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Old 09-26-15, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Wesley36 View Post
But Sweet Marias is a good place to start looking, they are also quite a good resource on home roasting
https://www.sweetmarias.com/category/green-coffee
Been buying coffee from them since 2001. Their Liquid Amber blend is my go-to daily espresso (just received 10 more pounds of it.) I've tried a bunch of blends over the years and always come back to this one. I've had a few air roasters but currently use a Fresh Roast SR300.
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Old 01-13-16, 02:12 PM
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My new Expobar Office Lever. It's a giant boat anchor but it's it makes much nicer espresso than the Gaggia it replaces.

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Old 01-13-16, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
My new Expobar Office Lever. It's a giant boat anchor but it's it makes much nicer espresso than the Gaggia it replaces.

Really nice! How Much? Still got my La Pavoni and just had it refurbished so going to wait a while. I have not moved to the self roasting ... yet.
Junior took the coffee about 3:00PM for a Rowing ERG thing and I expect will have sleeping issues tonight.
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Old 01-14-16, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
Really nice! How Much?
Paid $1050, it's one of the cheapest E61 heat exchanger machines out there. It's massive (looks much bigger in person) but I think all of the machines in this class are.
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Old 01-14-16, 01:05 AM
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Moka here. Six "cups", ie one standard American coffee mug brewed with 19 gms beans and 14 gms decaf beans (espresso, French roast or similar). Timed grind. Careful pack. 13 minutes on the stove in a SS pot. Real coffee that an Italian would thank me for. (They have.)

I replace the natural rubber gaskets that come with them with 1/8" food quality silicone rubber gasket material. (When I need a new supply, I call around industrial suppliers. A square foot of scrap that they usually hand me for free lasts me many years.)

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Old 01-14-16, 10:05 AM
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Ahhh...this thread. I have a Saeco Aroma machine at the shop. With our seemingly constant association with Intelligentsia Coffee I've got beans. Local spring that has amazing water. Riders dropping by all the time = flow.
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Old 01-14-16, 10:07 AM
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Uh-oh. RED ALERT. RED ALERT. OUT OF COFFEE.
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Old 01-14-16, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
Paid $1050, it's one of the cheapest E61 heat exchanger machines out there. It's massive (looks much bigger in person) but I think all of the machines in this class are.
From switch on to perfect (not the I-need-it-now kind) espresso - how long?
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
My new Expobar Office Lever. It's a giant boat anchor but it's it makes much nicer espresso than the Gaggia it replaces.

very nice!

what grinder are you using with it? Also, any latte art attempts yet?
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Old 01-14-16, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
From switch on to perfect (not the I-need-it-now kind) espresso - how long?
45-60 minutes to heat up. Many people put them on a 15A timer so it's ready for them when they wake up.

I use a Cunill Tranquilo grinder I got about 8-9 years ago. The grind quality is on par with something like a Mazzer Mini but it's quite a bit messier and not as attractive. I'm getting good microfoam but so far latte art attempts have been a big fail.
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Old 01-19-16, 01:29 PM
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I don't know 'bout all your eurotrash bull**** but this is how we do pour over in Murrica.
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I don't know 'bout all your eurotrash bull**** but this is how we do pour over in Murrica.
Mmmm. Bleach.
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Old 01-19-16, 02:27 PM
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My mug is now a delicious superfund site.
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Old 01-19-16, 02:59 PM
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paper towels aren't meant to be consumed. we did that in college and half of us got sick.
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Old 01-22-16, 09:03 PM
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Yeah so I feel I must share that I F'N QUIT! Yes that's right, I quit drinking coffee completely. This is mostly a big deal because of the strong habit I had (4-8 cups a day) but also because of how ubiquitous coffee/caffeine is in the cycling world.

I honestly didn't realize how good of an idea it was until my first day 'clean'. I seriously felt like CRAP. Headache off and on all day and feeling like I was only half awake. It took about 2-3 days for my body to feel normal, and now I'm feeling great. In retrospect, coffee made me feel really 'up and down', whereas now I feel like my energy is at constant level. Also, coffee was really messing with my gut (which originally was why I wanted to quit). Similarly with my energy, I feel like my gut is relaxed and can do what it needs to do, naturally. Coffee definitely kept me regular, but I've gotten used to going when my body needs to go.

Anyway, I hope this can help anyone else who wants to quit or cut back. Quitting was one of the best life decisions I've ever made, so I definitely recommend it. After a month or so I'll probably have a coffee every once in a blue moon, but in no way do I want to go back to having such a habit.
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Old 01-23-16, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
My new Expobar Office Lever. It's a giant boat anchor but it's it makes much nicer espresso than the Gaggia it replaces.

What do you think of the HX? I never liked the flushing it required. I'm on an old lever, I bought it from Italy and rebuilt it. It's on 24/7 and always temperature stable.

Anybody here on any of the coffee forums as well?
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Old 01-24-16, 08:16 AM
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Usually 2-cups per day and occasionally a third in the mid afternoon and love our French Press.
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Old 01-24-16, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by CafeVelo View Post
What do you think of the HX?
Still pretty new to the machine so I can't say for sure how long the cooling flush is on average. I have an E61 thermometer on it now that lets me flush to the same temp each time. The US distributor installs a thermosyphon restrictor on these particular machines so they don't idle as hot. It's supposed to cut down on the volume of the cooling flush quite a bit. If I wasn't using bottled water the length of the cooling flush wouldn't bother me at all. The cheapest double boiler machine that I would buy costs close to twice as much as this one. I drink milk based drinks so I need the ability to steam.

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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
Still pretty new to the machine so I can't say for sure how long the cooling flush is on average. I have an E61 thermometer on it now that lets me flush to the same temp each time. The US distributor installs a thermosyphon restrictor on these particular machines so they don't idle as hot. It's supposed to cut down on the volume of the cooling flush quite a bit. If I wasn't using bottled water the length of the cooling flush wouldn't bother me at all. The cheapest double boiler machine that I would buy costs close to twice as much as this one. I drink milk based drinks so I need the ability to steam.
Ah you have the thermometer. I'm familiar with the mod (eric s if I remember), definitely helps. The fact I have bottles is what turned me off to cooling flushes too. Enjoy the machine, expobars are supposed to be very nice
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This is mine.


This is how it is done (not my video):
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Moka here. Six "cups", ie one standard American coffee mug brewed with 19 gms beans and 14 gms decaf beans (espresso, French roast or similar). Timed grind. Careful pack. 13 minutes on the stove in a SS pot. Real coffee that an Italian would thank me for. (They have.)

I replace the natural rubber gaskets that come with them with 1/8" food quality silicone rubber gasket material. (When I need a new supply, I call around industrial suppliers. A square foot of scrap that they usually hand me for free lasts me many years.)

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Why does it take 13 minutes on the stove? I'm debating getting a moka pot because I figured the time was similar to french press (3 to 4 minutes).
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Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
The cheapest double boiler machine that I would buy costs close to twice as much as this one.
Incorrect.

We're loving ours. 5 minute warm-up time. Great foam.
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Originally Posted by Doge View Post
This is mine.


This is how it is done (not my video):

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Originally Posted by rapwithtom View Post
Incorrect.

We're loving ours. 5 minute warm-up time. Great foam.
A lot of people are turned off by the plastic and disposable nature of those. Sure they make good coffee but they're not really in it for the long haul. As I remember people had to send them off for repair/refurb replacement rather than the usual "get a part and fix it" solution. My machine is entirely brazed brass and steel, older than me, and no worse for it.
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