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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, frappé 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...

    Mal.
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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 it’s 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 90’s 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 00’s 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 “I could do that at home...”.

    I’ve had 3 sunbeam coffee machines since - although my latest I’m not happy with, and is part of the reason I’ve 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 I’ve 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...I’m sure the coffee tasted better because I’d been forced to drink Starbucks up to that point (and of course, we now have apps like “Beanhunter” and Facebook that will guide me to the best cafes in any city I’m in, in the world - except Las Vegas, it’s 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 “kickstarter”.
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