95 degree shot of St Ali blend X...
Ive had my new Minore II for a week now and have only touched the surface of its coffee making potential. Thanks to Chris for coming through with this fantastic machine. Id done a fair bit of research on this machine versus the HX, and picked this machine as I change blends several times per week (sometimes per day) and liked the control and repeatability of the temperature and pressure. *
I planned to post a few pics of the machine once I got the hang of it, but I am still only getting to know this machine at the most basic level. *
Upgrading from a Silvia has been a breeze. *With the Silvia, making a short black and a latte would be a 5-6 minute process - heat the machine to light on, wait 2 minutes to pull shot (while grinding shot), pull shot, turn on steam button, drink short black, wait 1:30 for full steam pressure, steam milk, pour latte, give latte to wife and watch her drink. *If the shot came out average, often Id just drink it as I wouldnt have another 3-4 minutes to pull a shot.
With the brewtus pulling consecutive shots and steaming milk is a no brainer and only a minute and a half process. *Grind and quick flush, pack portafilter and pull shot, steam milk, drink short black while wife drinks latte. *There is even time to tune in the grinder by pulling a few blank shots in the morning.
Playing with temperature is one of the machines easy pleasures. *Got some blend X from St Ali to play with. *Mark recommended about 203F so I dialled into 94 degrees to start with. *Pulled a shot that was overall good. *Dialled temperature to 95 and waited 2 minutes for machine to make temperature. *Pulled shot - even better than 94 degrees. *Ran the temperature all the way down to 90 in 1 degree intervals - 95 was the best overall temperature, but I would have been content with the 94 degree shot. *Pulled one naked portafilter shot then ran out of coffee *:(
Next on the cards - play with the brew pressure, offset temperature, ...
Here are a few rough pics of the machine on the second day. (Yes that is paint tape on the wall. I am currently painting the wall around the bar).
95 degree shot of St Ali blend X...
Only shot with naked portafilter ... not the best, but the only shot.
beautiful coffee, and photography!
What camera setup are you using?
And do you wanna post some of these to coffeegeek? Ive got a photo-geek thread going there, in the espress-general discussion forum. Love to see ya there!
Thanks mattyj. I am familiar with the coffeegeek thread, but dont think any of my photos are of the standard to post in a photography thread. I included the pics here for demonstration purposes.
The camera I have is a canon IXUS 400, a little 4MP point and shoot digital camera. Unfortunately it doesnt have a fast enough shutter speed for most of the type of pictures I would like to take. A canon 350D would probably be a good camera upgrade if I hadnt just purchased this machine.
As for the coffee ... I give myself a few more weeks before I can expect really good coffee out of this machine.
you think your photos arent up to standard?!?
Im using a canon eos 350d, and Im jealous of your photos! The second pic in particular is great. (and speaking of camera upgrades - if you go for the canon, look into a better lens for everyday use. The standard one isnt all that bad, Im just wishing I had a faster lens, for shooting inside, at night with no flash and a fast shutter speed!)
Hey, is that a stock minore 2 portafilter? Looks very different to the old expobar portafilters.
Great photos Matthew.
Is the clearance between the bottom of the group dispenser and the cup rest on the Expobar better than other machines?
Mattyj, yes it is the stock portafilter. The portafilter has an angle on the handle which kind of makes sense when packing the basket - the portafilter stands almost completely level.
Jeffr, cant really answer that question. If it helps, I measured the distance from the bottom of the portafilter spout to the drip tray at about 9 - 9.5cm.