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Lets talk about COFFEE

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Flambeur, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. furo

    furo Senior member

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    No but if there's one thing I invest a bit more cash in it will definitely be that. I know everyone says grinder, grinder, grinder, but I'd like to give the machine its fair play prior to making any other serious buys.
     
  2. b1os

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    Which grinder do you have?
     
  3. furo

    furo Senior member

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    The integrated conical burr grinder that comes with the Breville machine
     
  4. romafan

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    Are you swirling to show crema/head or for some other purpose (like aerating wine)? Try reshooting first half and using right arm/hand
     
  5. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Just to show that there's some glossiness to the crema and that it's not rapidly dissipating. Not sure what you mean by right arm/hand - you mean place the camera on the right of the machine instead of the left?
     
  6. b1os

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    Whether there's lots of crema or not, whether it disappears quickly or not, it mostly depends on the beans you use. Just FYI. I repeat myself, but crema isn't important. It tastes pretty bad. It's just a good sign whether the shot was good and can show signs of what to improve. A bottomless portafilter and your taste buds are the better indicators though.
     
  7. WiredandTired

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    Swirling either in the cup or with a spoon can help to even out the taste of the shot. Crema itself can be bitter.

    Some baristas swirl or mix with the demitasse spoon to improve their latte art, so the crema doesn't break when the milk is poured in.

    I cannot say for sure if it does help, as I'm still a novice in tasting and latte art. As the weather cools down, I'll be firing up the machine after a descale and go back down the rabbit hole.
     
  8. furo

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    Good points, and I plan on visiting a local coffee shop about 10 miles away that serves Terroir coffee. That way I can compare my home extractions to what they are making on a much higher end machine with a much more experienced barista
     
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    Philz doesn't date their coffee. Don't understand the hype
     
  10. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Has anyone tried the Mistobox service? And if so, are the coffees good?
     
  11. b1os

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    Pretty darkly roasted Yirgacheffe filter coffee. Made a new batch of cold brew. Also good with darker roasts.

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    Having a hard time deciding between the Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder and Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder ... Anyone have a suggestion on what they have or prefer. Thanks!
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Does anybody know how coffee's at Porto Rico Importing co. are? They seem to always have coffee's from great places. Any experience?
     
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  15. lefty

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    Wouldn't the open burlap sacks of coffee drive you screaming into the street?

    lefty
     
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    I've been slumming lately with the open sacks at Fairway. All things considered, it's not that bad.

    lefty
     
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    well, they have good prices and roast themselves. i don't know if there's some way to tell what's freshest besides asking. if you're not picky you can get the sale coffee for soemthing like $5/lb. oh, and their chemex filters are 3 or 4 bucks a box cheaper than b'dwy panhandler
     
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    Do they sell press glass containers for a decent price? I just broke one and it galls me to spend $20 on a replacement.

    lefty
     
  20. patrickBOOTH

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    I know, those Bodum replacements are a total rip off.
     

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