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    Hi all, I am a previous owner of a em6910 which I recently sold. Unfortunately we have been rather short of funds and had to fork out a fair bit of cash for my sons recent operation. So basically I have sold almost anything we own of any value and unfortunately the coffee machine had to go. (Went rather quickly too)

    Anyway, I am having severe caffeine withdrawals so, in the interest of saving money I need to find a replacement for my old espresso machine. It has to be cheap. By cheap I mean REALLY inexpensive. I have a plunger but I really dont enjoy it so have just sort of stopped drinking coffee.

    I was thinking about buying a drip filter. Is there such a thing as a good one? If so, is it under about $50? Any other suggestions? I can live without the coffee, because at least I know my son is okay but I do miss it.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Bad news all round, hope your Son is on the improve.

    First minor question did you keep a grinder?

    If you dont like plunger then avoid a mesh based drip filter for a start as they can be a little muddy like plunger depending on technique. Personally I dont like paper filters either but a really simple solution is this one below the Neru Sock or more options here http://sorrentinacoffee.myshopify.com/ and a simple stovetop like the Bellman with the milk steamer might get you back and caffinated :)


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    Aeropress - quick and clean around $50.
    Email the sponsors as they are stocked by some of them.

    My wife almost always insists on me using the Aeropress for her coffee now instead of my machine.

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    THanks for the quick replies. I actually just dug out an ibrik that a good friend gave us a few years ago. I was thinking of giving that a whirl. Otherwise, I think the aeropress might be the ticket. At least well have 2 options though which is nice. The plunger is good for visitors. Most people dont seem to mind the mud.

    With the ibrik, how light do the beans need to be to make a good brew. I will need to buy some beans as I havent roasted for a while. i also have kept my sunbeam grinder which I think can grind for a turkish coffee.

    Does anyone know where to buy turkish coffee in Brisbane?

    I am also going to revisit the cold press idea. I dont know why I didnt think of it sooner.

    Im determined not to even look at an espresso machine until our finances will allow us to purchase a decent one.

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    "Turkish" coffee is an acquired taste.
    Im not sure if the Sunbeam will actually grind fine enough; I never tried with mine.
    I did try once with my Macap; it ground fine enough but clogged up the grinder.
    That was my one and only "Turkish" coffee made with fresh grounds.
    Growing up and still, my relatives all make theirs with Bushells from the supermarket.

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    Thundergod do you add cardamon to the bushells? And sugar? I have also read that you can add cinnamon and honey? Sounds a bit bizarre though.

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    Its a pity you cant make the Brisbane snobs get together
    Because I can teach you how to make Greek/Turkish coffee

    Grind consistency is as talcum powder

    The main trick & secret to good Greek/Turkish coffee & my preference is to stir all the ingredients to dissolve in the water before introducing it to the flame *(others stir on the stove while the flame is low)

    Also never drink the last of the 1 cm of the cup

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    I could possibly make the brissie meet up but would be late. Probably not till a bit a bit after 12. Ill give AM a ring when the kids birthday party is over and see who is still there. No doubt we will need a coffee after spending an hour or so with thirty 5 year olds. :o

    Im going to give it a whirl first thing in the morning and see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 233B237C3A263C2B2B4E0 link=1275647443/7#7 date=1275653168
    I could possibly make the brissie meet up but would be late. *Probably not till a bit a bit after 12. Ill give AM a ring when the kids birthday party is over and see who is still there. No doubt we will need a coffee after spending an hour or so with thirty 5 year olds. :o

    Im going to give it a whirl first thing in the morning and see how it goes. *
    If you get stuck PM me and I can teach you over the phone

    Here is a PDF I wrote of the procedure

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    Wow thanks KK. Ill certainly give it a try tomorrow. I appreciate your time and assistance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 49514916504C564141240 link=1275647443/9#9 date=1275654114
    Wow thanks KK. Ill certainly give it a try tomorrow. I appreciate your time and assistance.
    No problem I have been making & drinking this style of coffee for about 40 years

    Some videos may help
    I found this one is great
    Just like my wifes Cyprian method

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm-WhTRE-74[/media]

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    Onya KK... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Good one mate 8-)

    Hope your young fella is quickly on the mend Mum2-3 :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3F273F60263A203737520 link=1275647443/7#7 date=1275653168
    I could possibly make the brissie meet up but would be late. *Probably not till a bit a bit after 12. Ill give AM a ring when the kids birthday party is over and see who is still there. No doubt we will need a coffee after spending an hour or so with thirty 5 year olds. :o

    Im going to give it a whirl first thing in the morning and see how it goes. *
    Any time... Ring if ya feel you have to but regardless, you and yours are welcome to drop in any time...

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    I am very sorry to hear your news mum2three *:(

    Drop me a line once you have checked behind the couch and scrounged a few pennies together. Ill be happy to help you get up and running again with a Lelit at cost and Ill ship it up on the house.

    Most important thing is that the lad is getting better...The rest is only stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2E362E71372B312626430 link=1275647443/0#0 date=1275647443
    Anyway, I am having severe caffeine withdrawals so, in the interest of saving money I need to find a replacement for my old espresso machine. *It has to be cheap. *By cheap I mean REALLY inexpensive. *I have a plunger but I really dont enjoy it so have just sort of stopped drinking coffee.
    MUM... Will have just the thing for ya in about a week......

    Qld CS community wont let ya down.. *

    Yours until ya get back on ya feet... And ya will feel right at home..

    Built from donations and a few cheep purchases... But that is what Fishing Lizard and a few others would have wanted for their old Em6900 units...

    and it will match the following;

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E667E21677B617676130 link=1275647443/3#3 date=1275650286
    i also have kept my sunbeam grinder which I think can grind for a turkish coffee.

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    Thank you everyone, what wonderful people Coffeesnobs are. I had tears in my eyes reading these posts.

    My son is doing great now, it was nothing life threatening but rather urgent. We have just had a bit of a run of bad luck with appliances breaking down, plumbing problems, some huge bills and then the surgery. Weve learnt a great deal and sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. We have had to take a long hard look at our finances and sort out a system to get us out of the mess and things are definately looking up.

    I am not looking for handouts though, I am happy to forego the espresso until we are in a position to buy another machine. I am excited about exploring other coffee making options too.

    KK - Thanks so much for posting that Video, am about to give it a try right now.

    Chris - What a fantastic offer. We just might take you up on that if the offer is still available when we are able. A very kind gesture which has touched my heart.

    AM - You really are a wonderful person. I appreciate the offer but I think well be fine for a bit. Things are on the mend and our situation is getting better every day.

    Like Chris said The rest is only Stuff. So true. I have no regrets selling what we have sold and well be back on our feet sooner than we actually thought. Now if only I could win lotto....... ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by 554D550A4C504A5D5D380 link=1275647443/15#15 date=1275686664
    I appreciate the offer but I think well be fine for a bit. *Things are on the mend and our situation is getting better every day.
    Hey ya need good coffee; besides I will have at least one spare just sitting there... Think of it as a review.

    Quote Originally Posted by 554D550A4C504A5D5D380 link=1275647443/15#15 date=1275686664
    We have just had a bit of a run of bad luck with appliances breaking down, plumbing problems, some huge bills and then the surgery. Weve learnt a great deal and sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise. We have had to take a long hard look at our finances and sort out a system to get us out of the mess and things are definately looking up.
    Yep, sometimes the wake up call can seem to be a bit harsh. I often say " but for teh grace of god, there goes I ".

    It is also when our kids are involved that sometimes teh blinkers are removed... You will look back one day and say... Now what was that bump we had in 2010...

    So how is hubby managing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 554D550A4C504A5D5D380 link=1275647443/15#15 date=1275686664
    I am not looking for handouts though, I am happy to forego the espresso until we are in a position to buy another machine. *I am excited about exploring other coffee making options too.
    NO... Not good enough.. Ya need to be able to sit back and enjoy a coffee

    1: It is not a handout..

    2: It is a loan of a spare I carry for emergencies and trips for you to review...

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    Thanks AM, you really are too kind. Id be happy to offer you free Bowen Therapy sessions in return. I am setting up a clinic from home now that the boys are old enough to let me work without too much harrassment.

    Hubby is good. Thankfully he is on a good wage and his job is never insecure. We are very lucky there.

    I just tested out the Ibrik. The grinder doesnt grind quite fine enough. The texture was more like cinnamon than talcum powder and as a result didnt foam up very well. It still turned out quite nice though. I added sugar at the start and stirred it as per KKs video. It tasted lovely but didnt leave the best aftertaste. this could be because of the sugar though, I usually dont have sugar.

    I am going to pulverise the grounds in the mortar and pestle and try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4159411E58445E49492C0 link=1275647443/17#17 date=1275689260
    Hubby is good.
    That is important ;)

    The grinder doesnt grind quite fine enough. The texture was more like cinnamon than talcum powder and as a result didnt foam up very well.
    YA... Depending on teh setting... can be a bit course... There are tricks but would need to test the grinder..

    Besides.... With a EM69AMB at ya finger tips; the grinder will be fine..

    Quote Originally Posted by 4159411E58445E49492C0 link=1275647443/17#17 date=1275689260
    free Bowen Therapy sessions in return
    Sorry... Bowen Therapy - Got a tree in teh back yard ;D un less ya offering to pick up all the fallen fruit next season 8-)

    Something to keep an eye on in the future..... As a stepping stone.. If Andy is happy to have his beans in it... Got to be worth something to consider.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1275548722/8#8

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    Well I have tested out the ibrik numerous times today after grinding and then crushing in the mortar and pestle. I must say I was very impressed. I have thoroughly enjoyed each cup and am looking forward to improving the process.


    Thanks again everyone for the input.

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B444D4F58674B444B4D4F474F445E2A0 link=1275647443/18#18 date=1275689791
    Sorry... Bowen Therapy - Got a tree in the back yardun less ya offering to pick up all the fallen fruit next season
    Ha ha, not quite what I meant AM. However, as I have a macadamia tree in my backyard, I might be interested in swapping you for some mangoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7068702F69756F78781D0 link=1275647443/19#19 date=1275736463
    Well I have tested out the ibrik numerous times today after grinding and then crushing in the mortar and pestle.I must say I was very impressed.I have thoroughly enjoyed each cup and am looking forward to improving the process.


    Thanks again everyone for the input.
    Glad to be of service & welcome to the Greek/Turkish coffee club

    To many people are missing out on a lovely & probably the very first coffee brewing method.

    Now we just need to teach you how to play Tavli (Backgammon) * ::)

    KK

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    Quote Originally Posted by 667E66397F63796E6E0B0 link=1275647443/5#5 date=1275651479
    Thundergod do you add cardamon to the bushells? And sugar? I have also read that you can add cinnamon and honey? Sounds a bit bizarre though. *
    No.
    Sugar is added as requested for taste before hand.
    1 or two then follow the rest of the process.
    Some people dont take sugar with it.



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