Posted Tue Jan 13, 2009, 1:30pm Subject: Subject: Atlanta Area and North Georgia GeekTogether - Winter 2009 Edition
We have been invited to hold our next GeekTogether at Counter Culture Coffee's new cupping room near Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta. It will be a coffee appreciation day. After an Intro to Cupping, the homeroasters amongst us will be invited to share our artisan coffees in an "Open Cupping" session. (Bring 3 oz of your finest home roasted beans to share, if you'd like.) Afterwards CCC will strut their stuff.
Our host, David LaMont , have also invited us to play with their new Clover brewer as well as to try our hands at espresso on their La Marzocco FB80. There will also be demonstrations of latte art. They have some kind of new "water machine". I'm not quite sure what it is about, but David sounded excited about it.
We will have an assortment of home roasting equipment there, but we won't be able to do any actual roasting this time because the venue is a restored historical structure. (Think old wooden buildings.)
This should be a fine afternoon for coffee fans of all kinds.
So, come join us on Saturday January 24th at 2pm at the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. Please check Google or Yahoo maps for specific directions. "The Food Studio" (next door) has closed, but there are still excellent on-line maps available.
If you think you might be attending, please let me know either here or off-list so we can give them a head count. Bring a friend, if you'd like.
Some of you always ask if you can bring snacks or a put luck dish. The answer this time is definitely "Yes." If you are interested in roasting some beans for this meeting and are looking for a suggestion, think African.
I live in California so I can't make it but since people can play with the Clover I have a request. Is it possible for someone to make coffee on the Clover using a blade grinder to grind the beans. Blade grinder must be somewhat new so blades are sharp. I understand that blades chop, and thus not grind the beans. The chopping heats up the grinds resulting in loss of flavor. The blade grinder grind size is poor, so the small/dust grinds will get overextracted and make the coffee bitter. The larger grinds get underextracted so impart less flavor to the coffee. So based upon this a blade grinder should not be able to produce a good cup of coffee on the Clover. I still would like to know if it is possible to make drinkable coffee using a blade grinder. The flavor profile should still be there. If this test is possible and report the results here that would be nice.
Maybe someone can pull shots on a home machine and compare the results with the FB80. Does the FB80 extract more flavor than a home model or is the FB80 more consistent due to better temperature control. Use the same grinder for both the FB80 and home model of course.
That's a fair question, but I'm afraid it won't get answered. David LaMont just told me that since Starbucks bought Clover, CCC ditched it. They had it because it was innovative. I guess that the Starbucks touch is the end of being "innovative."
So, the Clover is not there anymore. Sorry,...for all of us who still like to play. :(
Posted Sun Jan 25, 2009, 12:56am Subject: Re: Subject: Atlanta Area and North Georgia GeekTogether - Winter 2009 Edition
SHIZA! I just saw this thread and would totally have been able to come by today. Hell, I would have dragged in my GS3 and roasters if it would have been worth it. CRAP CRAP CRAP! Been wanting to play with the Robur again too...
I need to get on LaMont's distro list for functions like this...
I would have roasted up some of my Esmeralda Geisha too...
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