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    I'm still on that journey. I do remember in the eighties when there was the transition in cafe's from Caterers Blend/International Roast to espresso. I remember my first latte in a burger restaurant on Moorabool Street in Geelong, probably 84. It was really bitter. I'm guessing the training was not the best at that time. Within a couple of years there had been a huge improvement though.

    94 I went to America and realised most people drink brewed coffee. Not too bad at the time I thought with the flavoured milk options available to go in it but not as good as back home. I set up a double pot brewer at the studio as the smell of coffee was also nice to have around and I preferred it to instant.

    London city in 99 I ordered a coffee and the lady who served me went out the back and started to fill the kettle. That went straight to the trash.

    By that time I was using a plunger at home but mostly I was ordering out. A lot of money going on coffee a week. Even then my taste were not really developed. I was not a fan of Starbucks but I could drink it. in 2002 the manager at a Starbucks in Chicago decided I did not have to pay for any drinks in their store. So for 4.5 months while I was there coffee was free and I was happy with that. I don't think I could drink it today. I did get myself a latte glass with a handle which they kept in store and washed for me. The number of people who asked if they could get their coffee that way only to be told no was funny and a little sad. They did not even have mugs, just paper cups.

    I still remember having to get used to how much stronger the coffee was when I came back home to Australia.

    I came to realise that coffee here was pretty consistent and that when I would travel overseas I either researched where to go for a decent cup before I left or it was a lottery I would rarely win.

    A few years ago I was catching up with a friend and she was telling me that her kid brother Rylan was working as a barista at Coffee Cartel. I had never heard of the place but dropped in on her advice.

    That was like a whole new world. Places that had seemed acceptable to me before I could no longer drink their coffee. So I started to look for other places that had a similar reputation. Over time even more places I had once frequented I could no longer drink coffee at.

    It was mid 2017 I decided I needed to do a course. After that I picked up a Sunbeam em6910 for $150 which had been an unused wedding present. I got rid of the black rubber insert from the portafilter as suggested in a thread here and picked up a 20gram vst basket.

    I saw a coffee grinder on facebook for $99 that had been serviced. I saw no brand name so did a reverse image search and found out it was a Cunill Gap. I picked that up and replaced the dosser with the Cunill funnel from coffeeparts. Both have been working well.

    I picked up a second em6910 for $50. No water came out as it was blocked with coffee but a good clean and a new steam pump and it works perfectly. I added an em0480 that required shims (it had none) to that machine and that will now be my traveling kit. I threw out too many coffees in NSW on my last visit and even the Grampians recently the coffee was a bit rough. There is one place down there that get the beans from Code Black and a young girl who works in the morning makes a great cup but the grumpy manager makes it from mid afternoon and you can barely drink the stuff.

    I still feel I have a long way to go and every time I buy beans at a specialty roaster I ask for tips to help me improve. I can say there are several more places I cannot go to now that I would not have thought twice about a year ago. So I feel like i'm making progress.

    My art is rubbish. Maybe that is another course.

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    I became a coffee snob after giving up alcohol. It was always difficult not enjoying wines at dinner parties, and hanging out for desert and coffee.

    Then I heard about Coffee Snobs, and developed an interest. What a good move! Friends and family have become converts, and in particular so has my wife, bloody marvellous! Getting to taste those people's coffee has become an absolute delight, as has been the occasional visits to Andy's warehouse. Lots of good stuff there!!!
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    As for me, I did not like coffee before and I became coffee snob after tasting irish coffee with great whiskey. The combination of coffee taste with alcohol seemed amazing to me and I decided to learn how to do it myself. That's when I learned to distinguish different types of coffee and loved it. By the way, I don't like to drink coffee in the morning, because in this case the consumption turns into dependence and I cannot enjoy the taste.

    After a while I bought a new coffee machine for making different coffee drinks. Personally, at home I prefer to prepare cocktails based on coffee and liqueurs, baileys, frappť and even iced coffee. For example, vietnamese iced coffee: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_iced_coffee

    I even bought ice maker Polar manual for this. But, of course, not everybody will like cold coffee. As for me, I like to drink it in summer.
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    Hi everyone - first ever post!
    Coffee-snobbery started for me (and my husband - we egg each other on!) a few years ago with a Nespresso machine and a stove-top steamer. Nespresso pods aren't the cheapest though, and also not very environmentally friendly, so we moved on to (multiple) Moka pots and a Hario hand-grinder, and kept going with the steamer. Realised though that what we really want is espresso, so we've taken the plunge on a Profitec Pro 700 and Eureka Atom grinder - we are excitedly awaiting delivery! Looking forward to lots of fun experimenting! Thanks heaps to all the CoffeeSnobs for this forum - it's been exceptionally helpful when we were researching equipment Now I've started reading about roasting at home...
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    Welcome Spoon...

    You're certainly jumping in to espresso with some lovely gear.
    Onward and upward from here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon View Post
    Hi everyone - first ever post!
    Coffee-snobbery started for me (and my husband - we egg each other on!) a few years ago with a Nespresso machine and a stove-top steamer. Nespresso pods aren't the cheapest though, and also not very environmentally friendly, so we moved on to (multiple) Moka pots and a Hario hand-grinder, and kept going with the steamer. Realised though that what we really want is espresso, so we've taken the plunge on a Profitec Pro 700 and Eureka Atom grinder - we are excitedly awaiting delivery! Looking forward to lots of fun experimenting! Thanks heaps to all the CoffeeSnobs for this forum - it's been exceptionally helpful when we were researching equipment Now I've started reading about roasting at home...
    Welcome to CS Spoon!

    Far out, what an amazing combo you've got there, get ready for some ridiculously great coffees...

    Great to have ya here
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    I figure itís appropriate that my first post on this forum is about when I started to develop the attributes that make me a coffee snob.

    I started drinking espressos and flat whites in the mid 90ís when it was still a bit of a novelty. I was working in the city and we were lucky that we had a good coffee shop not far from our office and a colleague got me onto Long blacks.

    We also moved to Leichhardt and at that time it was so easy to wander down to Norton St and get a great coffee from a number of places (not so much anymore tbh).

    In the early 00ís I had 2 kids at home and I used to walk up to Norton St every morning for 2 coffees and 2 hot chocolates.

    After about 12 months of this, I did some quick maths and realised that I was spending $11 a day just on that run. And thought ďI could do that at home...Ē.

    Iíve had 3 sunbeam coffee machines since - although my latest Iím not happy with, and is part of the reason Iíve joined this forum.

    After 10 years, I decided to do a barista course...wow what an 👁 opener. It was surprising how many things I was doing wrong...I had a laugh.

    I have been travelling internationally for 25 odd years for work, and the thing that Iíve seen in that time, is the increase in coffee quality in the UK and US.

    One of the happiest moments of my travelling life was being told about this cafe in San Fran, called blue bottle coffee (in Mint Place). When I walked up to the cafe (there was a queue out the door), I was still somewhat cynical. When I saw the espresso machine (La Marzocco if I remember correctly) and a PROPERLY TRAINED barista, I nearly orgasmed on the spot...Iím sure the coffee tasted better because Iíd been forced to drink Starbucks up to that point (and of course, we now have apps like ďBeanhunterĒ and Facebook that will guide me to the best cafes in any city Iím in, in the world - except Las Vegas, itís a caffeine desert :-)).

    My next step is to start roasting my own beans, which I hope to start at the end of this year, after purchasing a home roasting kit on ďkickstarterĒ.
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    My snobbishness began only a couple of years ago. It began began drinking 3-4 milk coffees every day with some terrible dark-roasts and then progressed to espresso and began appreciating lighter coffee. I bought a lelit combi 4 years ago and this has kept me satisfied up until now. I am hoping to upgrade in the near future and start some roasting on the weekends.
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    I have always loved having my coffee. But I became a snob when fellow snobberies from work introduced me to roasting beans at home using the old poppers. I tried roasting at home and making my coffee using the old way of using the cafeteria.

    I decided to take it to another level by purchasing an entry level machine Rancilio Silva and a Rocky grinder. 3 years later (now) I renovated my kitchen.

    New kitchen = new coffee machine. So I decided to get the Rocket Apartmento and currently looking for a new grinder....

    That's my snobbery story at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauloarg View Post
    I have always loved having my coffee. But I became a snob when fellow snobberies from work introduced me to roasting beans at home using the old poppers. I tried roasting at home and making my coffee using the old way of using the cafeteria.

    I decided to take it to another level by purchasing an entry level machine Rancilio Silva and a Rocky grinder. 3 years later (now) I renovated my kitchen.

    New kitchen = new coffee machine. So I decided to get the Rocket Apartmento and currently looking for a new grinder....

    That's my snobbery story at the moment.

    I must say though, coffee has become an attraction and gets ppl together. When catching up with mates, it'll be over coffee at a cafe with the kids. Or even if at home, it'll still be over a coffee.


    I guess it's a Melbourne thing?

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    For me it was a friend that got me hooked. He bought an old Gaggia and got really into it; weighing his shots to ensure consistency etc. After one cup at his place, I knew I had to have one. When he found a used Silvia on here I dived straight in. I don't have his level of precision but it's been fun learning! When I read some of the posts on here I know that I'm still as green as an unroasted bean, but the learning experience is fun.

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    Hi Everybody, first post here! My coffee journey started off when i became a Starbucks barista or "barista". I didn't like coffee at the time and I just wanted a job quicksmart when i was 19. I just enjoyed the art of making good coffee, frothing good milk and pulling good shots (before the machines became automatic). I then started tasting my own shots and experimenting with different grinds, etc bringing in my own beans (didn't use starbucks beans) and stayed back after closing the store to experiment. Fell in love with the process and of course with coffee..

    11 years later, I have gone through 1 sunbeam, 1 breville DB and 1 silvia. I am more of a gear snob now. I have a monolith conical still sitting in the box. I don't want to use it now as I am waiting for the day when I can afford a gs3 or LM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenoath88 View Post
    Hi Everybody, first post here! My coffee journey started off when i became a Starbucks barista or "barista". I didn't like coffee at the time and I just wanted a job quicksmart when i was 19. I just enjoyed the art of making good coffee, frothing good milk and pulling good shots (before the machines became automatic). I then started tasting my own shots and experimenting with different grinds, etc bringing in my own beans (didn't use starbucks beans) and stayed back after closing the store to experiment. Fell in love with the process and of course with coffee..
    That is so darn awesome, sounds like me!

    Welcome to the forum kenoath88

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenoath88 View Post
    I have a monolith conical still sitting in the box. I don't want to use it now as I am waiting for the day when I can afford a gs3 or LM.
    You what now? What machine do you have at the moment? What grinder are you using? You might not get the full potential of the monolith but you'll surely be getting the most out of your machine!
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    It was an easy decision! I started to enjoy lattes at cafes when I worked in the city (some cute lady baristas used to give me free coffee which may have influenced my enjoyment), and I realised that a Silvia/ grinder combo would be significantly cheaper in the long run than buying $3 coffees two or three times a day. The snobbery started when I realised that roasting at home would save a bucketload compared to paying a roaster!!!

    If you ever need to convince your partner that you need more expensive equipment, just tell them how much you spend at cafes and how much money you can save by buying the equipment
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