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Old 05-18-20, 07:02 AM
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Nice!

This should arrive today.


Now you need a good burr grinder.
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I will probably never attempt another one. It just takes too long, and I have other things I need to be doing as well.

Ravensburger makes puzzles of varying sizes - the largest are 18,000 and even 40,000 piece puzzles. Some of them are easier (pro-tip - if the picture is just a mosaic of smaller pictures, they tend to be a lot easier). But these things also become a logistical challenge - you need a *large* workspace that you can devote to the thing for an extended period. Even the 2000 piece puzzle stretched the limits of what we could accommodate on our dining room table. It is only because of covid that we knew we wouldn't be having people over, and we could take over 80% of the table for this puzzle, and we started the thing in March when it was still pretty cold out.
I'm still one handed, for at least a couple more weeks. Beyond that I don't know. There is the issue of repairing the tendon. How long that takes to heal I have no idea. So jigsaw puzzling remains in my immediate future.
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Now you need a good burr grinder.
I've got a burr grinder.
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Originally Posted by trsnrtr
nice!

This should arrive today.


$17,000?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
I've got a burr grinder.
Cool! Is it worthy of the new machine? Most coffee geeks spend about half as much on their grinder as they do on the machine.
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Picked up one of these, used, off Ebay a couple of months ago for $150. It's a Saaco, and with their racing team sponsorship, I had to have it. I wanted something simple with as few things as possible that could break. It's designed for restaurant use, so it's pretty heavy duty.





It only makes two 1 1/2 oz shots at a time. But it's full-strength 15 bar espresso, just like you get at Starbucks. None of that watery, Mr. Coffee simulated espresso. Glad I bought it, but now I'm making 15 cups a day, so I may need an intervention at some point.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Cool! Is it worthy of the new machine? Most coffee geeks spend about half as much on their grinder as they do on the machine.
No, it is not. I'll probably have to buy a new grinder.
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But not nearly as much as 11 . . . I keep waiting for that number to pay off.
11, and 1111 turn up quite a bit in my world. But 9 is the magic number(which has yet to pay off).
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
It only makes two 1 1/2 oz shots at a time. But it's full-strength 15 bar espresso, just like you get at Starbucks. None of that watery, Mr. Coffee simulated espresso. Glad I bought it, but now I'm making 15 cups a day, so I may need an intervention at some point.
I already need an intervention.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Cool! Is it worthy of the new machine? Most coffee geeks spend about half as much on their grinder as they do on the machine.
Seriously, I have trouble getting a consistent grind out of mine and I know that it will probably drive me nuts. I'll probably end up ordering a new grinder by the end of the week. We'll see.

In the meantime, do you have one to recommend?
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For the record, I got up at 7 AM and it's now 8:15 and I'm palpitating. My cardiologist wants me to limit my coffee intake and he would not be proud this morning.
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Please, send that espresso machine back now, while you still can! You'll never survive the draw of unlimited "free" espresso shots. Trust me on this, the cups are so small, it's very easy to drink too much without realizing it.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
It only makes two 1 1/2 oz shots at a time.
Even on larger home machines like mine, that are based on commercial grouphead designs, you're usually getting a portafilter basket designed for a double. For home use, there's really not a need for more.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
No, it is not. I'll probably have to buy a new grinder.


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Seriously, I have trouble getting a consistent grind out of mine and I know that it will probably drive me nuts. I'll probably end up ordering a new grinder by the end of the week. We'll see.

In the meantime, do you have one to recommend?
I haven't looked at grinders in a while. The one to look at in that category used to be the Rancilio Rocky, but I don't know what they're going for these days.
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$17,000?
HEY! Coffee is serious business.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
For the record, I got up at 7 AM and it's now 8:15 and I'm palpitating. My cardiologist wants me to limit my coffee intake and he would not be proud this morning.
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Please, send that espresso machine back now, while you still can! You'll never survive the draw of unlimited "free" espresso shots. Trust me on this, the cups are so small, it's very easy to drink too much without realizing it.
I don't know how you guys can do it. Most mornings. I have one latte (double). Two or three times a week, I'll do another latte or an Americano. Any more than that would have me wired.
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I just bought a $70 used burr grinder, one you can take apart and clean, after staring at them for a couple hours. Tried to find something simple not made in China.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
Please, send that espresso machine back now, while you still can! You'll never survive the draw of unlimited "free" espresso shots. Trust me on this, the cups are so small, it's very easy to drink too much without realizing it.
I believe you! I'm currently using a Nespresso Vertuo and run two of their double espresso shot pods through it every morning just to get started. I throw that cup down in about two seconds. Then, I follow that up with two cups from my Aeropress. Getting ready to run the Aeropress as I type.
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I just bought a $70 used burr grinder, one you can take apart and clean, after staring at them for a couple hours. Tried to find something simple not made in China.
Mine is $50 Cuisenhart that my local coffee shop told me would work for making coffee at home but my barista didn't know that I was going to buy an espresso machine at some point or I'm sure he wouldn't have recommended it.

Anyway, I'll go into research mode this week. Something to do during the stay at home...
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985
I just bought a $70 used burr grinder, one you can take apart and clean, after staring at them for a couple hours. Tried to find something simple not made in China.
You can buy little bean-like things to run through your grinder to clean it out - effective and way, way easier than taking them apart. Either check with your Local Kitchen Store or find 'em online.
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I haven't looked at grinders in a while. The one to look at in that category used to be the Rancilio Rocky, but I don't know what they're going for these days.
It's going for $370 at Whole Latte Love. Haven't looked elsewhere, yet, but that's doable.
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Speaking of numbers, here's something you don't see every day. The temperature is virtually uniform on almost the entire east coast. (Oyster Bay is in Long Island, Cape May is in So. Jersey, Laurel is in Maryland, New Paltz, Poughkeepsie and Syracuse are in upstate, NY))


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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Mine is $50 Cuisenhart that my local coffee shop told me would work for making coffee at home but my barista didn't know that I was going to buy an espresso machine at some point or I'm sure he wouldn't have recommended it.

Anyway, I'll go into research mode this week. Something to do during the stay at home...
I started down the road when I found a Francis! Francis! X1 that someone had put on the curb in Brooklyn. One of the LED indicator lights had burned out but it worked as it should. This was shortly after Christmas, so I guess Santa thought it needed replacing. Anyway, I had a similar inexpensive burr grinder and wasn't happy with the inconsistency. I did a wee bit of a upgrade and got my current Mazzer Mini. The Mazzer put out grinds much finer and more uniform, so much so that the X1 wasn't worthy and would choke unless I dialed it back and fed slightly more coarse grounds than ideal. So I did the obvious thing - I upgraded the X1 to my current Anita. That free machine cost me a lot.

Seriously, though, it's been about 14 or 15 years since I bought that stuff. I've never regretted it and I figure that it's paid for itself a few times over.
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I love coffee dearly but I'm not a big fan of feeling wired, so normal drip coffee is fine with me, black no sugar.

Expresso is a rare treat, which happens to be well overdo. Lemme see, how long will it take me to get to Trsnrtr's house?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
It's going for $370 at Whole Latte Love. Haven't looked elsewhere, yet, but that's doable.
That's gone up, but not horrible considering how long it's been, I'm sure it's been upgraded a time or two, as well. WLL and ChrisCoffee in NY were my go-to - both great places.
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