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    Hi! Im new here. Go easy on me!

    Cafelat Coffee Tamper and Accessories
    Well, no Im not the newbie! But we thought seeing as there are new Coffee Snobs wanting to make their first post that wed give them somewhere to do it.

    And some of you know what Im like! I like stuff tidy! :D

    So, if youre new and want to make your first post, please introduce yourself here! Say as little or as much as you like and I am sure youll get a warm welcome back from anyone of us here! ;)

    Scoota...

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    Hey no fair Scoots!
    I saw the post and was about to welcome a newb and tell them that "Go easy on me" wasnt going to get them any special treatment.

    Just the usual friendly treatment everyone receives.

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    Well Im a bit newer than scoota Gal and Thundergod around here, but I (like everyone else on here I guess) have become a coffee freak, and do love my addiction. I floated around here for awhile before I actually went out and upgraded my old machine to what I have now ( Rancilio Miss Silvia and Rocky combo). Mainly based on the wealth of knowledge that exists here and on other sites for this particular model. Its been a great way to get more flavour out of my beans, and the joy / frustration of trying to get everything just right, are worth it with the "God Shots", when they come along.

    Ive been lucky enough to visit Epic in Perth, so now Ive just started saving up for the inevitable upgrade in machines, so I can get something in my coffee shots that tastes more like what those guys pull! (However fruitless this ambition maybe - they make great coffee there!!!!!)

    This forum is a great place to lurk, if youre looking for info on various machines and their pros and cons, and the fact that I can get to pick and choose on various beans each month, something I look forward to doing, once I get my first starter pack and obligatory popper ( and exhaust tip mod - for serous popper mod bling!)!!!!

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    Well welcome Ash and good to see you are going about this coffee thing with a good attitude. Roasting your own is a great way to go as well. I am sure you will be having fun playing around with the Silvia and Rocky and should tide you over until your budget gets to what you want it to.

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    well... Im newish to this forum, but oldish to the coffee scene, having been around cafes / restaurants for awhile, and have owned my own place now for the last 4 yrs, with plans for expansion!

    Anyway, great forum, and great meeting of the minds.

    Its good to see what others in the industry (or just plain fanatics!) are up to!

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    Its always good to see people in the industry here too, I think Pat. Helps to give a good perspective on stuff!

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    And gives you someone else to talk to that knows what youre on about.

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    Hey everyone, I am quite new to computer, and very new to home roasting. I live in Canada and recently purchased a cheap FreshRoast - 8 roaster. I have made a few mistakes but generally my roasts have turned out just fine! *I hope to learn much from all the interesting postings here at CoffeeSnobs. Well have a great day all. * :) - Bad Bean

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    Hi BeanBay,

    Great to hear from you and a big welcome from CoffeeSnobs [smiley=thumbsup.gif]. We too hope you enjoy interacting with the rest of the CS community and look forward to reading about some of your experiences as time goes along. All the best,

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    Gday fellow snobs.

    Its now 6months since I took the feet first plung into the world of coffee and I have not been able to look back yet.

    After several years of saving and getting by with a stove top espresso maker I emptied the coin jar and invested in the ECM Giotto. A killer machine. *;D Goal now is to master latte art which is a bit difficult when your addicted to double espressos. ;)

    If I had of known how simple and cheap it was to roast your own beans I would have made this move years ago. Anyway, I am making up for lost time now.

    Can anybody recommend a book on coffee that I can recommend for a xmas present? Something that gives detail on bean origins, characteristics and general coffee related stuff.

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    Welcome Dr V!

    Huge jump from stovetop espresso to HX machine you had. Ill bet that was a steep learning curve! :o

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    Welcome DrV..

    Kenneth Davids has written some great stuff. I have his home roasting one and love it (oO time to re-read). Also- if you want something a little more encyclopaedic, have a look at Coffee floats, Tea sinks by Ian Bernsten...

    There are a heap of great references...

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    Ill second the vote for Kenneth Davids. Coffee - A guide to buying, brewing, and enjoying. Fifth ed, $36.00.

    Xmas pressy two years ago, still fick through it. Earlier editions might have had nicer pictures though.

    Boris ;)


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    Hey Mal, thanks for the welcome. :) I really am enjoying CoffeeSnobs. Others have been talking about Kenneth Davids. Coffee - A guide to buying, brewing, and enjoying. Fifth ed. I have seen many pages from his book posted on the web. I will try and find these pages and post some links. Thanks again - Bad Bean

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    hiya,

    this is my 2nd post (SORRY! I posted without seeing this first!)

    I have spent the last few days (not the whole days just most of them) reading posts and getting inspired to ramp up my coffee snobbery.

    My question is... can you still be a coffee snob if you have to drink decaf? I used to think you couldnt - but my 7 week old baby girl (who Im breastfeeding) has started to change my mind. Perhaps its enough that Ill read this forum with the right spirit!

    Lovely to read all your passionate and witty posts!

    Cheers,

    Meg

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    Meg,

    Yes you can.
    Weve even had Swiss Water Decaf green beans on offer a few times for roasting.

    I roasted a bit of decaf when my wife was pregnant.
    She enjoyed it and said the taste was quite good.

    I still drank regular. Now that she is no longer breastfeeding, we are both on the regular stuff again.

    There are also some decent decafs around to purchase. The only thing that seems to be constant about decaf espresso is that it is harder to get good, sustained crema on your shots.

    By the way - if youre here... youre a snob ;-)

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    Welcome Meg, and congratulations on the baby girl!

    I dont have a problem with people drinking decaf, I find I get a headache from drinking it myself. Maybe once you have stoipped breastfeeding in the next couple years you can go back to straight coffee again.

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    My coffee supplier is a former Australian Barista Champion and she has sold me decaf which got compliments from very fussy drinkers.

    I also have some decaf to try roasting myself.

    I hope that helps.

    Welcome.

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    Thanks for the reassurance!

    Wouldnt like to think Id gone "coffee-soft"!

    A couple of times when I was absolutely desperate with postpartum headaches and had regular coffee, the effect on the little persons poo is quite dramatic (sorry if you were eating or something)! She also gets a bit wired which isnt good so Ive promised her its decaf until she weans. Then... hooee its back on the regular stuff I go!

    So... a weird time to consider starting roasting as a hobby but there you go! Ive ordered some green decaf beans from Coffeeco - we shall see!

    Meg

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    The whole bean Peruvian decaf I get from my supplier produces an excellent robust crema, and I have more than once served it to unwitting guests, and asked them to guess its origin!

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    Hi all,

    Im a newbie but only to the forums, its been 2 years since I stopped drinking Instant after a bad bout of the Flu. I had reverted to Tea and still drink tea, when a friend offered me a real coffee. I thought I may as well give it a go, the friend was close enough not to be offended if I couldnt drink it. Low and behold it was great, I then borrowed a machine from another friend, within 2 weeks I had bought my first machine. I am now on number three and still learning. Have just tried roasting and was impressed with the outcome. One day I may be able to buy that gleaming expobar, but having been made redundant the toy fund is depleted. Till I find another job I will stick with my current setup and get more into roasting my own.

    CoffeSnobes has been a find of a lifetime for someone who craves knowledge no matter how trivial....

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    Welcome aboard Boldor, good to see your friend one you over with some fresh beans. No turning back now is there? 2 years has confirmed that clearly!
    Looks like you will have to buy yourself a present when you find a new position, in the form of the Expobar it seems. Good to see you are a converted home roaster as well. It is a lot of fun and is so rewarding to taste what you have put so much time, effort, and love into.
    Look forward to reading your contributions to the forum as well.

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    I used some of my redundancy money to buy my Expobar.
    I figured I might as well starve to death happy.

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    A fair bit of mine went towards house renovations including a new kitchen and some new furniture after paying out the credit cards and the brand new car i bought 5 months before being made redundant

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    As Coffeechaser said then, "Looks like you will have to buy yourself a present when you find a new position".
    Something to look forward to.

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    Hello enlightened ones,

    Long time listener, first time poster. *;)

    My wife happens to be the best barista in the known universe (not biased or anything!) and since recently having a couple of kids, and us moving from inner city Sydney to the Gold Coast, has now hung up her tamper to devote herself full time to the anklebiters. Hence my foray into CS forums.

    It pains me to hand over $3.50 for a poorly made long mac when I know my wife could satisfy my urge for the sublime if we had the right hardware at home. Frustrating to say the least!

    Apart from hopefully contributing something useful from time to time (fairly doubtful), I am also in the market for a grinder/machine to match my wifes abilities. Any suggestions?

    I used to be a man of many vices, now I have so few I feel I owe it to myself to pursue the remaining ones with vigour, enthusiasm and passion....... I guess I have to reluctantly add money to that list too!

    Thanks for any help!

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    Hi Moce and welcome to CoffeeSnobs.

    Yep, the quality of most coffees you purchase today leave a lot to be desired.

    Good luck with your quest to regain great coffee and by the sounds of it you are well on the way..... having a Barista in the house.... wow!

    Well as far as equipment goes.... it really does come down to cost and what your wife would like to work with. There are excellent machines (like Ms Silvia which wont stretch the budget too far- but wont texture milk at the same time.... then there is the HX (or heat exchanger machines) which will cost a fair bit more and will do more (but dont necessarily make better coffee) right up to a monster like I have!!

    The thing I tell most people, and Im sure your wife would agree, is to get a good grinder - that is really important.

    What Id suggest is you get in contact with one of the site sponsors and have a chat to them about what you (and your wife) want from the machine...

    They will steer you in the right direction and explain the pros and cons of each machine far better than we can....

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    Welcome kai viti.

    Definitely contact the site sponsors.
    They will work with your budget, needs and wants to come up with a good package.

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    Hi Kai viti
    Have a look over in the hardware for sale /marketplace section. There is an excellent grinder and gaggia classic for sale at a great price.

    Barista wife should like those for a start before you can afford upgraditis.

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    scoota gal being a green bean just starting to turn a different shade of green as i am learning the road has been bumpy posted 1 poll no replies yet made postings having fun .

    i think your poll was a good idea cheers steven poddy66 welcome all new green beans

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    Hey everyone,

    Im a newbie but was addicted to coffee long ago. I started my coffee journey with drinking Nescafe Blend 43, and then upgraded Nescafe Gold and other instant coffees. Before I came to study in Australia, I thought that Nescafe were the "Best Coffee" in the world. After I got a nice coffee from a cafe, I surprised :o with the aroma and taste that a coffee can produced. Since then Nescafe no longer satisfy my taste bud. I started tasting every cafes around my place searching a better coffee and finally stick to my local roaster (he produces great coffee and just 2 minutes from my house so I got myself refuel quickly when I was thirst for coffee. I used to make coffee with plunger and stovetop and recently switched to espresso machine. I bought a silvia and rocky last month and now waiting for my Gene Cafe to deliver to my house and start my first roast.


    Things ;D

    Coffee is an endless journey, it brings me tons of experience all along the way exploring the world of coffee (all sweet ;Dand bitter memories :().

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    Welcome Things!

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    Hi everyone

    My enthusiasm for espresso started when I was in Italy for the first time (back in 1995). By then I was used to drink a underextracted americano for a few years. During the last years Ive been always on the search for coffee shops which serves a good espresso. Everytime I slurped on one of these heavenly beverages I knew that I had to buy a good espresso machine sooner or later. In October last year the time had come as my budget allowed it; I started my search for an appropriate machine for home use. Then I realized that buying a machine without a grinder is quite pointless. So my savings of 1000 AU$ had to be enough for the machine and a grinder! After the first dozend of hours searching for an espresso machine I decided for a Rancilio Silvia. But then I realized that in Switzerland where I live it costs about 800 AU$ which leaves me definitely to less for an acceptable grinder. Then i found out that in contrast to other countries the gaggia classic is much cheaper than the silvia; i finally paid 460 AU$. which left me enough for buying the Gaggia MDF. So I recieved my package including a flat massive stainless steel tamper from gaggia on 14th of december. Luckily I live in Zurich which has a really cool coffee shop (http://www.schwarzenbach.ch/index.cfm/s_page/56660/s_level/10170) who roasts twice a week. Now I hope to be 6 pounds wiser and plan to optimize my barista skills during the next months, before starting to homeroast. Pictures of my beans and the results up till now can be visited on: http://n.ethz.ch/student/marcow/

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    Welcome aboard welone,

    Nice to hear from you and your journey up to the present day [smiley=thumbsup.gif]. There are lots of Gaggia machine/grinder owners here so you you will feel right at home. Will look forward to more posts from you as your personal coffee horizons widen. All the best and

    Cheerio,
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    hey things- welcome.
    I also thought the nescaf was best- even to the point of writing to them and saying so... :-?
    They sent me a lovely poster about how coffee is produced... :P
    And at the time - when compared with international roast and ...caterers blend... and (yeah okay you get the picture) blend 43 was not a bad drop.
    Now the journey has started... and it will end with you never being satisfied with a bought cup again.
    "Fanatic" is a word used by those that do not understand the utter pleasure of the Truth, about someone who has found the Truth to be life changing and all consuming.

    If that doesnt make sense it does in my head and I havent had my morning espresso yet. Ive turned Silvia on and Im in limbo land... ::)
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    Hi I am Penny and I have just begun roasting and I love it. Thanks to me great son for enlightening me!!!

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    Hello Penny Carroll,

    A warm welocome, Im newish myself, I roast also and loving it ::) have fun !

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    Hi Penny,

    Welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the new found obsession of roasting. So you will be able to keep an eye on Grendel and keep him under-control for us? ;)

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    Hi Penny and welcome to CoffeeSnobs from another Western Australian..... (who also knows grendel).....

    We wont hold your sons "lack of control" against you.... ::) ::) - He posts a fictitious January BeanBay message and then almost misses the real one ;)

    Enjoy your journey into great coffee. :)

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    ;D hello to all ;D

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    H i Mista Barista espresso no messo!!!!!!

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    Hi to you both,

    Welcome to Coffee Snobs, it can be a place of fun and a goldmine of information. ;D

    you can meet newbies and oldies alike in this thread http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163710606 :)

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    Welcome Penny.

    Enjoy the journey.

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    Gday Newbees ;D,

    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs all..... Will look forward to reading about your journey along the very interesting trip that is the road to coffee nirvana [smiley=thumbsup.gif].... All the best,

    Mal.

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    Welcome folks,

    As pointed out there is a "newbie" thread in the General section. And so that we dont see this become outta control, Im going to lock this one.

    Look forward to hearing more from Mista Barista and Snoopy! I had a laugh! Great forum names guys/gals!


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    Hello all,

    Joined today and ordered a starter pack of beans from the site. I make alot of hand crafted beers from different types of malted barley and was recommended to the site from a friend of mine who does the same, but also roasts his own coffee with beans bought from here. Not sure of his log in name here but he may pop up :-)

    He sent me some of his coffee last week which my wife and I enjoyed, so I thought Id try and roast my own. Alot like brewing beer in a way, lots of combinations and flavours one can create by a range of different base and specialty ingredients. Like many others we have progressed from instant to where we are now buying whole beans from Gloria Jeans and pumping through a Breville thermoblock (please dont hate me - I had a laugh).

    Its all part of progression I guess, but am looking forward to trying some combinations with the starter pack. As far as what our favourite bean style is, I wouldnt have a clue yet but am reading through a number of the posts here getting a bit of an idea. The Bean Buy, or Bean Bay thing looks great, hope to get in on the next one. For coffee style my wife and I both like a strong, rich, bold flavour.

    Im in Baulkham Hills, Sydney. Thinking of starting out with a popcorn maker to roast. If there are any coffee maestros around the area who are roasting at some stage I wouldnt mind sitting in. As well, anyone from Sydney who could recommend a great well regarded coffee shop could you let me know.

    Look forward to learning from everyone.

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    Welcome BrettM, good name there :) My name is Brett and last name starts with M as well.

    Good to see another Sydney-sider as well. There is a thread dedicated to Sydney coffee shops that are worth going to so do a search and you will be a happy man for sure.

    Enjoy the new found roasting hobby and if you need any tips you will find friendly people here will to give you some advice.

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    Hey Guys,

    Awesome site. Been spending a few days reading throught the various threads and being inspired on many different levels.
    I guess that I that I have always considered myself a kinda coffee snob, even though its only in the last year or so that I have become a serious coffee drinker.
    I have perhaps only had instant once (very disappointing) and regularly enjoy a good coffee from a cafe. At the moment I just use a Moka pot at home, with pre-ground coffee and are looking to upgrade to a good grinder that should see me through future upgrades of coffee makers (Iberital Challange perhaps?).

    I have been quite happy with the quality of the coffee that I have got out of the Moka Pot(with much tweaking) and prefer it to drip or french press. Not to many people seem to mention them, is it case of Moka Pots having a bad rep or is it all about the espresso? :P

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    Gday llama and Welcome to CoffeeSnobs [smiley=thumbsup.gif],

    I think a large number of our membership would have tried Moka Pots at some stage, I used one for many years while working in the bush. At the time I thought it was pretty good too.

    Compared to a properly pulled Espresso shot, French Press or Syphon, I find the resulting coffee to have a burnt taste to my palate but I know some members jiggle around with the process to some extent to reduce this effect as much as possible. Could never get it to work for me though even after trying three or four different styles of Pot.

    For me, coming a close second to great espresso, is a properly processed Plunger coffee. Very smooth, rich and interesting. In the end, I guess it doesnt really matter which method you prefer so long as the beans are freshly roasted, of high quality and ground just before brewing. It all comes down to the beans in the end ;). All the best,

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    Cheers Mal,

    Yeah looking forward to experimenting some more. Unfortunately being on a students budget holds me back a bit, but I may give the plunger another test in the near future.

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