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    What a wonderful website full of people with helpful advice and knowledge, it is a credit to all coffee snobs. I started out a tea drinker for my first 30 years, living in a rural and remote town the local coffee was, and remains to this day mostly dreadful. 12 months ago I thought I could do better myself, I am a chef by trade and love food and drink challenges.

    So I bought myself a real coffee machine (Gaggia- second hand, cheap, but in excellent working condition after a clean up and descale) and attended classes. Up until this point I thought I was made making coffee with my ratty litlle old Breville $50 job that made no crema what-so-ever and using supermarket beans. The classes that I attended were the true beginnings of my now passionate quest for great coffee, I guess you could say I have the essence to become a true coffee snob.

    Anyhow, I have just joined this happy bunch of coffee snobs, I have my training wheels on and have just taken delivery of both the starter pack of green beans to try to roast and I am enjoying the starter pack of pre-roasted beans.

    As a rule I dont drink coffee in the evenings - I ping for hours after a good brew, but I couldnt help myself last night when I arrived home with my brand new packs of beans - not much sleep.

    Whats in store for today? well Im roasting in my popcorn maker of course. Then I am going to try and decide which coffee from the pre-roasted packs, I like the best, I might ring my friends to also come for a sample. Finally, I will look for a good book to read because I cant see me getting too much sleep tonight with all of the coffee on board.

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    Re: Got my training wheels on.

    Welcome aboard. It sounds as if you are well on your way.

    I dont drink much coffee after 6pm because I like to sleep, but Im continually amazed and how little caffeine there is in a doppio ristretto. I can easily drink two of these back-to-back with no jitters at all.

    Enjoy the trip.

    Greg

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    • #3
      Re: Got my training wheels on.

      Welcome jay-may-ray
      Great idea to get your mates around you can learn alot from what others get from your coffees. Greg fully agree with the Doppio thing, just had a lady at coffee group the other day mention how she doesnt get the jitters from two Doppio flat whites at our place but in the town cafes the opposite.

      Enjoy j-m-r

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      • #4
        Re: Got my training wheels on.

        Ahh a doppio ristretto, better warm up the machine again, time for another taste test for the new beans.

        By the way, my compliments to the bean roaster/s, the inital flavour and after taste are just perfect for me, I havnt found one in my starter pack that isnt enjoyable.

        Cheers for now
        Julie

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        • #5
          Re: Got my training wheels on.

          Originally posted by 373C2470303C24702F3C245D0 link=1242432140/3#3 date=1242436233
          compliments to the bean roaster/s, the inital flavour and after taste are just perfect for me
          Thank-you, glad you like my work!
          8-)


          Originally posted by 373C2470303C24702F3C245D0 link=1242432140/0#0 date=1242432140
          Whats in store for today? well Im roasting in my popcorn maker of course
          Im sure you will have great fun and the results will amaze you and your friends.

          Enjoy!

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          • #6
            Re: Got my training wheels on.

            Welcome "jay-may-ray"..... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

            Once you taste that first great coffee, there is just no going back. Look forward to hearing more from you as you travel along the coffee caravan.... 8-)

            Cheers,
            Mal.

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            • #7
              Re: Got my training wheels on.

              Welcome aboard.
              I would suggest you get some decaf green beans, Andy has a new decaf WOW available, the Mocha Java Decaf is great and i am sure the new decaf WOW will be even better.

              Mal

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              • #8
                Re: Got my training wheels on.

                Originally posted by 63687024646870247B6870090 link=1242432140/0#0 date=1242432140
                Got my training wheels on.
                Today at 10:02  What a wonderful website full of people with helpful advice and knowledge, it is a credit to all coffee snobs. I started out a tea drinker for my first 30 years, living in a rural and remote town the local coffee was, and remains to this day mostly dreadful. 12 months ago I thought I could do better myself, I am a chef by trade and love food and drink challenges.

                So I bought myself a real coffee machine (Gaggia- second hand, cheap, but in excellent working condition after a clean up and descale) and attended classes. Up until this point I thought I was made making coffee with my ratty litlle old Breville $50 job that made no crema what-so-ever and using s
                Welcome Jay-may-ray.I myself started from a ratty little breville and stale supermarket coffee. But i think i was very fortunate to do so as i would have never appreciated quality Fresh coffee ground on a good grinder and extracted to perfection (well most of the time) on a quality machine. all the best on your coffee journey.

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                • #9
                  Re: Got my training wheels on.

                  Welcome! This is a great on-line community and youll be amazed at how much further and rapidly youll refine your techniques when inspired by the people here.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Got my training wheels on.

                    Like I said in my first post, what a great bunch of people!
                    Friends called in and they were treated to great cuppas yesterday, the coffee machine nearly paid for itself, each had their favourite and that was great to notice, me, well I appreciated something in each of the coffees.

                    I cant wait for my brother to call in, he has just purchased a shiny new top range Sunbeam and I was out at his house the other night cramming the main points of espresso making and texturing milk (he has never made coffee before). He is just beginning his coffee journey so I reckon I can shortcut it by 12 months when I introduce him to these freshly roasted beans.

                    I didnt get to roast yesterday, busy single mother with older teenage daughters and a business to run, Im sure someone out there understands that even coffee runs a poor second to the demands of a teenager. Today is my day.

                    These Decaf beens certainly sound what I am looking for. I must say in my ignorance I thought that the decafination process happened after the bean was ground and brewed, forgive my ignorance, I must do a little research. The decaf would siut perfectly as I work 10 hours a day, I manage a quick brewed coffee in the morning and again when I first get home and then I usually just look at the machine for the rest of the night and drink tea instead.

                    Thanks again
                    Cheers
                    Julie

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