that I have never had a good cup of espresso from any mom and pop shop around these parts.  Hence part of the reason for me wanting to do it myself and do it better.  I am open to learn from most anyone willing to teach me or share tid bits of knowledge and someday I'll do the same for other noobs.
Also i would like to offer some thanks to some senior members, Frank and Digi for saving me from making a purchase on the Buy/Sell forum from someone questionable.  they don't even know the saved me but they did.
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chilly65
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Joined: 4 Jul 2012
Posts: 5
Location: atlanta georgia
Expertise: I love coffee

Posted Wed Jul 4, 2012, 2:56pm
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

Glad to find this forum.  I used to read the old alt.coffee newsgroup till it went to pieces.  I have much more to learn here than I can contribute.  I live in the Atlanta suburbs, and have been drinking espresso for about 25 years, and have had a pretty decent setup of a Mazzer Mini and a Pasquini Livia, which are about 12 years old.  I have been buying roasted beans from coffeeam.com here in Atlanta for about 6 years.  I did try my hand at roasting, but gave up since I burned more beans than I roasted.

I joined today because I am having a problem with the doser handle on my Mazzer, and was hoping someone could help me figure out what was wrong, or where I might send the doser unit for repair.  I am posting about the problem under the Grinders section.

Glad to be here.

Mike
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mrbjvb
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Joined: 1 May 2009
Posts: 156
Location: Culpeper Va.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Quickmill Anita, Rancilio...
Grinder: Compak K3 Touch, Rocky...
Vac Pot: Yama 8 cup
Drip: Behmor BraZen, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Wed Jul 4, 2012, 3:46pm
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

Hey Mike - I can't help you with your grinder problem, but there are many here who can. Just wanted to welcome you to CoffeeGeek, and say most of us have much more to learn.  I'm sure it's not chilly @65 in Hotlanta. Welcome
                 John
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tblrg
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Joined: 6 Jul 2012
Posts: 1
Location: San Francisco
Expertise: Professional

Posted Fri Jul 6, 2012, 8:41am
Subject: Introduction
 

Hello everyone!

I just joined the coffee geek forum to connect with coffee roasters around to share my experience and learn more from each other.

In terms of my background, I spent over two decades as a management consultant working for top-tier firms. With all the travel that comes with the professional, I took interest in coffee - drinking, roasting and growing. My professional had let me to exotic coffee growing locations where I gotten a deeper sense of appreciation for coffee and the growing environment. For the past few years I have been helping West Africa (Cameroon) coffee cooperatives and private farmers improve farming operations, grow better cofffee, provide facilities and help them get in front of USA roasters. I live in San Francisco and enjoy visiting local roasters around the bay area.

Look forward to an active participation.

-Raj
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wparsons
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Joined: 22 Jun 2008
Posts: 1
Location: Honolulu
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Tue Jul 10, 2012, 9:39am
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

I live in Honolulu and so easy access to most of the coffee that you folks talk about is difficult. Of course we have some of the best coffee in the world on the Big Island (Hula Daddy, Rusty's, etc.) but no espresso beans that I am aware of so far. I have two Saeco fully automatic machines and I have been into coffee in general for 20 years. I make espresso mainly with Kimbo Gold or Miscela D'Oro beans and sometimes Illy or Lavazza. The Rule of 15 seams to dictate that I will never make high quality espresso at home in Honolulu nor will I get it in Hawaii at all: "15 days after it is roasted it is stale." I tried getting beans from West Coast roasters that were on recommended lists and they were not great. I will continue to read the posts of you experts. I will say that it is of little help to read an expert say "your coffee is stale" .... "your coffee will not taste good" .... and things like that, as an argument for "only" buying beans from a local high quality roaster. I would like to see how the expert commentators on the Forum would judge a Kimbo Gold esperesso from my kitchen. Blind against a cup from less-than-two-weeks-old Seattle beans from one of the top roasters, I would be interested in the results. According to everything I read here from the core responders, the Kimbo should be pretty bad by the Rule of 15 theory. I am hoping to improve my home brewing experience through this Forum.
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caffemarcello
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Joined: 13 Jul 2012
Posts: 2
Location: Pattaya, Thailand
Expertise: Pro Barista

Espresso: La Pavoni Bar TVN,...
Grinder: La Pavoni Zip
Vac Pot: don't have time for toys
Drip: French Press - not drip
Roaster: none yet
Posted Fri Jul 13, 2012, 4:50am
Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek?  Welcome, introduce yourself!
 

Greetings from semi-retirement.  After over 45 years in logistics, I've packed up the family and moved to our little bit of paradise - Pattaya, Thailand.  We're opening what we hope will be a user-friendly old/new school (old school for the environment of the 60s coffee houses in Greenwich Village - new school because coffee and espresso technology and knowledge has far surpassed what was known back then and we'd be stupid to ignore that factor).  

A wee housekeeping question:  I couldn't think of a clever member name, so I chose the name of our coffee shop.  I see that there is concern about spamming and promotion, and that was not my intent.  If the moderators are reading this, I'd appreciate the opportunity to change the name before I get chucked out on my bony butt.  I'm not coming as an expert or authority - I'm sure a whole lot of you geeks know more about coffee and processes than I do.  I'm coming because in my trek around the interwebs, I keep coming across useful information from this site and these forums.  I figured that rather than just lurk, I might just as well contribute some input now and then.

Thanks for listening.


Joe
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