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Lets talk about COFFEE

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Lots of variables here. 3rd party filters mostly adjust how fast they let the water through, with most of them being much faster than the default tabbed Hario filter. If you can get the Japan-only non-tabbed Hario filters (available from Prima), they're a little faster than the tabbed ones, but I don't think there's a huge difference in taste. Some people prefer a slower flow to get more extraction too: it depends on lots of other variables in your coffee brewing style.
Completely agree. I've changed paper only when I needed a faster flow to allow me to grind finer or vice versa.
 

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I bought this a month ago. Found i have to press down on the lid when sealing so it is by the least consequential of margins not effortless. But it does a phenomenal job, better than the friis with a latch. Im surprised there are not more automatic sealers for sale.

KETTLE & BLOOM Vacuum Coffee Canister - Rechargeable Automatic Airtight Coffee Bean Container for Premium Flavor, Sealed Stainless Steel Containers for Coffee, Tea & Food Storage, 1.8L, Matte Black. https://a.co/d/ctZ2XEc
 

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I bought this a month ago. Found i have to press down on the lid when sealing so it is by the least consequential of margins not effortless. But it does a phenomenal job, better than the friis with a latch. Im surprised there are not more automatic sealers for sale.

KETTLE & BLOOM Vacuum Coffee Canister - Rechargeable Automatic Airtight Coffee Bean Container for Premium Flavor, Sealed Stainless Steel Containers for Coffee, Tea & Food Storage, 1.8L, Matte Black. https://a.co/d/ctZ2XEc
I'm intrigued - also surprised more like that don't exist. I have a couple of Fellow canisters but the manual process of getting the air out is tedious, and they will occasionally leak some back in.
 

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I'm intrigued - also surprised more like that don't exist. I have a couple of Fellow canisters but the manual process of getting the air out is tedious, and they will occasionally leak some back in.
Id say pull the trigger. Not that expensive and it works! You're already addicted to purchasing!
 

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Completely agree. I've changed paper only when I needed a faster flow to allow me to grind finer or vice versa.

Last time I ordered filters for my Hario dripper, I accidentally ordered a 200 pack of generic ones. They work fine, and the coffee tastes fine, but they drip considerably slower than the Hario ones.
 

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Does anyone here use a Rancillo Silvia espresso machine?
 

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Anyway, my wife got this from a friend who wasn’t using it anymore. I’m still experimenting to find the right settings, but the third attempt came close.

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Anyway, my wife got this from a friend who wasn’t using it anymore. I’m still experimenting to find the right settings, but the third attempt came close.

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Nice! That's a great machine and one of the best in its class. Congrats on such a generous gift!
The unfortunate truth, however, is that your ability to explore its potential is extremely limited by your grinder. Nothing wrong at all with the Encore as an entry-level grinder for filter brewing, but it doesn't serve well once you move into espresso. If you have the means and motivation, I'd suggest that replacing it will really make the Silvia worth owning.
 

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Nice! That's a great machine and one of the best in its class. Congrats on such a generous gift!
The unfortunate truth, however, is that your ability to explore its potential is extremely limited by your grinder. Nothing wrong at all with the Encore as an entry-level grinder for filter brewing, but it doesn't serve well once you move into espresso. If you have the means and motivation, I'd suggest that replacing it will really make the Silvia worth owning.

Pourover is about all I’ve used the Encore before this. It’s been great, though I do understand the limitations for espresso.

Maybe I’ll get her a better grinder for her birthday. 😜

The fourth pull hit the time about right (15g of beans ground at setting 8 on the Encore). 26 second pull.

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Pourover is about all I’ve used the Encore before this. It’s been great, though I do understand the limitations for espresso.

Maybe I’ll get her a better grinder for her birthday. 😜

The fourth pull hit the time about right (15g of beans ground at setting 8 on the Encore). 26 second pull.

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I have that exact model and have been using it for 15 years.
Just a quick google search and you'll find enough hits on tips and tricks to keep you reading forever...
You can even mod it with a PID for not much money.
If you decide to keep her, get a Rocky grinder to complete the duo.
 

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These are both excellent. Perc really punches above its weight although its growing so maybe that's not true anymore. Thought the el salvador was better. Really smelled like the sweet buttery smell you get from a good cookie.
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I was at Costco and completely out of coffee at home.
They've been carrying these smaller than the regular jumbo bags of single origin coffees that were more than passable, but of course they were out.
I grabbed a Kirkland Medium Roast "house blend" that I thought would be ok until I restocked.
Got home, and noticed on the fine print it was Starbucks coffee......shiit.
Opened the bag, and this medium roast was burned as dark as midnight and slathered in oil.
It tastes like shiit and is nearly undrinkable.

Then like an angel, I get an email today from Modern Times that they're having a sale and my beloved bourbon barrel beans are 15% off, and I got next day shipping.
I just have to get through tomorrow morning, and then I'm golden.
Tried bourbon barrel today, and I’m not sure I’m a fan. It seems so artificial to me?
 

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Tried bourbon barrel today, and I’m not sure I’m a fan. It seems so artificial to me?
Ha....timely, as I'm drinking some right now.
That's a bummer, but every palate is different. I always plop some Irish Cream in mine, and it's a perfect marriage of flavors.
The smell while grinding is something I'd like to live in.
 

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