Rancilio Silvia - I use filtered water
Rancilio *Rocky - Not doserless
No Knock Box (No Bang Bang) - Bang Bang on wooden kitchen cutting board :D
Stainless cappa cups
Bodum Santos Vac Pot at Work
I know you all have *told me what coffee equipment you all have but the rest of the group may not know. So Ill kick it off. :)
- Rancilio Silvia with water softener.
- Rancilio Doserless Rocky
- Sunbeam Knock Box (Bang Bang)
- Reg Barber Stainless Tamper
- Heat Gun
- Real Live Rancilio Commercial Filter Handle
- Stephani Terracotta Water Filter
- Grocer Scales to weigh out the green beans for the group
- Electronic Scales for roasting
Rancilio Silvia - I use filtered water
Rancilio *Rocky - Not doserless
No Knock Box (No Bang Bang) - Bang Bang on wooden kitchen cutting board :D
Stainless cappa cups
Bodum Santos Vac Pot at Work
Rancillio Sivia - using tap water
Lux grinder (seriously thinking of a Rocky)
No name SS tamper
No knock box (kitchen sink... Hmmm hope it doesnt dent)
SS capper cups (and assorted other ones).
Gorgeous BIG, wide, soup-type pottery cups - great for the triple basket cappas!
Nice small milk thermometer that fits the milk pitcher perfectly (forgot where from).
Crappy set of kitchen scales for roasting... :(
2 x Tiffany poppers (overworked)
Bodem Vac pot, which Ive just rediscovered
Whatever else I can rationalise/justify/afford in the near future
- Rancilio Silvia from Mocopan. I use tap water.
- Rocky with doser from Mocopan.
- Jarrah Tamper from http://www.coffeetamper.com.au/
- Scales accurate to 0.1g from e-Bay (A bit retentive I know.)
- Thermometer for frothing milk from Cuisine World. To big! 4cm diameter dial, approx 20cm long
- Tiffany popper from Good Guys - Modified with asparagus can chimney and thermometer.
- Fidenza bicchieri caffeino 70ml espresso glasses from Chefs Hat
- My sink is the knock-box.
A bit of overkill on the espresso kit
Mazzer Mini e
Cant fault either and I can really pump out the shots.
Dicky plastic tamper but I think Im leaning towards the lighter tamp is best school of thought.
2 Atomics (Not in use but at $5 each from a garage sale these are my biggest ever bargins)
B&D popper - no mods - yet
Makita Heat Gun - still havent mastered this one
- Commercial 1 group Boema, plumbed with in-line filter
- Rocky (ss) with doser
- Bang Bang
- SS no-name tamper
- Tiffany popper
- Black and Decker heatgun + dogbowl
Silvia and Rocky
Bodum vac pot
two Italian stove tops
four asstd brand poppers - whatever is cheapest on ebay
Reg Barber tamper
2" of 50mm plastic pipe to take portafilter whilst tamping
Knock box made of deep baking dish and sidchrome long extension - both bought at Paddys Market ($2 each)
Series of calico bags each holding 1 kg green beans
2 airtight SS canisters for holding 3 days of roasted beans
Good digital thermocouple thermometer
Beautiful small coffee cups from my late mother exactly right for ristretto
2 dogs to enjoy ristrettos with and both of whom are fascinated by home roasting - great mates of mine.
Hi Ed, you might want to check out Hario vac pots. The only place that I know in Australia selling these are at Perth:Originally Posted by ed_vinas link=1078801550/0#7 date=1079083633
I bought my Moca from them, no problem at all.
Would recommend you get the glass filter from ebay US if you do get a vac pot.
Krups Cafe Centro Time - Break damn you !
Rocky grinder with doser
Knock box - 100mm PVC piping with dowel
6 Ritzenhoff cups
Trendy & Expensive chrome tamper - uselessly too small.
Stove top moka pot - for camping !
Manual grinder - again camping & field work
Plunger - field brewer & milk frother in one
1 & 1/2 poppers (intense heat + spinning plastic = other half)
heatgun + metal bowl
7 x broken home pump machines (acquired for free, slowly fixing and donating to good causes)
Next purchase - Either a Silvia or Used One-Group commercial.
Greetings from SA
Phillips Espresso Bar :-[ lousy shots
Ronson Grinder :-[ Very uneven grind
Black & Dangerous Popcorn Popper
Salter Electronic Scales
Upgrading very soon
:-/ Imat Mokita Combi or Silvia with Lux or Rocky
Have not seen anybody stocking Silvia in Adelaide!
Anybody know where one can get a good deal on a Silvia or Imat?
Helloo there. Im a newby, at least amongst the Snobbery we have here. I thought I had better post on here so you know a bit more about me (and why im so demented possibly)
* Boema commercial single head semi automatic
* Gaggia Classic Stainless - backup machine in case "the beast" brakes down or for when i go on holidays (in both of these instances I cannot bear the thought of going without my shots for any length of time)
* Braun CaffeQuotro domestic home light weight pumper/steam toy etc etc etc The machine that got me hooked on espresso and lasted 3 shots/day for 5 years!
* Fiorenzato Commercial Grinder with doser
* Coffee Institute polished Aluminium Tamper
* Geniuine THOR Mahogany tamper (used once - more of a work of art for the display cabinet cause it looks great and works not so great)
* Boema knock box
* 2 x Cafe Rosto/Imex Cr100 roasters, one older style and one newer style (with larger chaff filter and smaller hole between canister and chaff filter, also MUCH hotter machine)
* 1 x Tiffany popper - Shes getting drooopy in her old age but still goes hard
* around about 120kg of assorted green beans, mostly under 12 months old (as far as i know anyway!)
* Stainless Thermo cups and saucers for Capps
* Cheap glass and stainless cups for shots
* Numerous Milk frothing jugs, only one used.
* Several Italian stove top stainless type brewers
* Several Bodum plungers
Theres lots more, but im supposed to be working ::)
Hey, newbie here... just looking at present
Gaggia Classic; my first real machine after using a Krup/Crap thermoblock which at the time I thought was top of range...
Chief Popcorn Popper
Yucky Plastic Tamper which came with the Classic
A froth Thermometer I got from Wheel and Barrow
2 pitchers - 500ml and 1 L
Imitation Illy cups I got from a homewares place - looks just like illy! and cheap!
Green beans - still got a lot left...
waiting for my coffee institute aluminium tamper to come in the mail.
Saeko Royal Professional ...
BOEMA 2 Group head... on 24/7
Asst Australian Hardwood Tampers....
SS Tamper with 2mm Convex...
Solid Brass Tamper weighing 1.147kg
50mm Portafilter Stand for tamping.... Thanks for the Idea Kentho
8" PVC Knock Box... Made By Me
Dual Sediment Filters... For Tank Water
Cunill Grinder (Timer Doserless)
4 x Imex CR100 Roasters
Heat Gun and Colander
Asst Espresso Cups from France and Australia
Asst Cappuccino Cups
Asst SS Double Skin Cups
1 Stove top brewer...
Asst Brushes and Cleaning Equipment
Great advice from nice people like you ;D.... Most Important
Last But not least ... 12v Espresso Unit for when we go camping (Why go without)
Silvia of course :D *- filted water]
* I had good time with my Breville whom I left few months ago
Star Bugs grinder *:( - will try to get Rocky. >:( - now I got Gaggia MDF instead
thermometer - star bugs
Italian expresso and late cups
Still learning a lot from More experienced everyday. ;)
Ill do this as a bit of an introduction:
Silvia with PI (no D, it was a bunch cheaper and I didnt think the D was really needed). I fill it with Brita filtered water. Not sure if it does much, but its no extra effort.
Lux grinder - really really really want to replace this with something with stepless adjust. Not being able to get the grind I want drives me nuts.
Bodum Vac Pot - doesnt really see much use. Im too hooked on espresso.
Makita heatgun - my new toy. Very happy with it thus far, although Ive only done 4 or 5 batches.
Illy PS1 series espresso cups - beautiful.
Reg Barber tamper - also beautiful.
Miscellaneous pitchers, other cups, knock box, scales...
Delonghi Cafe Norma - also called the EC410?
Delonghi grinder - KG100
Breville grinder (only good for plunger grind).
No tamper (there is a plastic one attached to the machine)
No bang bang but I want one.
Imex roaster (plus a partially melted B&D popcorn machine.)
Quite happy with my little lot at present, but as soon as the Delonghi machine shows any signs of dying, Im heading right into the waiting arms of a Rancilio Silvia.
Since August 2004 add the following:
Rancilio Rocky grinder with doser
BBQ roaster setup
Awww what the heck Ill chuck my (coffee)CV in. ;D
Started with a Gaggia Carezza 2 years ago. Went to Europe shortly after and developed an espresso addiction.
With absolutely no knowledge whatsoever bought a Russell Hobbs toy grinder for about $50 dollars (why couldnt I have found this site before hand) . Took me five minutes to realise that it was useless. Gave it away to a mate in exchange for a refractometer (thats another story/hobby). Im also a very advanced homebrewer, beer being my other addiction. :P
In the last 12 months Ive sold the Carezza, bought a 2nd hand Imat Junior and also a Lux grinder. Things have improved drastically. Ive now got a Silvia which is still sitting in a box for about another week because I cant have it until my birthday :(
I have an Incasa metal tamper. Ive also purchased a Greg Pullman tamper which Ill have to replace the base on up the track because Imat has a 57mm P/F whereas you all know Silva has a 58mm P/F.
Ive got 3 milk thermometers and a knock box because my wife was about to murder me for murdering the kitchen sink with dents. Also have several metal bowls and an XU1 heatgun. Home roasting has added yet another dimension and the list grows :-X
Stay tuned for more... Future plans are a Rocky/Cunil Cafe Tranquilo/or Mazzer Mini . Lux is good but Id like something stepless. ;)
>Gaggia Classic - I thought I had a kick ass machine until I started reading here and @ coffeegeeks :(. Since discovering its short commings Im now on the hunt for a commerical machine to plumb in ;D. Does the job its made for very well.
- Well Ive modded the Classic by adding a PID, big improvement IMO, will do me until I can save up enough for an s1 etc.
>Crappy plastic tamper that comes with the classic *:-X- currently looking for a good one.
>Grinder - Mazzer Mini.
>Knock box/tube - home made does the job and looks ok.
>Small milk temperature gauge
>Roasting equipment - IMEX CR-100
The short answer is I have too much coffee stuff...
Silvia: say no more. *
Cimbali Junior s-1: Single group pour over commercial, anything but junior in weight at a mere 38kg dry. This one is work in progress and is currently being refurbished. Just love the look of it and once complete the Silvia will probably have to go.
Mini Mazzer Black non E: Its everything you read about and more.
Cimabli Junior: Small commercial machine with 64mm burrs, grinds faster than the mazzer and is heavier at 17kg. Looks more industrial and lacks some of the Mazzers elegance. Retails at around $1k, I got it with the Cimbali espresso machine as a package. its a few years old but has only had light domestic use.
Xu1 heat gun: Still going strong after 9 months or so
Chief Popper: Keep it as a backup only
Electronic Arlec scales
Crappy tampers and lots of ss bowls, whisks jugs etc.
Little bit of a cup collection happening but nothing worth mentioning
Minister for Finance and War reckons one of the grinders has to go so if anyone is interested let me know. Id be happy with either one .
Went from a stovetop stainless steel 12 cup espresso pot to a Rancilio Silvia, Solis 166 grinder and an Espresso Parts stainless steel Pro Tamp (an older one piece model).
Sold the Silvia and grinder and bought an ECM Giotto and Mazzer Mini Electronic grinder about a year ago.
Recently bought a HOTTOP Bean Roaster that can handle around 250gm of beans in a batch.
The tamper makes a huge difference. If you are still using the crappy plastic one that came with your machine you should open the window and toss it out then get yourself a proper one.
Noticed Wired has recently bought a HOTTOP roaster. Havent heard of many users of this machine in Australia. Can you get these in Australia or do you order them direct from Chang Yue Industrial. :)
Any initial impressions on machine performance, reliability etc?
As there are no Australian importers at present, I imported mine directly.
I believe there are a few that have been brought in and there may be a distributor in the near future (me, if I become particularly enthused!).
Ive only run some sample beans that came with the roaster through it so far and the result looked good but smelled and tasted rather musty no doubt due to the rather old yellow/gray beans provided. Operationally it was smooth sailing.
If everyone pays for their order in the November polls quickly ;), Ill be able to provide more information on its roasting ability soon!
*Twin undersink water filter
*Knock box, Ikea rubbish bin
*Tamper, supplied with Sylvia
*Imex (early version, use with speciallly designed cardboard box over it)
*Tiffany digital kitchen scales
*Sunbeam Cafe Ristretto (for travelling)
*Krapps thermo block thingo (not used)
*AMA Milano espresso steamer (my first machine)
*Two stove top espresso steamers
*Cona vacuum pot (very good)
*Three vacuum storage cannisters
This will be a short post:
- Silvia, bought recently with Mocopan Sydney. Worth checking out for specials
- Zassenhaus manual grinder. Short morning daily exercise routine
- A stainless steel jug
Thats all. No need for a tamper, as the grind is fine enough to give a good brew on single basket. Ill need one for the double though. Also Ill look for a popcorn popper as soon as the current coffee polls are dispatched.
Is there anybody in Sydney willing to give a roasting coffee demo sometime?
Not much really - were feeling our way slowly.
Tefal grinder (itll be the first thing to go)
Assortment of ss bowls
Large metal mesh food cover (for cooling beans in)
Wedgwood Pennine cups/saucers (hold the heat nicely)
Glass cannisters and measuring ladles.
Laurent,Originally Posted by nobby_s_beans link=1078801550/15#27 date=1101082220
Sure, a demo can be organised. I live in Sutherland. I now use (and love) a BBQ roaster, but still have my heatgun which is where Id start, keep clear of a popper ;) PM me if youre interested.
Ok, ok- you got it outa me ;).
Early post stovetop and French press days were a Rancilio Audrey and Lux...then the time came for the Audrey to go and for the big, sexier sis, Sylvia to move in...
2 years ago, out with the Lux- which I gave to a friend and I got me a Mazzer Mini Timer- doser version- and instantly, Sylvia began doing things for me that shed never done before....was if if shed had a whole new outlook on life! :)
About a month ago, I got my alpenrost- thanx John Doyle of gr8wineandcoffee- and sold the sylvia...
So now, Im busy dialling in the new and incredibly stylish Giotto Premium. Ive tweaked the pressurestat a tad and popped in an 18g filter basket. Still experimenting in the 1.0-1.2 bar boiler pressure range...
Its early days at the moment, but Im satisfied that with last week roast of Ethiopian Limmu, Ive experienced some of the best coffee Ive ever had!
Perhaps in the distant future, something with a rotary rather than vibe pump- the A1 looks pretty nice ;)...but Im thrilled so far.... 8)
Amendment to our list of equipment: The Tefal blade grinder died yesterday afternoon and we made it to the store with 15 minutes to spare before the doors closed (Sunday closing 4pm) to buy a DeLonghi KG100. And, yes, Ive read all your stories about constant upgrades until you finally get to The Grinder, but its a step up from the late unlamented Tefal, surely? ;D
The delonghi an ok grinder and very good value for money ours is still going strong we gave it to Stevro when we got our Rocky.
Rancilio Rocky (Doserless)
1 cup Bodum plunger
500ml milk jug
Silvia and Rocky brand new!
Wifes first comment "Hey thats nice, I thought it would be bitter".
Ah, I love Silvia...
The current crop of equipment that graciously allows me to share space with it is:
La Cimbali M28 Basic 2CL
0.5 micron water filter
Mazzer Supper Jolly with doser
Mazzer Supper Jolly with bulk bag discharge chute
Digital 500g/0.1g scale
Zack & Danis Coffee Roaster
BBC - Bucket Bean Cooler
SS 58mm Convex tamper
StarF$%ks knocker (can you think of a better thing to do to them than beat on them all day? :) )
4 venting SS containers for fresh beans
Assorted sizes of glass & SS cups
Assorted thermometers, pitchers, spoons etc.
Foodsaver for vacuum packing roasted beans
20 or so assorted stovetop and plug-in espresso pots
Currently about 10kg of green beans awaiting roasting as Christmas presents
A Month and a half ago alls I had was a lowly Briel pumper, a $40 flat grinder, and the Starf$%ks knocker. :) The Briel died, and down the replacement/upgrade path I went. But thats another whole story which if I told youd prolly all kill me for the steal I got. ;)
Java "What did I get myself into!" phile
Firstly, thanks for being such a wealth of great information - I only started looking about 5 weeks ago at getting a machine, and whilst I know my dream machine, the Director of Finances has limited my choices at this time. So I just have to "pull" a couple of bad shots to show up the shortcomings of the following:
Breville Cafe Roma ESP6 (thermoblock - only cost $127 from Kmart)
Filtered water (Brita jug on the bench near the Breville)
DeLonghi KG100 grinder (have to wait for Xmas for this one...)
DeLonghi Bang Bang box (smaller footprint than the Sunbeam, and ditto for the present under the tree)
El Cheapo cappucinno and glass latte glasses (Homemart and Big W)
>:(*youre gonna hate this one* Lavazza vacuum packed brick coffee (although in my defence, a good mate of mine buys his coffee from Merlos in the Valley, and thats where Ill get it for the grinder post Xmas)
I have had an absolute ball so far with making my own coffee (as restricted as it is), but with four children who also love coffee and chocolate beverages, it has turned out to be a real family affair - I have already rostered who wants to grind the coffee ;D
Thanks for all of your great advice. Next step - ROASTING! (just gotta keep the popcorn out of the roaster though...)
Decided a couple of months ago that I would buy an espresso machine. Not knowing anything about coffee, I did my research into machines and didnt have a clue what they were talking about. Almost ready to buy a Saeco Via Veneza and then found a second hand Quaha Junior. Not wanting to spend a lot of money and the fact that this Quaha has a brass boiler and solenoid valve, it was good enough for me.
Bought ground coffee and started experimenting and then realised from various forums that you need a grinder, so I bought one....a Gaggia MM because it was a burr and reasonably cheap. The wife thought I was mad spending so much money and producing very ordinary coffee.
I gave away the MM and bought a Lux and the result was most convincing (to me). I then bought a nice s/s tamper and that made tamping so much easier. A milk thermometer took guesswork out of frothing and an airtight container for the beans. I made a simple knock box out of PVC pipe, lined with plastic bag, which works very well.
All thats left to buy is the cow.
Silvia - looking to up-grade
Good heavy SS tamper
Buy beans from Coffee for Conesuiers (spelling?)
No knock-box - down the sink!
I joined CS recently. Got these at the moment:
Silvia with an extra naked PF,
Single and double La Marzocco baskets and a big basket bought from FCs shop,
58mm Greg Pullman tamper,
Rocky without doser,
Delonghi KG 100 (Solis 166, Starbuck barista),
A lade grinder,
Medium (600 ml) and small (350 ml) milk frothing jugs,
Bodum Santos stovetop syphon,
a 6 cups moka pot,
8 & 3 cups french presses,
and an ibrik.
Silvia- YAY :D
Rocky Doserless- YAY ::)
Homemade stainless tamper :P
I think my Silvia came with a commercial filter handle? ;)?
Water filter? Bah Humbug!!! We have the best quality water almost anywhere on the planet, right here in Melbourne. And we take it for granted :(polute it ???and waste it terribly >:(
Gagia Classic :)
Gaggia Commercial portafilter
No Grinder, thinking about a Rocky when I get to Australia >:(
Currently use Illy Medium Roast Espresso grind coffee (vacum packing helps with freshness)
SS and Aluminum 58mm tampers (Expressivo and Reg Barber)
Home made Knock Box
1 plastic :( and 1 SS 7gram coffee scoops
2 brew pitchers
ss froth pitcher and frothing thermometer
2 Italian Mokas :D
I have avoided answering this question due to the unmentionables I was working with but now am happy to say that as of Boxing Day I have a
Ranchilio Silvia and Rocky doserless sitting atop their ever so cool twin drawer base.
Greg Pullman SS Tamper on order
Couple of SS bowels and colanders and heat gun (XU1) for roasting.
2 electronic scales (1-5 Kg and 0-1 Kg)
And the ever so important timer. I have one that counts either up or down and I use it both ways depending on activity.
The Sylvia runs on pure rainwater. I dont use any filters on this, but do have a diverter that keeps the first 2-3 mm of rain from entering the tank and a very tight system. Best water I’ve ever had.
The newest addition to my collection is a Cimbali M-52 Dolcevita Cappuccino Station. This unit had fallen from a freight truck and sustained major external damage and was being sold off by the insurance company after theyd paid the claim on it. I stole it for $37 at auction. :)
Java "Off dialing in the new toy" phile
I can finally add my list to this post.
As of Saturday I am the proud owner of a Diadema Junior E-61 machine ;D and Rocky grinder.
I bought them from John Doyle at Great Wine & Gourmet Coffee and cant speak highly enough of the service I received. As this was my first machine purchase and I was a complete novice, John spent over three hours going through both the machine and the grinder and giving me a lesson on both brewing coffee and texturing milk as well as cleaning. As part of the deal I had everything I needed to go home and make great coffee straight away (i.e beans, Tamper, knock box, Glasses, milk jug). Obviously my technique leaves a lot to be desired especially in the milk department but the first coffees I made after I got everything set up were enough to blow my wife away.
I couldnt be happier with the Diadema. It looks great and takes up a little less Kitchen bench real estate than the Giotto would have. As someone who is very new to all this the machine is very easy to use and get very good results straight away. I was initially tossing between a mini mazzer and a macap m5 grinder but space was a bit of an issue so I went for the Rocky which seems to be perfect for my requirements.
Anway, I better go and work on my technique which means Ill have to drink a whole lot more coffee - damn it!! ;) ;D
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Man - Ive just read this thread through and now Im bummed.
- a crappy Moca stovetop
- a Spong & Co. hand grinder (its old school I keep telling myself)
- a Black and Decker popcorn maker
- No espresso machine, No knock knock or tamper, No scales (electric or otherwise), and no heatgun
- No hope of affording these things in the near future (next Xmas at the outside)
I shall perfect the art of roasting in my HotnPop... thats what Ill do! By the time I can afford these nice shiney things Ill be the "Roastmaster"!!!
I shall persevere,
Have no fear about your Mocha Stovetop.....we have one too, I think theyre good, One never learns to run unless one learns to crawl first... better than going in to Debt...Go slow Go Far.. ;)
Good call FB - I think Ill concentrate on the roasting to start. Ive actually got a new 6 cup stovetop from K-mart. Its stainless and it only cost $20! Couldnt believe my luck on that one.
Ill just keep reminding myself that the turtle did end up winning.
I thought that Id add details of my growing collection.
Mini Mazzer (with Doser)
EMC Giotto Prem.
Water filter Jug (Britta)
Digital scales for weighing greens.
Retired - Saeco ViaVenezia
No Name Moka Pot
2 x Heat Guns (one is a loaner, and Yes I will return it Poundy)
1 x B&D Popper
1 x Prima Oven (not used as yet)
IQ coffee machine
1-cup stove top espresso machine
2-cup stove top espresso machine
4-cup stove top espresso machine (with 4 spouts)
2 x 6 cup stove top espresso machines
1 Trespade hand grinder -- family heirloom, about 60 years old
1 electric blade grinder
No words required. Thanks wife ;D
I just got my Silvia and D/L Rocky last week ...very happy...
but i can’t seem to get decent crema on my shots....any ideas as to why this might be??? I think my grind is correct …could the useless plastic Tampa have something to do with it???
please dont laugh...
- sunbeam cafe crema - replaced the baskets so its not crema enhanced
- de longhi kg100 grinder - opened up many times and tinkered with to grind finer
- sunbeam knock box
- plastic tamp - seems to do the job ok
- koziol cup (150mls) very sexy! not cheap though
- pont cups - sexy and cheap
- kitchen trolley from ikea to put it all on/in
- oh yeah, and a cheap popper from woolies that just wont burn out ... unlike the last one ...
UPGRADE: mazzer mini!