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post #3721 of 4357
Originally Posted by Belligero View Post

On the subject of grinder mess, it's incredible what a difference a drop or two of water on the beans makes with eliminating retention due to static. I tried it with the newly-arrived Lido grinder, and all I can say is: "Wow!"

Everything goes directly where it's supposed to with nary a remaining trace. The grinder ain't bad, either. More to follow. biggrin.gif

How do you like the Lido?
post #3722 of 4357
Even better than expected! Will provide details when time permits. (Currently packing for ten days in Italy; any pro tips on Trieste and area welcome!)
post #3723 of 4357
Thanks! In the meantime, this new grinder from Baratza claims zero retention:

It looks kind of cool too.
post #3724 of 4357


Hambela from Barrington is delicious!  Agree with your assessment and would add it makes a juicy cup, very lively.


Hambela makes  a tasty espresso too


Ordering more today, will probably finish this bag by Wednesday. Haven't opened the 412 Espresso Blend.

post #3725 of 4357
This is very interesting news:

I've had Miguel's coffee from Rusty's Hawaiian, and it is among the best coffee I've ever had, but it's a small operation, and often difficult to get outside of Hawaii. You can mail order it but you never see the special stuff they sell to the local coffee shops. Anyway, I hope this can give his coffee more scale so it's easier to get while maintaining the high quality of it. It probably won't be cheap.
post #3726 of 4357
Originally Posted by Despos View Post

Ordered a bag of hambela. Getting 412, espresso blend to try also.

been looking for something new to try

AY, what grinder are you using?

Kaladi Coffee has fantastic espresso. Probably my favorite at this one joint in the city that pulls it.
post #3727 of 4357

I only drink Lavaza at home these days using a K-fee coffee machine. I save money on the coffee packages by reusing an old one one.

post #3728 of 4357
I love the drop in contributors with sophisticated taste.
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post #3730 of 4357
I am brewing Sweet Maria's Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Dry Process - Gedeb Asasa this week. I roasted to Full City, slightly darker than usual. I am not sure about the mouth feel I get from dry process.
post #3731 of 4357

Some of my favorites lately:


-La Colombe's Jaramillo Geisha

-Heart's Tanzania Tarime

-Left Roasters' Ethiopia Kochere


La Colombe was my first venture into Geisha beans and I loved it. Super smooth, a lot of flavor, a strong 'berry' taste. The Tanzania from Heart isn't their best, but it works well for french press. It's mild, but with a nice bit of 'nuttiness.' The Kochere from Left Roasters is one I go back to often. It has a lot of flavor and is great as iced coffee/cold brew. 

post #3732 of 4357
Cold brewing is nice. smile.gif

Just thought I'd follow up on the grinder thing now that I'm back from travel and have had some time to play with the new toys.

SJ burrs in the Mini-E:

Recommended. However, when I started installing the new burr plates, I discovered that the previous owner had already done the swap, so I've been using this upgrade for years already! The old burr set looked like it had plenty of use left in it, but it had a few nicks, so I put in the new set anyway. The difference was negligible, but after recently comparing to a Mini-E with the standard burrs, it's definitely faster, fluffier and less clump-prone. Looks like I'm set for a few decades now as far as burrs go.

As the swap is easy and cheap, and I've never had a single issue with the motor stalling or seeming overworked, I can't see any reason not to do it.

Rhinowares compact:

Lame-o. Slow, high-effort, tedious, and the grind quality is nothing special. Compared to a real grinder, you can instantly notice the difference in fines by the increased resistance and sludgier puck on Aeropress, but it lets some pretty gnarly chunks pass through at the same time. As is typical for a made-in-China piece of shit, the plastic retainer fitting on the handle broke on the second grind. It doesn't really affect the function, at least, since the pentagonal drive slot and and the nut it engages are both stainless steel and seem adequate.

The adapter to grind directly into Aeropress is a waste of plastic; it's far easier to just grind into the normal metal catcher and then transfer. It fits neatly into the AP, and though it's better than nothing, there's no way I'd want to use it regularly since it's fairly sucky at actually grinding stuff. As a small backpacking grinder, it'll do, but I'd rather have the similar Japanese-made Porlex Mini for about the same price.

Lido 3:

A perfected grinder. The speed, quality and usability are fantastic. I took this in my carry-on to Italy and it didn't even raise an eyebrow, either. It's so smooth and quiet that I'd even say it's pleasant to use, and would have no problem having it as a daily grinder — which I've been doing for the past three weeks, in fact. It puts out a dose of medium-fine brew grind in about the same time as the suped-up Mini-E produces the same weight of espresso grounds, so I'm impressed.

What's remarkable is that it not only takes about half the effort of the Rhino to crank, but also gets the job done in about quarter of the time. The grind quality kicks ass all over the place, too. Definitely worth the money. colgate.gif

Regardless of grinder, I continue to be amazed at how much difference a bit of water makes in killing static. What works best at home is to give them a little shot of steam from the wand, which makes the difference between having to use a funnel to make sure the grounds don't leap out of the basket, to having them settle in directly without any overshoot. No clumps, either; I love it. This is especially noticeable on dry days.

Similarly, a bit of steam, a tiny spritz from a spray bottle, or even just a few drops directly on the beans makes the Lido into a super-clean grinder with nearly no retention or even much chaff clinging.
post #3733 of 4357
when i buy coffee from a shop these days its only ever cold brew. I'm really blessed with 4 high quality shop within 5 mins from my apt. Buy I havent checked out la colombre since its moved in. I wasnt a huge fan of their cold brew when I tried it last summer for the first time.
post #3734 of 4357
i still can't find any information on what these nitrous brews are. la colombe calls it draft latte, i think dolcezza calls it nitro, and i'm sure there are some other names. But what gas are they pumping into it? N2, or N2O??
post #3735 of 4357

Di-nitrogen is inert, the one other is laughing gas.

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