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Lets talk about COFFEE

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

  1. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Loud will always be an issue, no getting around that. The Virtuoso is a great grinder. The Encore is great at a cheaper price point, but not as consistent or fast as the virtuoso, even at courser grinds.
     
  2. NaTionS

    NaTionS Senior member

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    The Encore is around the price point I'm looking to spend, anything more expensive I feel a bit silly at this point. Will look into it. Thanks.
     
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  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My girlfriend uses the Encore at our home, I have a Virtuoso at work. She is very happy with the Encore. I think you will get your money's worth for sure. Also if you have issues, or anything Baratza is awesome to deal with. Also, I would check their website for refurbished models that they post every Thursday. You could possibly get a Virtuoso for much, much cheaper, or even an Encore or a fraction of the cost.
     
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    aravenel Senior member

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    Thats some nice coffee you have at work.

    Is that just a personal setup at your desk, or is the company coffee really that good?
     
  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If nobody knew any better at work they would think I was a barista:

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    That is just nuts.

    I bet your cube neighbors love it when you fire up that grinder...
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They are so used to it by now, worst part is it is largely an open office environment so there really isn't much as far as dividers. The only people with private offices are the senior officers. But let me ask you, are you surprised by this setup that I have? Honestly?
     
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    aravenel Senior member

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    OK, not surprised.
     
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  9. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    How is that mug?
     
  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Awkward as fucking hell, but it looks awesome so I suffer.
     
  11. lefty

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    Tell me about that kettle.

    lefty
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is pretty great. You set what temperature you want it to heat the water to and it does its best to maintain it. It is so you don't have to guess when the water is at a perfect 205 degrees. Or just count after you take it off boil.
     
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    That mug is like a more extreme version of the Offero coffee mug, whose asymmetrical design they claim lets you smell the coffee better. http://www.theoffero.com/Offero_Coffee_Cups.html I'm a bit skeptical. If that's what they want, just use a wider cup.

    Lefty, that's the Bonavita kettle in case you were interested in getting one.
     
  14. lefty

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    Well, I have an electric kettle with temp control and I have the Hario Buono, but to combine them? Genius.

    lefty
     
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    Just ordered the Baratza Encore. Ended up buying it new from Amazon since after tax/shipping the refurb would only be $30 cheaper. Plus I have prime so it would get here in time for Friday morning. :D
     
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    PB, have you measured the accuracy of the Bonavita with a probe thermometer? I understand that it takes a little longer to heat up water in it because before reaching the target temperature, it reduces the heat to create a buffer such that the water can heat up uniformly (and not heat until the target temperature has been reached, then overheat it with the still-hot heating element). Sounds good, but how well does it work?
     
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    indesertum Senior member

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    you're such a nerd

    i think the most i would ever do is google it
     
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    Personally, I think the importance of exact temperature for drip brewing is overrated. Just get it to boiling, and use it. I had a Pino digital kettle (that broke) and I've noticed that it has some overshoot. The kettle will tend to shut off after the water's temperature's gone past the setting. Yes, I measured it to confirm.
     
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    I'm not anal enough to worry about a few degrees. I'm just curious how accurate it is and how accurately it maintains the temperature (apparently for one hour). I'd mostly use the settings for green tea, if anything.
    @A Y: I tend to agree, but then there was the case of the barista championship where some guy got terrible reviews cause the coffee tasted differently than what he described it to taste like. After the event, it became apparent that the thermometers he uses and the thermometers used at the championship have a gap of about 1.5°C. Whatever.
     
  20. patrickBOOTH

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    I never measured it, but then again you can question the accuracy of the thermometer as well. I noticed it does heat in waves. You can hear it turning on and off, not just heating up realyl quickly, so maybe there is some idea there. It does overshoot and then settle and the heating element usually kicks back on when it drops 2 degrees from the desired temperature.
     

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