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DUFFY
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Joined: 15 Dec 2013
Posts: 23
Location: IPSWICH,ENGLAND
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: RANCILIO S20 MIDI
Grinder: RENEKA ROSSI
Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 1:46pm
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Hi All.Im Mark or prefer nickname which stuck with me from highschool (duffy).
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DUFFY
Senior Member


Joined: 15 Dec 2013
Posts: 23
Location: IPSWICH,ENGLAND
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: RANCILIO S20 MIDI
Grinder: RENEKA ROSSI
Posted Sun Dec 15, 2013, 2:20pm
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Years ago we used to have a coffee shop in town that used to roast,sell coffee beans and make coffee you could walk down that road and all you could smell was that coffee roast smell it was great but as time went on the shop closed and do i miss the smell cant think of the shop name tho.
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DUFFY
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Joined: 15 Dec 2013
Posts: 23
Location: IPSWICH,ENGLAND
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: RANCILIO S20 MIDI
Grinder: RENEKA ROSSI
Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 9:53am
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Hi Tim,Thanks for the warm welcome and still finding my way round this website.Many thanks to Ian also for the reply to my 1st posting and for the info he gave me.My machine is  a reneka viva  2 grouphead and grinder is a reneka rossi ,Beans from a supermarket im afraid but look quality beans we have a whittards if ive spelt that right in town so would you advise buying beans from them for freshness?
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Javadawg
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Joined: 18 Dec 2013
Posts: 18
Location: PA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Starbucks/Saeco Barista
Grinder: Starbucks Burr
Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 7:53am
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Hi All! Found my way to the website recently. Dusted off an inherited Starbucks Barista (Saeco) machine and Solis 166 grinder. Attempting to make some passable coffee drinks with fake foam crema. Haha Working out an upgrade path that is reasonable in timing and expense. Until then I will be surfing around, reading and learning as much as possible. Hope to be able to contribute to this cool forum one day. :)
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journeymanjohn
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Joined: 26 Dec 2013
Posts: 6
Location: Oklahoma
Expertise: Just starting

Espresso: Bialetti Moka Pot
Grinder: Breville Smart Grind
Drip: Technivorm KB-741
Posted Thu Dec 26, 2013, 9:48pm
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Hello all, I'm a total noob to the world of gourmet coffee. Well, I drank more than a few moccachinos at a local coffee house, years ago, playing chess with the other never-2-be Grandmasters,..... but as I said, that was years ago. Other than that, I have pretty much always been a black "Folgers" coffee drinker. Add some Irish Creme and maybe some Creme de Cocoa on the weekends. (I can almost hear you screaming at your computers). Anyway, the ol Black and Decker Auto-drip took a deuce a while back, and I replaced it with a Mr. Coffee somethin or nother. Have been drinking dishwater since. Went to the America's Test Kitchen sight, and saw this review of the Technivorm and thought "Hey, They think exactly the same thing that I do about that POS Mr. Coffee as I do, they must know what they are talking about. Maybe I should listen to them and get what they recommend."

So now I'm the proud (although somewhat confused) owner of a previously used Technivorm Moccamaster KB 741. Making a good cup of coffee with this ought to be eeeaaaassy!!!! Hahahahaha!!!!

I also decided to go ahead and invest in a burr grinder. Budget and online reviews led me to the Breville Smart Grinder.... which low and behold, I also found used. Merry Christmas to me!!!

So here I am, on my fourth half pot of coffee, with freshly ground beans from a local provider, wondering how many jalapeños I have to eat to get that freagin' nasty taste outa my mouth, from the last pot. The first three actually got somewhat better with each pot and alteration of formula, but as I only purchased 1/4 pound of 4 different beans/roast, well that fourth pot (with different beans)...... lets just say those probably won't be my weekly purchase.

Anyway, I don't plan on going completely  over-board, doing the which coffee goes best with apple-honey oatmeal, and which goes best with a portobella, onion, cracked red pepper & velveeta omelet bit. I'm just here to hopefully tap some of the expert knowledge, certain to be on this sight, and to learn how to make a very good cup of coffee at home (I say cup, but it's more like 825g), Monday thru Friday morning, and once I find that bean/grind/ratio that I like for my daily, maybe sample another blend on a weekend.

I have also purchased a Moka Pot (ducks as half empty coffee mugs go whizzing my my head), to experiment with recreating a passible moccachino to help keep me up when that 30ish yr old, girlfriend comes over for those late night visits. I am getting older you know. (Get your mind outa the gutter guys, I didn't mean it like that).
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Maskaggs
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Joined: 27 Dec 2013
Posts: 1
Location: South Bend
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Fri Dec 27, 2013, 7:24pm
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Hello all,

Relative newbie here, hoping to gain some wisdom at CG. I say relative because I've been a coffee drinker for quite some time; however, the need to put some TLC into my current drip machine - I suspect our super hard water is fouling things up - has driven me to seek knowledge and hopefully become a more conscious brewer/drinker.

I'm probably like most 'sheeple' coffee drinkers - I use a Cuisinart Grind N' Brew, drink Folgers most of the time, Trader Joe some of the time, and local roast when my pocket affords it - but hope to hang around here and see where I can improve and enjoy my experience with the bean.

In short, thanks in advance for advice and wisdom. Looking forward to spending time here.
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CoffeeNark
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Joined: 30 Dec 2013
Posts: 34
Location: Nashville, TN
Expertise: I love coffee

Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 8:16am
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Hello all.

I have been lurking this forum for awhile but finally registered yesterday.  I retired last year and after almost 40 years of drinking office swill, I discovered I really enjoy my home brews on a daily basis.  I'm not too much into espressos but will indulge when I go out.  I mostly enjoy simple brewed coffee while relaxing at home.

Through the years, I've experimented with various brewing methods including percolators, drip makers, French presses, and moka pots but I didn't try pour over until a few months ago and settled on the Chemex.  I really enjoy it and finally feel I can consistently make a good pot.

I love trying new beans and we have several local roasters in Nashville so I only hope I have enough years left to try them all.
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Skodaw
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Joined: 31 Dec 2013
Posts: 1
Location: Shropshire
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Tue Dec 31, 2013, 9:10am
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Hi Skodaw here from the UK.
I love my coffee, but have been limited to the good old fashioned perculator machine - or Costa / Starbucks!!

So I've decided to invest in a good been to cup machine - due to space limits I need a machine with a built in grinder. Ive come across the Sage Barista Express - sold as Breville in the states. I've heard nothing but good about it - but its one hell of an investment - over £500 - I don't mind it if its a decent machine, and I know it will take some learning on my part.

Link here if anyone wants to take a look. I believe also the coffee beans are an important part of it all - and I need to find a decent local supplier.
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Mrboots2u
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Mrboots2u
Joined: 1 Jan 2014
Posts: 6
Location: United Kingdom
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Londinium 1
Grinder: Eureka mythos
Roaster: All over the place
Posted Wed Jan 1, 2014, 6:50am
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Hi all
Live in the uk , in the northwest . Loving making coffee at home . Like to hop around the roasters in the uk.
Mainly drink espresso and use the londonium and mythos grinder at home . Makes for a tasty cup indeed .
Cheers
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AprilLovesCoffee
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Joined: 3 Jan 2014
Posts: 2
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Expertise: I love coffee

Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 3:48pm
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Is this where we are supposed to introduce ourselves, let everyone know we are a newbie, and what we are looking for?  Sorry I am a little lost on the forum.
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