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    Quote Originally Posted by Presso link=1163710606/90#98 date=1172744138
    Wow, great roast!

    Much more even than mine in the cornelius popper. Id love to read your "cupping notes" once youve tried it!
    I almost bought the cornelius popper... I gather I should be glad I didnt?

    Id love to give you my "cupping notes"... as soon as I work out what that means! ;D

    I think Ive worked out that "cupping" is to coffee, what "tasting" is to wine - is that right? If so, Ill be sure to let you all know how my first batch tastes.

    Cheers Presso.
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    Yes, a nice even looking roast.
    Im happy with my Crazy Popper at this stage of the journey.

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    Just received the starter/intro pack of beans - what a great idea and its a bargain! Went out and bought a little mistral popcorn popper and had fun roasting beans for the very first time - they look good and tonight Ill give them a try.

    Can someone please tell me what is going on in the beanbay area - surely not everything is sold out???

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    Beanbay must be closed. Its only open for a few days each month so as to give Andy time to process orders and ship em out.

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    ah ok, thanks for that Matt

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    Hello all and thanks for an informative forum.

    Signed up several weeks ago after buying my current machine (should of found this site and joined first - I had a laugh).

    Started with a Breville Cafe Roma several years ago but needed to replace it after the steamer stopped steaming (well it steams then runs out of puff).

    Upgraded to a 800ES and loving it, nice and solid and looks great (Thats when I found this forum and started to think I could of gotten a better machine, hindsight - I had a laugh).

    Anyway 2 weeks ago my wife let me send some money on a grinder, sunbeam EMO480, seems to do the job nicely but noticed excessive creama due to the pressurized PF. Ordered some Krups baskets which I picked up yesterday and after playing with my grind I am getting good creama again.

    Next on my list of things to do will be sending my krups basket off and getting a good Tamper made, or do I buy a popper and some green beans?

    Anyway a big thanks to everyone who posts here as the info is invaluable. I have found great info on Grinders, filter baskets, fresh vs supermaket ground, tampers, milk frothing (I am getting great microfoam easily with 800ES without the enhancer), and poppers roasters etc.

    Hope I can post some good helpful stuff myself one day.

    Cheers all
    Greg

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    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Greg! It was great to read your story.

    Everyone here talks about upgraditis. Thats a condition known to Coffee Snobs that as yet doesnt have a real cure apart from going out and getting that bigger better whatever! :D

    Feel free to continue asking questions of everyone here. As youve seen theres a great depth of knowledge on all things coffee! :)

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    I think Im definitely hooked on this crazy hobby... since the last time I posted, Ive purchased a Silvia and have been making great coffees using my freshly roasted Indian Tiger Mountain. Who would have known that home made coffee could taste so great! ;D

    I think Im coming to the realisation that the Sunbeam grinder may not be everything that Im looking for in a grinder. Although Ive been able to make exceptional coffees, Ive found that I dont always get the same extraction after changing beans, and I suspect it may be because you cant be sure that lining up the scale to a previous setting will result in the exact same grind size. Its good enough for now, but I may upgrade to something better when I have the money.

    I think I would have pulled in excess of thirty shots over the last couple of days, and even though I havent been drinking them all, I dont think my nervous system is coping well with all the caffeine. :D I may need to invest in some good quality decaf for my afternoon and evening coffee fixes.

    Thanks again to everyone that has helped me along the way with kind words and useful advice.

    Cheers,
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    Hi Bean Junky. different beans will require different grinds on any grinder which can be frustrating if you sampling different stuff all the time but there is not much you can do exept stick with one variety of beans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muppet_man67 link=1163710606/105#108 date=1172997308
    Hi Bean Junky. different beans will require different grinds on any grinder which can be frustrating if you sampling different stuff all the time but there is not much you can do exept stick with one variety of beans.
    Hey muppet_man. Thats something I didnt realise - I just assumed that the same machine and dosing technique would always require the same grain size... hmmm, trialing different beans is going to be more troublesome than I thought. I guess I could mark my main beans on the grind scale to make switching a little easier.

    Cheers,
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    Even that wont do it for you BJ,

    Changes in ambient conditions at the time you make a brew will affect the grind setting too so you will end up with so many intermediate grind setting marks that you wont know if youre coming or going :-?. In the end, the only real solution is to acquire a grinder that allows you to make the many small adjustments that you need to make throughout the day to ensure consistently great pours.

    The cheapest grinder that slots into this description is the Ibertal Challenge by virtue of its infinitesimal range of adjustment, no clicks or steps. Its not a great grinder for situations where youll be making coffee from a range of brew methods though, i.e. Plunger, Drip, Stovetop and back to Espresso..... Youd be winding that little adjustment knob til the cows come home ;D or your fingers wear out :o. If you hung on to the EMO480 though, this would be ideal for all other brew methods ;) and just keep the Ibertal for espresso use only.

    Mal.

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    Hiya bean_junky

    The thing I love about making shots is that the science can be pretty much as involved as you like - tickle your grinder, caress your machine, choose the right milk....goes on and on...but...WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING NOT DRINKING ALL THE SHOTS...I had a laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1163710606/105#111 date=1173004567
    Hiya bean_junky

    The thing I love about making shots is that the science can be pretty much as involved as you like - tickle your grinder, caress your machine, choose the right milk....goes on and on...but...WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING NOT DRINKING ALL THE SHOTS...I had a laugh
    Haha! I havent slept for about 72 hours as it is ;D

    Thanks for the info Mal. Ill check out an Ibertal when I have time... and money.

    bean_junky

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    Sleep is overrated.

    "Sleep is your bodys way of letting you know you are not drinking enough coffee".
    (Thundergod)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1163710606/105#113 date=1173006427
    Sleep is overrated.

    "Sleep is your bodys way of letting you know you are not drinking enough coffee".
    (Thundergod)
    Anywhere else and this comment would seem very strange indeed but here at CS, it makes perfect sense ;) :P ::)

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    Hi fellow coffee enthusiasts,
    I would like to introduce myself.

    I was introduced to real coffee several years ago by a good friend. Once bitten, it wasnt long before I was consuming as much info on coffee (and coffee) as I could. This ultimately led to my interest in roasting, and with the encouragement and advice of some friendly roasters, I now roast some nice coffee at home on my 5kg batch roaster.

    Wayne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffee_mogul link=1173221785/0#0 date=1173221785
    Hi fellow coffee enthusiasts,
    I now roast some nice coffee at home on my 5kg batch roaster.

    Welcome to CS Wayne, hope you enjoy your time, I have learnt so much from this site its incredible....

    How do you fit your roaster on the kitchen bench? ;)

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    Whoa Wayne - your roaster is definitely bigger than mine - I had a laugh!

    Welcome from me too - Im fairly new here though like Boldor, agree this is a great site to learn from and comforting to know youre not alone in your coffee obsession.

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    Welcome coffee_mogul,

    where abouts are you in case I need a few kilo roasted in a hurry (my popper only does 100g at a time)? ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffee_mogul link=1173221785/0#0 date=1173221785
    I now roast some nice coffee at home on my 5kg batch roaster.
    Wayne.

    Welcome Wayne.

    You must drink a serious amount of coffee to need a 5kg roaster!

    What machine do you have? and whats the minimum you can roast at one time?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Corretto link=1173221785/0#4 date=1173233863
    whats the minimum you can roast at one time?
    Get to the end of the queue. ;)

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    Is that a probat in your garage or have you just bean around?

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    Ok, the story goes like this........
    My friend that introduced me to coffee, asked me to join his cafe business so I did. after a couple of years he bought out my share. Through the course of being in the business *partnership, our coffee consumtion through the wholesaler increased dramatically, so I decided I needed to roast. This was a two part decision, the first being a cost saving one, the second being my own curiosity. Unfortunately when I sold my share of the business, it included the share in the roaster too. After a few months away from the roaster, and relying on someone else to supply me coffee I decided I needed a roaster again.

    I have a Turkish made 5kg Has Garanti (in my garage), supplied by Les from coffeeroasters.com. My previous roaster was a 3kg IR Diedrich purchased used. Diedrich manufacture quality equipment, but it is really EXPENSIVE. The Has Garanti machine, is equally capable, much cheaper and bigger in capacity, but no where near as pretty or shiny as the Diedrich.

    As you can imagine, there is no shortage of requests for coffee from family and friends, so my roasts are usually to maximum capacity. I think I could get the green charge down to 500g with some experimenting on burner and airflow control.

    I am happy to roast for forum members in Sydney, just PM me for my number so we can discuss what you need.

    Wayne.

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    I was only kidding Wayne but the offer is extremely generous.

    I love the story by the way; a true coffee [s]tragic[/s] snob.

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    hey thundergod - am curious re your id photo...is that an etching or did you pour that?

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    We wont be able to have the next NSW roasting day at your house Wayne you would put us all too shame with your roaster. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1163710606/120#124 date=1173319717
    hey thundergod - am curious re your id photo...is that an etching or did you pour that?
    My pouring has been improving. *;)

    Seriously though, I "photoshopped" it.
    Took a shot of a so so rosetta attempt and replaced it with my old avatar.


    Do you like the new one?




    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeechaser link=1163710606/120#125 date=1173320606
    We wont be able to have the next NSW roasting day at your house Wayne you would put us all too shame with your roaster. *;)
    Lets have it at your place Brett, then hell have to lug it there if he wants to show off. *;)

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    Youd impress me if you could etch that with all the shadows and tones ;)

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    Im working on it.


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    self portrait...I had a laugh



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    I thought it looked more like you.


    That ones really good.

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    excepting that I am actually bald and shave my head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1163710606/120#129 date=1173403697
    self portrait...I had a laugh
    You should put that on ebay and auction it ! ;)

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    It was from my barista course.
    I probably drank it.

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    Im a newbie totally outgunned by all of you.
    I do my brewing in a 3 cup Bialetti Moka Pot and mostly drink my brew just the way it comes out of the pot, black.
    The first cup of the day is a 50/50 coffee/milk, with the milk steamed using an old Black & Decker "Mr Cuppacino" milk steamer.
    Due to a lack of a nearby roaster/grinder I use Vittoria Italian Blend coffee.

    As you can see from the above, the only way from here is up. But I do enjoy my coffee :)

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    Welcome Bill - about 3 weeks ago, I had a little sunbeam and a $180 grinder that used to short the power at home. Since then I joined this mob and have already spent over $3k!!! My partner (Sue) is obviously very tolerant - maybe shes just grateful I dont play with toy trains ... I do notice at times she gives me a look where she shakes her head slighty...I happen to work with people who have psych issues and Im pretty sure she is assessing my mental state of health.

    Have fun - I know I do!

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    Welcome to Coffee Snobs Bill,

    My advice is to get a good grinder at the top of your wish list.
    Then you can order freshly roasted beans online (see sponsors) and when you get game you can start to roast your own after buying some green beans from here.

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    Gday all Iam a newbie to this forum
    I have a little cafe in northern nsw and iam a coffee junkie and loving it I lookforward to spending some time reading some of these interesting postes
    anyway kind regards
    phill ::)

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    Welcome Phil, how far north NSW you talking?

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    Thanks for the welcome Brett
    Iam in Tamworth so not that far north we are we use a organic blend and have a nice little ecm
    regards
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    Welcome Phill,

    Whats the name of your cafe?

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    I was hoping a ittle further north Phill as I am to Armidale on Tuesday until Sunday so thought I might of lucked in. Not to worry maybe I will make it to Tamworth some time and be able to order one of your brews, or maybe two ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by immrama link=1163710606/135#139 date=1173505006
    Thanks for the welcome Brett
    Iam in Tamworth so not that far north we are we use a organic blend and have a nice little ecm
    regards
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    Welcome Phill. Ive heard about you via the grapevine. Might stop in on Thursday myself as I head to Armidale for the weekend! ;)

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    There might be an influx of coffee snobs in Armidale that weekend :o Any sub-standard cafes better shut their doors now ;) Hopefully we will be able to find a great cafe to help convert some of my team to coffee-snob-hood. Or if we have no luck I will have to have them all over to my house when I get back from my trip to show them how coffee should taste.

    I wish we were heading up through Tamworth Phill but unfortunately not :(
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    Hi there my cafe is immrama 306 peel st tamworth thundergod
    if any one does drop by just mention this forum and and you first one is on us
    cheers
    Phill :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by immrama link=1163710606/135#144 date=1173598155
    if any one does drop by just mention this forum and and you first one is on us
    That very generous of you immrama.

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    PS Welcome

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    I have always intended to get to Tamworth.
    When I do Ill be sure to take you up on that offer.
    Thanks.

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    Gday all,
    Im not allowed to PM anyone until Ive reached a post count of 1, so I gues Id better make an introduction. I was one of the original members when this site started based on the alt.coffee discussions. After getting & drinking a few hundred kilos worth of coffee I came back to found the little coffee snobs site has become bigger than Ben Hur ! Anyway my coffee setup is:

    Rancilio Rocky Grinder
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    Homemade knockbox
    3 x popcorn machines on their last legs
    Homemade BBQ rosting drum


    Ill make a point of becoming a more active member. Andy, how do I know the polls are about to be posted ? I keep missing them and am down to my last few kilo of Yirgacheffe !


    Cheers,
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    Gday Moral and welcome to CoffeeSnobs,

    Polls mostly run about a week before the end of each month so that the beans can be delivered at the beginning of the next month. When a poll is about to run, each member receives an email message advising them of the timing of the next poll so that you can get yourself ready to go at the nominated time. Too easy ;D, as they say...

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    Gday Pete - another Perth Snob here - great to see youve found us (again!).

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