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    Hello coffeesnobs!

    Ive been a lurker for some time and a member for a short time and I owe you all this thankyou.

    Today I had my first home espresso and WOW! My barista technique is in its absolute infancy. All Ive had to go on has been the very helpful hints and advice on this site. I struggled to justify buying the equipment needed, then got upgraditis and I didnt even have anything to upgrade! Eventually I bit the bullet and with my wifes blessing (and a nicely timed whack of backpay) bought myself a HX and a grinder. I spent yesterday afternoon dialling in the grinder and measuring shots and trying to get something consistent but wasnt happy. I went to work (night shift) and was able to peruse notes and how tos and came home confident I knew what had to be done. After Id warmed the machine up and tweaked the grind I went through my rehearsed routine, pulled the shot, stretched my milk and put it to my lips...*cue suitable angelic music*...it was the most velvety, aromatic and freshest tasting flat white Ive ever enjoyed.

    I am now wired and cant get to sleep (on again tonight) because naturally I had to see if I could repeat it. The second attempt was dare I say it - better - as I think I did a better job cutting the shot a tad earlier and I was happier with the milk stretch.

    So thankyou coffee snobs from the bottom of my heart. Without your inspiration I would never have bought my setup or known how to even attempt using it properly. To be honest, without you guys I wouldnt have believed little old me could ever produce a better tasting coffee than I buy at the shops. Reading your experiences I learnt otherwise, and gained the courage to have a go.

    Any other newbies and lurkers out there intrigued and reading but wondering "surely I couldnt do it" - I say go for it. Its fun and you will surprise yourself with the results. Stop hesitating and just do it.

    Now for more practice...and Ill only sip taste them HONEST!

  • #2
    Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

    Great news Wrecker
    Now wait till the roaster bug inside you bites
    Hope to see regular posts from you

    What is you machine combo?

    KK

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    • #3
      Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

      VBM Domobar Super + Macap stepless M4 + keen and passionate amateur

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      • #4
        Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

        "SWEET" Nice set up
        You can see what I have (at bottom)
        We share the same grinder Family
        Happy Coffee making

        Now all you need is a cool avitar

        KK

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        • #5
          Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

          You will be sure to have lots more people reply to those party invites now....I find myself a virtual prisoner behind the machine when we have people around, my wife gets a lot more ladies around for craft nights in the knowledge that there will be a Barista to wait on them

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          • #6
            Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

            BaB

            Now you own a cafe you wont have time to wait on the wifes craft nights

            KK

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            • #7
              Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

              Good for you Wrecker, and welcome

              Nice set up youve got.

              Reading your post reminded me of my first step just 8 months ago and lots of enjoyable and frustrating moments since then.

              Enjoy the journey

              Robert

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              • #8
                Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

                Thanks guys.

                The frustration bit made me chuckle. My wife was shaking her head at me fiddling with the grind and pontificating that "I had to so as to maintain quality". She brought me back into perspective by pointing out that the worst coffee Id made was, up until a week ago and getting the gear, one of the best coffees ever. Naturally my coffeesnob grumble was "yeah but good isnt good enough anymore, now I know how good it can be!"

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                • #9
                  Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

                  Originally posted by Wrecker link=1214871607/0#7 date=1215142395
                  ... she brought me back into perspective by pointing out that the worst coffee Id made was, up until a week ago and getting the gear, one of the best coffees ever.
                  Thats the spirit mate!

                  Maintain that passion & itll just keep getting better.

                  Oh, and as Kosmo said earlier - wait till the desire to home-roast bites, then youll really wow her with the great green SOs on offer every month on Beanbay

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                  • #10
                    Re: Thankyou CS for my taste buds!

                    Welcome Wrecker !

                    Its all good here mate, pleased your enjoying the journey and nice set up too.
                    Like they say "the roasting bug" will bite in time and then it gets even better !

                    Cheers CB.

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