Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 5:29pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
High all, visited the site for some time but never joined. Currently working with a Rocky and just installed pid in Miss Silvia. When I can use the iRoast2 or go to the local Coffee house for fresh roasted beans. Looking forward to learning more and participating.
SJordan Senior Member Joined: 16 Jan 2014 Posts: 3 Location: San Diego Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 11:00am Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hi all. I am new here, mainly looking for info on a machine I was given. It is a 2002 La San Marco 95 Paract-A that was in the restaurant he a friend bought. They didn't need it and I did so here we go. I have had a lot of trouble getting information as this machine is a bit of a one off as it seems. It is unusual in that it has an internal reservoir.
TheCav Senior Member Joined: 19 Jan 2014 Posts: 11 Location: Milan, IT Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 6:16am Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hi there! Enrico from Italy, been having Nespressos for 10 years and I'm ready to step up to a semi-automatic machine in order to appreciate a true espresso as much similar as possible to an Italian bar ;)
Posted Fri Jan 24, 2014, 4:05pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Hey everyone! Newcomer here. :-)
I have an Aeropress at home - I buy all kinds of medium roast Guatelmalan / Costa Rican / Ethiopian beans, whatever the barristas think is the best. I use a basic Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill to grind. I like the coffee I make with it but I don't LOVE it. But lately I've had some cortado experiences that have made me realize there's a certain flavor I love so much that I find myself going out of my way to go to the places that have it. I've had cortados like this in Brooklyn at a place called Cocoa Bar, and in Long Island City at a place called Sweetleaf.
In coffee shops I've had a lot of machiatto / cortados (machatti and cortadi?) that I could take or leave. Maybe it's just because they weren't that great. I'm new to coffee connoisseurship so I don't know much. I can taste when the beans are burnt and I know I hate that flavor.
The flavor I do love: I'm not sure how to describe it except to say:
it tastes incredibly clean and pure, in a way like drinking clean pure mountain water, but with an intense incredible taste; and
the flavor makes me think of a bright, green, fresh, springy kind of flavor, almost herby like a cilantro. I'm not saying this fresh green flavor is actually BECAUSE the beans are greener or less roasted or whatever. The green/fresh/springy/tangy may be more a mental association more than it is a literal description of the flavor.
Does anyone have ANY idea what I'm talking about? :-)
I've tried home-brewed espresso at various friends' places (e.g. Nespresso) and it wasn't the same. Also. obviously. it's not the same at Starbucks.
What flavor/process/roast am I thinking of, and how do I ask for it / figure out what places are likely to have it?
How can I recreate this flavor at home? I'm prepared to ditch my Aeropress and switch to an espresso maker if there is an affordable (let's say sub $500) machine that could recreate this experience for me at home.
(P.S. Should I be posting this question on the Espresso Questions and Answers forum?)
GennyS Senior Member Joined: 1 Feb 2014 Posts: 1 Location: Vancouver BC Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014, 7:36pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
I'm pretty excited to be joining Coffee Geek. I am super new to home espresso, but very much a long-time espresso snob by taste. My partner and I are expecting our first baby in March 2014, which means I won't be able to get out for my usual daily dry macchiatos. This prompted me to research getting a machine and grinder at home, and this website was absolutely invaluable to me. I was so surprised that there were quite so many other coffee snobs out there!
When my Mini Vivaldi II and Baratza Vario arrived a month ago, I had literally never pulled a shot or steamed milk before. My first attempts were tragically terrible-tasting (my partner did think to remind me of all the times I'd snobbishly called other people's espresso terrible!). Luckily I did eventually get things a bit dialed in, and while I haven't yet pulled any 'God' shots, I'm making pretty decent macchiatos (and they are always as dry as I like them). Looking forward to continuing the learning.
Ronnie Senior Member Joined: 3 Feb 2014 Posts: 3 Location: North Carolina Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silva Grinder: Baratza Vario Roaster: Gene Cafe
Posted Mon Feb 3, 2014, 5:55pm Subject: Re: New to CoffeeGeek? Welcome, introduce yourself!
Been lurking on coffee geek for some time and decided to join....have been drinking coffee all my life...just in last 5-6 years have been roasting my own beans....started with a fresh roast roaster and after 1 1/2 years , moved up to a gene cafe roaster......have a baratza vario grinder and rancilio silva 3 .....in the process of upgrading espresso machine......also enjoy using aero press .......
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