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stuartontour
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Joined: 6 Sep 2013
Posts: 10
Location: Los Angeles
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: S1 Vivaldi II by La Spaziale
Grinder: Vario W
Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 9:54pm
Subject: Hello friends!
 

Hi to all of the others who obsess about grinds, dosing, shot timing and milk whirlpools!  I'm a coffee geek out of Los Angeles.   I'm the guy who goes into a good espresso bar and asks about the dose, the timing, the beans, basically just annoying the baristas.  When I travel, which is often, I research the best artisanal coffee places in whatever city I'm in.  

I started with a Starbucks machine, which I thought was as good as it gets.  Then I bought an automatic from Costco, which let me to believe that just pushing a button was how one should live.  Then I saw a La Marzocco, and life hasn't been the same since.

After a year of researching, I purchased a S1 Vivaldi II from Chris' Coffee along with a Vario W.   I plumbed it in, installed a 20A outlet, and I thought as soon as this monster was fired up, I would be as good as the baristas from Intelligensia.   I soon found out that it's like going to Guitar Center, buying a Les Paul, and thinking when you get home, you could play Layla.  

It took me months to figure out how to just adjust the grinder.  Jeez, I made a lot of mistakes, wasted tons of coffee and milk in the beginning.  

I'm finally getting great shots most of the time, but my milk steaming skills need serious development.      

For beans, I'm using Handsome (my favorite), Black Cat (at times), sometimes Peet's Espresso Forte, but I recently tried the new David Lynch coffee, which is sold at Whole Foods, and it's very good.  

See you around the bar!

-Stuart
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calblacksmith
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calblacksmith
Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 8,038
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 Fri Sep 20, 2013, 7:30am
Subject: Re: Hello friends!
 

Stuart
Welcome!
Give Klatch, Kean and Portola a try too, great roasters all.

Nice analogy with music. Mano or the skill of the hand is a large part, one of the 4 Ms of espresso..

The machine
the bean
the grind and
the hand.

All must be on their game for this to work as it should!

 
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Wayne P.
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Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
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stuartontour
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Joined: 6 Sep 2013
Posts: 10
Location: Los Angeles
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: S1 Vivaldi II by La Spaziale
Grinder: Vario W
Posted Sat Sep 21, 2013, 1:37am
Subject: Re: Hello friends!
 

I just saw that they opened a Klatch at LAX - terminal 7.  Now that's a place I get to often!  I guess I'm going to need to fly United instead of Southwest.
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javajr
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Joined: 21 Sep 2013
Posts: 12
Location: MA
Expertise: I live coffee

Posted Sat Sep 21, 2013, 8:53am
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If I'm buying local (MA) then I usually go with Terroir, since it's a lot easier to just pick some up on the way back from work.

As far as my favorite roasters go, it's probably down to Klatch, Doma, and Atomic Cafe.
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