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    Necessary equipment for coffee

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    So Im starting from the start again some equipment I have, some I dont. Is this a comprehensive shopping list or am I missing anything?

    Coffee machine
    Grinder
    knock box
    s/s jug for milk
    decent tamper
    blind filter basket
    backwash detergent
    descaler
    grinder brush
    grinder cleaning beans
    group head brush
    steam wand brush

    Do I need anything extra? Is anything overkill? Would like to get the most out of my machine and dont really have the dexterity/skill to be pulling things apart to fix them if they go wrong.

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Thats pretty much what I have

    A note for you
    If you purchase a new machine

    1] Some of those items listed come as part of the machine kit e.g. blind filter

    2] The barista kit items sometimes get added for free by the retailer

    KK


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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    COFFEE BEANS !!!!!!
    I had a laugh

    *ROG

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Hi Quom, I agree with KK hera as some may be included in a new machine purchase. You could possibly add milk thermometer to your list [at least until you can judge the temp with your hand] other than that there are tamper bases, scales etc to just make things a wee bit easier for yourself. None are mandatory. ::)

    Steve :)
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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E727B76767F130 link=1280104069/2#2 date=1280105766
    COFFEE BEANS !!!!!!
    Yeah I suppose that that one is not negotiable. ;D

    Steve

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    steam wand brush? Didnt know there was such a thing...u learn something everyday.....

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Cups/glasses maybe (if youre not already covered for them)

    Also a couple of glasses with 30/60ml measuring lines on them may come in handy (I use mine all the time)


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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 1D3F38383B37303B0118373B303A5E0 link=1280104069/6#6 date=1280201285
    Also a couple of glasses with 30/60ml measuring lines on them may come in handy (I use mine all the time)
    Ditto, Coffeeparts stock them, great piece of kit, certainly helps with ?mls x ?seconds guidelines .

    Steve.

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 55777677180 link=1280104069/7#7 date=1280204552
    Quote Originally Posted by 1D3F38383B37303B0118373B303A5E0 link=1280104069/6#6 date=1280201285
    Also a couple of glasses with 30/60ml measuring lines on them may come in handy (I use mine all the time)
    Ditto, Coffeeparts stock them, great piece of kit, certainly helps with ?mls x ?seconds guidelines .

    Steve.
    This may sound like a dumb question, but when you say to use the measuring glasses do you then pour the coffee into the serving cups?

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 5249405B5B40210 link=1280104069/8#8 date=1280206224
    This may sound like a dumb question, but when you say to use the measuring glasses do you then pour the coffee into the serving cups?
    Hi Shazza, not a dumb question at all. Yes, my shot goes from the spout into the measured glass then I poor into my cup. Not everyone chooses this way its just one method. Also helps for when you are using a tall mug and your machine has limited clearance under the spots.

    Steve :)

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Yep, thats something I use them for (but you dont necessarily need the measurement lines on them to do that though)

    I also use them to track how my pours are going volume-wise. Whilst I dont stick hard and fast to the 30ml rule, I find the line on the glass still useful to help me compare volumes between different shots

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    For me this depends of the depths of your pockets and your ingenuity. So take what I say with a grain of salt. ;D
    Greg

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C4852505F443D0 link=1280104069/0#0 date=1280104069
    So Im starting from the start again some equipment I have, some I dont. Is this a comprehensive shopping list or am I missing anything?

    Coffee machine Yup
    Grinder yup
    knock box nope--just bang into the rubbish or rinse in sink
    s/s jug for milk nope--just use a mug
    decent tamper nice, but the plastic one will do for a while
    blind filter basket yup--if not included use a rubber shield in the normal basket
    backwash detergent yup
    descaler not unless you are really handy with an HX machine--send it for service
    grinder brush nope--paintbrush and vacuum cleaner
    grinder cleaning beans nope--paintbrush and vacuum cleaner and screwdriver
    group head brush nope--dish brush
    steam wand brush never heard of it, I use a dish cloth

    Do I need anything extra? Is anything overkill? Would like to get the most out of my machine and dont really have the dexterity/skill to be pulling things apart to fix them if they go wrong.

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee


    If you really want to get paranoid youll need a set of fine digital scales ::)

    They do help with consistent dosing which is more important than tamping pressure.


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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 052224232E570 link=1280104069/12#12 date=1281665625
    If you really want to get paranoid youll need a set of fine digital scales *::)

    They do help with consistent dosing which is more important than tamping pressure.
    Dont think using digital scales is paranoid, just another useful tool in the quest for the perfect cup,as you say they certainly afford much better consistency than guess work or near enough is good enough methods and they are quick and easy to use, of course volume will work but IMO scales are better, GregWormald introduced me to them and have used them ever since.
    You can buy a digital scale on the bay for about $10 plus post, pretty cheap. :)

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 675B524A5F3E0 link=1280104069/13#13 date=1281666473
    of course volume will work but IMO scales are better
    Volume depends on the bean size. You can pack a lot more small beans into a set volume than you can large beans 8-)

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 193E383F324B0 link=1280104069/14#14 date=1281666940
    Quote Originally Posted by 675B524A5F3E0 link=1280104069/13#13 date=1281666473
    of course volume will work but IMO scales are better
    Volume depends on the bean size. *You can pack a lot more small beans into a set volume than you can large beans *8-)
    Exactly, the reason I prefer scales.

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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by 7F434A5247260 link=1280104069/15#15 date=1281667026
    Quote Originally Posted by 193E383F324B0 link=1280104069/14#14 date=1281666940
    Quote Originally Posted by 675B524A5F3E0 link=1280104069/13#13 date=1281666473
    of course volume will work but IMO scales are better
    Volume depends on the bean size. *You can pack a lot more small beans into a set volume than you can large beans *8-)
    Exactly, the reason I prefer scales.
    Dang, I knew I was doing something wrong...all this time Ive been grinding the coffee instead of using whole beans! ;D


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    Re: Necessary equipment for coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0C2D2626213B480 link=1280104069/16#16 date=1281668172
    Dang, I knew I was doing something wrong...all this time Ive been grinding the coffee instead of using whole beans!Grin
    There ya go, learn something new every day. ;D



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