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    New member introduction!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all,

    Just introducing myself as a new member to this site. Stumbled upon it by accident whilst searching for info on the Rancilio Silvia......popular machine by the looks of things ;)

    I am now in debt to this site for informing me about Mocopan and their $100 or so price advantage......

    Will be asking some newbie questions, but have bean around coffee for a couple of years with a Krups Novo..... ::) Now ready to take it seriously.

    Regards,

    James

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    Re: New member introduction!

    Enjoy the Ride ;o)

    Silvia and Rocky are an excellent duo.

    Rich

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    Re: New member introduction!

    Ditto. See discussion on "Which machine". What do people think of doing a short barista course? I figure if you spend a grand on the tool, 1/10 of that on how to use it is a fair cop!!

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    I recently did a coffee art course and was very disappointed. I have found far more accurate and detailed information on the web. Once you know the theory, its just practice that will make you better.
    </2 cents>

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    Boris
    From experience spending $100 on a course will not get you very far. Many of these courses run for about 3 hours and can have numerous persons attending from all different backgrounds and with all different skill levels. I have seen classes (1 expert trainer) with up to 20 students, all wishing to be qualified baristas at the end. Result - utter confusion for 19 out of the 20.
    The best way of learning the characteristics of any machine "should be" from the seller. Any seller worth their salt should take the time out to demonstrate (bench test) the equipment to the purchaser. Then, after getting the basics the purchaser should start to practice. Also, the seller should offer ongoing support (within reason) to the "budding barista".
    If these two things are not offered when you decide to purchase a machine, then I suggest you take your business somewhere else.
    JD

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    Fair enough. Is there a Coffee festiville/open day/display where I can see what I should be doing as far as grind pack pour and froth go? Because outside of what I have read off the net, I reckon a course is the only way I see a demo up close. I dont suppose there is a coffeesnobs get together locally (Melbourne)?

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    Boris
    I am in Sydney.
    Organise the flight and motel and will pop down.
    Guarantee, that you will be up and running in no time
    Split the cost 4 or 5 ways and well have you booking in for the next world titles.
    Ill check my diary for what dates Im available!!!!!
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris link=1097495922/0#5 date=1101295194
    Fair enough. Is there a Coffee festiville/open day/display where I can see what I should be doing as far as grind pack pour and froth go? Because outside of what I have read off the net, I reckon a course is the only way I see a demo up close. I dont suppose there is a coffeesnobs get together locally (Melbourne)?
    We have had a couple at our house but it would get crowded now. We will look into it and get back to you.

    Ill check out Multitude in the next day or 2 plus some other places.

    Cheers
    Rich

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    Re: New member introduction!

    Maltitude have had a number of coffeegeek days, on Saturday mornings. The last one of the year was a couple of weekends ago, so you probably wont get to meet those guys in a caring/sharing situation like these get-togethers until the new year, but Im sure if you had a chat to some of them either thru the coffeegeeks site or at the cafe (Marika and Andrew run the coffee machine, also look out for Luca, he has a Silvia at home) then youll get if not some direct tips and perhaps even an offer for more advice/demos.

    If youre not on coffeegeek, do yourself a favour and sign up and get to know a few of those guys. Its quite a good environment to share things not only about roasting, and there are a LOT of people there to offer advice (doesnt always help though ;) )

    And theres a scad load of Silvia owners here. Someone grab a digital camera and take a series of shots while youre tamping or frothing, and show us all. Ill run some over the weekend on my Giotto, and you can all see how average my results are ;)

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    Re: New member introduction!

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I do the occasional coffee appreciation at my home in Canberra for friends and work colleagues who I think I can educate on the endless pursuit of coffee excellence.

    One person has now upgraded from their Krups/Solis166 to a Silvia/Rocky combo while another is replacing their chopper grinder with a Rocky.

    I give advice (sometimes too) freely and sell them some freshly roasted beans at a good price which spreads the fresh coffee mantra further.



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